Expect the Unexpected

Of course, being British I have this expectation built in when it comes to the weather (expecting the unexpected!), but it’s a good way of thinking when it comes to business too.

Much as it’s important to have a plan—and it’s always a good idea to have a goal—sometimes something will just ‘show up’ that is unexpected.

This can be good unexpected or bad unexpected…

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Cause a Reaction

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Your marketing should cause a reaction. You should cause a reaction.

If you want people to take action you need them to react (clue is in the word ‘act’).

Now this might mean you need to have a different point of view. It might mean you have to be the person that says out loud what everyone else is only thinking. Maybe you need to step away from the crowd and start a new movement; wear something different, do something different, be something different.

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Go ‘Old School’

Now look, I know it’s not the ‘cool’ thing to do marketing-wise… that would be funnels and split-testing landing pages and the live videos on Facebook… BUT a good old-fashioned phone call can go a long way.

As can ‘real life’ networking.

Or what about a letter in the post?

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I can see the future (and so can you)

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Some of my clients joke with me (at least I think it’s a joke) that I can see the future. They ask me to tell them what I see for them in the weeks or months ahead. And I do. I tell them what I see they are capable of, and what is absolutely possible for them – whether it’s their future or not is not up to me though – it’s up to them.

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Playing nice in business — why manners maketh money

Sometimes I come across businesses, and business people, that just don’t seem to have any manners!
It’s not just customer service; you should also be thinking about how you work with other businesses too…

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Drowning not waving…

It’s all about perspective.

I always say that your Thing is your filter on the world and how you see things differently. That’s why your Thing is very often a different way of working, a different order, different detail, different language or a different approach entirely to how something is done. It’s your take on the world, not necessarily a brand spanking new eureka moment Thing. Which of course is all about perspective.

Sometimes when your perspective is very different to everyone else around you it can be hard to share. Perhaps you don’t want to ‘stand out’ or be different. For many of us it’s inbuilt not to be a show off or get noticed to much. Certainly in my life experience that didn’t always end well (it does now, but not back then).

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