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The Fearless Marketer Articles Index

A collection of articles designed to move your marketing into action

I’ve been writing articles for my business for more than 30 years, and 22 years for this blog. Impressed? Gee, I hope so, or this has all been a colossal waste of time!  There are 100+ articles on this current site and the others are lost to time and space. But if you’re a glutton for reading, you’ll find 5 1/2 years worth more on my Old Typepad Blog (2006-2011)

How to Stop Procrastinating

We all procrastinate. And in many cases, it’s not a big thing – finally, we get around to doing what we were putting off.…

Dealing with Marketing Struggles

What is the biggest struggle you have with marketing your professional services? Is it your marketing message, creating your services/programs, clearly communicating your value,…

What’s Your Most Valuable Commodity?

As a self-employed professional, what is the most valuable commodity that your clients pay you for? Is it your experience, your ideas, your insights,…

What’s your Favorite “P” Word?

You may have seen this famous quote at some point in your life: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent…

Refining Your Marketing Message

Your marketing message is one of the most important tools in your marketing toolkit. But in my experience of working with clients on their…

Three Questions = New Clients

I have a question for you. Do you imagine that if you do good, effective marketing, that prospective clients will call you ready to…

What Do You Really, Truly Want?

Well, you could want a lot of things in your life, right? But, in your business, don’t you ultimately want to make a difference…

Fearless Marketing Mastermind

I've been tweaking my new free/low-cost monthly program to make it simpler and more valuable.  Here’s my update on the Fearless Marketing Mastermind: First of…

Networking with Dogs and People

Every day I take my dogs to a local park near my home. And tomorrow I’m going to my first live networking event since…

Mining for New Clients

Why is it so hard to find the right prospective clients? Well, it really depends on how you look at it. If you think,…

Ready, Fire Aim (?)

The term, “Ready, Aim, Fire” comes from the military, going way, way back. And then it gained popular usage in business and marketing. Ready:…

Proactive Experience Marketing

Recently, when I took a close look at the marketing that has worked best for me over the past 35 years, two things popped…

The Key to Effortless Marketing

My favorite definition of effortless is “achieved with admirable ease.” And wouldn’t it be cool if all your marketing could be (relatively) effortless? What…

Goal Setting Frustration

This morning, as I was preparing to write my newsletter article, I got my weekly copy of Matt Furey’s newsletter and I thought, “I…

Take the Red Pill

This past week I discovered that I was living inside the Matrix. Well, not the computer-generated Matrix from the famous movie, but inside a…

Take a HOLIDAY from Your Thoughts

Did you ever notice that you tend to avoid or struggle with certain marketing activities? Two big ones that come to mind are developing…

Did You Thrive the Pandemic?

I know you survived the pandemic this past year. You wouldn’t be reading this if you hadn’t. But did you thrive? But now, as…

The Myth of Perfect Marketing Materials

Someone in my current Marketing Action Group shared this: “I believe that bringing all my marketing into alignment is critical at this point. Would…

What Do You Actually Do?

This little question seems to have puzzled self-employed professionals since the beginning of time. Somebody asks you what you do and you make the…

Getting in Front of Prospective Clients

Last week, I sent an email asking what your biggest issue was in attracting more of your ideal, high-end clients. I wasn’t surprised to…

Why You Need Proactive Marketing

I don’t think I’ve seen a tougher environment for attracting new clients than in the past year. The pandemic has definitely made things harder.…

Intentions, Not Goals or To-Dos

Do you have goals for your business and your marketing? Do you have a list of to-do items aligned with those goals? If so,…

Fishing, Marketing, Thoughts, & Action

I woke up last night thinking about the following question. (look, let me know if this makes sense to you OK?) “Who would I…

Who Are You, Anyway?

It's my 69th birthday today (March 9). And I’ve been thinking about what to write for a few hours. The topic of security and…

The Four Keys to Creative Action

It's easy for our marketing to get stuck in a rut. We don't know why people aren't responding, let alone buying. Look, the pandemic,…

The Action Plan Marketing Model

When we think about marketing our professional services, we usually think about all the things we need to DO to get clients. But that…

Share Results, Not Processes or Labels

I had a dream last night where I was working out the core marketing message or “ultimate outcome” of a product of some kind.…

How to Give Sample Experiences

When I was intensively studying marketing in the “early days” of Action Plan Marketing, I read Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins. Perhaps the best…

Are You Feeling Worthless?

Nothing will kill your forward movement in life and in business more than a feeling of worthlessness. You know the feeling… You just don’t…

Don’t Just Tell. Show. Like this…

Marketing is very simple. At its essence, marketing is communicating the value of whatever it is you’re offering. When people who need what you’re…

Why You Need an Email Newsletter

I’ve been publishing an email newsletter each Tuesday for almost 24 years. Has it worked out for me? Well, let me count the ways……

Winning is Not Everything!

A famous sports quote is “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the ONLY thing.” I’m rather ashamed to say that I’ve shared this quote many times.…

How Will You Live Your Life?

In the new Disney movie, Soul, the hero, Joe, has just achieved his dream, playing in Dorothea Williams’ jazz band, and he says, “I’ve…

I Appreciate You!

Yeah, 2020, has been a really tough year. But you hung in there with all the challenges. And I want to congratulate you and…

My Favorite Email Newsletter

Look, I get a whole lot of email newsletters, but one stands head and shoulders above the rest… and it’s unlike any other. It’s…

A “Thing” That Really Works

This year I realized that a "marketing thing" I’ve always been good at was not something I was actually teaching to my clients. Perhaps…

Ending Your Struggle With Marketing

Why I’m writing my newsletter as poetry, I have no idea. (See last week's here) But this idea popped into my head when I woke…

Do You Want Success or Happiness?

We all want success and happiness. And our culture encourages us to search for both. Well, what if it was easier than that? What…

How Are You Staying Sane Right Now?

The combination of the presidential transition and the growing coronavirus pandemic is throwing life as we know it into confusion and uncertainty. I’m doing…

Trump: The End of an Era

Well, it's over. And in celebration, I'm featuring the videos of the comedians who have kept me sane and laughing over the past four years.…

Are you a Loser, Struggler, Con Artist, or Winner?

When it comes to persuading a prospective client to buy your services, it ultimately comes down to two big things. Honesty – That is,…

I’m Voting for Boring (Why Boring is Good)

I think I’m a pretty good marketing coach/consultant/trainer. I have fun with what I do and I get pretty great results with my clients.…

Decoding the Marketing Puzzle

Everyone has done a jigsaw puzzle. And you know it takes a lot of time to put all the pieces together. It can take…

13 Things a Prospect Must Know About Your Service Before They Buy

Let’s say you have a professional service that is very powerful; it really delivers the results your clients are looking for. And you have…

Come With Me if You Want to Live!

This line by the Terminator, as played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the best sales pitch of all time. Why? Well, let’s look at it!…

Make Your Life and Marketing Simple

Simpler is better. And if you can make your life and your marketing simpler, you’ll be happier and more successful. But how do you…

My Newsletter Returns to Weekly Edition

Well, after the experiment of sending out my eZine daily for the past month, I’ve decided to go back to the tried and true…

Boulder Creek Fire Evacuation Update

Below are all the email messages I sent to my list starting Tuesday, August, 18 when fire hit Boulder Creek, our home in the…

You’ve Got Some ‘Splainin’ To Do!

Like Lucy Riccardo (Lucile Ball), you’ve got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. About your business. ‘Splainin’ is another way of saying, “Making a…

Webinars: Your Best Promotional Tool

Last year, my wife and I sat in the office of a Functional Doctor* to discuss my wife’s many health concerns. About an hour…

Seven Secrets to My Marketing Genius

I recently sent an email to those in my current Marketing Action Group Program sharing about my, ahem, “Marketing Genius.” I seem to have…

The Magic of Your Best Idea

What is your BEST IDEA? Not just a good idea, a brilliant idea, or an idea that works. No, Your BEST IDEA. Look, everyone…

Is it Time to Sell Yet?

During the pandemic, selling has been tricky. We don’t want to be seen as being self-serving, wanting to close a deal (with the client’s…

OK, Now What?

“How can I attract clients right now? Why are things so hard? I seem to have run out of ideas. Why can’t I create…

Three Ideas for Marketing Outrageously

According to Jon Spoelstra, in his book, Marketing Outrageously, businesses need to embrace the concepts and practices of Marketing Outrageously. He should know. He…

What Exactly is Fearless Marketing?

I got so many responses from last week’s article about marketing mindsets, that I wanted to go a little deeper into the topic. My…

Can I Get Your Valuable Input?

Instead of just reading today’s Fearless Marketer, I’d like to ask for some input from you. And I’ll make it fast and simple. Can…

Going Radically Virtual

Wondering how your business can survive and thrive during the Coronavirus pandemic? The solution: Take your business Radically Virtual. In this article, I’ll talk…

One Big Key to Attracting More Clients

Every week in my group program I coach the participants on one or more of the 8 Marketing Keys to Attracting More Clients. This…

How to Have a Marketing Breakthrough

My wife and I have been watching a wonderful show on Netflix called Chef’s Table. Each episode is an intimate peek into the life…

How to Change a Bad Thinking Habit

For the past several weeks I’ve been writing about and teaching how to get more meetings with prospective clients and those who can connect…

The Incomparable Expert – Interview With Jason Leister

Introducing a new monthly interview series with leading edge-business professionals. This has been in the works for some time. It’s based on the premise…

A Humane Approach to Marketing

Last week I did a “webinar demo session” on how to send very simple emails to get meetings with prospective clients and those who…

What to Say Once You Get a Meeting

I’ve been writing a lot about the importance of setting up meetings with prospective clients and those who can lead you to prospective clients.…

How to Get 100 Meetings

When we think of marketing our professional services, we often think about all the things we need to do to be visible and get…

The Amazing Fable of Bubble City

There once was a magnificent city named Bubble City. It was a wonderful place. Everybody knew everyone else. And all its inhabitants felt familiar…

How to Deal With Marketing Resistance

What’s something you want in your business right now? It could be a number of things: You want to make more money, you want…

How to Increase Engagement on LI

Last week I talked about having “Human Conversations” on LinkedIn. You know, simple, conversational, authentic. Like you’d talk to someone you met at a…

Have Human Conversations on LI

Last week I shared some ideas about connecting on LinkedIn. Today I want to share in more depth about having "human conversations" through LinkedIn…

How to Connect on LinkedIn

As wonderful as LinkedIn can be to find and connect with your ideal prospects, most of us have no idea how to actually turn…

Power Outages and Mindsets

Here I am sitting in my 54-degree frigid office, typing with numb fingers.  The power has been out since Saturday evening and we're not…

What Are You Really Selling?

If you’re a self-employed professional, you know what you’re selling, right? Management development programs, executive coaching services, communication skills training, financial planning, etc. Right?…

Mastery of Marketing Campaigns

The majority of clients who have come to me over the years want to know how to get more clients faster. And they’re often…

The Secret to Winning the Marketing Game

Marketing is a game. And the whole point of a game is to make something more important than something else. What we make important…

Imagination is Actually Magic. Seriously.

What would be real magic? Making something instantly appear out of nowhere. Or disappear. And we know, according to proven scientific principles, we cannot…

Stories You Tell Yourself About Marketing

Why does marketing often feel like a struggle, a challenging and not very fun to do? I want to suggest that it’s mostly because…

Navigating the Rapids of Your Mind

Imagine you’re in a kayak paddling down a river. It’s a beautiful day and you’re feeling great. But then, up ahead, you see a…

How to Make Your Marketing More Proactive

Several years ago, I was meeting a participant in one of my group programs. We were discussing his speaking plan. “Jeff, I’m glad to…

How to Market Without “Bad Manipulation”

This past week, someone sent me this question: “Would you take some time to answer how good marketing is not emotional manipulation/controlling?” Great question. When…

20 Ways to Make Your Marketing More Likable

Quick, what do people respond favorably to? Simple, everyone responds favorably to stuff they like. And conversely, people respond unfavorably to stuff they don’t…

A Marketing Plan for an Ex Nun

One of my most rewarding clients was a nun. Patty Grasher was a nun who lived in a convent for 28 years. And I…

A Little Story about Ice Fishing

I want you to introduce you to an Eskimo boy named Tulok from Inukjuak, Canada. Although born in the Arctic, he didn’t spend a…

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