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A Monday Morning Business Marketing Reminder For Entrepreneurs

September 18, 2017

Marketing Monday Motivation for Entrepreneurs, Women Business Owners and Small Business Owners

Today I want to share a story which taught me something simple, yet strong about marketing to help you explain your business to women recruits, potential sponsors and others especially at upcoming events and social scenarios.

I sat in a winged back paisley chair facing another one occupied with a lovely woman with a British accent. I wondered where this complimentary 20 minute marketing discussion was going to go. Her first question out of the gate was, “Tell me the mission of your company in 15 seconds.” As I spoke her crystal blue eyes looked slightly confused. I thought I nailed the mission statement my intern and I had worked on diligently for a couple days in our office. My new British friend did not think so.

“Say it again Tracy but in a more simple sentence,” she said. Okay I responded, “I help women entrepreneurs increase their revenue potential by allowing them to use my 20 year marketing platform.” Her crystal blue eyes just stared at me intently and then I heard, “That was better. Remember to keep it simple and concise so people understand immediately what you can do for them.” Her cool stare alone imprinted that statement in my mind.

Business women love to embellish their mission statements because it’s the way we converse. I’m guilty of adorning my written and spoken words with descriptions to provide emotion. I learned from my British friend not to emote a simple mission statement. It should be delivered succinctly, concisely and quickly. There is no room for mumble, jumble language explaining an organization’s mission.

As I walked away feeling slightly scorned, considerably enlightened and grateful for the 20 minute crash course, I realized it is impossible to know enough about a business subject. I consider myself a marketing expert in many ways but this experience demonstrated I still need to keep learning.

Remember as a new or mature entrepreneur you do not know everything there is about certain business topics, that’s why it is essential to keep learning. Whether you sit down with an English woman for 20 minutes, attend an educational program at a special event or listen to a tutorial online for an hour, realize there is always more to learn in business to make you more successful in your endeavor.

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