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A Superior Response to “What Makes Your Consulting Firm Better?”

David A Fields

You know a rain barrel full of reasons why your consulting firm is better than other firms that do what you do. Among the reasons, of course, is you. Your experience and ideas and unique perspective.

The Meeting Maximizer Form for Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Imagine this: You meet with the analyst and subcontractors working on a consulting project, and after a couple of precious hours pass, there are only powdered sugar donut holes left in the box and you’ve somehow achieved a disappointing fraction of what you intended.

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Generating Inbound Consulting Leads With Sam Schutte: Podcast #119

Consulting Success

Finding leads can be time-consuming and oftentimes costly. With the help of a software and the right people, you can actually do away with your worries about generating quality inbound consulting leads.

How and When to Raise Your Consulting Rate

Successful Independent Consulting

The easiest time to raise your rate is on the cusp of something new — a new year, a new project, a new client. With the new year just a few weeks away, now might be the time. This article offers ideas of how to do this, as well as some sample language to use when notifying your clients.

The Surprising Effects of Business Vs. Leisure Travel

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How To Get Referrals For Your Consulting Business With Katie McConnell Olson: Podcast #114

Consulting Success

Getting human leverage can be a time-consuming process. In this podcast episode, host Michael Zipursky talks with the Founder and CEO of Hire Education Consulting Group, Katie McConnell Olson, about how to get referrals for your business and the true meaning of talent optimization.

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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10 Triggers that Set Off Growth Explosions at Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Is there a way to make your consulting firm’s business development efforts easier, stable and more effective? Yeparoonie. There sure is. Visibility-building undergirds your consulting firm’s endeavors to attract clients.

Avoid W-2 Status and Extra Tax: Become a Licensed Business

Successful Independent Consulting

Photo credit: ID 8861152 © Paul Jantz | Dreamstime.com. One of the benefits of being self-employed is paying less tax than you would if you were paid like an employee on a W-2 tax basis.

Negotiation Tips for Independent Consultants

Successful Independent Consulting

Negotiating is typically hard for everyone, but it’s especially tough for consultants. It’s our nature to make the client happy, so negotiating for a higher rate feels awkward.

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!

Scaling A Multi-Million Dollar Consulting Firm With Jennifer Brown: Podcast #122

Consulting Success

The journey to scaling your business can be quite complex, but with the right guidance, you will eventually get to the top.

How to Treat Your Business as the Ultimate Job Promotion

Consulting Matters

The best thing about leaping from corporate into running your own business is having control over your career, time and earning potential. But for a lot of us - we don't fully take advantage of this power we risked so much to find. We work a ton of hours.

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The Perfect Consulting Firm Introduction Email Template

David A Fields

Bernie’s Bagel Empire (BBE) is the perfect client for your consulting firm. They’re in an industry your consulting firm targets, and Bernie himself revealed in a recent trade magazine article that his company is struggling with the wheaty weighty challenges your consulting firm solves.

Selling Your Consulting Business And Starting Over With Lori Kleiman: Podcast #115

Consulting Success

For anybody thinking of selling their business down the road, they want to see check deposits, copies of checks, copies of invoices, and make sure that everything matches up.

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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.

How to Uncover Your Big, Sexy Breakthrough Idea

Consulting Matters

All thought leaders have a big breakthrough idea that they contribute to global conversation. Brené Brown is known for her contributions of our understanding of "shame and vulnerability." Marcus Buckingham brought "strengths" to our awareness.

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What Your Consulting Firm Should Do RIGHT NOW

David A Fields

Happy New Year! It’s the first week of the year and one thing you’re probably wondering is what you and your consulting firm should do first. Right now. Your consulting prospects are asking the same question. What should they do now? What should their priority be?

The Science of Burnout: Interview with Dr. Sangeeta Pati

Consulting Matters

Interview Transcript: Betsy: Good afternoon. I am Betsy Jordyn and I am so excited to have Dr. Sangeeta Pati here. She is an integrative health doctor who completely was instrumental in helping my overcome my burnout. Thank you, thank you, thank you Dr. Pati for coming to talk to us today.

Flip The Script For Consultants With Oren Klaff: Podcast #116

Consulting Success

In this episode, Oren Klaff, the author of the books Pitch Anything and Flip the Script, talks about the art of deal-making. Oren is known as the go-to guy to get deals done when someone needs $10 million or $25 million for their startup business idea.

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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2019 Consulting Fees Study (And How To Raise Your Rates)

Consulting Success

So, you want to raise your consulting fees? Most consultants do. But, there are many factors holding them back. This year, we sent out our most comprehensive consulting fees survey to date. And we’re sharing all our findings and insights with you below.

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Beyond Referrals: How to Build a Predictable Client Pipeline

Consulting Matters

When you first start your consulting and coaching business, you are likely to get a lot of referrals to potential clients. But referrals will only take you so far, especially if you want to scale up your business.

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How Your Consulting Firm Should Deal with Clients that Cross the Line

David A Fields

When you, your consulting team and your client all stay on task and positive, consulting is a fun, challenging and rewarding profession. When consulting work veers off the rails, though, how should you respond? Lines are confusing. Let’s say you want to engage in outreach to your prospects.

7 Traits that Make You Instantly Credible with Senior Leaders

Consulting Matters

You don’t need masters’ degree or unique certifications to break into corporate consulting or coaching. You also don’t need to become some marketing guru to land work with the C-Suite.

Your Consulting Firm’s Most Important Gifts

David A Fields

Millions of people give gifts on the day of this article’s publication. Forget the millions of people, though. You know who’s really interesting?

How to Ensure Your Clients Happily Write Your Consulting Firm Big Checks

David A Fields

Your soft, consulting heart practically bursts when your client crows, “Investing with you was the smartest move we’ve made on our business.”

Consultants and Coaches vs. Subcontractors

Consulting Matters

A couple of days ago I wrote an article that differentiates between consultants and coaches and the respective business models. I realized that I was remiss in pointing out one business model that both might choose: becoming a subcontractor.

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.

How To Consistently Set Appointments With Business Consultant Joe Pici: Podcast #120

Consulting Success

Appointment setting still remains a complex step in client acquisition. In this episode, Michael Zipursky interviews Joe Pici of Pici & Pici, a sales trainer and speaker who has helped organizations book more appointments and close more deals.

Making Strategic Hires For Your Consulting Firm With Kim Silvers: Podcast #118

Consulting Success

Hiring key people for your business determines the height of its success. In this episode, Michael Zipursky interviews HR management, policy, and training expert Kim Silvers on the essence of hiring the right employees.

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.

Be a Pro: Eliminate the Gray Square on Your LinkedIn Profile!

Successful Independent Consulting

As an independent consultant running your own business, good marketing is critical. No one is going to hire an unpolished freelancer to help solve their business problem, especially if they’re going to spend tens of thousands of dollars. Clearly, a professional image is vital.

When Your Consulting Firm Should Give Free Advice

David A Fields

Jo Uppalnite, CEO of Cocoa Roasters, calls you in search of advice because she’s mired in a challenge.

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.

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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Writing For Publications To Get Consulting Clients with Yuri Kruman: Podcast #106

Consulting Success

In the consulting business, nothing gets people to connect with you more than telling your stories. Yuri Kruman of Master The Talk Consulting leveraged his talent for storytelling to do that.