They’re behind you!

The end of your nose (if you don’t already know) is where your Thing is. And sometimes it’s that, or your ideal clients for your Thing, that are literally right there in front of you. Or in some cases, right behind you, waiting in the wings where you haven’t seen them; but they’ve been there all along…

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Getting your ‘business head’ on (and why you need to keep it on!)

This morning I visited my friend Nicola, who’s just started running her own business (she’s my hairdresser), and it was great to hear that she’s already got her ‘business head’ on, and is busy working out how she’s going to start differentiating and improving her salon.

She’s taken over an existing business, and this of course can have its upsides and downsides — the upsides being that she is making money from day one (quite useful!), but the downside being that there isn’t a blank page to start from to do everything your way from the outset.

But here’s some things that we talked about that made me confident that the salon is only going to get better and more profitable…

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Being desperate is never a good look

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I know that life is not all hearts and flowers and giant pots of cash (at least not all the time) :) BUT when you don’t have those things in abundance, don’t think that they don’t exist or that there’s a limited amount of happiness and success and you need to hunt down your share of it.

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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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The Marketing Merry-Go-Round

Your marketing plan should be a nice ride that people stay on until they’re ready to get off.

You don’t decide when they get off—they do. And when they do get off they either head straight over to you and say “I’m ready—let’s go” or they say “Thanks so much for the ride” and walk away. You don’t want them jumping off and running away to escape your marketing, you don’t want them being forced off either—especially if they were enjoying the ride—and you also don’t want to suddenly change the ride into something they don’t want to be on.

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How to be a famous introvert (or extrovert)

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Extrovert or introvert—doing your Thing your way is always the way to go. When I talk about finding your ‘media thing’ it’s about finding the ways you love to communicate that are you sharing your message and Thing at your best. If you’re best in front of an audience go for it, but if you’re best on your own in your ‘creation cave’ go with that instead.

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