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      The Surprising Maxim that Maximises Your Copywriting Results

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      Who was it that said, "Modesty is a virtue"? Whoever it was,
      I'm sure they weren't referring to the field of sales and
      marketing, where self-promotion is the name of the game ...
      or were they?

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      The Surprising Maxim that Maximises Your Copywriting Results
      Copyright � 2006 Kris Mills
      College of Copywriting and Marketing

      Who was it that said, "Modesty is a virtue"? Whoever it was, I'm
      sure they weren't referring to the field of sales and marketing,
      where self-promotion is the name of the game ... or were they?

      Take a good look at anyone who is a roaring success in sales, in
      copywriting or in marketing and you'll see that one of the
      secrets of their success is in being able to really connect with
      people one-on-one, on their level. Sure, that means developing a
      great rapport with them, being a great listener and being a great
      communicator and more. But there's one factor that separates
      these greats from the wannabes.

      It's called the "Modesty Maxim". The people who master this
      element of rapport, achieve mastery.

      Here's how it works in copywriting. It can be used in a very
      similar way in sales too.

      When you're writing to (or speaking with) a prospect who has a
      certain problem that they want to solve, chances are they are
      feeling a little insecure about a certain aspect of who they are.

      With that, it's important that your copy starts by coming down to
      their level, where they are now at emotionally and then bring
      them up to the level where they want to be.

      Here's a story of Mary Bryant. Mary is a 42 year old mother of
      four from Atlanta, Georgia. She was 25kgs overweight and had been
      that way since her youngest child was born about 10 years ago.

      Mary looked in the mirror everyday and hated the image that
      stared back at her. She felt ugly. She hated those extra rolls
      of fat around her waist. She hated her double chin. She hated
      the saddle bags under her arms.

      She desperately wanted to lose weight. She wanted to be able to
      look in the mirror and like what she saw.

      One day Mary decided to visit a weight loss centre. The weight
      loss consultant was friendly and asked her questions about
      herself, but as she did that, Mary felt about an inch tall.

      Mary was embarrassed by her weight. What made it worse was the
      weight loss consultant was reed-thin and looked like she had
      never had an inch of fat on her bones in her entire life.

      'She thinks she's better than me,' Mary muttered to herself.
      'She is probably thinking to herself, "That fat slob. How could
      she let herself go like that?''

      On and on went Mary's mind chatter then after about 15 minutes,
      Mary was fed up with the "high and mighty attitude" of the weight
      loss consultant, so she left.

      Because Mary was so entrenched in her own problem, she was in a
      very emotional and not very rational state. In fact, her emotions
      were clouding her judgment.

      After Mary left she recognized just how irrational she was being,
      so she decided to visit another weight loss clinic and try again.

      Again, she was greeted by a 'reed-thin' weight loss consultant
      with a smile. Again, she was asked about her goals and her
      personal situation.

      But what happened this time was that this weight loss consultant
      told Mary her own story of how she was a mother of five and just
      18 months ago she was more than 30 kilograms overweight ... and
      how she had tried diet after diet and nothing was working ... how
      she hated looking in the mirror everyday ... how she just didn't
      want to get out of bed at all.

      Mary's eyes lit up. Mary looked at this blonde, waifish woman and
      finally realized that just maybe she really could be like that
      too - that maybe if that weight loss consultant could lose 30
      kilograms, maybe she could lose 20 kilograms.

      See the difference?

      The weight loss consultant in the second example shared her story
      with her and doing that achieved two things:

      First - Mary no longer felt inferior to the weight loss
      consultant because the weight loss consultant had once been in
      the same situation that she is in now.

      Second - Mary felt that getting results was now achievable
      because she was talking with someone who had been in her
      situation and won.

      Here are some other situations where the Modesty Maxim applies

      1. Wealth Creation

      If you're a multi-millionaire who wants to teach the "Average
      Joe" how to get rich, it's important to show how rich you are
      now, but it's also vital that you tell them how you were like
      them once. For instance:

      --- "How a lazy high-school dropout went from dead ---
      --- broke to $10 million in assets in 7 years" ---

      Some Classic Headlines that Employ the Modesty Maxim

      --- The Man with the Grasshopper Mind ---

      Anyone who has loads of mind-chatter can instantly relate to this
      headline and subsequently the man mentioned in the ad. They want
      to know ...

      How much is his situation like theirs?

      What did this man do to fix the problem?

      What is his life like now?

      --- How a new discovery made a plain girl beautiful ---

      Again, a great example of "before and after".

      Most women want to look more beautiful but many feel that it's
      something you need to be born with. This headline promises that
      beauty is available to even "plain girls".

      --- "They laughed when I sat down at the ---
      --- piano but when I started to play" ---

      Many people who want to play the piano don't learn for fear of
      looking ridiculous. This headline resonates with those people.

      See how these examples connect with the reader?

      What other examples can you think of? How can you apply the
      Modesty Maxim in your marketing efforts.

      This article is written by Kris Mills and is part of the
      Freelance Copywriting Success Home Study Course developed by
      Words that Sell and the College of Copywriting and Marketing.
      Kris is an internationally recognized direct response copywriter
      and author who has produced record-breaking results for clients
      in dozens of industries. For dozens more interesting articles,
      more information about the course or about Kris' copywriting
      services visit http://www.collegeofcopywriting.com or

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