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Raise Prices, Marc Andreesen, Reuben Swartz

“Raise Prices” Marc Andreessen says you should

Silicon Valley legend Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) was on Tim Ferriss’s (@TimFerriss) podcast recently, and Tim always asks his guests what they would put on a billboard. Marc said two words: “I’ve got one, I’ve actually thought about hiring a skywriter to … Read More

Technical pain, business pain, life pain

The 3 Levels of Pain for a Compelling Proposal

Writing a strong proposal requires a good understanding of the prospect’s pain point(s). However, the way many people have these discussions only scratches the surface of the pain, which leaves you without a complete picture of the problem, and therefore … Read More

The Hardest Advice to Follow

Is usually your own. Last week I wrote about how to multiply the value of your content, because this is a problem I face along with many of you. I knew I needed to do a better job with this. … Read More

multiply the value of your content

How to Multiply the Value of Your Content

Great content is great. It’s also really hard to produce and who has time for that, anyway? You can take a page from Oprah’s book and multiply the value of your content creation efforts by spreading their impact, or repurposing. … Read More

The biggest mistake in marketing (according to Seth Godin)

I was listening to Seth Godin’s Q&A session on The Tim Ferriss Show, and I recommend you listen to the whole thing, but the first question was, “what’s the biggest mistake marketers make?” Godin said (and I paraphrase, I was … Read More

How to Turn a Sales Conversation into a Proposal

How many times have you had a great meeting with a prospect, had the prospect ask you for a proposal, think, “I’ve got this one”, and then sit down and realize the proposal isn’t going to be as easy as … Read More

Technical pain, business pain, life pain

12 Secrets of Successful Sales Conversations

You’ve finally got a meeting scheduled with your prospect. (If you missed them, you might want to read about how to get more people to convert on your site, and when to call them to get an initial conversation.) I … Read More

making it hard to talk to prospects-- how to avoid sales conversations

Off to See the Wizard: Do you hate talking to prospects?

When prospects visit your site and ask you to engage with them, do you make it hard? Do you act like you hate talking to prospects? (If you haven’t seen it, yet, you may want to check the last post … Read More

Elon Musk-- master of business and business writing

The Tesla Master Plan and Business Writing

Business writing tends to be sloppy, crappy, and confusing. Have you noticed that some people don’t have time for that, because they are in a hurry to change the world’s transportation and energy infrastructure, while also going to Mars? Elon … Read More

Modern Services Website Makes it Hard to Buy

Does Your Website Keep Buyers Away?

Although we all want to sell more easily, sometimes our website keeps buyers away, acting more like a fortress than a marketplace. Are you making it hard for your customers to buy by keeping prospects away? No, you might insist, … Read More