Alan Weiss

Going to the Source

Alan Weiss

Always go to the source, not an intermediary. If you want a business decision, go to the buyer, not a subordinate or an assistant. If you want to learn something, find the original source, not secondary ones which quote others.

Finding Cause of Resistance

Alan Weiss

If you’re not making sufficient progress with a buyer and don’t know why ask this question: “What is your biggest hesitation in moving forward with my suggestions and involvement?” ” Find the cause of the resistance. Business of Consulting

Unintended Consequences

Alan Weiss

When I visit any “big box” store that has self-checkout lanes, I find several store employees… helping people checkout, and often doing it for them. The lines move more slowly than the conventional cashier lines, and the staffing seems the same!

Please Hold and Listen to Horrid Music While We Pretend to Find Ms. Jones

Alan Weiss

The more complex we make things in the name of high technology, the more difficult they are to use: hotel phone systems, big screen TVs, car dashboards, cable boxes, airplane entertainment systems. You have to wade through countless menus or consult manuals the size of War and Peace. (My

The Definitive Guide to Becoming a High-Growth Company

Why do some companies grow at a double-digit pace every year, while others experience nominal (or even flat) growth year over year? Discover the common attributes that your High-Growth Clients have in common as they outperform their competition in top-line growth!

What I’ve Learned On Making A Marriage Work for 51 Years

Alan Weiss

What I’ve Learned On Making A Marriage Work for 51 Years. When she says, “Remember what’s his name, he used to live up there, somewhere, and he worked for a company that went bankrupt, quite a few years ago—he drove an old car?” I just say, “Sure, what about him?”.

Finding Cause, Eliminating the Problem, Getting Paid

Alan Weiss

Be more effective and much quicker by trying to find the cause of problems and not simply slapping band aids on the symptoms, or jumping to vast, unverified conclusions. For example, most unhappy employees who leave organizations are actually leaving their boss.

Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry?

Alan Weiss

If you’re not sure whether a buyer is being honest with you in asking for a proposal or just trying to get you out of the office, ask this question: “Why is this important to you?” ” If the buyer can stipulate in his or her words why your approaches are valuable (“I believe you can help us retain talent in sales that we just can’t afford to lose in a zero-unemployment economy’), then proceed.

Don’t Go Softly…

Alan Weiss

Once you’re delegated to human resources or other places in the bowels of the organization, you’re unlikely to get back to the true buyer. Avoid this with intelligent argument: “This is a strategic (leadership) decision, and you and I should decide and agree on what is to be accomplished and only then we can involved others and their inputs on how best to do it. We have to present them with the goal, not allow them to set the goal.”

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/05/2019

Alan Weiss

This past Saturday, on our 51st anniversary, my wife and I drove down to Foxwoods in Connecticut to gamble a bit, have a nice dinner, and see Jerry Seinfeld from great seats. I hadn’t seen him live for 20 years. He’s 65 now, and I love his observational humor.

Assessing the Five Styles of Enterprise Business Intelligence

The world of BI and analytics has evolved. Discover the five styles of reporting and analysis, and learn the pros and cons of each in an enterprise scenario.

Start small. Move fast.

Markovitz Consulting

An improvement team at my client was struggling to get started on their experiment. They spent nearly a month interviewing people in multiple functions, trying to understand all the possible permutations of the current condition. They discovered that it’s really, really complicated.

The Consulting Firm Danger Zone (and How to Avoid It)

David A Fields

I’m going to walk way out on a limb and assume you want to grow your consulting firm or your bank account and/or your personal capabilities. Okay, it wasn’t much of a limb. More like lounging in a lawn chair while looking at the tree.

Marketing for Consultants Study (2019)

Consulting Success

How do you get new consulting clients? Do you have a system in place for winning consulting projects? If you’re a consultant, you’re in the business of marketing. To get consulting clients, you need to generate conversations with the right prospects. Marketing is how you generate these conversations.

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How Scientific Thinking Won the Women’s World Cup Title

Markovitz Consulting

In the glow of the US women’s national soccer team’s World Cup title—and the long record of success the team has had over the years—it’s easy to forget that victory didn’t always seem quite so inevitable.

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Inside My Daily Routine As A Consultant: Podcast #97

Consulting Success

Being able to balance building a business with having a life full of freedom that allows you to travel, spend much time with your family, and take care of yourself is an ideal daily routine for most people. Today, we get inside Michael’s daily routine as a consultant.

Niche: Required or Overblown for Your Consulting Firm?

David A Fields

You’ve undoubtedly received plenty of advice to position your consulting firm in a narrow niche. Of course, you’ve also been advised to coat your daily diet with chocolate. Maybe the latter advice was only from me, but it still counts.) Niche, chocolate. Is either one really necessary? Absolutely!

How to Have Effective Consulting Meetings with Elise Keith: Podcast #102

Consulting Success

Meetings are key towards every company’s success, which is why it is critical for leaders to facilitate it properly according to the company’s purpose and goal.

Prospecting Tips For Consultants with Jason Bay: Podcast #101

Consulting Success

Many consultants often get stuck when it comes to figuring out how to outbound. That is why prospecting has been a topic and a task that is avoided by most.

10 Consultants Share Their Best Advice: Podcast #100

Consulting Success

It is the 100thepisode of Consulting Success Podcast. To celebrate this milestone, host Michael Zipursky takes you through the top ten episodes’ key insights. Implement them in your business and apply them to your mindset to perform at even higher levels as consultants.

Landing a $60 Million Deal Without a Proposal with Subir Chowdhury: Podcast #95

Consulting Success

A good consultant gathers all the information and evaluates it accurately. The more depth and understanding you have, the better results you can deliver. Subir Chowdhury, the CEO of ASI Consulting Group, believes in this concept.

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Don’t Focus on Leads For Your Consulting Business (Until You’ve Done This)

Consulting Success

Any consultant whose gone independent understands an important truth: You’re not just in the business of consulting. You’re in the business of marketing. Without marketing — generating conversations with buyers (leads) — you cannot generate revenue.

If You're a SME Make Extra Money with GLG

Successful Independent Consulting

Most self-employed consultants I know have deep expertise in a certain function or industry, and nearly everyone would like to earn some extra money. If this describes you, check out what I recently discovered.

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Haiku for You and Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Change of pace today.Only haiku, not advice.You deserve some fun. One more week gone, andthe proposal isn’t signedShould I call again? Hooray, they said yes!Let’s Let’s review the task timeline.Uh We owe what?! She greets me warmly.The flight attendant knows me.Another Monday.

Health & Wellness For Consultants Study (2019)

Consulting Success

It’s easy to get wrapped in your firm’s marketing or pricing strategies. These are important subjects for any consultant. But, there is one thing that comes before ANYTHING in your consulting business. And that’s your health and wellness. This year, for the first time ever, we sent out a brand new survey to our list. Health & Wellness For Consultants Study (2019) is a post from: Consulting Success.

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7 Consulting Firm Rules for Asking Questions

David A Fields

As a consulting firm leader, you know that asking the right questions will reveal your prospect’s situation, uncover their hidden needs, and heighten the perceived value of your solution. Could you inquire more effectively and serve a deeper purpose by following certain rules?

Consultants: Is Your Email Signature Helping You Stand Out from the Crowd?

Successful Independent Consulting

As an independent consultant, it’s vital that you convey professionalism at every step if you want to get hired at a great rate. Details matter, particularly when you’re making an initial impression.

The Truth About Content Marketing For Consultants with Ian James: Podcast #98

Consulting Success

Content marketing for consultants is necessary for anyone who wants to succeed in connecting with the clients from the initial stages of sales up to after sales.

3 Time-Tested Keys To Get Consulting Clients: Podcast #94

Consulting Success

Every entrepreneur says that marketing is the heart and soul of the business. They’re always looking for the latest and best applications or tools that will allow them to see better results in a short period of time.

Using Equity Deals As A Consultant To Build Wealth with Roland Frasier: Podcast #93

Consulting Success

Investing money, time, and strategy in a company are the fundamentals you can apply to any industry. Founder of War Room Mastermind, Roland Frasier, shares how combining these three to equity deals can help build wealth.

Growing A Consulting Team To $20 Million with Jacob Baadsgaard: Podcast #99

Consulting Success

Starting up is the hardest part of any business. Jacob Baadsgaard, the Founder and CEO of Disruptive Analytics, shares his business journey starting with working at Adobe and transitioning to other companies, and then finally managing his own organization.

5 Consultant Strategies for Getting Unstuck

David A Fields

You’re stuck. Or your consulting firm is stuck. A task or goal has claimed permanent residence on your to-do list. Write a book, or track consulting project profitability, or win a consulting project from the Danish royal family.)

Business Development Lessons From The Big Consulting Firms with Chris Spurvey: Podcast #87

Consulting Success

One of the most prominent struggles consultants and independent entrepreneurs face is to sell themselves. Typically, the amount of experience is not enough if you don’t get the value of business development.

A More Powerful Way to Communicate Your Consulting Firm’s Promise

David A Fields

Is your consulting firm like toothpaste? In case you’re scratching your head, trying to figure out where this is going, there’s an easy answer: No. Of course not. Your offering isn’t creamy and there’s no limit to how much consulting you can bring on a plane.

Selling Consulting Services As An Agency Owner with Jeff Robbins: Podcast #96

Consulting Success

Sales is one of the most important factors when doing consultancy because you need to be able to master the art of selling consulting services. No one enters the consultant field to give free advice to clients because it is a form of a disservice.

How to Spot Your Goldilocks Consulting Opportunities

David A Fields

Before Goldilocks was eaten by the three bears (or was it the three pigs?), she fussily spotted the ideal porridge, chair and bed for herself. What’s the ideal consulting opportunity for your consulting firm? There are myriad guidelines you could apply to pinpoint your ideal consulting opportunity.

How to Discover Your Purpose

Consulting Matters

Are you at a point in your career where you're starting to ask life's big questions: Who am I? What do I want? What is my purpose? Then you're going to be relieved that I put together this video to help you start finding answers.

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