Getting Over Your Fear of Asking for Referral Partners

Getting Over Your Fear of Asking for Referral Partners

True or not true? Asking someone to become your referral partner is scary.

If you said true, you’re not alone.

How scary it is to ask someone to send you referrals depends on your comfort level. The more you practice the better you get, and that’s something you can build on. Even if asking for referrals doesn’t seem to come naturally, you can train yourself to do it comfortably enough — and it might even become fun!

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Build the Foundation of Your Marketing on Love

Build the Foundation of Your Marketing on Love

Have you ever considered that you could love marketing? That it might be possible to market from a place of love, doing marketing activities that you love, all so you can serve the lovely clients you’re meant to serve?

Love is the answer.

Consider the possibility that the foundation of your marketing is based on something you truly love, something you might be inclined to do even if you didn’t get paid. A message you love sharing, in a way that you love sharing it.

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Does Your Marketing Spark Joy?

Does Your Marketing Spark Joy?

Does it spark joy?

This is the question Marie Kondo (author of The Magical Art of Tidying Up) asks you to consider when going through your things. What if you applied this concept to your business marketing?

There are so many things you may feel you have to do to market your services that it’s easy to forget about sparking joy. Case in point: I was talking with a client one day about doing the Get Clients Now! 28-day program, and after glancing at some of the suggested actions from the book she made these comments:

* Spend 1 hour each day cold calling – Heck no!

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How to Take Your Marketing from “I Can’t” to “I Can”

How to Take Your Marketing from “I Can’t” to “I Can”

A large part of the secret sauce for marketing is your mindset.

Not sure if you can be a good networker?
Not sure if you can write a blog?
Not sure if you can represent your company at a trade show?

You can!

When it comes to marketing, the odds of success will be stacked disproportionately in your favor if you have a positive mindset. This means believing in yourself, remembering why you love your business, and taking inspired action.

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The Dark Trifecta of Marketing: Fear, Resistance, and Procrastination

The Dark Trifecta of Marketing: Fear, Resistance, and Procrastination

When it comes to getting your marketing done, you may have the best of intentions. You’ve set aside time on your calendar, outlined the actions you want to take, and called an accountability buddy who’ll check in with you in a few hours. And yet, here you are, stopped in the face of getting things done, wondering what the heck happened.

It’s likely your old friends fear, resistance, and procrastination have come to visit.

When this trifecta hits, it can be unsettling. You’re an accomplished person, running a business and taking care of those you serve. How can it possibly be that you’re finding it hard to do the marketing you said you were going to do? Especially when you actually want to do it?

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Stop Reacting and Start Pro-Acting to Market Your Business

Stop Reacting and Start Pro-Acting to Market Your Business

If you’re answering calls, replying to emails and notes, responding to invitations, and receiving referrals and leads, it probably feels like you’re taking a lot of action to market your business. But it may be that a good deal of what you’re engaged in is actually RE-action.

Waiting to hear from the right prospects is nowhere near as productive as proactively taking steps to seek them out. And a stream of incoming communications can take up time and energy, but doesn’t always lead to closed sales.

Consider these suggestions for getting out of reaction mode and becoming more proactive in your marketing.

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Eight Reasons Why Your Blog Isn’t Bringing You Clients

Eight Reasons Why Your Blog Isn’t Bringing You Clients

A common complaint I hear from the self-employed professionals I work with is that they’ve tried blogging as a marketing approach, but it hasn’t paid off. No one is reading their blog, they tell me. Or they’ve got some readership, but their readers never seem to become paying clients. Is it time to give up blogging, they ask? Maybe they should focus on social media instead.

Yikes! Don’t make that choice. Social media marketing doesn’t work without good, original content to share.

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Doing What Comes Naturally in Marketing

Doing What Comes Naturally in Marketing

One of the worst marketing mistakes a self-employed professional can make is creating a marketing plan that consists of activities you don’t enjoy and aren’t good at. There’s no boss looking over your shoulder, so who’s going to make you do things you don’t want to? It’s much more likely that a plan you find distasteful and difficult simply won’t be executed.

Professionals often tell me they don’t like marketing or selling, but many times I find that what they truly dislike is the tactics they’ve been trying to use.

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