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Marketing & Communcation For Small Business Part 1: Slow & Steady Is the Key To Success, Personally & Professionally.

Marketing & Communcation For Small Business Part 1: Slow & Steady Is the Key To Success, Personally & Professionally.MurMarketing

COPYRIGHT 2020 JIM MURRAYThis is Part 1 in a series on branding and marketing from the perspective of a creative entrepreneur with 30 years experience.

As of right now I will have been out of the hospital for 2 full months. The first month was all about getting adjusted to living in my own house again after several months of living in basically a hospital bed.

Needless to say it was discombobulating in the extreme. But we humans are resilient and over the past four weeks I have started to get into a routine of rest, therapy, writing and general goofing off that appears to be working.

I am much stronger now and have progressed quite a bit, although I am mostly just taking everybody’s word for that. It’s hard to really feel your development when you are thinking about it all the time. I am able to spend a lot more time in my chair. And my shoulders and neck ache a lot less sore when I am writing for any extended period, which is good because I want to get back into doing some paying work.

But mostly, I am finally starting to come to terms with the idea of keeping my expectations in a realistic perspective, and truly respecting the reality that this is a game of inches, not feet or yards and definitely not miles, although I have already traveled a few of those.

The Personal Parallel

The hard part of making yourself well isn’t in the physical work you have to do to get your body to cooperate. It’s about your determination to do that, establish processes that work for you and then stick to them.

Most of the people who backslide or progress very slowly are ones who are not determined. Who say to themselves that the way they are is the way they will always be.

Believe it or not, I met quite a few of those people in the hospital-people who would faithfully attend their rehab sessions and then go back to their rooms and veg out, never doing anything to help themselves in between these sessions.

There are probably a lot of reasons for this. The meds they are on can sap their energy. I know this is true because for at least two weeks after my surgery I did nothing except lay in bed and stare at the ceiling.

Fear Is The Mind Killer

But mostly it’s about fear. Many people live with the fear that they can’t make it back. This can cripple someone even more than their affliction ever could.

Fear really is the mind killer. I kept chanting that to myself every day, with every new thing I challenged myself or my therapists challenged me to do.  It was the scariest shit you can ever imagine. But bit by bit, if you don’t let the fear consume you, you move forward.

I have no idea how long it will take me to get total control of my legs again. But I do know that my dedication and mental toughness are very strong and that is half the battle. Or maybe even more.

The Business Parallel

Quite literally, as I was writing this, it occurred to me that the parallels here are striking. But the main thing they have in common is the fear factor.

In the case of business, a lot of this is wrapped up in fear of rejection. I have seen many instances of this play out, especially in the smaller and micro business area where I have done a lot of branding and marketing work.

This fear tends to develop when people’s expectations overpower the reality of the situation they are in. They start to become anxious, and this anxiety eventually starts to erode their confidence and they become fearful, mostly of rejection.

Another reason this fear develops is simply that people fundamentally believe that whatever it is they have should some something that everybody in their audience needs. And it can be quite disheartening when they discover that, in reality, that’s not always the case.

In short, there are a lot of people who just don’t respect the good old 80/20 Rule Of Just About Everything, which clearly states that an 80% or greater rejection rate is par for the course, no matter what business you’re in or what you’re selling in any competitive environment.

The successful business people I have met and or worked with, acknowledge that and their mantra is…well I guess I just have to knock on a lot more doors. Whereas the rest, sit around in a state of bewilderment wondering why the world doesn’t think they’re the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Well the sad reality is that the world doesn’t know you. The world doesn’t know what you’re trying to sell them. And even if they did, the world isn’t ever 100% sure they need it. The reality is if you want to sell these people, you’re going to have to invest some quality time, and provide a lot of quality information to make their job of choosing you a complete no brainer.

Because your job actually consists to getting yourself in front of these people and, at the same time, making sure that your prospects know everything they need to know about you and your product or service to make an informed decision.

And if you do this right, there really is no limit to where it can take you.

Post Script: How you go about convincing people that they need what you have is a whole other matter. And one which I am going to be exploring as this series goes on. Hope you follow it and get something from it.

88fa2ab4.pngJim Murray is a former ad agency writer and art director and has run his own creative consultancy, Onwords & Upwords, from 1989 until just recently when he closed and opened a freelance enterprise called Murmarketing.

He lives with his wife, Heather, in the beautiful Niagara area of Ontario and works with a small cadre of companies that are trying to make a difference in the world.

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Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #4

Lyon Brave A beautifully honest and encouraging comment "Brave Lyon" In truth many are "struggling" ... "building resilience" is required and perseverance is produced. ... "suffering produces perseverance; perseveremember rance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." ~ Romans 5 "walking freely but having a bad spirit" (started another poem like "Breaking Free ... may use that line and quote you) A "bad spirit" is absolutely something to "break free" from The world is leading you into the MATRIX The Enemy is deceiving you and plays tricks ... on your mind to take control of your life ... ... to rob you of peace and fill you with STRIFE https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/breaking-free (I hope you glimpse my comment below)

Lyon Brave

1 year ago #3

I hope you are feeling better Jim. You must be having a hard battle. I should read your story more. It gives me perspective. I am open walking freely, but having a bad spirit. You are struggling and building resilience.

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #2

"When the heart is ready, the feet are swift." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #1

Jim Murray An excellent post Jim. It is uplifting to read of your progress and your honesty is inspiring. Truly. I share hoping many catch the your valuable perspective. Several things stood out to me: "The hard part of making yourself well isn’t in the physical work you have to do to get your body to cooperate. It’s about your determination to do that" "When the heart is ready, the feet are swift." ~ Abraham Lincoln 2) "Fear IS the mind killer" I share with you a few lines from a poem I'm working on "A glint of light on broken glass" ... Fear petrifies ... Pride gratifies ... Patience fortifies ... Evidence certifies ... Unbelief justifies A life is a terrible thing to waste Doubts should be honestly faced Truth cannot just be erased Hope sees beyond ... a foretaste 3) "the sad reality IS that the world doesn’t know you" I have come to the place in my life where I can say "God knows me better than I know myself" 4) You used the word "forward" and it stood out to me as well. I share this new book by Dr. David Jeremiah "FORWARD" May those "inches" grow into gentle miles ;~) Praying for you.

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