When did you last plug in to the Matrix?

I love live events and I make sure I attend business events often to learn, meet people, share ideas, get new ideas, take time out from my business, and just feed off the energy. When I’m asked why I fly off to the US to attend events or take time out of my busy schedule to attend an event in the UK even, I say that for me it’s like plugging into the Matrix.

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We don’t all suit the same vehicle

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I enjoy walking, I also like to drive, I love taking the train and if it means I’m going on holiday somewhere amazing I can tolerate a long-haul flight. These are all different vehicles that suit me at different times for different reasons.

You will also like to travel in certain ways.

Just like you’ll like to market and stand out like a business celebrity in YOUR way too.

Your marketing vehicle MUST be one you want to drive or ride in.

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Working smarter. Being focused. Find the trigger.

Multitasking is overrated–and yes, I know as a woman I shouldn’t be admitting this! but it’s true. There are some things that go together well: I like to work with music on sometimes and I definitely like to run with my tunes blaring in my ears.

But I still have to remind myself that multitasking with my work time is never going to create the best results.

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Run past the finish line

While I have completed a few 10ks in my time, I would never put myself in the category of being an athlete. What I do know about races though is that you don’t slow down when you see the finish line—you keep on running, and if you have it in you (there’s always that little bit in reserve, right?) then actually you speed up when you see it.

And you need to do this with your business goals and your marketing too.

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If you don’t ask you’ll never know

Once you’ve got your head around your Thing and what it is–how it works and what it does for other people–the next step is to tell everyone about it.

And once you’ve got your head around telling everyone about your Thing (we call that marketing!) then you need to ask for the sale…

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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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