Give them what they want (but make it what they need)

You should always be listening to your market and offering products and services they want. That’s common business sense. That said, sometimes you may know that what they (your market) ‘want’ is not what they ‘need’. The trick here is a to strike a balance and meet them where they are, then gently ‘steer’ them to where you know lies a better answer.

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Be very specific

What’s important to you might make all the difference to you doing your Thing. But if it’s the difference between your Thing and someone else’s you need to be specific about and tell us what that is, otherwise it will get lost in ‘assumption’.

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Are you asking the right questions?

It’s always good to ask questions if you’re stuck—after all, you’re not likely to get an answer if you don’t ask a question. But make sure you’re asking the right questions.

And if you’re not sure what the right questions are then find someone who will challenge you so you’ll ask questions you didn’t even know needed answering.

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Your greatest hits ROCK!

It took me a while to work this out (a while where I was doing a LOT more work that I needed to) but that’s just how it goes when you’re a creative type and you like to create…

Every time I had a new event, or planned a new launch, I literally did just that–came up with something new. BRAND NEW. Hands up I did over and over for a while until I realised it was the greatest hits that everyone wanted…

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Busted… and then what?

You know what? I’m not perfect.

I’ve launched products that don’t sell. But then I’ve launched others that sell lots. I’ve done marketing that’s worked like a dream and other times it’s bombed!

But what I don’t do is worry about being ‘busted’—instead, I adapt.

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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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