How to say “No” (nicely)

Your Thing isn’t for everyone. And not every ‘opportunity’ is right for you.

Sometimes you need to say “No” to prospects (sometimes for your own sanity!)… sometimes a prospect just isn’t the right fit–they might not be ready, or committed, or at the right stage of the ‘problem’ to truly benefit from your Thing.

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Stop with the ‘How’ for now

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When you have an idea about your Thing, you might jump straight into the practical details. You might start thinking “Ohhh… How can I sell this? What products can I make? What will this look like as a talk/an event/a one-to-one session…”, and off you go with your ‘How’ now.

If you jump straight into the ‘How’, you’ll miss the details in the ‘What’ that make the difference when it comes to being noticed.

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Not all customers are created equal…

Now, while I do believe it’s true that all men (and women) were created equal, in business it’s very important to remember that not all customers are created equal. What I am talking about here is customer segmentation, and identifying the ‘best’ customers for your business…

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Do you really need someone else?

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Your Thing is on the end of your nose. And the thing about your Thing being on the end of your nose, is that you can’t see the end of your OWN nose. You need someone else to tell you what’s on the end of your own nose (or a mirror). And this is why I have a coach and a mentor. I ‘know’ what I want to do with my business, and where I want to take it and usually I have an answer to how to do that… doesn’t mean I can see the wood for the trees and know clearly my next steps!

Having someone else can make you doing your Thing so much easier, bigger, better, quicker, profitable and more.

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I can see the future (and so can you)

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Some of my clients joke with me (at least I think it’s a joke) that I can see the future. They ask me to tell them what I see for them in the weeks or months ahead. And I do. I tell them what I see they are capable of, and what is absolutely possible for them – whether it’s their future or not is not up to me though – it’s up to them.

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What to do if you don’t want to be the boss

Now, your Thing might well lend itself perfectly to you being the boss of a business. Or, it might not. It might be that the best use of your Thing is as part of someone else’s business–or in partnership with someone else (and their Thing) that adds up to a better result that you on your own. Or you can just hire a ‘boss’ to take care of business while you do your Thing.

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