Being Masterful

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I want you doing your Thing. Doing what you are brilliant at and not just what you are good at.

But what I want more than that is for you to be a Master. For you to do your Thing so much and so often and so well that you are a Master of it—a true expert—experienced, confident and truly ‘there’ with your Thing knowing it’s what you do that’s brilliant.

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You have all the answers (& they’re different for everyone)

As any good coach will tell you (not that I’m a coach, but I’ve worked with plenty!) YOU have all the answers. But there is no ‘one plan’ you must stick to or get right–there is instead the ‘right plan for you’ which is perfect for your life, business, whatever because it fits with your goals, your values, your take on things.

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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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Well, that didn’t work…

You’d think I have this Thing all figured out, right? Well, most of the time I do and then sometimes some-thing comes along and I get a big smack round the chops to remind me I MUST do it my way!

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Give them what they want (but make it what they need)

You should always be listening to your market and offering products and services they want. That’s common business sense. That said, sometimes you may know that what they (your market) ‘want’ is not what they ‘need’. The trick here is a to strike a balance and meet them where they are, then gently ‘steer’ them to where you know lies a better answer.

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I don’t know (so tell me)

If you can answer questions people ask about ‘things’ or solve a problem people have, then you have a very valuable Thing. The point, of course, is to let people know that…

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