June 14, 2018

“Can I market services without building a personal brand?” and more...

In today’s group coaching session, we had a bunch of good questions that touched on topics like:

Plus, we did two “Tough Love Teardowns” - one for a Virtual IT Director service, and another for a ratings and reviews management SaaS.

You can review the full list of questions here, but here’s a preview:

I’m bouncing back and forth with my vertical specialization idea. I see its potential, have made some progress, but I’m concerned that it’s just an opportunity and not something I am necessarily passionate about. Wrapping my identity around it exclusively feels awkward. You mentioned needing to feel some degree of passion, and I wonder if I’m just facing “the resistance” or to what degree it matters that I’m not ultra-passionate about the industry. (timestamp: 1m 41s)

I’m a marketing “consultant” with a whale client problem. My retainer is for full time hours, so I’m basically an employee. I would like to become a real consultant so that I don’t have to trade all my time for money. I recently read TFR and like the idea of productizing a service. I’m introverted and not keen on creating a personal brand, doing speaking gigs, podcasting, etc. Is it unrealistic to think I can position myself as an authority without doing these types of marketing activities? (timestamp: 22m 33s)

I’m struggling with how to connect with additional people in my target market. They have very expensive problems that I am interested in, but I’m not able to find associations/conferences that are in common to them, to allow me to easily get in front of them. Any suggestions on channels to tackle for starting specialization? (timestamp: 34m 3s)

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Group Coaching - Oct 12, 2017 [OPEN TO PUBLIC]