If you’ve read this blog you know I’m a huge fan of Seth Godin. His posts really make marketers think about the job we’re doing. It’s probably the best blog out there for marketing professionals, and Seth is very economical with his words.
Yesterday he posed a particularly provocative thought on preparation. The challenge is to think about the level of effort and expertise you are applying to your preparation. Basically, are you a pusher or a leaner?
He argues there are three levels of preparation: “Beginner,” “Novice,” and “Expert.” Basic premise: Most of us languish in the novice stage and never push hard enough to reach expertise.
As sales and marketing professionals, we can take this to heart in many areas: Go-To-Market Planning, Pre-Meeting Planning, Product Development, Websites and other marketing efforts. Do you ever find yourself phoning it in? Why start if you’re not going for something brilliant?