The Unique Selling Proposition: You Are One of a Kind.

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  I spoke in New York City last month and made time to visit the National September 11 Museum. I braced myself for an emotional morning, knowing there would be exhibits I might choose not to experience. (Thankfully, they are clearly identified as such.) I did not expect to find motivation for a newsletter/blog post… Read more »

How to Market More Like Nike (Without the Shoes or Their Budget)

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Nike used to advertise and market like every one else out there. The way many people still do. Show the product. Make it big. The more bullet pointed features the better. In the late 1970’s, Nike regularly advertised its latest, greatest shoe in much the same way, on the back cover of Runner’s World magazine. Until… Read more »

Effective Communication Quotes (And What I Have to Say About Them)

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I confess. I was about to throw together this month’s blog post by merely listing a bunch of inspiring quotations around better marketing, effective communication and presentation skills. Easy. Won’t take me but a little cut and paste time. Color me done. (And on target with the promise I made on my Will Do list to post… Read more »

How Do You Make Decisions? (And Why It Matters)

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When my three kids were young, Toys R Us was one of their favorite outings. Not so much for me. Don’t get me wrong–I enjoyed being in on the big reward for saving up their allowance and redeeming Grandpa and Grandma’s gift certificates. (They didn’t have gift cards back then.) The not-so-much-fun part was running… Read more »

Four Basic Things Your Message Must Do (If You Want to Get Results)

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Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry began football camp every year by holding up a football and saying, “Gentlemen, this is a football.” Celebrated UCLA basketball coach John Wooden’s first lesson for new players each year was teaching them precisely and specifically how to put on their socks and tie their shoes. “Wrinkles cause blisters. Blisters… Read more »

Three parts every new business pitch needs to prevent chaos

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Congratulations! You or your firm made it to the short list. It’s between you and who-knows-how-many other folks who do the voodoo you do. Woo-hoo! Let the fun begin. Or maybe not? You may have anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours to give your presentation. Ugh. How do you convince anyone of anything in… Read more »

The Worst (and Best) Way to Close a Presentation or Pitch

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“Are there any questions?” That’s how most people close a presentation, pitch or meeting. It’s seems perfectly natural. If there was something that wasn’t quite clear, the Q&A is the perfect time for you to clarify. You don’t want to leave them confused. No way, not you. Or,  perhaps a question might spark more discussion…. Read more »

Does your web site sound like you?

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By “you,” I mean, does it sound human? Most companies want to make sure their web content sounds professional, respectable and trustworthy. Nothing wrong with that. Except that with everyone trying to sound professional, respectable and trustworthy, too many all start sounding the same. By “same,” I mean, boring. “We are a full-service whatever firm,… Read more »