Detours and Diversions

I am sure it’s happened to you too?

You know exactly where you want to get to—you even have the map—then something unexpected happens… the road is closed.

You get diverted. It might be a technical detour, it might be a timing detour, it might be a team detour, it might be a marketing detour… but it is just a detour—you’re still headed the same way. Or at least that’s the plan…

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Build your own ride…

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The ride is, of course, the main attraction and the 3 minutes of thrills and spills you’ve been queuing so long for. And when you get on the ride sometimes you love it and wish it lasted longer, and other times you are very happy that it’s all over with quickly! But was it worth it either way? Was it YOUR ride?

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Tell people what to do!

Sometimes you need to s-p-e-l-l it out to your clients and prospects what you want them to do. Now of course I don’t mean this in a shout-out-instruction-like-a-sergeant-major type way (!), but in a ‘make it nice and easy and clear what to do next so you are gently corralling people in the right direction’.

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Ask questions. A lot of questions…

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If you’re not sure about your Thing, ask yourself these great Thing-finding questions, questions to work out your process or philosophy, questions to help you work out your best marketing, and yet more questions…

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It’s not you, it’s me…

Sometimes you just don’t want to work with someone.

And that is OK.

But do you follow your own rules, intuition, boundaries or whatever it is that sets out your ideal and non-ideal clients and stick to it?

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Listen very carefully (your market is speaking)

Most of the answers you need for your business are all around you–it’s often simply a case of listening more carefully.

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