10 Million Voices | Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

Two things I noticed this week:

On Sunday, the world online seemed to have calmed down a little: Twitter seemed slightly quieter, and the online groups I’m in were mostly deserted.

Made me wonder if people were spending the day actually with their families. That would be a nice side effect.

The second thing, and I hope this is useful to you, was a few thought leaders in the entrepreneur space whose discourse started getting a little defeatist. Which I understand, and I don’t blame them.

But.

Everybody has a soapbox these days.

There’s 10 million voices to listen to.

And whether it’s you, or me, or another online entrepreneur:

If you, like some of those others seemed to, end up wondering ‘why bother’ or you’re feeling anxious or depressed… ask yourself who you’re listening to?

Which biases are you consuming, which narratives feed your mind and emotions, which agendas are behind those narratives, and, very importantly:

What emotional reactions and states are being triggered in you?

Because while I don’t advocate living in lala land thinking that all the wrongs in the world will right themselves automatically, I do recommend you keep your mental and emotional state optimal. Fortitude and a healthy, reasonable dose of optimism matter.

And what this outlet or that speaker, this author or that vlogger says, affects your state.

Which brings us to the 3rd thing I noticed, already last week:

I’ve been finding myself saying ‘ain’t nobody got time for that’ a lot more.

Which is a bit harsh, but it’s because I feel a sense of urgency. There’s stuff to be done – for myself and my work and for my clients and my friends.

And we all have stuff to do, and nobody ain’t got time for things that take down our state, sap our strength, make us feel helpless or cause us to procrastinate.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So the voices you pay attention to: select them with care.

Observe your state, and ask yourself: which voices cause my state to lift up, and which cause negative reactions and dips?

Engage with the people in the first group, and beware of (or eliminate your intake entirely) voices in the second group.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Cheers,

Martin

10 Work From Home Tips from an ex-monk (please share – people need it)

Hey there!

Ok, so here’s the ebook I promised – 10 Work From Home tips from an ex-monk.

Click the image to view and download.

And, please share it with as many people as you like.

Working from home can be a challenge any time, but even more so now.

We all need some help & good ideas, so do please share.

Thanks!

Martin

This Is Important. For Your Health, Well-Being and for Those Around You

I normally never do this, but:

The day is wearing long, I didn’t write my daily email yet, have only just ironed out the kinks in my new IP to Profit system so I haven’t had time to create a video to show you yet, and:

… and then I find this article.

I normally never let others speak to my subscribers but this is so good, and so important, I’d like you to take a few minutes and read it. It’ll do you good, I promise.

https://www.thatseemsimportant.com/mental-health/headlines-media-panic-pandemic/

Cheers,

Martin

“Is It Still Ethical to Sell?” (Smile)

Saw that question on Twitter the other day.

And I get it. We’re all reeling to some degree or other, and don’t we have better things on our minds, besides business?

Well yes, we do: Smile. Or do you have anything better to do?

(Ok, that’s a bit snide, but I really really mean it: smile. It’s better).

But that business and selling thing: should we? Is it right? Does it matter? Is it ethical?

Well, think of it this way:

You’d better hope your baker keeps selling bread.

It would be nice if you supermarket keeps selling and serving your needs.

If your phone breaks, hopefully someone is selling new or second hand ones.

Petrol, for those who need to get to work, such as medical, transport, foodstuffs professionals…

The online platforms you use for your business, they’d better keep operating and taking your monthly payments.

Now these are obvious… of course they should stay in business and keep selling. They’re important, for all kinds of reasons.

But if you think that because you’re a solopreneur, or a coach, or an author, or literally whatever it is you do or whatever reason you’re telling yourself why you should take your foot of the gas, that you’re not supposed to be selling your work, you’re making a mistake.

Even if you’re an artist, and you’re telling yourself that ‘there’s more important things than art at a time like this’, you’re making a mistake. Art matters a lot for culture, and even more now that folk will increasingly struggle to keep their head on straight. As evidenced by the uptick in the consumption art and music during past recessions and such.

And another thing: it’s not that you have to keep operating and selling if you don’t want to, but there’s nobody ‘exempt’ from operating their business.

Because whatever the world is going through, it will always have an economy, and you’d better hope that it keeps working, in whatever way.

Without an economy there’s little left except barter, and humanity is no longer organised in a way that makes barter easy on a wide scale. Besides, barter is just another form of economy, so my point stands.

‘The economy’ is a big, big thing, spanning continents and industries and demographics and crossing all kinds of societal and cultural divides… a huge, complex, web. And while I don’t know a whole lot about ‘the economy’, but I do know this:

An economy exists, and functions, by virtue of people trading things of value against each other, buying and selling things. And the more that happens, the more things can happen. Hopefully, good and ethical things.

But without an economy, things suck a lot more for people. Kind of like smiling, now that I think of it.

So the question ‘is it still ethical to sell’, can be replaced with a more important question:

Do people still need what you do?

If the answer is yes, and people also want it, then I’d say go out (well, you know…) and find people who want to buy it.

Your baker is selling bread. Go and keep selling your stuff. And then go give your baker some money.

Please smile as you do so.

Cheers,

Martin

P.s. If you’re concerned about your revenue and sales, I’m still on track to announce tomorrow the new system for turning your intellectual property into a profit centre that I’m building. Stay tuned. And warm, hydrated, and smiling.

What’s He Building in There? (Why All This Mess Might Lead to Awesome Results)

I’ll bet the neighbours said that a lot, back when Steve Jobs was still soldering away at the first ever personal computer.

What’s he building in there…?

A few decades later, and it turns out he built the seed of something rather transformational.

In the last few days I’ve seen tweets saying that a lot of great things were built, while people were isolated from plagues. Don’t quote me as stating facts, but apparently calculus was invented, and Shakespeare did some of his best work… and I’ve seen other examples.

Again, I don’t know facts and I don’t have time to research, but:

While all this crap is happening, things are breaking and people are struggling, there’s also this:

Now that we have technology, and now that everyone is at home…

How many geniuses are out there, with technology at their fingertips, able to communicate with other geniuses…

…quietly tinkering away in their studios or garages, trying to build something that solves problems…

On a global scale, there’s a lot or them. And as the weeks and months go by, we’ll start seeing things come out into the world that could have a huge positive impact on society and even have a positive influence on the actual situation.

Just think: so many people finally free to develop and invent and test and experiment – at a time like ours…

What are they building in there?

What will be the good those things will do?

And while I know it’s my chronic optimism talking, and I’m not naïve enough to think everything will suddenly be fixed, I’m excited to see what comes out of the next few months.

Because it’s no longer about one person in a room inventing calculus, and then sending a letter by horse and ship to a university: we’re now at a time that there’s instant sharing, there’s cross-pollination of ideas, and there’s SO many more geniuses now than 200 or 500 years ago.

And, another thing I’m beginning to observe: silos are being broken. And according to the science of human networks, and observable in scientific history as well as in business and innovation, the more cross-silo interaction there is, the faster things can be developed, and the more transformative they can be.

Meaning: what with the fire that’s been lit under all of us, and all the above ideas, we’re likely to see some exponential results and changes happening.

Just as the damage we’re struggling with is exponential, so will – in my futuristic thinking – be the kind and size of innovation and problem solving.

In other words: there’s not just hope that things will get better again… you might also want to, kind of, hope that surprisingly good things will happen. There’s folks working on awesome solutions, right now. Promise. (Also: support them when you can).

Meanwhile, life goes on, and if you’re in business, so does business.

Unless it doesn’t – so many people unable to sell their product or service at the moment –  in which case I’m building something that might be helpful to you.

It’s a system for turning your own version of genius (or in a more humble way: unique ability, or your intellectual property) into an offer you can sell online, both to existing and new clients.

I hope to have a webinar ready by Friday to explain how it works, for you to implement.

I’ll also offer a guided training at an affordable fee (less than $100), and a 1 on 1 done-with-you option at a higher fee, in case you want to borrow some of my ‘unique ability’.

But if you’re hurting now and you want to see if I can help you create a new revenue centre in your business, feel free to book a short exploration call, to see what you have for people and if I can help you get it into their hands digitally.

Here’s where you can schedule a call: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=11652475&appointmentType=10482980

I’ll do my best to give you a few ideas on how to move forward on your own, or we can discuss how to work together, completely up to you…

Cheers,

Martin

And Now for Some Good News

I’m interrupting normal broadcast for different kind of message, because in the last few days I’ve been falling in love with humanity.

Normally, Twitter (I don’t spend time on other social media) is a place rife with arguments, polemics, divisiveness and ‘I’m right, and you’re not’. (some of that still goes on, but MUCH less).

But in the last few days, I’ve seen so many people do so many beautiful things, it makes my heart swell.

Some guy, saying ‘If you can’t pay the bills, send me a scan and your Venmo, and I’ll pay them.

Convertkit giving a user $500, because the user was short on money.

A startup opened up a phone service, connecting people in quarantine by phone, for free.

Companies like Zoom and HeySummit giving free access to their platform.

And… well, it’s so much, I can’t even remember all the truly awesome things people are doing for each other. Too much to mention, too much to remember.

And it’s not just on Twitter:

Here in Spain, beautiful things happen too.

Each night at 8 or so, the entire town gets out on their balconies and terraces, to applaud our healthcare workers. Just beautiful.

A guy posting a notice near the elevator of his apartment building, saying ‘if you can’t get out of the house, let me know and I’ll get you your groceries’.

Owners of shops donating facemasks and soap and gloves. And more, much much more.

I never knew I’d see it in my lifetime, but for once, it seems like humanity finally realises that we’re all in the same boat, and it’s best if we all row together.

Or maybe that’s just the treehugger in me thinking that, but: damn, folks. You all are doing wonderfully beautiful things for each other.

I love seeing that. Let’s do more of it, yeah?

Like the song says: accentuate the positive.

Be well.

Martin

Business, but Not as Usual

Hey, how are you doing there… not ill, I hope… not stressed or anxious or worried too much?

That said, business worldwide is being affected, and every one of us will need to think on our feet, if we’re going to keep our venture running.

It’s fun when pundits and startups talk about disruptive industries, but right now we’re dealing with industrial disruption, and that ain’t no fun.

What used to work last week, isn’t working the same today, and that means we need to adjust, adapt, pivot.

Luckily, the internet is a massive enabler, but it’s on us to find a way to leverage its potential.

Whether your revenue is at risk because you can’t visit your clients and deliver, or because supply chains and delivery of product can get delayed, or your remote clients aren’t buying your service offer because of spending freezes: if you’re going to keep going, you’ll need to adjust.

Here’s one thing that practically everyone can do:

Sell your genius.

Meaning: there’s something you do, based on your experience and skills and uniqueness, that nobody can do quite the way you do it.

That ‘genius’ is your IP – your intellectual property.

And if right now you’re stuck at home with no appointments in your calendar and uncertainty about how long your buying cycles will be, you could do worse than to extract that IP, turn it into a digital offer, and see if it would be useful to your audience.

Right now, I’m creating a system that will do exactly that, because a) I too need to pivot, and b) because there’s droves of people who are stuck, whose business is taking a hit, who need to keep serving up their IP – for their own sake and for that of the people they serve – and who are at a loss as to what to do.

And one thing to do when things are tough, is to use a system designed to lead to an outcome.

And while it won’t be a panacea for all businesses, that kind of system is what I’m building right now. I’ll probably make a basic instruction+workbook available for free, so that anyone who needs to give their business a push can benefit from it.

More news soon.

Cheers,

Martin

P.s. Whenever a business struggles with cashflow, my first question is always: Can you make an offer, sell something, is there anything you can serve your audience with? Usually, the answer is yes. But often, the actual selling part is tricky or scary for people. If that’s you, then read this ebook, 10 Rules for Ethical Selling. Might help you make the sales conversation a little easier:

2 Steps to Growing Your Business – But Hardly Anyone Implements Them

Some of my readers already know that in the last few months, I’ve been deploying a marketing system that guarantees increases in revenue of 20% or more.

It’s super effective, really reliable (actually comes with a guarantee), and really the only thing wrong with it, is that I didn’t invent it myself – I simply obtained a license to teach and implement the system for clients, because it’s one of the best systems for growth I’ve seen.

But the other day, I realised how wonderfully it dovetails with my own LEAP model for running and growing a business.

LEAP being the Listen, Explain, Ask, Profit framework I invented.

And in terms of that marketing system, here’s how it works, and the steps to implement if you want to grow your business:

Listen:

What is it it that makes people buy from you, and not someone else? What do customers opine about doing business with you? Why do they give you money?

You’ll have an idea, but until you talk to your people, and listen, you’ll be operating on assumptions and random soundbites and data points.

But once you get your buyer’s feedback, and motivation, in their own words: then you have a USP – a Unique Selling Proposition – that speaks with the voice of your best buyers, and attracts more of that kind of buyer.

Homework: survey your customers (current and past – you want to learn why people stopped doing business with you as well as why they still do)

Explain:

You take that USP – the thing that differentiates you and makes people love you – and you make it part of every piece of communication you do. If there’s a compelling reason that your market has told you is why they buy with you, state that reason.

Integrate your USP, make it part of your messaging, brand, tagline, the way you answer emails or the phone: make sure that those who deal with you are made aware of why you are you and therefore preferable over your competition.

Homework: well, that. Update your branding, your messaging, your bios on social media, your email signature, your tagline: live your key differentiator out loud. It’s why people love your work, remember?

Ask:
Here we look at your database – your past current, and future customers – and we start asking tough questions about who tends to buy what, and what kinds of offers we can make to see if people will buy something else.

Packages, special offers, add-on services or upsells: You simply ask: “I’ve got this thing here – is it something you’d want?”

When you do that, after defining your USP and making it part of your messaging, you’ll find that digging into your database and your numbers brings up all kinds of opportunities for people who love (or loved) doing business with you, to buy something again.

Homework: analyse your database, create packages and offers, and run campaigns (email, phone, social media, in-person meetings once travel is advisable again): create theories about what people might want to buy, and ask them if they want to.

Finally, profit:
This is where we create strategic alliances with businesses that serve a similar audience to yours, and we create partnerships based on cross-promotion and commission – and it only takes a few well-chosen strategic partners, for you to increase your revenue without scaling up your workload or your advertising budget.

Homework: analyse your market, identify products and services they already buy, and get in touch with people who sell them, to see if you can create partnerships.

And that, in a nutshell, is the LEAP marketing system.

Follow these steps in order, and you’ll see your revenue go up.

Or, have me implement the steps for you, and I’ll get you to at least 20% growth. Guaranteed.

Shall we talk?

Cheers,

Martin

Selling Is Not Binary

In business, your job is to help a buyer advance, get better, solve problems – your job is not to ‘close a sale’.

Sometimes people buy from you, sometimes they don’t, and that’s up to them.

It really depends on what that person needs, and wants, and the timing of your encounter. Maybe their best choice is to not buy today, but tomorrow or next week.

Because even if someone has the money to work with you, it also needs to fit into their plans and projects.

Whether you sell a product or service, in most cases a client will also need to dedicate a certain amount of time to the project – and that already starts before buying: even the decision to work with you or not requires an investment in think-time.

So if they don’t buy today, who knows what they’ll want to decide tomorrow or later down the line?

This is why selling isn’t binary. It’s not a ‘sale/no sale’ scenario, because if you see it that way you’ll shut things down if you don’t get a yes.

Instead, consider it a ‘sale/or something else’ situation, where ‘something else’ is an outcome that you both benefit from, and one that keeps you in touch.

This change in attitude does magic for the relationships and conversations you have, because it takes the pressure off the situation.

It creates encounters that leaves people feeling ‘I feel respected by you. I’m happy to talk to you again’.

Which is great, because what better person to follow up with, than someone who’s open to dealing with you again?

This kind of conversation and relationship is what I teach in my LEAP training for ethical selling.

It’s in pilot launch at the moment, and there’s still a few seats left for a live, 1 on 1, 10-week training.

Are you in?

Cheers,

Martin

Values, Experience, USP

When I talk about ‘solving the good egg problem’, meaning: helping good folk sell more because of their values, that means there’s a great many variation in the kind of business that I work with. Ghostwriters, designers, architects, startups, healthcare, web developers and yoga teachers: I’ve worked with all kinds and sizes of businesses.

On the surface, that looks like bad marketing, because if I’m for everyone in general, my marketing would say ‘I’m not for anyone in particular’.

Except I’m not for everyone.

I don’t really think in terms of ‘niche’ or ‘industry’ or ‘demographic’ – what you as a business owner do can be whatever you want – but I can only work with you if and I have shared views on items such as values, integrity, truthfulness… and, the idea of running a business that does something useful.

That’s my ‘niche’ – the psychographic make-up that you and I have, and whether or not we’re aligned in how we see certain things that matter a lot to us. Like values, and stuff.

That’s why I’m for: people who see business and service and money and marketing in a way similar to me: a force for good, to be used strategically and with purpose and intent.

Here’s why this is useful:

Your values, or those that your company embodies, influence the experience your clients have with your business.

When you then lead with those values, in all your marketing and sales efforts, you’ll start to attract the kind of people who seek a provider who has certain values in common with them.

So when I work with clients to grow their business, an important job is to figure out what experience your customers have had, what that says about your values, and how that informs the communication (i.e. marketing and sales) you should be putting out in your messaging.

Because when you have the right values in common, the sale is already half closed, before you even talk to a new customer, because you’ll already have a lot of rapport.

What all this comes down to, is creating a Unique Selling Proposition for your business, that is built to appeal to exactly the kind of person you love working with.

Part of the consulting system I’m rolling out, is figuring out exactly what your USP should be, so if you want to get clear on that – meaning, get clear on what sets you apart from others and why people should do business with you and not those others – feel free to schedule a free 30 minute consultation here.

Cheers,

Martin

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