How to be a famous introvert (or extrovert)

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Extrovert or introvert—doing your Thing your way is always the way to go. When I talk about finding your ‘media thing’ it’s about finding the ways you love to communicate that are you sharing your message and Thing at your best. If you’re best in front of an audience go for it, but if you’re best on your own in your ‘creation cave’ go with that instead.

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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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You might be a star but it’s not an act

There are way too many rules and expectations around what you ‘should’ do and what is ‘right’ when, actually, it all comes down to what you want and how you want to do it. It is about you, as you are No.1. If you’re not happy how can you do your Thing to your best effect? It matters.

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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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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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Slower is better than stopping

Today I went for my first ‘proper’ run in a long time (that’s running for the sake of running, not because I’m cutting it fine to catch my train). I’m married to a ‘proper runner’ who ‘pops out for a 10k’ 2 or 3 times a week, so it’s a little intimidating when I know my ‘run’ could be outpaced by a walk at times. But when you decide on something you want to do, it’s a good idea to just do it–any way you can.

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