What’s on Repeat?

Is there something in your business that you do over and over and over and over again?

Maybe it’s explaining how something works to your clients? telling your story? explaining the results that are possible from working with you? a ‘piece’ of your Thing?

Maybe it’s more general than that and it’s how your business or your industry works? Maybe you’re having the same sales conversation over and over?

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The Thing about Magic

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The other night I went out for dinner with a group of people and experienced some serious magic. It wasn’t in fact the cooking (although my Pork Belly was very yummy) but proper “How the hell did he do that?!” close-up magic. The sort of magic where I was incredulously shaking my head shrieking “How is that possible?!” (yes, I was the one choosing the card that ended up in the wallet–in a zipped pocket, in a ticket case–when I had been holding the wallet in the palm of my hand AND it had my name written on it in my handwriting?!).

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Being in Business—does yours add up?

Being in Business means you are transacting—buying and selling—so please don’t be surprised about this :) There WILL be numbers involved.

If you want to make money doing your Thing then you need to run it as a business. And that means selling—with invoices and cash flow and everything!

When did you last check the pulse of your business?

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It doesn’t have to be shiny and new

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Having a signature dish or programme gets you noticed and remembered. If you are changing your recipe all the time then how do we know what your brilliant Thing is? Being in your spotlight means being consistent and having a clear signature that we can see. If you are chopping and changing all the time it’s confusing for us and it’s diluting your brilliance.

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Looking from the other side (for easy Marketing content)

When something is your Thing you look at it from ‘your’ side–the side where you know how it works well, what to do to get the results, and usually the ‘easy way’. So when you’re putting together marketing material, you need to look from the ‘other’ side.

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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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