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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Have they got their hands up?

If you don’t want to tear your hair out with your marketing, I’d highly recommend you only focus on people with their hands up (or at the very least on people who have them hanging loosely by their sides!).

And then there are the other people–the people who have their hands firmly pressed down against their sides. Under no circumstances are they interested in your Thing. Not now, not ever. They just don’t get your Thing, they don’t want your Thing, they don’t need your Thing. Your Thing is not for them. So don’t market to them!

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Being a Busy Business Celebrity: The Power of 3

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Now I LOVE to be busy, but I am sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to you that being busy for the sake of it is NOT a good way to be in business.

If you’re trying to DO every type of marketing and promotion right now and you’re very busy, then I recommend you whittle it down to 3. Yup, just 3 types of marketing that you love to do.

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If you’re still waiting… it’s up to you

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This keeps happening to me.

I wait for ‘someone’ to say something, do something or share something or sell something and they don’t. So I wait some more. And then I realise I have to do it!

What are you waiting for that you know it’s up to you to do?

Maybe it’s time to stop waiting…

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Did you file it under ‘Common Sense’?

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When you know something and know it so well, you can’t quite believe other people don’t know it. Sometimes this is ‘learned’ knowledge–a new topic you just took a course in, or a book you just read. And sometimes it’s something you ‘filed away from years ago’. Other times, it’s just something you figured out was ‘common sense’. The problem with common sense, though, is everyone’s file contains different entries.

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Strictly Business

I don’t mind admitting it. I am a HUGE Strictly Come Dancing Fan (Dancing with the Stars if you’re reading this outside the UK). Obviously I am sure you appreciate that I love the sparkles and the spotlights (of course!) but what I love the most is the dedication and the trust that you see.

Every one of the celebrities is already doing their Thing (and up to the point of starting the series that Thing isn’t ballroom dancing, and for some – let’s be honest – it never will be!) but everyone is willing to give dancing a go and be a beginner.

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