Right Noise: Lifting Your Message Above the Din

Why is it that we hear a car alarm going off these days and barely think twice about it? We barely hear it. In contrast, 15 years ago we would have stopped everything we were doing to see what was going on.

Why do I bring this up? The distraction of the car alarm mirrors the noise that takes place all around us in 2014.

My question for you is short and simple. Why does your message matter? Does it stand out from the noise around you? And who really cares? Does it really make a difference or simply sound like everyone else (visualize a car alarm going off in a shopping mall parking lot)? Does it really grab people’s attention?

Our communications via phone, e-mail, text, in person and/or via social media are more important than ever. They make or break us as sales and/or marketing professionals.

Is your message unique? Do you provide great information and content? Are you creative, consistent and compelling in your approach?

In a world that is constantly changing we must think with a “car alarm mentality.” That means thinking about how we get someone to pay attention to our message?

Your challenge this week is to think about this. In 17 seconds or less, can you articulate “so what, why you, who cares” in regard to why you or your company is the best choice? Please do not mention good price, service or quality. Let’s roll…best answers get (well you will just have to wait and see).

BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP…

Game on!

Ryan T. Sauers is the president of Sauers Consulting Strategies. The firm consults with the front end of printing and related organizations across the U.S. Key focus areas include: sales growth, brand positioning, organizational communications, organizational strategy, and integrated marketing. Sauers is a national speaker and writes feature articles in global publications. He is also an adjunct university professor teaching leadership, communication, and entrepreneurship to business leaders. Sauers has been recognized as a thought leader in human behavior. He is a Certified Myers Briggs and DiSC Practitioner, as well as a Certified Marketing Executive. He is working on his Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and will achieve certification in Emotional Intelligence later this year. Sauers is author of the best-selling books: "Everyone is in Sales" and "Would You Buy from You?" Visit: ryansauers.com

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