Trust your customers to know what they want.  And when you sell to other businesses, those are mainly business-related achievements.  But businesses are still run by people, and people are ultimately driven by the WIIFM urge.  Saying “what’s in it for me” conjured too many negative stereotypes, so allow me to debunk this impression right…

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The answer is: it’s not about you.  So how do your customers buy? Deciding to buy something means knowing that choice is the best option; using the money there instead of somewhere else, hoping it will be a long-term solution, considering what else has to change to accept this new product and more.  The better…

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It has finally happened: it is 2020 and your business advantage is all about service.  Back in 2018, I spoke at Jim Moran Institute Small Business Leadership Conference. My talk was a workshop to focus attention on how customers buy, rather than how businesses sell.  The theme that year was “It’s all about the customer”.…

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Your clients expect more than your service: they expect a good experience. Think about your chocolates on the pillow. ✅ Udemy: How To Launch Your Business as a Freelance Consultant http://bit.ly/udemyBC ✅Skillshare: How to Launch Your Business as a Freelance Consultant https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Ho…

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Words do not exist in isolation: words exist in context.  Consider that the English language word “recommended” is positive, whereas the Italian word “raccomandato” is an insult. The word is the same, with the same meaning, but what changes is the context (in this case, English versus Italian cultural norms).  Below are five words that…

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We all want to be effective, and we all want to be efficient. Too often, these two qualities do not play well together.  To be more efficient, businesses cut resources and steps. Then, struggling to achieve results (i.e. seeing their effectiveness decrease), they throw money or time at the quickest fix available.  It is the…

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A comment I have heard in at least four different conversations over the past couple of months: “I sell peace of mind”.  The four people who said this were: an attorney, a beauty salon owner, an auto mechanic, and a doggy day care owner.  But they all sell the same thing… or do they?  What…

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People have options. The content in this blog is about finding ways to always be the best option.  To be the best option, you must be targeting the right clients and then solving their particular problems.  I saw this happen recently with a CPA firm.  The problem They were serving anyone.  Everybody needs to file…

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Might have red hair, or be a company with fifty employees, or drive a Honda. Your ideal client might have a certain job title, be in a particular marital status, have a particular responsibility. Different companies and products will have different essentials to describe their ideal clients. Each list of “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” will be…

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Another view on last week’s message: that good process is what makes your business unique and successful. You may have heard this expression before, it was the old AT&T business slogan: The System is the Solution Once again: the words used, matter. The solution is the product Regular readers of this blog will have heard…

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