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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Sometimes it looks like an eggbox

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I always say your Thing is the ‘gift’ that you wrap up and give out to people who need it. This gift might be a result, a feeling, a transformation, a product, a service, a widget, a gadget, and emotion, a turnaround, I don’t know what it is but I know it’s your Thing thing.

And sometimes that box you put it in might look more like an eggbox than a perfectly straight-sided giftbox.

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On your own? Don’t let that stop you!

Do you sell you? Of course you do, you’re a business celebrity!

But are you only selling you – your time – and nothing more? That’s not good – as you’re putting a limit on what you can do and who you can reach, not to mention a limit on your income.

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I don’t mind if you don’t get it

I have learnt (like every good lesson—the hard way!) to not try and ‘convince’ anyone.

In fact, these days I’ll often make it very clear that if someone is absolutely convinced that what I am saying makes no sense and will never ever ever work I’m cool about it. Of course, I let them know I think that’s not correct and suggest (politely, of course!) that they can tell that to all my clients and a whole bunch of other people who it is working for and see if they remain convinced. But I don’t mind.

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Pace yourself (and get good at the 1 thing that makes all the difference)

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When you work out your Thing, it’s very tempting to then run at 100 miles an hour and try and get everything done at once. You want the website, the Facebook followers, the big list, the speaking gigs, the PR, the online programme–the lot. But what you might spot missing from that list is clients (and therefore cash).

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Be on Air

Your message floats on air… it goes out on the airwaves and connects with people who want to hear from you.

Maybe not instantly the minute you say them, but your words don’t disappear. You’re a recording somewhere, you might be transcribed or re-quoted. And this is why you have to broadcast anyway.

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