“YES! YES! YES!”

yes_no_maybe_dice“I ran a workshop this week entitled ‘7 Ways To Build a Better (More Profitable) Business’.   One theme or concept that the attendees had some good meaty discussion around was that of prospect conversion.  In other words, how do I turn a prospect (someone who has expressed interest in learning more about my business) into an actual paying customer or client?

I’ll share with you some of the ideas that were discussed because I strongly believe they can dramatically change your business for the better if you choose 1 or 2 and implement them powerfully.

• Get crystal clear on is your ‘why’.  The first thing we all need to understand and get crystal clear on is our ‘why’ – ‘why’ are we in the business or field we’re in?  What do we REALLY want to accomplish?  Getting clear on your ‘why’ will help you get the right message out in the marketplace and help draw to you the kind of prospects you WANT for your business.

• People buy from people.   This is the second thing we need to wrap our heads around.  They don’t buy from a business. So, what this means is that in order to convert more prospects, you must first get to know them as people and vice versa.

  1. show your face in your marketing materials
  2. post a video of YOU on your website so that people can hear your voice or see you ‘in action’
  3. ask them lots of good questions when you’re face-to-face with them about what they do and then connect their answers to how you can help support that with your product or service. When you’re asking questions, you’re building rapport and getting to know someone on a human level.

• Remove risk wherever possible.  All this means is that people like to know that if they try something new (your service or product) they won’t LOSE anything if it doesn’t work for them.  (Chances are in your favour that it WILL work because you’re bothered to do the first two steps above.)  Offer a free trial or a money-back guarantee.

• Educate on Value – WIIFM!     Ensure you speak your prospect’s language! Always speak in terms of the benefits your prospect will enjoy when they work with you, not how smart you are or how advanced your product is!

• Follow up your ‘Not Nows’.  Have a process for staying in touch with those prospects who would LIKE to buy from you, but now is not the time.  You want to be there when they’re ready!  Have a think around what that could look like in your business – a quarterly coffee catch-up, a regular newsletter, etc?

Choose just ONE thing and decide to focus on how you can implement it (or implement it more powerfully) in your business and COMMENT below to let me know what you’ll be implementing!

 

What’s Your Value Proposition? (or “How much YOU do you let the world see?”)

In other words, what do YOU bring to the table in your industry that no one else can lay claim to?  What would make YOUR target clients want to do business with you?   Your value proposition may not be what you think it is! 

This idea came to light just yesterday while I was chatting to someone about facilitating a workshop at a National Conference later this year.   We began discussing “challenging the status quo” and taking a fresh look at not only HOW business is “traditionally” conducted within that particular industry but also at how each member determined their value proposition. 

We realized that most of that association’s members are over-focused on product details as their unique point of difference when it isn’t that at all!  Successful businesses are all about building relationships (either online or offline) with their prospects and clients, right?  So, it’s really about what each individual person’s STORY is.  Their story, if articulated in a compelling way, has the power to draw clients and potential clients into their world. 

Each one of us is unique, with a unique set of skills and unique life experience.  No one else, EVER, is now or will be just like you.   So, the major point around that idea is this:   to become even more successful, be even more “YOU”!    Let your personality and experiences come through in the messages you put out to the world through your website, marketing materials, office environment, presentations, etc.

In the past, I often looked at my professional headshots, for example, and thought – “Hmm…perhaps I shouldn’t be smiling quite so much.  Maybe I should wear a black suit.  How about if I look more stern?  After all, I’m a ‘PROFESSIONAL’.”     You know what?   I like my headshots just the way they are – I DO smile a lot and I love to laugh.  I love beautiful coloured clothing.  I’m NOT stern and serious all the time.  So – my photos represent me being “ME”!   

When was the last time you checked to see how much “you” showed through in your business?   It might be time for an audit!

GET SET FOR A STRONG 2014!

I’ll admit right here and now that planning ahead is NOT one of my natural strengths.  So, at times like these when I reach the end of the calendar year and I am faced with some extra time on my hands, I need to use some of that time productively to plan for the coming year.  I would encourage you to invest some time in doing the same.  I’ve outlined a few simple steps below that I use to make the process just a bit easier.

The first step of planning ahead is to take time to reflect on the year just gone.   Did you accomplish what you intended to?  If so, take a moment to celebrate and give yourself a pat on the back!  If not, ask yourself why you didn’t reach those goals.  Was it a lack of resources, skill, motivation, time, momentum?  Try to pinpoint what went pear-shaped so that you can put steps in place to avoid repeating those mistakes in the coming year.  I’m not saying this is easy, but it is an important step in making forward progress.

The next step is to set fresh goals and targets for the year ahead.  Remember, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.”  You can set all the fresh goals you like, but if you do not make some sort of change in HOW you’re going about reaching your goals, you will fall short.  I follow the same process of tweaking HOW I do what I do in order to obtain better results, both for my audiences when I provide a keynote address, my business coaching and training clients (through my relationship with 10X) and myself.  Does it always work?  No.  Do I reflect on why it didn’t work and try something different?  ABSOLUTELY.

The third step is to create an action plan, or step-by-step roadmap to help you reach those goals.  Chunk them down into bite-sized bits that you can easily manage, and at the end of the year you’ll be surprised how much you’ve accomplished.  If you need help with this process, give me a ring.  I can help provide that “helicopter view” of your business to help you see strategise the bigger picture, then we can  break down your goals into weekly, monthly or quarterly chunks that you can tackle one at a time.

Finally, enlist someone to hold you accountable for achieving what you set out to do.  We all break promises to ourselves far too easily.  Have someone who will support you but check in with you on a regular basis to ensure you’re making progress.

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