Start big, sell small

This is something I encourage when working with clients who find the concept of ‘upselling’ somewhat icky. It’s actually something I encourage even if they like selling, as for me it’s sensible and smart, and sets out your full Thing (even if then people choose to buy less of it).

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Don’t believe the Hype

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The Hype often tells us ‘this is easy’ and this is ‘simple’ and that is very probably true for the person saying it.

I, for example, find it very easy to write copy, set up web pages and run webinars, etc. For some people (and I talk to them every day), even one of those things seems impossible :)

So don’t always believe the Hype ;)

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Stick to your knitting

I love this phrase—it’s a great way to say ‘Stay true to your Thing’. If you want to get famous for your Thing, keep doing it—consistently. If you change your Thing every 5 minutes it’s going to be hard for us to keep tabs on exactly what it is!

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Are you selling a cake or a recipe?

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Here’s what I see a lot… people marketing recipes: the ingredients for a cake – the step by step pieces you need.

But what a cake lover is more interested in is the finished article – what a cake lover buys is a CAKE! I get a lot more excited looking at a slice of carrot cake than I do a bag of flour, eggs, sugar, some carrots, a wooden spoon… and yet this is what I see a lot of people are ‘selling’ – the ingredients.

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Thinking is not the same as Thinging

There comes a point where you have to stop thinking and start doing. You have to take the leap/plunge/chance and go and actually do your Thing.

There’s safety, of course, in keeping yourself in the ‘planning’ stages, obsessing over details that may or may not be important.

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Flying through the air (& business) with the greatest of ease (eventually)

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Get ready for an overload of metaphors. This whole blog is a giant metaphor for business as far as I see it, with lots of lessons and smaller metaphors along the way. Hold on tight (I was)!

So I need to clarify what I am going to write about… it’s about my circus skills (or lack thereof). It’s about me ‘learning’ the Trapeze.

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