Calm Down!

You can’t do everything. You can’t help everyone. Your Thing doesn’t solve every problem there is. You don’t need to do every kind of marketing going. You can’t be everywhere at once.

You need to calm down.

AND FOCUS…

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We all do it differently

One of the things I love about social media is the insight it gives you into how other people do their Thing and live their life (not technically snooping if people are sharing, right?). Now of course some of this many be manufactured (or at least tidied up–I’m not going to be posting a photo of me when I’ve just woken up any time soon for example–I’ll spare you the fright!), BUT for those of us who share just how we are (most of the time!) it’s a great way to see the differences in us all.

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Money Matters

We’re often discouraged from talking about money as it’s not good manners, and I’m still quite the fan of not ‘banging on about’ at every opportunity. For example, I’ve never been one to market what I do in terms ‘work with me and you’ll make lots of money’. But you want to make sure that, after all your costs and expenses, there is at least enough left over to pay you–the business owner–a salary or wage AND ideally that there is extra for putting back into the business or taking as a bonus.

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What counts as Marketing?

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Anything that gets you in front of the right people at the right time, with the right message that connects with them and they are in a position to take action, is good marketing (in the world of business according to me).

For me, it’s also about being consistent—consistent in your message and your communications.

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Putting the lipstick on

Sometimes what I do is just ‘putting on lipstick’. Your Thing might be like that too?

My Thing is that I ‘find’ people’s Things–I don’t create them/make them/invent them as they are already there. But what I do (as an outsider, which makes it a lot easier) is to ‘see’ what people don’t see for themselves. And then the next stage is usually to tidy it all up and ‘put on lipstick’.

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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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