Thursday, August 27, 2009

Change Your Thinking

There are lots of people who consider selling and marketing as essentially dishonest and manipulative. If that’s how you think, the chances are you will resist change with all your might. This resistance is expressed in sentiments such as:
  • I feel uncomfortable talking about myself and blowing my own trumpet
  • I sound phoney when I write about the benefits I offer
  • I'm just not the marketing type
    I can't sell myself

It's no wonder many professionals and technicians not only struggle with marketing, but feel uncomfortable and inauthentic when communicating with prospects about their services. Marketing becomes a "necessary evil."

The best way to get past these quite understandable feelings is to look at marketing your services from a new perspective. The negative feelings are bound to make you feel dreadful about marketing. Thinking in a completely different way should make you feel good. Let’s explore.


Marketing is manipulation intended to get people to buy things they don't really need.

Marketing is uncomfortable because it talks about me and what I can fo and how I'm better than other service providers.

Marketing is dishonest because it depends on hyperbole and making false promises while charging high fees.

Marketing is egotistical and self-centred, focused on me, me, me.

Marketing is highly competitive, so you need to make sure other professionals don't know what you're doing.

Marketing needs endless amounts of creativity and cleverness in order to get attention and response.



Marketing is about making people aware of a service that could make a real difference in their lives and businesses.

Marketing is a valuable service in itself because the primary activity of effective marketing is to give away valuable information.

Marketing is honourable because it offers to solve problems or assist with challenges that are costing the client time and money.

Marketing is helping with needs and wants, focused on them, them, them.

Marketing simply requires an understanding of clients’ problems, challenges and aspirations and your ability to respond accordingly.

Marketing offers great opportunities for co-operation and creating joint ventures with other professionals.

So which thinking suits you? Only you can decide.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hosting Business Events

May I suggest that the rules of hosting a business event should mirror the way you host an evening at home? For a social event -

· You invite your guests
· All hosts are present
· Everyone is welcomed warmly
· You are dutiful to all your guests’ needs
· You never leave them alone
· You make all necessary introductions
· You ply them with food and drink
· You work hard at giving everyone a pleasant and enjoyable time

Yet when it comes to hosting business events how many times do you see guests standing alone and the hosts gathered together in a different part of the room?

The investment in corporate events not just in terms of money but also time spent should ensure the rules of engagement for both types of event are precisely the same.
See more information on hosting successful events, plus an abundance of free and useful networking information at

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Some valuable networking advice...

...found when walking in Flamborough Head, North Yorskshire last week!

Remember those 5 important things when networking;

S mile

H andshake

I eye contact

N ame

E nthusiastic

For more useful networking tips, visit www.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Did you hear what Sir Alex said about Sir Bobby? He used to CALL ME before all the big matches to say good luck. We all need to call more.