Going first

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Sometimes it is up to you to go first.

There might not be an example you can follow. Your idea might be just that—YOUR idea. So you have to do it.

Often when you work out what your Thing is you look around for examples of other people doing it so you can see how it’s done, or see how you want to do it differently, to make sure you stand out.

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When it’s about you and when it’s about them

When you need to get noticed for your Thing, this is when it’s about you. You need to tell your story and explain your ‘Why’ so that the people who need you and your Thing can find you.

But you also need to make it about them.

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Strictly Business

I don’t mind admitting it. I am a HUGE Strictly Come Dancing Fan (Dancing with the Stars if you’re reading this outside the UK). Obviously I am sure you appreciate that I love the sparkles and the spotlights (of course!) but what I love the most is the dedication and the trust that you see.

Every one of the celebrities is already doing their Thing (and up to the point of starting the series that Thing isn’t ballroom dancing, and for some – let’s be honest – it never will be!) but everyone is willing to give dancing a go and be a beginner.

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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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Busted… and then what?

You know what? I’m not perfect.

I’ve launched products that don’t sell. But then I’ve launched others that sell lots. I’ve done marketing that’s worked like a dream and other times it’s bombed!

But what I don’t do is worry about being ‘busted’—instead, I adapt.

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Are you doing it YOUR way?

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Are you running your business for you?

What I mean by that is are you doing it YOUR way or are you doing it the same way as other people who do what you ‘do’ are… or even the way you think it SHOULD be done.

Doing it your way is what will make you different and make you stand out. And it will also make your business easy for you as you’ll never have to ‘work out’ how to do what you do differently, you just will…

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