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Why I’m not buying what you’re selling (and how to change it)

Remember when you were younger, BEGGING to be allowed “the” shoes/jeans/hairstyle that all your friends had? It felt so important to blend in. Anything different was social death and anyone who couldn’t understand this was clearly a monster. Or parent. Trouble is, for many that’s carried over into adulthood, and if you own a business, that too. Bad move, girlfriend. It’s no wonder really, we spend sooo long trying to fit in and wanting to be liked as individuals that we end up doing the same with our business. The fear of standing out We worry about being too different or controversial, nervous to show our personality because it may repel custom and divide opinion. Especially when starting out because in the beginning we’re just so darn grateful that SOMEONE…

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Don’t treat your speaking gig like a one night stand (do this instead)

OMG You’ve been asked to give a talk – on a STAGE! With real people watching you! What an amazing opportunity for you and your business, more exposure means helping more people PLUS getting more clients, sales and money – right? Yes, in an ideal world but in the real world… not if you don’t ask for it. Presenting or speaking is so much more than turning up on the day in your fave lippy and telling people about your service or product to gushing applause and a stampede of clients. For it to be really worth your while – and theirs (whether you’re getting a fee to speak or not), you need to pro-actively work it to your advantage while demonstrating how else you can help the audience members…

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If you’ve ever struggled with a business decision – read this.

I’ve just returned from a life-changing trip to Bali. As idyllic as it was, it was a tough decision to get there. Bali has been on the top of my travel bucket list for a year or 2, and has kept cropping up in my mind as somewhere I wanted to be. I’d come close but had never quite made it. Within a day of returning home to Ibiza after a month in Thailand (my second trip there in 3 months) and a 33 hour long journey by speedboat, mirror-ceilinged taxi-van, and 3 planes, I decided to travel back East. When I think about just those facts I have to admit it seems pretty f’in nuts. I don’t suffer with jet lag so I can’t blame my thinking on that!…

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My recipe for business success

Psssst. Want to know the secret to having a successful business? All you need to do is create THIS funnel, or use THESE ads, or THIS email template then manifest – no REALLY manifest it, like you mean it. Got that? Just kidding! How many times do you see these kinda claims all over social media and the interwebs?! The truth is there is no one single thing that creates a successful business. Whether your personal vision of success is earning multiple 6 figures, working 4 days a week, or having the freedom to jet off to Bali when you fancy it…ahem *sips cocktail* After nearly 7 years doing my own thing, I’ve found that there are some things that you absolutely can not ignore if you want to create…

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3 hacks to grow your business (dedicated to lazy entrepreneurs)

I’ve discovered that I am really lazy. Put me on a beach and I’ll zombie for hours. I eat snacks instead of cooking real food (cold baked beans straight from the tin, anyone?) but invite me to yours for dinner and I’m THERE. Most mornings I’m too lazy to chew food so I’ll drink a healthy smoothie. Straight out of my Vitamix jug with a straw (so I don’t need to lift it to my mouth and it saves on washing up). I think I’ve known I’m lazy for a while, but I wouldn’t admit it to myself. Let alone the WORLD! I guess because I saw it as a bad thing. Recently, I began to think about this differently… I’ve realised that my laziness directly contributed to my business…

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My big fat blogging lie (and what I’m doing about it)

Love your business, Live your life. That’s my tagline! I stand by this – it’s central to all that I do. But I’ve also been deceiving you. Before I explain why and how I’m going to change that deception, let me give you some context… What I’m about to reveal is controversial I’ve realised that to be amazing in business and life, your needs come first. When I say ‘your’ I mean YOU. As the business owner. The boss. The dreamer, creator, decision-maker and implementer of YOUR big business idea. Not the client, services, products, staff, or investors. You. SAY WHAT?! Yep. This controversial viewpoint is one that many of my clients struggle with when we work together. Sometimes they completely RESIST it initially because it’s totally at odds with…

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Stop wishing and start doing with my fave planner

Planning and passion. Not two words most people would put together, right? When we think about passion, it’s unconstrained, spontaneous, uncontrollable. Well yes, and no. We all have big, passionate, burning dreams and goals. But how many of them are you achieving? Have you written them down? Made a dream board or a bucket list?? For some of us, knowing what those big dreams and goals are can be the hardest part, then taking ownership of them as something you seriously want comes next. That takes commitment. But even if you ARE writing them down, sending letters to the Universe (or Santa) and gazing intently at your dreamboard every morning – you still have to take action for your goals to become real. To quote my dearly departed cockney grandma……

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Are you dreaming of a boho business?

You know when you go on a diet and there’s always someone who tries to make you have a slice of cake? Or when you take up exercising they try and persuade you to stay at home with them in the warm instead of going out running? When people do things like this it’s usually because they’re worried that they’ll somehow lose the you they know and love. The same can happen when you choose to challenge the status quo career wise. I overheard a conversation recently. Two people discussing their 9-5s. One of them was expressing a desire to do it differently, to move to an online business – just her and her laptop. Her friend immediately told her she was mad for even considering it. He asserted that…

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The free tech tool I use to stay in control & organised

It’s no secret that I like to keep things super organised! Knowing that things are all planned out and assigned to whoever needs to do them means I can relax and let go. Leaving my mind clear for the good stuff like my clients! But to get things out of my head they have to go somewhere. I could write a list, and I often use cards to keep my mind organised but how to share that with my team? I’m not one for having a billion gadgets/apps/shiny new things, so I find something I like and stick to it. And as you know over at Orre HQ we’re always happy to share what we use to keep on top of our stuff and the work flowing. When you work…

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More profits and fun, less yucky marketing? Here’s how!

Do you know who your competitors are? What makes you different from them? Do you understand why someone is more likely to buy from you or spend their money elsewhere? I’ll tell you what it’s NOT; price, qualifications or years in business. It’s how much they like, know and trust you. More than ever, it’s crucial to show your personality in business. Tweet that! Being YOU is the best thing you can do I strongly believe that the more you-ness you can show, the more easily you can stand out from the crowd, and help people to choose to do business with you. It may sound backwards, but that actually means more attention, clients and loyal fans recommending you. People who get YOU. And, that means: more PROFITS and FUN…

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