The business of problem-solving

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Every business solves a problem–they solve it with a product or service that does something to fix or improve a situation, a result, an outcome, a feeling, something. This is how value is created–you have a problem that needs resolving, you go and find a product or service that can do this, you’re happy to pay as you can’t do it yourself, or do it as well/quickly/cheaply/cleverly, etc.

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Try, try and try again

The other day, Gary Vaynerchuk posted a great thing on Facebook which was along the lines of: “If this is your life’s work, don’t give up after 4 months”. And I’m sure you’ve read before about the ‘overnight’ success of people who have, in fact, been working away for years.

But that’s the point. If it was easy (like THAT easy) everyone would be doing it…

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Don’t believe the Hype

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The Hype often tells us ‘this is easy’ and this is ‘simple’ and that is very probably true for the person saying it.

I, for example, find it very easy to write copy, set up web pages and run webinars, etc. For some people (and I talk to them every day), even one of those things seems impossible :)

So don’t always believe the Hype ;)

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Ban the brochure speak! (& 10 tips on how to avoid it)

I can’t stand brochure speak.

You know that beautifully crafted tidy copy that is full of neat words and clever phrases and lots of ‘we’: “Jargon jargon jargon ‘we’ do this and we’ve been doing this for 1000 years and we are the best…”

That is brochure speak. And you’ll find it out and about not just in brochures but it lurks on websites and flyers and adverts and sales & marketing materials across the land.

Here are 10 tips to avoid it!

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Weeding

Who is it that decided what plants are weeds and what are ‘good’ plants?

Some weeds are very pretty, with flowers that brighten up the garden. Some weeds smell good, look good and are hardy so thrive where other plants need lots of care. Sometimes a weed is just a ‘good plant’ that’s growing in the wrong place…

But if you know what you want your garden to look like, you don’t want weeds there.

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The delicate art of not caring

First off, I must say of COURSE I care. I just don’t care about everything. Here are things I do care about, and things I don’t…

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