Conversations are key

I am a legend at starting up conversations. It’s another part of my Thing. I’d forgotten how good I am at this until I helped a client out recently on their exhibition stand.

My advice is to have conversations even when you don’t know where they’ll end up. Worse case: you’ll have a pleasant chat, best case: you might have a new customer.

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If you’re not excited, it’s probably not your Thing…

There are some things that I don’t wake up in the morning **dying to do**: spreadsheets, for example (not my first choice in expressing myself). But when I know I’m doing my Thing, or working on a Thing that I know is a great Thing, I’ll be excited about them, and if my excitement extends as far as a spreadsheet, I know I must be onto something brilliant.

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Just make it up!

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Now, I am NOT suggesting you lie about what you can do, but I am totally OK with you inventing a new market to own. I am also OK about you making up a new way of doing Things—specifically YOUR Thing.

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Seasons greetings (all year round)

As I write this, it’s December and so there’s a very obvious seasonal feel to a lot of marketing messages everywhere I look. But it’s not just the Christmas and New Year holidays that can lend themselves nicely (sometimes too nicely!) to promotions and connected offers.

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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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If you call it sales, it will feel like selling

If you consider that you need to do a sales pitch or have a conversation that will end in the sell, then you might be setting yourself up to not sell much at all.

The thing with a sales pitch is you’ll go into pitch mode–you’ll start to talk differently, change your energy, perhaps feel uncomfortable (as will most likely the person you’re pitching to) and you’ll feel less like you and more like a salesperson.

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