You know it’s a good idea necessary to add fresh content to your website regularly.
But sooner or later it dawns on you:
‘I’ve talked about everything already, I’ve got nothing new to say.’
And the truth is, you’re probably right…
But I’m going to show you why that’s not a problem and what you should focus on instead.
And tell you the most important factor to keep in mind… at all times.
(Note: your content could be video, podcasts or the written word, but to avoid the messiness of jumping between listener, viewer, reader, I’ll simply call them readers.)
You’re the Expert—You Have the Knowledge
Because you’re immersed in your industry, you have all the insights and knowledge. To you, the concepts seem so simple.
But your reader isn’t at your level of experience or understanding.
They’re not the expert.
Nor do they intend to become one.
Your reader wants facts. Answers to the questions they’re asking.
And most of your readers are starting at square one.
The Unending Progression of Readers
Your readership evolves and changes. Your content attracts a steady supply of new readers.
(At least it should. And if not, I can help you with that.)
All wrapped up in their own issues.
Looking for information…
Someone who can explain the basics and tell them what’s important. In language they understand.
Your reader wants to know if the information is valid and up to date.
Is This Content Still Relevant?
Last week I looked into the benefits of a medical device. All the references quoted a study from five years ago.
It seemed rather dated with the rapid pace of change in health and wellness.
So I kept digging.
Finally, I uncovered a report that showed recent tests had confirmed and validated the original study.
When I started searching for this medical device, all the information was new to me.
I didn’t have any insights.
I didn’t know the 5-year-old study was still relevant.
I just wanted to know if the device did what it was supposed to do and was worth the money.
Only one company gave me current information.
Which company do you think I’ll trust with my business?
Can your reader be certain your information is current?
Or will they keep looking?
Rinse and Repeat
When you were little, how many times did you repeat the alphabet before you got it right?
The multiplication table?
It takes time and repetition to learn something new.
(I’m bad at remembering names unless I repeat it a few times.)
So… do think your reader’s going to remember everything you’ve said… on one go?
The Rule of Seven
The widely accepted ‘Rule of Seven’ states that your message needs to be seen or heard at least seven times before a person takes action.
And that’s the minimum.
Don’t be afraid to repeat your message.
Say it in different ways.
Give examples. Tell a story. Present a case study.
Once is not nearly enough.
Like the shampoo bottle says ‘rinse and repeat for optimum results’.
The Reason You Create Content
To attract an audience… and connect with them.
That means producing material on a regular timetable.
Don’t get trapped into only creating content when you have fresh insights.
Your production schedule will be so low, your audience will forget who you are.
The Most Important Factor
Always write with your reader in mind.
What problem are they trying solve?
What questions do they have?
Why should they trust you?
Fill in the gaps of your reader’s knowledge, so they have the information they need to make wise decisions.
When you put the needs of your audience first, you’ll never run out of ideas for new content.
Lifelong change is an important aspect to living a fulfilled life.
Not change for the sake of change (which could actually lead to something worse)…
… but meaningful change—where you think about what’s important and change with purpose.
Can you improve your chances of being successful with change?
I believe you can.
Let’s compare the two most common approaches and see which works best…
As an entrepreneur, you need to get your message heard.
However, you may be sabotaging your efforts without even realizing.
These three simple steps not only help get your message across…
But give you a surprise benefit too.
I get it.
A fear of failure deters many from stepping out of their comfort zone to try something new.
But if the dictionary defines failure as ‘a lack of success’, then in effect, this mantra encourages you to be unsuccessful.
So my question is this:
Should failure EVER be the goal?
As you move forward with change, some questions are answered and new ones revealed.
Your willingness to flex with the twists, turns and uncertainties will impact your outcome.
Being comfortable with the process helps you make the most of these insights.
Today, I’ll share one outcome of facing my fear….
You make decisions all the time. And even more so when faced with change.
But did you know hidden biases influence you? Impairing your ability to see the whole picture and make informed choices?
Unless you’re aware, your success in making good decisions could be hit or miss at best. Undermining your confidence to move forward with change.
So let’s look at these influences and learn how to improve your decision-making success rate.
Change means facing the unknown.
And while facing the unknown can often be daunting, finding new and lasting success requires you to change—for the better.
Just ask Dr. Roberta Bondar. As Canada’s first female astronaut, Dr. Bondar knows firsthand how embracing the unknown can catapult you to success.
In her Tedx Talk from 2011, she shared three simple steps everyone can follow to not only embrace but engage change, for success in business and in life.
Steps you can follow, regardless of your unique qualities, background or experience. No matter how you run your business, these steps will work for you.
So, abandon what you know, and let's head into the unfamiliar territory of change.
Every successful industry leader has learned to harness change. And you can too.
You deal with it every day.
Some changes so small you barely notice.
While other times you get thrown for a loop.
Tiny to overwhelming. Subtle or disruptive. Expected or unexpected.
If you want lasting success, you must be open to change.
Because let’s face it…
… things Do Not stay the same.