What are your inner marketing voices saying to you?

What are your inner marketing voices saying to you?

What are your inner marketing voices saying to you?

I’m on a train right now, as I write this, going into Edinburgh for our in-person PF team get together. It’s always good fun to get together with the team (who are usually remote and communicating via Slack and video), and the sun is shining, and the skies are blue. A nice change from Storm Gareth yesterday!

A few seats ahead of me are three people who since the moment they boarded the train, have been loudly complaining, arguing, blaming, swearing, accusing, and generally being miserable themselves as well as polluting the environment the rest of us are in.

It’s easy to get annoyed at those who are complaining loudly. Or blaming others for everything that’s not their fault. Or simply being negative.

It’s one of the things I hate most in the world….and I hate it because it’s something i have to fight in my own head.

I have a lot of people tell me I’m such a positive person. I’m always so grateful to hear it, because i want to be: and also because i know how hard I have to work at it in order for this to be true. Constantly, daily, minutely.

From time to time I’ll have a few days where things aren’t going terribly wrong, but the challenges feel greater than the wins for a little while. Miscommunications. A slight thing that wasn’t done as well as it could be. Me double booking and having to rearrange a call. Dropping a glass and watching it shatter on the wood floor. Confusion and long discussions with a friend to sort it out. Pouring rain, howling wind, beating hail. That sort of thing. Nothing disastrous, simply the stuff of life….but the temptation is to complain – at least inwardly.

What struck me about the continual (loud) voices on the train today was….this is what the complaining voices in my head sound like. Even if they never see the light of day, they still pollute my mind and my actions as a result.

And of course (always turning these things to marketing!) it got me thinking about how my clients can have a similar thing happen in their minds when it comes to marketing.

“I can’t do this.”

“It’s too hard.”

“I’m not creative/a designer/artistic.”

“I don’t have time.”

“They’re doing it better than me / why bother?”

“It will take too long to get results.”

It’s so very tempting to think these things, even if you don’t necessarily say them aloud. But the pollution of those messages can prevent you doing good marketing. Can make your marketing head miserable. And can result in frustration for you and the team around you in your firm.

The truth is…

You can do this.

It’s hard, but enjoyable.

You are creative. (Every human is.)

You absolutely have the time.

They’re not you.

Results will come.

Tell yourself those things, because I can assure you – with all the weight of my working with accountants and seeing what works and what doesn’t – that they’re 100% true.

The others are just noise pollution for your marketing.

Oh – and if you’re struggling with confidence, uncertainty, confusion, or scepticism in any area of marketing, drop me a line. I’m happy to listen and direct you to something that will help you get some quick wins, or encouragements.

 

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ON THE GRAM

I’m not actually bummed about the grey weather we’re having. Here’s why.

I went for a walk in the MORNING today, which felt like i’m winning at life. 🏆 

Lately I’ve been fitting in my daily walk at 9 or 10pm after a long day of meetings. I’m super grateful for the way it’s still light so late at night, but a walk-at-end-of-day doesn’t have the same motivational kick as the walk-at-the-start. 🌑 

So that one little thing I did puts me at champion status, and affects my entire mindset for the day. 💪 

There are a lot of contributing factors to this morning’s walk, but the top one was that it was grey, cool, and windy...which is far more motivational to me than bright sunshine. 🌬 

I know, it’s weird.

The rest of britain is like UGH WHAT A SHIT SUMMER and i’m here going um...i really, really love the rain. And clouds. And cool breezes. And grey skies. ☔ 

I’ll join in the conversation and be like yea, yea, it really does suck...but that’s just to start conversation and show British solidarity. Deep down I don’t think it does suck. 👀 

I do like sunshine, but after spending 25 years of my life in Arizona, I don’t love or crave the heat. ☀ 

Anything over about 20 degrees and i start getting a bit antsy...and my limit is “23 with a breeze”. 😎 

If it’s higher than that I’ll literally hide inside, not rush out to sit in a beer garden or at the beach. I really don’t enjoy heat at all. 

So thanks grey skies and wind, you helped a lot today. 💪 

Just me? Everyone else dreaming of 30+ degrees and sunshine?? It’s okay if you are...i just...don’t get it. 🤣 

#justkeepgoing #walkoftheday #goodmorning #wegotthis #onestepatatime #motivation
Cancelling things is a superhero skill.

Not all the time, of course: we want to be trustworthy.

And the sheer stubbornness of being a business owner is good.

I can do it. I will do it. No matter what! I can make. this. work.

A product, an event, a new hire, a business.

So we keep pushing. Show up, send the emails, make the phone call, record the videos. More training for the new hire, more new hires. Make sure we never let anyone down.

Of course, things happen. We get sick, something happens to a family member, or there’s an emergency and we need to shift things around.

But cancelling things can be a superhero skill: when you do it well, knowing why it’s time to cut the cord and communicating it well.

Here’s some of what I consider when I’m trying to decide if it’s time to dig in, or stop & go another direction:

1. Does anyone even know about it?
Sometimes it’s been a big part of your business life and used a lot of brainpower, but no one outwith you and your team know it was meant to happen.

2. What’s the cost of not doing this now?
The full cost, more than financial, including:
- Motivational cost for you, team, clients
- Decreased trust for clients
- Loss of strategic partnership connection

3. Could you replace it with something else?
Another day, an online option, a template instead of custom build? Sometimes a replacement isn’t a cancellation at all. You’re doing it, but in a less costly way.

4. Do I have the energy and appetite to keep going?
I can do it with an automaton approach…but given the other things on my plate, where do I want my energy to go? How much do I have to give? Will it renew energy, or drain it?

I ended up cancelling a small event recently, & whilst I was disappointed, it was the right decision for these reasons.

It can feel embarrassing...but cancelling something can be a superpower, if it’s done well & communicated clearly and honestly. And when it’s more the exception than the rule.

Anything you are considering stopping? What impact might that have?

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