Follow the herd, or not, or don’t even leave the house

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It’s funny, there’s so much ‘FOMO’ that goes on in business. (FOMO is Fear of Missing Out by the way). Sometimes we FOMO that everyone else is going to be at an event, or is making an offer this Black Friday, or is getting their newsletter done every week, or spending 100 hours on Facebook, or networking non-stop. There’s no end to FOMO if you let it take over.

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The Thing about Magic

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The other night I went out for dinner with a group of people and experienced some serious magic. It wasn’t in fact the cooking (although my Pork Belly was very yummy) but proper “How the hell did he do that?!” close-up magic. The sort of magic where I was incredulously shaking my head shrieking “How is that possible?!” (yes, I was the one choosing the card that ended up in the wallet–in a zipped pocket, in a ticket case–when I had been holding the wallet in the palm of my hand AND it had my name written on it in my handwriting?!).

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Being nicely irritating

There’s something about marketing that many people don’t like. And that’s doing it too much.

There’s nothing that sends people into a bit of a panic more than when is enough enough? how many is too many times? and what if I’m being annoying?

Because you’re never going to please all of the people all of the time, doesn’t mean you can’t please some of the people some, if not most, of the time if you are talking to the right ones.

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Who are you here for?

We all have our own style and attitude and approach, and I am sure you aren’t the right person for every single business or consumer who needs your Thing. You might be too loud (or too quiet), too complicated or too simple. You might be too casual or too strict, too friendly or too standoffish. What if you’re the chalk and they want the cheese? The black and they are looking for white?

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What’s the one thing?

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As someone who has a thousand ideas a day (you might be the same?) I am never short of options when it comes to ‘how’ to do my Thing. I could write a list of never-ending hows, if I’m honest.

But as I am sure you know, trying to do everything (just like trying to market to everyone) typically gets you nothing or no one. You need to focus to get results.

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Not getting paid? You choose your customers remember…

I was having a conversation with someone recently about starting up in business and as ever the usual reservations and fears came up – what if it doesn’t work, what if we don’t make enough money, where will we find customers etc, but there was one fear that was bigger than all of them – what if we don’t get paid?

Now getting paid is important in business, but what you have to remember is that YOU are in charge.

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