“Discover How The World Sees You”

A little bit ago, I sent out an email about the 16Personalities Personality Test.

Since then, I’ve taken and enjoyed another personality test — The Fascination Advantage https://www.howtofascinate.com/.

Where 16Personalities was great at helping me better understand me, The Fascination Advantage has helped me better understand how to market me.

Over to TFA:

How do clients and coworkers see you at your best?

The Fascinate® Personality Test is the first way to measure your personal brand’s most impressive qualities.

Find out:

  • How you are most likely to make a brilliant first impression
  • How your personality adds value to teams
  • Potential “watch-outs” for your communication

And

The Fascination Advantage: branding, not psychology

The Fascinate® Personality Test is based on a commissioned study by Kelton Global. It measured how people interact with brands, and the different communication styles humans respond to. We found seven different advantages: Innovation, Passion, Power, Prestige, Trust, Mystique and Alert.

While not as good as a 1-on-1 brand workshop for freelancers (If you need one of those, email me. I know someone who is accepting referrals), The Fascination Advantage can give you a look into how clients see you at your best.

Take the free Fascination Advantage here: https://www.howtofascinate.com/

And hit reply and let me know what the test told you and if you think it’s accurate or not.

Excelsior!

Kai

“It’s so incredible to finally be understood.”

A year ago at a dinner party we all took this personality test – 16 Personalities (https://www.16personalities.com/) – and shared our personality type.

It was pretty accurate. It felt like a good description of who I was.

Over the last few years, as I’ve dated people or had significant people come into my life, I’ve asked them to take the test, so I could understand more about their personality type and how we interacted.

It’s been a very useful tool. It has helped me see where I am compatible with people and where we are incompatible.

I decided, spur of the moment, after a conversation with Philip Morgan of The Positioning Manual, to take it again.

I got a slightly different result this time (ENFJ “The Protagonist” to ENFP “The Campaigner”) and it is scary accurate.

I’m talking downright “Holy Shit” moments.

I read two paragraphs that described (perfectly) my romantic relationships since I was 18. I just sat there, neutral-faced 😐. saying “Yup.”

I want to see how accurate it is for you.

Here’s what they say about themselves:

“It’s so incredible to finally be understood.”

Take our Personality Test and get a ‘freakishly accurate’ description of who you are and why you do things the way you do.

Free. No registration required.

TAKE THE TEST

https://www.16personalities.com/

So:

  1. Take the test
  2. Read through the analysis of your personality type. See how accurate it is.
  3. Hit reply to this email and tell me how accurate it was for you. Bonus points for sharing your personality type.

TAKE THE TEST

Excelsior!

Kai

p.s., I landed on the Campaigner Personality, if you want to take a look: https://www.16personalities.com/enfp-personality

Freelancers: how to spend less time in crappy meetings

Do you feel frustrated at crappy, time-wasting meetings?

Here are three rules you can follow to make your meetings more actionable and less sucky:

Rule #1: Every meeting must have an agenda

If it doesn’t have an agenda, it isn’t a meeting.

Rule #2: Every meeting must have a meeting owner

If it doesn’t have a defined meeting owner, it isn’t a meeting.

Rule #3: The meeting owner should create the agenda

The meeting owner should spend at least as much time writing the agenda for the meeting as is scheduled for the meeting.

45-minute meeting? Spend 45-minutes working on the agenda.


If you follow these three rules, you’ll notice your meetings will be less sucky and more productive.

Excelsior!

Kai

V-P-C

Recognize the fact that your leads are human.

When someone buys something from you, they have a Value (V) in mind for the service they’re buying.

They decide to purchase your service because they perceive the Value (V) they’ll receive by purchasing as higher than the Price (P) you’re charging.

V > P

Your Price (P) for your service shouldn’t equal your Cost (C) for the service — your Price should be higher than your Cost.

Your Cost is what it costs you to perform the service.

– X hours to design a logo
– Y hours to take an app from concept to cloud _(internal proof of concept)_
– Z hours to run an outreach marketing campaign

Your Price (P) should be higher than your Cost (C).

P > C

Put that together, and you have

V > P > C

Or

Value (to the buyer) > Price (to the buyer) > Cost (for the seller)

Why is this important?

If you increase the value of your service, you should raise the price of your service. If you add a new deliverable or got better at some aspect of the service, the value has increased. Raise your rates.

If you’re looking to raise the price of your service, an easy way to accomplish that is to increase the value of your service.

Monetarysearch

A Marketing Professor told my class in college about how when he was starting up his marketing agency he had to pick between two cities:

  • He could set up shop in his hometown in Illinois where there would be no competition
  • He could set up shop in San Diego where there were 87 other marketing agencies

No brainer, right?

  • Pick “Hometown, Illinois”
  • Set up shop
  • Be the #1 marketing agency in town

Right?

Not quite.

Whenever you’re evaluating a target market, you want to pause to make sure your target market spends money. Ideally? You’re setting your business up next to a river of cash.

If your target market doesn’t spend money, then you do not want to work with that target market.

This should be part of your Market Research process: pause and confirm that your target market spends money on consultants.

Call this the “Monetarysearch.”

You want to focus on a target market that can afford you, and that spends money on consultants.

If your target market doesn’t spend money, doesn’t spend money on consultants, or can’t afford you, you want to pick a different target market.

In my Professor’s case, he ended up setting up business in San Diego.

The absence of any existing competitors in his hometown made him consider if there was enough demand to keep them in business.

Because he paused and did this Monetarysearch, he realized that the 87 competitors meant there was a tremendous amount of demand for marketing in San Diego.

He set up shop in San Diego and went into business. He didn’t need to be the best marketing agency out there, he just needed to be the 80th best or the 69th best.

How can you apply this to your own business?

Well, it works great as you’re thinking about and deciding between target markets or niches.

First, as part of your market research, do a bit of Monetarysearch. Check to see if your target market spends money. If so, what do they spend money on? Consultants? Like you?

Second, look for competitors that are already serving your target market. If you can find the competitors, that’s a good sign. That means that there is demand for the services you’ll be selling.

Third, reach out to — wait, nope, hold on, that’s a lesson from Get More Leads (https://kaidavis.com/leads/), releasing at the end of March.

Competition can mean you’re setting up business next to a river of cash. And that’s a good thing.

Excelsior!

Kai

“I want to be an influencer, Kai!”

The easiest way to become an influencer as a consultant is by picking a super small, niche market, becoming a ‘Consulting Niche Celebrity’ (https://kaidavis.com/becoming-a-consulting-niche-celebrity/), and then expanding over time.

First, what the hell is an influencer?

Google’s knowledge box tells me that an Influencer is:

Someone with an audience and who has the power to affect purchasing decisions because of their authority, knowledge, position, or relationship with their audience. Someone who has a following in a particular niche.

Think “Instagrammers with a big following” or “People with an email list you read regularly.” Things like that.

Becoming an influencer is an excellent goal for every single freelancer and consultant.

I’m a big fan of this approach. Becoming a ‘Consulting Niche Celebrity’ is the Top Tier™ of Marketing and Personal Branding for consultants.

Let’s say you’ve embraced the idea of Personality Powered Marketing/Influencer Marketing. You want to become an influencer.

The challenge?

The reason why I say do not focus on becoming an influencer in the short- or medium-term?

It’s all (ALL!) an audience/numbers game.

You’re an influencer when you have an audience and a platform.

No audience? You’re not an influencer.

To become an influencer, you need to focus on ‘stacking the bricks’ and building an audience (Ideally? An audience as a mailing list.)

Building a mailing list gives you an audience and a platform. It’s the long game (seriously: it is a long-game play)and it works (seriously: it works very well).

There are shortcuts. I’ve yet to see more than a handful that meets the requirements of the Project Design Tetrahedron:

  • Fast
  • Good
  • Cheap
  • Predictable Results

(Pick Three)

How can you efficiently move from freelancer to influencer? It takes time.

The best path I’ve seen from freelancer to influencer is this:

First, pick a specific target market (even if you’re iterating through different target markets over time) to focus your marketing.

Picking a target market is an exercise to make it easier for you to know what opportunities to focus on.

If you’re trying to reach Shopify Store Owners and you have an opportunity to reach WordPress Plugin Developers, you’ll know to say

> No, that is not a market I am looking to reach, thank you for the opportunity. I must pass at this time.

Then, start building your email list.

Work on growing your email list for the next 2-5+ years. Building your email list is now the central focus of your business.

We just had a great ‘Lunch and Learn’ presentation on going form 0 to 200 email subscribers for Freelance Camp community members. All presentations are saved and shared for new members to watch and dig into with a https://freelance.campmembership.

Then, Write. Write consistently.

Write in service of your current target market. Produce content. More content. Share your views on topics. Curate your thoughts from months of writing and discover where you have strong opinions.

Ship a small, initial, self-published book for your target market.

Essentially, a piece of 10x content (https://moz.com/blog/how-to-create-10x-content-whiteboard-friday) as a PDF book.

The goal is demonstrating that you a lot about this topic and are an authority vis a vis the book you wrote on this topic.

You goal isn’t to make money with this book. (Here’s a personal reference article of mine on how to ‘Write Your Book’ http://kaidavis.com/write-your-book).

Pause to congratulate yourself!

Congratulations! You’ve picked a target market, you’ve started building an email list, you’ve written content for your target market, you’ve discovered your strong opinions, and you’ve shipped your lean self-published book.

You are awesome.

Do a Podcast Tour

Use your email list, existing content, and book as leverage for why you’re relevant to be a guest on podcasts that your target market listens to. Do a podcast tour. Guest on 6-12+ podcasts. Grow your email list.

Rinse and repeat.

Each time you go through this cycle, you get more efficient and see the easy wins within it, and grow your audience. Even if your change target markets/niches, you get to take your content, authority, and email list with you. That’s a huge advantage.

Building an audience and becoming an influencer takes time.

Becoming an influencer as a consultant is very much doable as a medium- or long-term goal.

Picking a Super Narrow Target Market or Niche is a powerful additive when you have a goal of becoming an influencer.

Why?

It shrinks the size of the population you want to recognize you as an influencer.

Again, it’s a numbers game. When you pick a specific, narrow target market or niche you’re shrinking the size of the audience you need to grow.

Let’s say you want to be seen as as an authority in the Shopify Ecommerce space. There are 800,000+ Shopify stores.

That’s a ton.

Let’s say you decide you want to pick a narrow target market or niche to focus on.

Shopify Stores selling CBD Dog Treats to help Dog Anxiety.

Boom. Narrow niche. (And look at the Shopify stores in that niche that we can find with a quick Google search: https://www.google.com/searchq=”powered+by+shopify”+”cbd”+”dog+treats”).

If you pick a super narrow niche, you’re choosing a ‘smaller pool’ to become an influencer in. You’re going from 800,000+ potential clients and people you’re looking to reach to a much smaller sub-section of that target market.

Because this is a smaller target market, you can more easily become an influencer.

Then, iterate through similar, related target markets and build up your status as an influencer.

You started with “CBD Dog Treats to help Dog Anxiety.”

From there, maybe you go a little broader and say “I’m working with Shopify stores selling products to calm dog anxiety.”

(Hey, look at the Shopify stores we can find within that niche: https://www.google.com/search?q=”powered+by+shopify”+”dog+anxiety”+%28″medication”+OR+”relief”%29).

What do you do then?

  1. Write content.
  2. Get more traffic.
  3. Grow your email list.
  4. Create relationships with people in your target market
  5. Rinse, repeat.
  6. Chop wood, carry water.
  7. Play the long game.

Excelsior!

Kai

The Roadmapping Horror Story

They were a dream lead for my business.

We met and I told them the first steps of working together: a paid Roadmapping Session. We’d talk about their goals for their website, how they were dissatisfied with their current site, and what new features they wanted.

Payment awaited me at their office.

I was ecstatic. I’d sold a Roadmapping Session. I was making the move from Contractor to Consultant.

I get an email from them the day of the meeting. They were letting me know:

  • They needed to cancel the meeting
  • They had no cash on hand as a business
  • They would be unable to afford the roadmap and might be going out of business

I was (again!) ecstatic. Why? Because I hadn’t spent time writing a proposal only to then find out they couldn’t afford the project.

I saved hours of work by saying:

The first step in working together is a Roadmapping Session

Roadmapping Sessions protect you from what would otherwise be business horror stories.

I know too many freelancers who tell variations in jazz of the same story:

  • They found a great lead
  • The proposal was approved
  • Payments were set at milestones
  • …and then the client ghosts and the freelancer is left holding the bag

Save your time, energy, and attention for people who are paying you.

Roadmapping Sessions protect you from bad-fit leads, ghosting clients, and all manner of other client horror stories: https://kaidavis.com/roadmapping/

Excelsior!

Kai

About Your Homepage…

Here’s a quick exercise for you, my friend:

  1. Open up a new browser window
  2. In one tab, open your own website’s homepage
  3. In the other tab, open your own website’s about page
  4. Now, read each page in turn

(If you don’t have a website for your business, may I suggest [http://carrd.co]?)

Which page is more interesting to you, as a reader? Your homepage or your about page?

Which page better answers your questions, if you were a prospect? Your homepage or your about page?

Bonus points if you hit reply and share links to your homepage and about page with me.

Later this week: my grand hypothesis revealed! 

Excelsior!

Kai

The Curse of Greyface

I’m reminded of a story in the Principia Discordia revolving around a fictional figured named Greyface.

Greyface preached that we should preserve Serious Order and eradicate spontaneity (and even play) at any and all costs.

Greyface and his followers took the game of playing at life more seriously than they look life itself and were known even to destroy other living beings who ways of life differed from their own.

The Discordian “Curse of Greyface” refers to a psychological and spiritual imbalance that results from these beliefs

This imbalance causes frustration, and frustration causes fear. And fear makes for a bad trip. Humanity has been on a bad trip for a long time now.

Embrace the creative forces of order and disorder, my friend.

Further reading can be found:

Excelsior!

Kai

You’re not in the mind 🧠 reading business

Earlier this week I got this question

If I follow-up with a past client to see if they have any new projects they need help with, will I appear desperate or look like I’m offending them or wasting their time?

I have several things to say about this.

First, in my experience, it’s impossible to know what someone is thinking or feeling unless they tell you.

Until they tell you what they’re feeling, you’re only guessing. You aren’t in the mind reading business. (And if you are in the mind reading business, you’d be better off playing poker in Vegas than consulting).

What I do know is this: it’s far more important to spend your time writing better emails and sending more follow-up emails than worrying if you’ll come off as desperate by following-up with a past client.

I have never once worried about following up with a past client.

Why? Because we’ve already worked together and built a relationship.

When you show up in their inbox with a helpful follow-up email to stimulate a conversation, you’re reminding them

  • That you’re available to help
  • That you’ve helped them in the past
  • That you’re an expert and a trusted advisor

After all, they might be about to make the wrong decision in their business.

When you follow-up, you’re giving them the opportunity to ask their questions to an expert they trust.

When you follow-up, you’re providing value to the other party. You’re saying

Hey, how are you? Is there anything you need help with?

That’s what a consultant does. They reach out as a trusted advisor and ask their past clients

How are you? Do you need help with anything?

Take this information and do what you will.

If you want to learn my approach to following-up with past clients and bringing them back to life, then you want to order “Raise Your Clients From The Dead!”

Here’s what Kurt Elster, Senior Ecommerce Consultant at Ethercycle, has to say about “Raise Your Clients From The Dead!:

“I recommended your ‘RAISE YOUR CLIENTS FROM THE DEAD!’ book of necromancy to a coaching student. Same day he bought it, he got a client from 2 years ago to reply with three maintenance projects worth high four figures.” — Kurt Elster, Ecommerce Consultant, Ethercycle

Impressive return from a $25 purchase and the time it takes to send a few emails.

Order Raise Your Clients From The Dead! today for $25

Excelsior!

Kai