Look out the window…

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Looking out the window gives you time to think and ponder. I use it productively to come up with ideas and solutions. For me sometimes thinking too hard about something doesn’t give the best solution. A watched pot never boils and all that :)

If you spend a lot of your time being busy you will miss your best ideas. You will be too busy looking ahead that you may miss what is right in front of you.

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This Thing is simpler than you think

There’s always the moment. The moment where you step away from simplicity and add in the kitchen sink. And I know you mean well because you’re coming from a place of service, wanting to do all you can to help–to share everything you know and have learnt. When you ‘see’ what other people don’t see, and you ‘know’ there is another/better/faster/smarter/other way, of COURSE you want to share it.

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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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Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow!

Planning is great fun. It’s very important. You need to have a plan about where you are, where you are going, and how you’re going to get there for you and your business.

That said, it’s also good to be able to go with the flow – make sure you’ve got time and space to breathe in your plan.

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Go ‘Old School’

Now look, I know it’s not the ‘cool’ thing to do marketing-wise… that would be funnels and split-testing landing pages and the live videos on Facebook… BUT a good old-fashioned phone call can go a long way.

As can ‘real life’ networking.

Or what about a letter in the post?

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Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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