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5 Questions You Must Answer To Find Your Startup’s Unique Voice In The Marketplace

Are you struggling to find your unique voice in the marketplace? We give you the checklist of things to ask in order to stand out and claim your spot.
5 Questions You Must Answer To Find Your Startup’s Unique Voice In The Marketplace - Lioness Magazine
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Are you a speaker-author-coach, or coach-author-speaker, or author-speaker-coach who feels like you are struggling to find your unique voice in the marketplace?

These days, being any combination of the titles above is so non-descriptive and truly makes you a dime a dozen. If you’re paying attention, it probably feels like everyone who decides to start their own business becomes some variation of the titles above.

If you are struggling to find your unique voice, there are five questions you need to answer:

  1. WHO is your Audience of One (demographics and psychographics)? An Audience of One is one type of person with one distinct problem that you offer one complete and robust solution for via your products and services. In other words, who do you have a heart to serve? Serving people based on what is in your heart will make the impact you make in your work that much more rewarding and joyful for you.
  1. WHAT is the top of mind problem that you solve for them? And, what is the solution you provide? Remember the universal law of business: find a group of people who have the exact problem that you solve who are ready to pay for a solution to that problem now. People in pain seek pain killers, and you need to look like the right pain killer for them by speaking to the problem they can’t stop thinking about.
  1. WHY is your message going to appeal to them? Why should they care what you have to say? In other words, what is it about your story, your journey and your results that will cause the change they are seeking? And why should they be listening to you now? This question will help you think about another universal business truth: the What’s In It For Me (WIIFM) principle. WIIFM is the frequency everyone is tuned in to. If you want to get anyone’s attention, you have to speak on their frequency.
  1. WHERE can you find them so that you make marketing to them easy for you? Knowing enough about your ideal clients to identify where they are currently gathering in numbers large enough for you to create a pipeline full of prospects is extremely important. Think in terms of events, groups, associations and those types of places.
  1. HOW will your voice be seen, heard and experienced by your Audience of One? In other words, do you need to look a certain way? Do you need to sound a certain way or prepare a specific speech? And do you need to act or create a specific type of interactive experience for them?

And, you’ve got to find a way to stand out. The best way to ensure your voice will be heard is to say something that isn’t already being said by every Tom, Dick or Harry speaker, coach, author. And finding your own way to say it will speak volumes because people are programmed to notice what is different. It’s also important to be very clear and extremely specific about who you are serving and make your message more about them than it is about you.

darnyelle“Business optimization strategist, Darnyelle A. Jervey, is CEO of Incredible One Enterprises, a business consulting and coaching firm that helps entrepreneurs and business owners realize financial and spiritual abundance. Jervey is an award-winning coach, consultant, strategist and a best-selling author with 7 books to her credit, including her latest projects: “Burn the Box: 7 Breakthrough Strategies for Standing Up, Stepping In and Igniting Success” and “Market Like a R.O.C.K. Star.” Jervey may be reached online at www.incredibleoneenterprises.com.

About the author

Natasha Zena

Around age eight Natasha Zena was told it was a woman’s job to take care of the home and since then she has built a career out of telling women they can do whatever the hell they want to do. She is the co-founder of Lioness, the go-to news source for everything female entrepreneur. Natasha was recognized as an emerging leader in digital media by The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists. She has mentored women entrepreneurs and moderated panels at a number of national accelerators, Startup Weekends and conferences such as The Lean Startup Conference, the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Women Empower Expo and Smart Cities Connect. Natasha is also the author of the popular whitepaper, "How To Close The Gender Gap In Startup Land By 2021." In her spare time, she writes short fiction and hangs out with her son, Shaun.

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