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Tips & Talk 85 – The Very First Question Every Time Should Be …
19th October 2022 • Gift Biz Unwrapped • Sue Monhait
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This one tip will save you an enormous amount of time and your sanity. It will give purpose to your efforts or help you catch yourself if your intended actions aren’t even necessary. This should happen very time you’re about to embark on a new project regardless of its size. It could be huge, like starting your business or small like adding a new social media platform or deciding on a craft show to attend. Listen in to hear what the question is and why it’s so important that it can change everything.

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Hi there.

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It's Sue and thanks for joining me for Tips and Talk

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Day. These are bite sized topics that I pull from community

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questions and things that I'm observing in the world of handmade

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small business.

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I know at the start of each day what needs priority,

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attention and action type A personality.

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It's the biggest single contributor to the growth I always see

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It's about focus and doing the right things efficiently.

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Prompted by all the questions on how I do this,

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I went about finding a way to help you perform at

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a higher level too.

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This one tip will save you an enormous amount of time

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and your sanity.

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It will give you purpose to your efforts or help you

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catch yourself if your intended actions aren't even necessary.

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This should happen every time you're about to embark on a

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new project,

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regardless of its size.

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It could be huge like starting your business or small,

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like adding a new social media platform or deciding on a

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craft show to attend.

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Before you take on any new projects,

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ask yourself some version of this question,

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Why is this an important thing to focus my energy on

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now? Then you should have a specific and detailed answer to

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that question that includes,

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what is my intended result?

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How do I expect things to be different once this is

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in place,

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and is the result worth the energy,

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time or money that will be required?

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By gaining clarity on why what you're doing in your business

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is important,

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you'll find that you can grow faster because you're devoting resources

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to the right things and because you're using your time intentionally

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and you know the why to your efforts,

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there's less stress and overwhelm.

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You're only working on things that you've consciously decided can make

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a difference.

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It also leads to thinking about how you'll monitor whether set

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activity is bringing in the expected results.

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I'm always amazed when I ask people why they're working on

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this or that.

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Most times there's no concrete answer.

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I'll get responses like I keep hearing,

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I should be on TikTok,

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or I think it would be fun to redo my labels

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in different colors,

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or I'm going to be really productive this weekend and reorganize

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my office.

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While these things may or may not be necessary ever,

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it's also a question of whether now is the right time.

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It's so easy to be busy doing things that don't lead

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you to your goals.

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It feels like you're being super productive,

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but there aren't any dollar achievements realized for the time that

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you've put in.

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That's because it's easier to do things you're comfortable with that

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come naturally to you than work on projects that can move

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the sales needle but are more challenging.

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Then you fool yourself that you're working so hard on your

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business, which you are,

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but your sales don't increase.

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Sound familiar?

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With that in mind,

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take a look at the activities you have lined up for

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the next couple of weeks or maybe one you're working on

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right now.

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Are you able to give yourself an answer as to how

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this project will impact your business positively?

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Be mindful that project creep can come into play here too.

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Obviously, preparing for an upcoming craft show is important and will

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lead to sales and new prospects to add to your email

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list, but what exactly are the valuable tasks?

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By way of example,

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here's what I'd suggest are productive and valuable tasks,

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A dry run setup of your table so you ensure that

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you have all the elements of a strong display,

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particularly if this is your first show.

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There's making enough product to sell,

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creating a plan to collect email addresses at the event and

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planning and practicing your checkout system so you're efficient and people

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don't walk away because they've waited too long.

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Here's what I suggest.

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May not be productive tasks,

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going out and buying a new tablecloth so you have a

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backup just in case,

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or redesigning your bag stuffers with different wording and logos when

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the current one is just fine.

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I'd say that sending out announcements to those who attended your

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past shows is a much better idea and making a plan

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for how you'll post on social media before and during the

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show to prompt attendance would be a more valuable project too.

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Leading directly to more customers at the shows and more sales

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for you.

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Get the idea here.

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Make a note for yourself and post it somewhere where you'll

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see it each day.

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The note should read,

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Why am I doing this project?

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Consciously review your activities in this way and see the change

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it makes in your life and the growth that you'll realize

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in your small business.

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That's a wrap.

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I'm a get to the point kind of girl,

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and this is what you can expect from these quick midweek

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sessions. Now it's your turn.

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Go out and fulfill that dream of yours.

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Share your handmade products with us.

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We want them and they bring us both.