Be on Air

Your message floats on air… it goes out on the airwaves and connects with people who want to hear from you.

Maybe not instantly the minute you say them, but your words don’t disappear. You’re a recording somewhere, you might be transcribed or re-quoted. And this is why you have to broadcast anyway.

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What to do when your Marketing isn’t working

Now here’s the thing with Marketing–for some reason, we’ve been conditioned to expect it to work ‘instantly’. In technical (ish) terms, that’s called ‘Direct Response’… in the olden days, this looked like an ad in a magazine with a ‘reply coupon’ or a postcard you sent off to get details, or an offer you could phone up and buy right away. And yes, of course we still have ‘instant’ marketing today–there are ads online (in Facebook and Google, etc.) that often will ‘sell’ directly as a result of you seeing them. But most people take a while…

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Sound advice on what NOT to do in business — some good New Year resolutions for 2009

I was reading the UK Business Forum ‘Round-up of 2008’ email today (part of the very useful www.businesszone.co.uk), and this article was the one that caught my eye.

Now I love a to-do list as much as the next person (OK so I probably love them more), but I really loved the idea of ‘What to include on your not to do list’. The article was written by Robert Craven, who is MD of The Directors Centre.

Here’s what I nodded my head at…

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Is this really me?

Do you ever do something or write something or have a meeting about a project and think ‘is this really me?’.

There are lots of things you CAN do but not necessarily all of them ARE you.

When you are really being you, you are being brilliant.

And you are being brilliant with ease and grace and fun.

If you have that sinking feeling when you look at some copy or design or a proposal that is ‘from’ you and it’s just not feeling right, then heads up – it’s not really you.

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I had to make a decision

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It’s funny how—even when you think you’ve got better at seeing through hype—there are still some things that tempt you :) And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I’d be the last person to ever say stop buying help for you and your business, as I absolutely believe it’s super-important to keep investing to grow BUT don’t just buy shiny things; dig through the mountain and see what you really need.

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When it all gets too much

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I’m not a robot.

I can’t work non-stop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (although sometimes I do think this would be super handy–like the week before an event I’m running!).

And sometimes, of course, it all gets too much.

Doing your Thing too much can make you question if your Thing really is your Thing as it’s all getting ‘too hard’. Don’t let it be like that.

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