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‘Own Your Industry – How to Position Yourself as an Expert,’

 This is a book about becoming an industry expert by design. Will be an an e-book in May – register your interest!
– position yourself as a thought-leader and teach the market to come to you as the only logical choice. 
Here are Douglas Kruger’s top 5 ‘Own Your Industry’ principles, which you can apply directly to your business and brand: 
1. Create a unique signature 
Your qualification, quality product and experience will only get you to the the table.
You need to create a visible splash beyond mere qualifications. 
Take the example of the architect who began constructing small, artistic gardens on the roofs of the homes that he built, and became famous and created demand as a result. 
Add a unique signature to your work to stand out by design. A little creativity will set you apart. 
What is your point of difference?
2. Lead a cause 
Top brands don’t just sell. They don’t merely advertise. They also tell meaningful stories. 
Become the hero of a believing tribe – choose a cause that you can champion, and elect yourself as its leader. 
Take the example of Dove, and their globally successful ‘Real Beauty’ campaign. What could you do to go beyond ‘selling soap,’ and become a meaningful voice leading a believing tribe?
3. Package your ideas to a unique framework 
Certainly, a good number of people around the world have heard the name ‘Kiyosaki.’ But a greater swathe of the total human population are familiar with ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad.’ This ‘construct’ is Robert Kiyosaki’s way of expressing his ideas, and the construct itself has become famous.
 ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ is another clever construct, recognised around the world. 
Craft a simple, recognisable structure for expressing your messages, and your framework could become globally known. 
Use this powerful communication principle the next time you deliver a speech, write an article or grant a media interview. Consider writing a book with this formula. 
4. Create a tipping point 
Writing thought-leadership articles for industry publications is an excellent idea. But don’t stop at one. 
Experts are constant producers. Over time, the collective weight of your thought-leadership contribution adds up.
 Be seen in all the right forums, giving ideas, providing value, positioning yourself as a thought-leader. 
The more you play the part of the guru, the more the people will start to follow. 
Ultimately, the media will start coming to you for insights. After that, the market will follow.  
5. Be premium
Imagine two schools competing in a neighbourhood. One has spent a great deal of money positioning itself as something high-end and special. It has a full Olympic-sized pool, media centres and more. The other doesn’t. It is offering the bare minimum. 
Wealthier clients will naturally migrate toward the better option, which means more money available for the good school. The cheap option will quickly go into a death-spiral, having attracted poorer buyers. 
Does your business have a pool? Be the premium option and you will attract the premium customers.
Meet Douglas Kruger, speaking about his new book, Own Your Industry:   
Douglas Kruger is a professional speaker, and author of the brand new book ‘Own Your Industry – How to Position Yourself as an Expert,’ 
Posted on April 16, 2014

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