Are you on Holiday?

Are you in that relaxed place just seeing what comes along, not doing anything too energetic i.e. are you in ‘holiday mode’ with your business?

There is nothing wrong with taking it easy (I am not saying don’t relax!) but what I suggest is that like any good holiday you put some planning time in beforehand to pick the best time, place, location to get the MOST from it… I know I relax more when I’m where I want to be!

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Strictly Business

I don’t mind admitting it. I am a HUGE Strictly Come Dancing Fan (Dancing with the Stars if you’re reading this outside the UK). Obviously I am sure you appreciate that I love the sparkles and the spotlights (of course!) but what I love the most is the dedication and the trust that you see.

Every one of the celebrities is already doing their Thing (and up to the point of starting the series that Thing isn’t ballroom dancing, and for some – let’s be honest – it never will be!) but everyone is willing to give dancing a go and be a beginner.

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The Joy of Small

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Being small is a very good thing when it comes to doing your Thing.

If your business is just you then you’ve only got yourself to consult when it comes to decisions. There’s a lot to be said for that (if you can make a decision, of course!).

Some of my client’s have ‘Things’ that help bigger organisations communicate better, and be more effective in their meetings which tells you what it’s like when you get big. It’s easy to be effective when it’s just you. So don’t do yourself a disservice and discuss things over and over in your head—just decide and do.

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Don’t go changing…

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One of my favourite (most overused, if I’m honest!) words is ‘consistent’. I love a bit of consistency. Whether that’s consistency in Marketing activity or message, it’s showing up saying the same Thing (Find your Thing, anyone?) over and over until you’ve told everyone who needs to hear it.

There’s also consistency in how you do what you and how you ask people to buy.

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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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The Business of Helping

Most businesses are in the business of ‘helping’–helping other businesses, helping people, helping society, helping the world, some kind of ‘helping’ is usually the result of what they do. Whether that’s helping with a product, system or service… it’s usually there to ‘solve a problem’.

So why is this important to understand? In Marketing terms, it’s important that you absolutely know and can demonstrate the ‘problem’ that you solve and how you ‘help’.

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