When trying too hard is too much (and what to do instead)

Today I’m going to talk about eating out, not because I’m a big foodie–although I am, but because it teaches you a lot about good marketing. My example is taken from the realm of ‘tourist restaurants’ (or at least restaurants in a tourist destination).

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You’re better than you think you are

I’m good at this. Maybe you’re good at this too? Thinking you’re ‘not that good’ at things and underestimating your talent and value. But the chances are you are good, or at the very least ‘good enough’.

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Take 2(00)

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Now I love my Thing, as I know you do too. And here’s the thing about your Thing: when it’s brilliant, it’s your responsibility to share it—over and over again.

To just do your Thing once isn’t going to help everyone who needs your Thing. And every time you deliver your Thing you need to do it brilliantly.

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When clarity is everything

I get like this–when I can’t ‘see’ clearly, I stall. Sometimes it’s what to do next, sometimes it’s a name of programme, or a venue, or a price, or a marketing message. It could be big barrier or it could be a small stumbling block, but if I can’t see clearly ‘what’ or ‘how’, I can get stuck.

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The Business of Helping

Most businesses are in the business of ‘helping’–helping other businesses, helping people, helping society, helping the world, some kind of ‘helping’ is usually the result of what they do. Whether that’s helping with a product, system or service… it’s usually there to ‘solve a problem’.

So why is this important to understand? In Marketing terms, it’s important that you absolutely know and can demonstrate the ‘problem’ that you solve and how you ‘help’.

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Is this really me?

Do you ever do something or write something or have a meeting about a project and think ‘is this really me?’.

There are lots of things you CAN do but not necessarily all of them ARE you.

When you are really being you, you are being brilliant.

And you are being brilliant with ease and grace and fun.

If you have that sinking feeling when you look at some copy or design or a proposal that is ‘from’ you and it’s just not feeling right, then heads up – it’s not really you.

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