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352 – Let’s Create Your Brand Story Right Now with Meredith Kallaher
Episode 3528th January 2022 • Gift Biz Unwrapped • Sue Monhait
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your brand story Today's show is about a very important topic that can truly change how you think about your business AND how others perceive you in relation to your business. We're talking about your brand story. Answer honestly here. Do you currently hesitate when asked about your business? Do you stumble over what to say or answer timidly with very little confidence? Why do we do that? I mean, you’re around your products every single day. You should stand proud and speak confidently about what you offer and its value. If you’re not, it’s probably because you’ve never formulated your brand story. Well, guess what? That’s what we’re going to do right now. My guest, Meredith, takes direction from the Brand Story master himself, Donald Miller, to walk you through the steps of how to formulate your story and then where to apply it in your business. What a relief! Never again do you need to be hesitant or timid about sharing your pride and joy. The products you create and the value they provide to those lucky enough to have them. Meredith works with new and seasoned business owners to find the right people who are a perfect fit for their products and services. She does this by helping her clients effectively communicate the value of what they offer through their brand story. Once that’s in place, it can be used on their website, in social media, and even in face-to-face conversations. Meredith believes all good copy starts with a story. And we are going to work on creating yours today!

How To Create Your Brand Story

  • Your brand story is the story of the value that you deliver to your customer.
  • Pick one group for your potential clients and work with them to see if it resonates.
  • Focus on how you empathize with the customer and what gives you authority. Whatever reason you feel confident in creating your craft gives you authority.
  • Whatever promise that you make to your customers, you would put it in your plan, too.  The process and the promise.
  • When you sit down to write your brand story, think of the different ways you will be calling people to come buy from you.
  • Create a character transformation statement. That makes it easier when people ask what do you do. Speak with power and confidence because you're representing your business.
  • When making your about page, look at your brand story. It's all about the customer. They want to know about you to buy from their perspective.
  • Remember to talk about why you empathize with the customer or the product that you're making, what gives you authority and why they should feel comfortable buying from you.
Tune in to the full discussion to learn exactly how to create YOUR brand story and how to use it on your website and more!

7 Steps To Create Your Brand Story

  1. Define your ideal customer and describe what they want.
  2. Describe your ideal customer's problem that your product solves.
  3. Meet the guide. Your ideal customer meets a guide (you). How do you relate to their problem and what makes you the authority?
  4. Create a plan. What is the plan for buying from you? And what is the promise you make to your customer?
  5. Call them to action. Identify the situations when your customers would buy from you. Think of all the different ways you can call your customers to buy from you.
  6. What is the success you help them create?
  7. What is the failure you help them avoid?
Listen to the full conversation for all the details on each step to create your brand story!

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Gift biz unwrapped episode 352.

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You don't have to do it by yourself.

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If it feels hard,

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get some support,

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just like our podcast today.

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We're going to talk you through how to create your brand

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story. Attention.

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Gifters bakers,

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Whether you have an established business or looking to start one.

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resources, and the support you need to grow.

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Your gift biz.

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Here is your host gift biz gal Sue moon Heights.

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The year is starting off strong here at gift biz on

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rapt. We're busy getting word out about national bakers,

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crafters and makers day a day,

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dedicated to all the handmade makers of the world,

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hobbyists and business owners alike.

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You'll hear more about this in today's mid roll of the

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show, and I'm talking about it in detail in the tips

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and talk Wednesday episodes too.

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You can also fast track to all the information over@handmadehealstheworld.com.

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Today is a very important topic that can truly change how

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you think about your business and how others perceive you in

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relation to your business.

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To start off with answer me honestly here,

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do you currently hesitate when asked about your business,

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do you stumble over what to say or answer timidly with

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very little confidence?

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Why don't we do that?

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I mean,

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you're around your products every single day,

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you should be standing proud and speaking confidently about what you

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offer and its value.

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If you're not,

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it's probably because you've never formulated your brand story.

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Well, guess what,

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that's what we're going to do right now.

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My guest Meredith takes direction from the brand story,

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master himself,

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Donald Miller,

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to walk you through the steps on how to formulate your

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story and then where to apply it in your business.

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What a relief,

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never again,

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do you need to be hesitant or timid about sharing the

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pride and joy you have in the products you create and

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the value that they provide to those lucky enough to have

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them Today?

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It is my pleasure to introduce you to Meredith Callahan.

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Meredith works with new and seasoned business owners to find the

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right people who are a perfect fit for their products and

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services. She does this by helping her clients effectively communicate the

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value of what they offer through brand story.

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Once that's in,

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it can be used on their website and social media,

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and even in face-to-face conversations,

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Meredith believes that all good copy starts with a story,

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and we're going to work on creating yours today.

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Meredith, welcome to the gift biz on wrapped podcast.

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So I'm so happy to be here.

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Thank you for having me.

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I Am really looking forward to getting into this conversation,

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but before we do,

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I'd love for you to share with our listeners a little

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bit more about you in a creative way,

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and that's through a motivational candle.

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So if you were to envision a candle by color and

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quote, that would really resonate with you,

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what does your candle?

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So my candle is hot pink just as saturated pink as

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the candle maker could make it.

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And it would smell which you didn't ask me,

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but it would smell like rose,

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but not that rose smell,

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that smells kind of bad,

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but that beautiful high-end perfumers can make that beautiful rose smell.

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And the quote would be,

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we can do hard things.

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We can do hard things.

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Absolutely. And here we are in the very first week of

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the new year and we have the whole year ahead of

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us to be doing things differently,

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doing things new Meredith,

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you don't know this,

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but the podcast that we did on new year's day,

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this topic falls right in line with what we were talking

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about last week in terms of setting yourself up as your

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whole lifestyle,

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to be ready for the new year,

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in terms of self care and efficiency in your business and

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brand story is so important and fits right in.

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So this worked out perfectly today.

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I'm so glad.

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Yeah. And I think we can do hard things if we

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don't have that mindset that they're so hard,

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we just get into doing them and take it step by

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step. We can do hard things.

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That's right.

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And I liked the phrase.

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I can do hard things,

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which is true.

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But at Mike,

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you know,

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would say we,

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because it just a reminder that you don't have to do

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it by yourself.

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If it feels hard,

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get some support,

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just like our podcast today.

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We're going to talk you through how to create your brand

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story. Beautiful.

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Yes. I love that you aren't in this all by yourself.

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And I think we're giving everybody permission to reach out and

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get help because you know,

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as a business owner,

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I think often we have this idea that we should know

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everything already and we should be able to do it by

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ourselves. Because if we're a business owner,

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we're a leader kind of falls hand in hand and that's

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not the case.

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We can all lean on each other.

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We all have different strengths.

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We all have different knowledge bases,

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et cetera.

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So Meredith,

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where did brand story light the spark for you?

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Tell us how you've gotten into this.

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Honestly, from a book,

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this gentlemen,

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Donald Miller wrote that I read his book.

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I usually have it sitting right by me on my desk

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because I love it so much.

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It's called building a StoryBrand.

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I think it came out about three years ago.

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He certainly didn't invent.

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I'm looking at it.

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It's actually across the room by my nightstand.

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I work out of my bedroom,

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but anyway,

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he didn't invent the form of using storytelling to connect with

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people. It's actually ancient and philosophers and psychologists talk about it

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all the time.

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But his book really made it clear for me how I

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could use that in my business and connect with customers as

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well as friends and family,

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that support my business.

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And so I studied his book and his theory a lot

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and have implemented it,

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my business,

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and then turned around and helped my clients implement it in

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theirs. I love how concise and zeroed in you are on

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specifically what you're working with your clients about because you could

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be working on so many things together,

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but this one single thing,

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brand story can really change the game for people.

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I think in terms of confidence about how they speak about

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their business and then clearly attracting the right people and making

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them love you because your brand story is going to be

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very unique to you.

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And so how did you decide that you were going to

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build a business around this?

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Were you doing something before?

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Talk a little bit about that.

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So I have done lots of things.

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I'm 47 years old.

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I started an accounting.

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That's what I studied in school and worked for Pricewaterhouse for

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six years,

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but really did not love doing that.

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And so about the time I had my first child,

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I started my entrepreneurial pursuit,

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which led me most recently to about seven years ago,

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I bought a franchise and it's called you might be familiar

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with it,

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or maybe some of your listeners,

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this scout guide,

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the scout guide is a magazine in 60 cities.

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And each franchise owner promotes local businesses,

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creators and makers within their city.

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So I owned the scout guide Miami,

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and I really told the story,

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which is what the scout guide asked us to do of

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local businesses.

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That was the only common thread I had chocolate makers and

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a realtor.

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I tried to actually only have one type of business in

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each category.

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And they bought advertising from me and we told their story

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first with a picture in the scout guide,

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which is required by my franchise org.

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And then throughout the year through social media marketing,

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that's not why I got into this guy.

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I got into the scout guy cause I liked advertising and

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I liked local businesses,

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but I really learned how to tell their stories during that

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process. And when I was ready to sort of leave the

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franchise model is ready to move on and start my own

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business. And that's what I love the best,

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like telling businesses stories.

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So I studied up on StoryBrand and I actually got certified

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in digital advertising and I offer ad services that we tell

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the stories through Facebook and Instagram ads,

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but also through copywriting.

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And we always start with crafting their business story,

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their brand story.

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And then we use that story to create website copy or

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ad copy.

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And yeah,

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my clients love it because they can use it,

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you know,

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at networking events when they're telling people what they do.

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Perfect. So you've laid the groundwork about the value of what

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we're going to work through today,

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which is wonderful.

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And it sounds to me that your work with scout also

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identified the fact that most people don't have a brand story

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or at least don't know how to communicate it properly.

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That's right.

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You know why?

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Because it just kept busy like making the product and then

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the time to sell it.

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And it's hard to step back.

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I think that's why this is actually a great time to

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broadcast this.

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You know,

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at the beginning of the year,

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it doesn't take long.

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You're going to see to craft your story and it's so

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valuable. So I'm excited to share those steps with your listeners

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that might not have done it before.

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I love it.

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Okay. Well,

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let's start with a definition of the brand story.

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What does that even mean?

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Well, a simple definition of the brand story is the story

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of the value that you deliver to your customer.

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But from Donald Miller's perspective is we write the brand story,

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making the customer the hero of their own story.

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And the business owner is like,

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I tell him the Morgan Freeman of the story he is,

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or she is the guide to the customer.

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So our brand story is the customer's journey.

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Okay. And that just aligns so nicely with our listeners because

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as makers,

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we are directing everything with the product,

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we're not buying other people's product to sell.

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We're making our own products.

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So this aligns beautifully.

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All right.

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So what would be the first steps to creating a brand

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story and actually Meredith,

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I don't know if you'll play along with me,

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tell me if you will,

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but I think it would be fun to create a fictitious

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business and work through what a brand story would look like

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for them.

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What do you think of that versus talking in generalities?

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Actually making an example.

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I think that's perfect.

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Do you have something?

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I mean,

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nothing like putting you on the spot Meredith,

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but do you have an idea It's based on some real

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people in my life,

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but you couldn't find this online right now.

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So if it is fictitious,

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but I have a friend named grey and she spells it

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G R E Y,

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and she's a graphic designer and she's played with the idea

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of creating thank you notes to like beautiful,

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thank you.

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Notes that she could call the business grateful designs,

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but spelled with her name.

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G R E Y T F U L grateful designs.

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Oh, okay.

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So this is somebody that you're working with right now.

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It sounds like She's my friend.

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Yes. And she has the businesses it started yet,

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but it'd be easy for me to talk about if we

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use a real person.

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All right,

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well, she's going to need to be listening to my podcast

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because that's all we do is help people start and grow

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a product business.

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All right.

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Let's work with her and just kind of figure out how

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she would potentially poke grass through to the brand story.

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There are a lot of people who are listening,

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who listened because they are considering getting into a business.

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You know,

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they have a hobby or a craft that they've loved all

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their life.

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And now maybe they're retiring.

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Maybe they're home with children right now.

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Maybe given the last couple of years,

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we've had they're rethinking.

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Do they want to work outside the house?

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You know,

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all different reasons.

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And so they're considering starting a business.

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So just like we're gray is same type of thing.

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They're thinking about it.

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So let's work with someone in that zone.

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And then people who are established business owners probably have more

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information. So they'll be able to create their brand story off

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of the example that we use here too first steps.

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What are we going to do with,

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Okay, there's seven steps that Donald Miller defines in his book.

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So we're going to use all of those steps.

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And the first one is defining your character and saying what

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they want.

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And your character is your ideal customer.

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And just like re probably a lot of your listeners think,

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well, there's lots of people that could buy my product.

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There's lots of people that could buy thank-you notes.

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Right? But we're going to talk about her ideal client because

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often when you speak to her,

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if the product would sell to others,

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they will come along too.

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I think that'll make sense as we go through the story.

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But let's say that Gray's ideal customer is a mom of

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teenagers. Okay?

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Because that is who grey is.

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And a lot of moms of teenagers want to make sure

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that their kids,

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but have the skill of writing.

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Thank you,

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notes, handwritten notes,

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because it was important to them when they were growing up

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these mothers.

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So they want to make sure that their kids write thank

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you notes as well.

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And they're going to have to,

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as they start applying to colleges,

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if they apply to college.

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So our character Gray's decided that she wants to sell to

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mothers who are around 50 years old.

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And what they want is to be an example of good

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manners. That's what these women want.

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Perfect. Let me jump in here for half a second,

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because I want everybody to be able to track along here

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with us.

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If you'd have no idea who your potential customer is because

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you haven't tested it yet,

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you haven't been out there selling yet.

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This is exactly where you start.

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You pick one,

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work with that and see if it resonates.

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Okay. So if you're at a point where you're like,

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I don't have any idea who my customer is.

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I want it to be everybody.

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No, no,

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no. Listen to what Meredith just said,

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pick a group of people because you're going to be able

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to talk with them better.

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And I'm thinking as Meredith proceeds you in a form,

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the story better,

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but just pick one.

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Yeah. And you knew what?

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So it's so hard.

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I get it.

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I'm like miss indecisive,

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but you set a timer.

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You guys tell yourself.

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And in the next two minutes,

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I'm going to decide and promise yourself.

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You'll decide in two minutes.

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And when that timer goes off,

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pick the person that's at the top of your brain.

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You can change it later,

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you know,

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if you really want to.

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Yeah. And the other thing is,

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it doesn't mean that you're not going to attract other people,

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besides that at all,

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there will be people on the perimeters who will buy from

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you just because they don't fit.

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What you've now defined as your ideal customer doesn't mean that

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you're going to lose those sales.

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If they like what you have,

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they're still going to buy from you,

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you know?

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Okay. So we've got our character,

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mom of teens,

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somewhere in the 50 ish range.

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Yeah. 45 to 55,

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maybe. So the second step in Donner,

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Miller's building the StoryBrand is you define her problem.

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Now with products,

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don't get this part.

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I mean,

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sometimes Sue and I,

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we were talking before sometimes maybe it feels like too much

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information, so you can write your copy better.

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You want to go ahead and fill this out.

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Like really think through what her problem might be.

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And Donald Miller even defines that there's three different types of

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problems. We have external problems,

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internal pylons and philosophical problems.

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And when I go through Grey's characters problems,

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I think you'll see.

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So this 45 year old woman has an external problem.

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Her teenagers have bad handwriting because they don't write very much

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for her teenagers,

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do everything on social media or on their phone.

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They don't write very often.

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Those are external type problems.

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The internal problem could be,

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as she thinks her teenagers don't value,

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gratitude. Hopefully that's not true.

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Or she,

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the, an internal problem is,

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you know what?

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This is me.

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I'm in mom as a teenager,

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he's about to go to college.

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I worry.

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I haven't taught him the value of gratitude.

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Right? That's an internal struggle that I have.

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And then a philosophical problem might be my teenagers don't believe

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in the value of handwritten notes.

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Is that a philosophical problem or?

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Yeah. Can you think of a philosophical problems you might have,

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or, Or maybe using this as an example of recognizing and

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appreciating others is great groundwork for their whole life.

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Moving forward,

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something like that,

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maybe. And I'm thinking too,

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because they're teenagers,

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you only have a little bit more time to make an

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impression on them before they're off in the world.

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So that's just another thing that comes to mind with me

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as you're presenting this,

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I love how we're doing this on the fly.

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This is fun.

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If you are having a great brainstorm and you can think

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of a lot of problems,

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go ahead and write them all down.

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I will give you a hint.

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This is great for social media content later addressing these problems.

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So I would go with as many as possible,

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put them down.

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Yeah. So I'm going to brainstorm a couple of other ideas

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just to keep people thinking here.

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If you make pottery,

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it could be spicy and up and adding some additional interest

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to a kitchen.

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You know,

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like just one statement piece can change the feeling of a

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room. So it could be something like that.

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If you knit shawls or like throw blankets or something like

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that, have something comfy to snuggle up with during this winter

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season. So like cocooning at home,

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that type of thing,

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And something that came to my mind.

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When you mentioned the pottery,

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a lot of people are maybe going to welcome family and

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do their homes this holiday when they didn't last year,

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because of COVID it could be you pottery makers,

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your customer,

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maybe like her home isn't ready for guests.

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So she needs a piece of pottery to spruce up the,

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the decor.

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Perfect. Yeah.

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For the year moving forward,

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we're welcoming more people back here Exactly.

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This year,

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2022, the new year of entertaining again.

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Or I'm just going to think of one more,

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just because I already had it.

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Like, if it's jewelry,

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even if you make casual jewelry,

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there's nothing like the feeling of putting on some earrings that

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you absolutely love to brighten your mood for the day.

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I love that.

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Just things like that,

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because I think so often we get stuck with products.

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It's like,

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do people really need to buy what we have to like

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live there?

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No, but there's so much happiness that our products do provide.

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And so it might not seem really like a problem,

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but it is something beautiful that your product is providing.

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And I'm almost thinking emotion,

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you know,

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it's emotion,

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it's the atmosphere of the room.

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It's the idea that you're going to be bringing people back

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into your house and you want it to look beautiful.

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It's snuggling up under a warm blanket and watching a fun

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movie. It's putting on some earrings and just having a little

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bit more step in your day.

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Cause it just makes you happy.

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You know,

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things like that.

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So it doesn't have to be a problem.

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No, he's going to say,

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when you define that character,

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like we said,

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she's a teenage mom that she's about 45 to 50 years

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old. When you can picture that person,

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it will help you with that brainstorming of the problems.

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Don't you agree?

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Yeah, for sure.

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Sure. Well,

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and that's part of the reason why you would do that

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too, because someone who's at that stage in life is going

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to be different than someone who's like off at college.

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Or maybe even someone who's retired.

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It's a different situation.

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It's different problem too.

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Okay. Point number three,

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Three point number three is and meets a guide.

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So this is you.

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So you want to describe the guide,

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but what you want to focus on as Donald Miller tells

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us is how you empathize with this customer and what gives

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you authority.

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So the guide is you.

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Yeah. And so gray,

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for instance of grateful design.

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She is a mom of teenagers.

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So that's easy for her.

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She can write that gray.

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I am a mom of teenagers,

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so I can completely relate to the mom of teenager.

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Who's trying to get her child,

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right. I'm thinking of right.

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That's easy,

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but just the sentence of why you relate to your customer.

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Oh, that's What the meat is,

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why you relate.

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Okay. That's the first part.

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That's how you empathize with the customer.

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And the second part is what gives you authority?

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And I mean,

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it could be like for Greg,

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her authority is that she studied graphic design in college.

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And she worked at as a graphic designer for 15 years

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before she took some time off.

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And now she does all the graphic design for the PTA

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or whatever that gives her the authority.

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But yours could be,

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you know,

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you've always loved making jewelry or you held a master's degree

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in art,

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whatever reason you feel confident creating a craft Yeah.

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I'm also thinking it could be focused also on the product,

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right? Like,

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you know,

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the sensitivities that people have with certain chemicals that are in

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lotions, which is why you've created this pampering line,

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you have the authority.

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Cause you saw the rashes that your teenage person used to

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have, like your teenage son used to have when they were

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little and you made this to overcome that situation.

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So you had to do a lot of research and now

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you're the authority,

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right? Something like that.

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All right.

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So under the meet the guide,

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there is the,

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how do you relate and empathize with the problem that you

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defined in 0.2?

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And then what gives you the authority?

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Like why should people listen to you?

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I guess would be a way to say it.

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And there is a reason do not get hung up on

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the word authority.

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I've seen it happen before.

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Well, you know,

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why are you in business?

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Why did you decide to make,

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to provide this for the world?

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That's your authority,

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right? Part of your authority is also just your experience and

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time in if you're already well,

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not even if you're a business owner,

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if you've been making candles,

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okay, for years for yourself,

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you've perfected the way they're poured the Wix,

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you're using the container that you're putting it in,

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you know,

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all of that.

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So you do have authority also.

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Exactly. And then the fourth step in building your story is

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so they meet a guide,

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they get a plan.

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What is the plan for buying from you?

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I mean,

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it can be as simple as go to grateful designs.com

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and hit purchase on the thank you notes.

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You like best,

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like you really want to write out in detail.

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I know that sometimes that seems silly for our product,

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but write out how they do it.

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And also as part of this plan,

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right? The agreement,

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the promise that you make to your customers.

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So first off I use care to pick the best designs

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I thought you would love.

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And if you have a money back guarantee,

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I'm not sure that gray wood,

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but just whatever promise that you're making them,

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you would put it in your plan to the process.

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And the,

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Okay. So I'm thinking the process is really the solution to

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the problem.

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And the solution is to acquire your product.

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Right? And then I think the promise versus returns or guarantees

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like that,

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I'd rather have the promise be something uplifting.

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Like I know when you wear those earrings for the first

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time, you're going to feel that spark of joy or something

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like that,

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because all those like the returns and all that can be

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on your website somewhere else.

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Like we don't want to be talking to people about returning

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yet, but you're showing personality.

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The solution is in the sale for sure.

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But you know,

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it has to be with product based businesses.

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But then I really like the idea of linking that promise

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in that's great.

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I love that we'll return with the rest of the steps

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for creating your brand story right after this short break,

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mark, your calendar January 21st has been officially declared national bakers

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crafters maker's day actually highlight the entire month because we're celebrating

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all month long,

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focusing on the good that handmade products and you as a

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maker provide us whether you create as a hobby or have

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started a business around your craft this day celebrates you.

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There's lots of ways to join in the festivities,

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share a special handmade memory with us.

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Download my free gift,

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which is an affirmation poster that you can print and display

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or use as a background on your phone,

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reminding you every day about the joy that you put out

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into the world.

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I also see the giving heart you have as a maker,

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maybe you donate handmade items to local shelters or hospitals,

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or you put on workshop fundraisers or commit a portion of

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product sales to a special cause here's your chance to highlight

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your activities and get ideas of what others are doing too.

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Plus you can get some eyeballs on a charity that is

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near and dear to your heart.

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Come at January 21st,

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we have special 20 minute lifestyle classes.

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You can attend over on the gift biz,

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unwrapped Facebook page.

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And if you're aspiring or are already a business owner,

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there are other festivities planned inside gift biz breeze,

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which is the free Facebook group.

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Come join us.

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There. There is even more,

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too much to cover here,

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but you can see it all for yourself right now over@handmadehealstheworld.com

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handmade heals.

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The world is our theme this year because your efforts do

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make a difference and our world needs the healing right now.

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Go check it out.

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Handmade, heals the world.com

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a celebration of you.

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Yeah, so that's a fourth step.

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And then the fifth step is and cause them to action.

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So they meet a guide who gives them a plan and

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then cause them to action.

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So this would be,

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and then Donald Miller says,

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there's a direct call to action and there's a transitional.

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So that might mean for gray.

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You know,

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it's like her call to action could be when someone does

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something special for you,

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send them a thank you note,

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you know,

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or just when do you think that people would want to

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use your services?

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And so tell them the situation and when they should come

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buy from you,

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that's the call to action.

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Does that make sense to Yeah.

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Or I'm also thinking the direct call to action will be

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jumped over to my Etsy shop.

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Now I have brand new earrings ready and waiting,

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or a transitional could also be,

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Hey, if you want to see these in person before you

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purchase, I'm going to be at the local craft market this

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weekend. If you live X and X community,

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come on over.

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I'm the second booth on the right when you walk in

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the shell,

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Something like that.

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I think that's great.

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I think that when you sit down to write your brand

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story, you guys just like Susan said,

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think of the different ways you will be calling people to

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come buy from you.

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You might be inviting them to the craft market this weekend.

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You might be on Instagram telling them to jump over to

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your Shopify account or to buy right here on Instagram.

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If that's what you want them to do.

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Yeah. Or DM or on the shops,

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wherever it is.

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Yeah. Yeah.

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So just sit down and think about how you're going to

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invite them to work with you at this point in the

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story-building process.

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And then the last two,

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six and seven,

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the six one is what is the success that you end

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in? And what's the failure that you avoid.

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So for her,

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you know,

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the success is showing your appreciation to a loved one making

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someone's day with a handwritten note,

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being an example to your teenager,

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that handwritten notes are awesome.

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And then per clients would avoid sending a teenager out in

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the world with bad manners or yeah.

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Avoid forgetting to thank a hostess because you always have thank

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you notes on your desk.

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I agree you avoid the inactivity of doing it because if

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you don't have a thank you note easily at hand,

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the whole idea gets lost.

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So have them stopped,

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ready to go.

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Now, beautiful custom created notes designed by me that will leave

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such a beautiful impression.

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There'll be ready and waiting when the situation happens and your

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teen will get the feeling and the satisfaction of knowing that

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giving forward with thank yous and all of that actually comes

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back to them too,

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because seriously,

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thank you as these days,

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how many people are doing something like that?

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Like writing a note.

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I bet if a teen did that to somebody else,

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they're going to call and say,

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oh my gosh,

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that note was so thoughtful.

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Nobody does that.

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I am so impressed.

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And then that just validates the whole thing and then keeps

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it rolling.

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Hopefully. So that's the success part and then failure you avoid.

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Well, the first thing I think of is you don't have

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what I sell.

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So that's a sad thing for you.

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That's the sad thing for you.

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Well, and if we go back to the earrings that make

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you feel good,

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you avoid not having something on that makes you feel good

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that day.

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Right? Cause it does kind of stink.

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I look at my jewelry jewelry and I don't have a

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pair of earrings.

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I want to put on.

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That does make me sad.

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So I avoid that feeling Or the failure to avoid is

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just wearing the same ones every single day,

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you know,

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and not taking this opportunity to add a little spark to

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your mood in such a simple way.

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You know,

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you have an opportunity to get them new earrings are available,

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ready and waiting for you in my shop.

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Jump over there now,

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because first off they're limited.

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So if they're gone,

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when you decide you want them,

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you're going to be out of luck.

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I'd hate that.

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And then you're going to be left wearing the same ones

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you already were.

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I think they're pretty,

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but don't you want some new ones to spice up your

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life? Something like that.

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Would that work?

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Yes. I love that.

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I'm So freewheeling adhere.

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I don't know,

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but No,

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I think it's perfect.

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Yeah, we're Doing this all on the fly.

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Okay. So I'm going to review the seven steps and you're

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going to give me a grade.

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Okay. So here are the seven steps.

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The first two are really you thinking through the situation.

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So define who your ideal customer is and then determine what

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the problem she has that your product can solve.

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So those are thinking things and under the problem,

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think of external,

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internal and philosophical.

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So you write all those things down on a piece of

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paper. You have that ready.

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Then three is meet the guide.

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That's you meet the maker.

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And so answer these questions.

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You are going to write these down to then how do

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I relate to this problem?

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And what gives me the authority to be the one providing

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the solution.

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Number four is what's the plan to get to the solution.

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So in everyone's case,

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it's to buy your product everyone's case for our listeners is

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to buy the product along with the promise of what the

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product will deliver.

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Number five is here's how you actually do it,

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the call to action director,

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transitional. And then I'm going to say six and seven is

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kind of like a conclusion statement.

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What you'll realize in the end,

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by having done the call to action and what will happen

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if you don't.

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So that's the whole thing.

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All seven steps.

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How I do what's my grade.

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That's Perfect.

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You got an a plus.

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All right.

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And so now this is probably going to be too much

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to ask you don't have a story statement yet for gray.

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I'm sure.

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Cause we just created this now.

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That's Right.

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But you know,

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what's cool.

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And maybe I can do it on the fly.

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So what we can do is we can use the whole

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story that you write and we create a character transformation statement

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and you can get it down to one sentence.

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I try it with grateful designs that can really be your

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32nd elevator pitch at a networking event too.

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You could decide that you want to use your character transformation

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statement. So if I'm gray and you asked me,

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Hey, great,

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what do you do?

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My tears are interesting.

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It could be.

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I help moms of teenagers set good examples for manners by

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delivering thank you notes that are beautiful,

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that they can use in their everyday life.

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So that was rough.

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But I'm going to try again.

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No, I get what you're saying.

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So I focused on providing a solution to mothers of teenagers

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to help reinforce the value of showing gratitude through.

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Thank you notes.

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I create beautiful custom thank you notes that then you can

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have at the ready.

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When the situation presents itself.

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I don't know We can work on it.

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Do you see how,

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if I am at a networking event that really could help

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me sell what I do before I create custom,

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thank you notes.

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I helped mothers of teenagers instill gratitude in their kids by

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creating custom thank you notes that everybody wants because they're gorgeous

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That are at the ready.

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When a situation presents itself to show that you've appreciated something,

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an actor like whatever.

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So as we're talking here and just spending a little bit

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more time,

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we're defining this and narrowing it into the perfect words.

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And so this is the type of exercise that you would

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then do is take these seven steps,

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tweak it a little bit.

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And then once you've got your wording down,

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and this is what I always say for introduction messages or

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the elevator speech,

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I hate that I've redefined it as introduction messages.

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Cause I think it's just not so stressful.

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Plus that's more of what it is anyway.

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And then you just practice it a little bit.

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And the thing I love this so much Meredith,

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because truly,

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and you guys who are listening are going to nod in

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agreement with me.

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I know that so often,

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even if we're at a cocktail party or we're just out

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with someone and they say,

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oh, you have your own business.

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What do you do?

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So many of us stumble over our words.

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And it's the silliest thing because we're looking at our business,

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we're working in our business all the time.

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But when we're asked,

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just very simply what we do,

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it's like,

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they don't know what to say when really this is the

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opportunity to speak with power and confidence because you're representing your

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business. So I see this brand story.

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Once we put it together in a sentence or two,

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you know,

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a nice,

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concise statement being so valuable for so many things.

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That's why I was saying face-to-face conversations in the beginning.

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It's just,

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you'll never be caught off guard again.

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You know exactly what you'd say.

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You know what you want to hear mine.

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I've got mine down.

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I don't have grades,

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but I say I help small business owners expand their reach

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and explode their sale with copywriting and Facebook and Instagram ads.

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Beautiful people usually go,

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wow. I want to expand my reach and explain to my

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business owners.

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Yeah. What's really important in what you said too.

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None of that was super fancy,

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hard to understand words because the whole goal is not to

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show how well you can wordsmith anything.

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The goal is to communicate the idea to somebody else.

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So that right away,

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two seconds later,

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if someone asks,

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oh, I just saw you talking to Meredith,

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what does she do?

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They could say it.

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Right? So mine is really simple.

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Also it's I help women turn a hobby or a craft

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into a business.

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And then I expand on that if necessary,

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you know,

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through the podcast,

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online training,

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but whatever.

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But the whole idea is not to tell everybody everything it's

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to peak interest because they can ask you back later,

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if they're interested,

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they'll follow up with a question.

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If they're not interested,

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they won't.

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And then,

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you know,

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not to keep going,

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right. I have a two for your listeners.

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It's not mine.

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It's not for sale,

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but Donald Miller has a free tool@mystorybrand.com.

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You do have to create an account just with your name

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and email.

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So he's got a fill in the blank.

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You Guys to create this brand story,

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just the seven steps.

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And then it helps you create that character transformation.

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So you can use your pen and paper in your notebook,

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or you can use this fill in the blank tool@mystorybrand.com.

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Wonderful. And I wholly endorsed Donald Miller too.

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I think I first heard from him when he was,

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I think I want to say he was first making a

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name for himself back at social media marketing world.

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I'm going to say it might even be as long as

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10 years ago.

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And they did a couple of sessions right before the big

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conference kicked off.

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And I had come in early because I wanted,

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and those were paid extra sessions.

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And so I was in a room with,

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I think there were only like 30 of us and he

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was talking brand story.

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And that's the first time I really heard it described in

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that manner.

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Not with these steps.

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I don't remember him having these steps yet.

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Maybe he did.

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I don't remember,

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but I totally endorse what you're saying Meredith,

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in terms of your example,

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referencing him and using his model for sure.

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It's a great business model for you to,

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to be following.

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I just love it.

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It's absolutely fabulous.

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So circling back just for a second.

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Once we've got this all written down,

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how do we use this on our website?

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Okay. Well,

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the way I like to use it is to think about

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your ideal customer.

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So think about for grey.

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She would think about this 45 year old Mike and our

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younger now 45 year old lady coming to your website.

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You want to appeal to every aspect of her.

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So if above the fold on your website,

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you want to talk directly to her.

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That means when somebody puts in your URL,

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if it's gray,

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grateful design.com

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and the URL populates,

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they want to see if you want custom,

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thank you notes,

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to be a good example for your teenager.

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If that's what you decided,

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the customer transformation hit this button here to buy,

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okay? So you want to use the brand story to unfold.

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But what you do is you start with the character transformation

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at the top,

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and then you give a little bit more information.

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Maybe there were a few people that were ready to buy,

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but there were some people that weren't and what Donald Miller

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actually is.

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Then as they scroll down on your homepage,

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you can talk about some of the problems.

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Maybe your teenager,

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if we're talking to her has bad handwriting because they only

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use their iPhone or whatever problems you might think are.

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You want to write a thank you note,

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but you never have them at the ready next to your

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desk. Click here to buy the cutest,

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thanking those that,

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you know,

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my custom thinking is have a button for her to click,

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and then you just sorta keep populating the story.

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The next place is you might offer some of your authority,

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like maybe with testimonials,

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from some of your buyers that would go on the next

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part of the homepage with a button to buy.

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So that's how I use it on my website and then

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my clients.

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Yeah. I mean,

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I think definitely product based businesses.

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I would have some products right on that first page.

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But maybe even like in your banner,

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you have that wording of the promise statement and the products,

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like why should I be coming to you for my thank

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you cards?

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Why shouldn't I be going to other people who also make

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cards? They may even be more in terms of image wise,

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something that a teen would be more interested in sending.

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So you're dialing in on that.

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And then the other thing I would put on the home

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page, because usually what we'll see Meredith is when someone has

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a website,

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the very first page is automatically all the products.

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And so then the problem with that is you have not

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built a relationship at all with anybody or any type of

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atmosphere or experience around your brand and working with you.

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And so if you're lucky enough to get someone to buy,

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they probably or might not come back because you've not engaged

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them in any personal way for them to be devoted to

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you. So that's what I see as the brand story helping

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with. And then for sure,

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because of product based businesses,

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even if you have just a section on your page that

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says best sellers or here's,

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what's hot this season or something like that.

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So some product representation on your page,

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and then of course,

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clear navigation to where they can go and look at all

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your products And like that,

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like starting with what you think the best sellers are.

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As soon as they land on their website,

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they can buy it.

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And then whatever other information you think they need to make

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the sale happen as they scroll down the website.

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Yeah. Yeah.

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Just start building a relationship and a personality.

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So that's important.

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What would you say real quickly?

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We won't spend very much time on this,

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but what would you say about the maker page?

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Okay. So when you go to make your about page,

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don't just write the history of creating your business,

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which can be interesting.

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But what I want you to do is look at your

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brand story and really it's all about the customer,

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even though,

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I mean,

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it is about you.

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They want to know about you to buy,

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but from their perspective.

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So remember to talk about why you empathize with the customer

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or the product that you're making,

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what gives you authority and then like why that they should

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feel comfortable buying from you.

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That's really the point of the,

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about page with a brand story,

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right? Circling it back to them,

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maybe a little bit about you and how you got into

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it and all that.

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Cause that's building your authority.

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You know,

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it depends,

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everyone's, story's a little bit different,

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but a little bit about you,

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but not certainly not a whole resume and certainly not a

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million words cause who sits and reads a million words anymore.

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Yes. Just use the filter.

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I think that that's just sort of revolutionary.

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Sometimes if you hadn't thought of it,

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do you use the filter of,

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would this piece of information?

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Well, what my customer want to buy from me,

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for instance,

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I sure,

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because you know,

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your grandfather and your dad did the same business that would

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make me want to buy from you that if you went

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to the university of Florida,

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instead that you didn't go to Florida state,

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I don't care as a buyer.

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Right. I mean,

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you might care that,

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you know,

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you care about your college that maybe I don't care.

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The only reason I would care is if my product was

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all Florida.

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Yeah. Right.

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You know,

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like if it was branded with all only Florida things,

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then you're showing your commitment to that area and your loyalty

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to that area,

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which could be a reason.

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But I like what you're saying.

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Why does the person who's reading it care,

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absolutely love this.

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This has been amazing.

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How long do you think it would take for someone to

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do this?

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To walk through these seven steps?

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I think you don't even need an hour.

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I've Thomas.

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Some people think,

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oh, I need to schedule a whole day.

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But if you make yourself pick an ideal customer,

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you are going to be surprised at how fast you can

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pop this story out.

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And as you were saying earlier,

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if you have to pick a couple and see which one

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feels better for you and then go from there.

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All right.

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So mark,

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some time in your calendar,

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pour some coffee,

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pour some tea,

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maybe a glass of wine,

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depending on when in the day it is and set aside

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an hour and do this.

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It's going to be so worth it.

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Meredith. Where can people go to find out more about,

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Well, on my,

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about page,

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my website,

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Meredith callahan.com.

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And if you want to book a call with me just

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to talk,

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I have free discovery calls.

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And I love to talk about your business.

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If you have questions about StoryBrand or Facebook and Instagram ads,

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I'm there.

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And I also love Instagram and my Instagram handles Meredith calender.

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You can find me there.

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Perfect. Wonderful Meredith.

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Thank you so much.

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I really appreciate you coming on today,

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giving us these seven steps that we can follow.

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Thanks for playing along with me in creating a fictitious business

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that we could work this through with that was fun and

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challenging and interesting to do.

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So I love that we did that and I appreciate you

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so much and all the value that you've brought to our

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listeners today.

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See, Thank you for everything that you do.

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I really love being here and brainstorming with you.

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And I know that your listeners appreciate all the guidance that

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you give them on this podcast.

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That's very sweet.

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Thank you.

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Wow. Short of writing your brand story for you,

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Meredith has provided all that's needed to change the way you

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respond. When someone asks about your business to speak confidently about

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your products and their value.

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When in the past,

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you may have stumbled a bit when asked that question,

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I'm on my knees begging you right now to set an

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hour aside in your calendar to create your brand story.

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This can be the single most important game changer for you

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in 2022.

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Also remember to check out all the celebratory events happening around

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national bakers,

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crafters maker's day.

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You can find that over@handmadehealstheworld.com

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up next week,

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we'll be diving into being successful at markets,

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whether it's a local craft show or a wholesale show,

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you'll hear from two experts on in-person visibility and selling at

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shows and now be safe and well.

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And I'll see you again.

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Next time on the gift biz unwrapped podcasts.

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I want to make sure you're familiar with my free Facebook

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It's a place where we all gather and our community to

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I have to say where I invite all of you to

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reaction from other people and just for fun,

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because we all get to see the wonderful products that everybody

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