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The Art of Reconnecting… Or, Is It Time to Walk Away? [Consulting Firm Success Practice]

David A Fields

You can easily master a valuable technique that will improve your consulting firm’s new business pipeline. However, the article also requires your participation. You’re willing to play along? Great, let’s dive in! The 1:1:1 message is incredibly effective for warming up cool connections and fanning life into almost-dead relationships. (If you’re not familiar with the … Continued The post The Art of Reconnecting… Or, Is It Time to Walk Away?

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LinkedIn Consultant Profile Template: Use This To Attract Clients

Consulting Success

Do you want to write a LinkedIn consultant profile that helps you win new business? LinkedIn gives you an incredible opportunity to network and attract potential clients for your consulting business. There is no other social network with the same access to B2B decision-makers. If you haven’t generated interest from potential consulting clients with your.

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What Is Freelance Consulting? & How To Get Your First Clients

Consulting Success

What is freelance consulting? Freelance consulting refers to offering consulting (expert advice in a particular industry) as an independent self-employed business owner instead of as an employee of a consulting firm. For example, a strategy consultant might work for a big firm like McKinsey or Bain. But a freelance strategy consultant works for themselves —.

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How to Cultivate an Adventure Mindset with Laura Prescott

Consulting Matters

Say Bye-Bye to Entrepreneurial Fear & Self-Doubt and Hello to an Adventure Mindset Have you ever found yourself paralyzed by fear or doubt as you stand at the brink of launching your own consulting or coaching business or taking your success to the next level? You’re not alone. I recently read that 70% of entrepreneurs struggle with self-doubt , often leading to missed opportunities or stunted growth.

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PowerPoint Best Practices for Creating Stellar Presentations

Mastering data visualization in PowerPoint will help accelerate your career because it positions you as someone who can present data that drives business decisions forward. think-cell's PowerPoint Best Practices eBook was created specifically for professionals aiming to master the art and science of data-driven storytelling. What’s inside: Practical Insights: Uncover valuable tips for crafting engaging and persuasive presentations.

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Black History Month: A Call for Real Change

UPD Consulting

As another Black History Month draws to a close, it’s worth reflecting on the purpose of this annual celebration. Yes, the commemoration of Black pioneers like Frederick Douglass or Maya Angelou is important. But it’s also necessary to ask: what actions are truly being taken to honor their legacies? It’s a question that resonates in the equity space as well.

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How to Maximize the Exit Value of Your Consulting Firm (And Why You Should Plan Now)

David A Fields

One way or another, you’re destined to leave your consulting firm. Will you maximize the value you receive upon your exit? Many consulting firm leaders treat their exit plan like dessert at a casual restaurant—ideally it caps off your experience well, but you devote scant attention to the subject until just before it matters. Perhaps … Continued The post How to Maximize the Exit Value of Your Consulting Firm (And Why You Should Plan Now) appeared first on David A.

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Bill Lee’s Guide to Turning Consulting and Coaching Clients into Raving Fans

Consulting Matters

Unsure about how to build long-term client relationships and referral sources to new clients? Here’s what you need to know. Picture this: All your hard work getting clients has paid off. Not only did you land the work but now this client is working with you time and time again. And even better, they are so excited about working with you that they cannot help but refer you to others!

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9 Essential Questions to Help Tackle Tough People Issues

Makarios Consulting

People issues plague business. As a leader, you have the primary responsibility to deal with them – and deal with them you must, because such issues never resolve on their own! People problems come in various stripes. There are the toxic superstars: people who produce phenomenally for your company, yet are abrasive to work with. There are the well-meaning non-performers: people who are giving it a go, but don’t seem to get anywhere.

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Honing and Highlighting the Consulting Skillset

Tom Spencer

In the previous article , we introduced the key skills an effective consultant is expected to possess — but now what? As an aspiring consultant, simply knowing which skills to show on your CV is not enough; you’ll also need to know how to hone and highlight these skills, which is what we’ll be covering in this article. 1. Problem solving Problem solving refers to the ability to reliably overcome challenges.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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How to Win Consulting Clients Fast!

David A Fields

Your consulting firm need clients fast. As in right now. In fact, yesterday would be preferable. Which marketing vehicles will help you most when you’re in a hurry? Winning clients is a bit like securing a loan: if you already have a lot in the bank, it’s easier to get more. But let’s say that … Continued The post How to Win Consulting Clients Fast!

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Best Consulting Courses In 2024 (For B2B Consultants)

Consulting Success

What are the best consulting courses for B2B consultants? In this article, we’ll share our list of the best courses for consultants. Whether you want to learn how to start and grow your consulting business — or down to the nitty-gritty of how to design a consulting website that helps you attract more clients —.

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J. Jeff Kober’s Insider Secrets Behind Disney’s Performance Excellence

Consulting Matters

A deep dive into the strategies behind the Disney magic (and how to use them to enhance your consulting or coaching success) Want to know a secret? Many people think that what has led to Disney’s incredible success over the years is its unique creativity. And while there are departments that are extremely creative, it’s Disney’s intentionality in their approach to everything that they do is the real reason for its long-term success.

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Ship Decisions: Use Value to Decide When to Experiment and When to Finalize

Johanna Rothman

As a consultant, I create many kinds of information products: both writing and speaking. I use the ideas of experiments and finalization to decide what to ship and when. That allows me the most flexibility in my product development. However, too many organizations don't differentiate between what they need to ship as experiments and when to finalize the product.

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Savings Consultants Are Needed in Today's Market More Than Ever

Savings Consultants are needed in today’s market more than ever. With an increase in expenses, businesses are looking for opportunities to save. Often unknown to businesses are savings in expense reduction, specialized tax savings, specialized savings including medical underpayments, health benefits cost reduction, zero cost processing, and more. Blue Coast Savings, with over 20 years in business, assists Savings Consultants in helping these companies move toward more profitable businesses.

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The Cost of Avoiding Feedback at All Costs

Makarios Consulting

No leader enjoys having a redirecting feedback conversation with an employee who is performing at a sub-par level. However, the lengths to which many leaders will go to avoid that conversation are nothing short of incredible. We have seen time and again that leaders will: Move the employee to another department , passing on the problem without ever confronting it.

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How Large Companies Prepare for Project Management Challenges

PM Alliance

Big companies may enjoy some advantages when it comes to planning and executing projects. They’re likely to have larger budgets and more staff available to drive priority initiatives forward than smaller organizations. They might have more influence to negotiate favorable vendor terms and schedules. But while large businesses typically have access to the resources necessary to move large, complex, high-risk, and highly impactful projects to completion, some elements of the enterprise environment

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The Future Of AI In Consulting

Consulting Success

A lot of people are scared about what AI will do to their jobs and how it will impact the future. My belief is that it will have a profound impact on certain aspects of life and work, and consulting and consultants will be part of that. This isn’t something to be scared of or.

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What Skills Do Firms Want in Aspiring Consultants?

Tom Spencer

The role of a consultant is dynamic and complex, requiring a unique blend of skills that go beyond pure technical proficiency. In this 2-part article, I will outline the 5 key skills of an effective consultant, then discuss how to hone and highlight these skills. Being a consultant is no easy feat, and almost every successful consultant is characterised by competent mastery of the following 5 key skills — problem solving, leadership, data and quantitative skills, teamwork, and communication.

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TOOLS and METHODOLOGIES for developing DECISION SUPPORT PACKAGES

This White Paper targets opportunities for Management to develop proficiency in the Decision Framing and Analyses element of input to Decision, & Risk Analyses for Major Project Funding Decisions.

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How to Make Peace with a Company Decision You Don’t Like

Harvard Business

In our work, there are times when we lead but there are also times when we must follow — and we may not always agree with the path we’re told to follow. We may feel “stuck” in anger, anxiety, and confusion. But, we want to demonstrate resilience to our team and we want to maintain a good relationship with management. So, how do we forge ahead and follow with grace?

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Fight Ageism, Fuel Growth with Inclusive Hiring & Retention

Harmonious Workplaces

Age Bias Hurts Your Business I’ll just say it, “Job hunting sucks!” For people in the EEOC-protected class of workers over the age of 40 — those Gen Xers and Baby Boomers — the problem compounds. Studies show that employment rates sharply drop after the age of 45 (OECD/Generation, 2023). I’m writing this article around my 48th birthday. Since I’ve shown a little grey in my beard, I can verify from my experience that some hiring managers do not look favorably on older workers, especially job seek

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Why We Continue Our Quest for Silver Bullets

Johanna Rothman

For years, managers have been trying to find ways to make software product development faster and easier. As an industry, we've tried tons of things. Here are just the one I've experienced in the 70s, 80s, 90s: Structured Analysis and Design. (That was the precursor to Big Design Up Front.) The SEI's Capability Maturity Model The waterfall lifecycle (In Project Lifecycles, I said this might have been a pagination error.

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Secrets Of Profitable Pricing For Consultants With Bill Wilson: Podcast #320

Consulting Success

Your pricing structure may not be as profitable as it should be. And that is what we will address today! In this episode, Bill Wilson shares his insights to unlock the secrets of a profitable pricing business that drives success. He also talks about the common pitfalls during sales calls and how you dodge them.

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Why You Need to Use Case Studies in Sales and Marketing (and How to Start Now)

Case studies are proof of successful client relations and a verifiable product or service. They persuade buyers by highlighting your customers' experiences with your company and its solution. In sales, case studies are crucial pieces of content that can be tailored to prospects' pain points and used throughout the buyer's journey. In marketing, case studies are versatile assets for generating business, providing reusable elements for ad and social media content, website material, and marketing c

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6 ways impostor ‘syndrome’ manifests (and what to do about it)

Halo Psych

5 minute read First off, you might be wondering why I’ve put the word syndrome in apostrophes? It’s because the phrase impostor syndrome isn’t the correct one. I know, right?! For years, I also used the term ‘impostor syndrome’ but then when I started my doctoral studies, I came across the original 1978 research. In it, Drs Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, referred to it as impostor phenomenon.

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The Long-Term Costs of Wind Turbines

Harvard Business

Wind energy is experiencing a boom, but in a pattern eerily reminiscent of the nineteenth century Pennsylvania oil boom, wind farms are building ever larger turbines to farm wind energy further and further from shore. This trend carries risks, especially as turbines come with largely hidden costs. Increasing evidence suggests that although larger turbines can capture more energy, at a certain point the costs of maintaining and decommissioning large turbines located far offshore will outweigh the

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Harmony & Rythm in Organizational Development

Harmonious Workplaces

Parallels between shared music-making and OD In the dynamic world of organizational development (OD), business leaders oftentimes find themselves on a continuous quest to find innovative and effective strategies for fostering teamwork, navigating change, and enhancing employee well-being. My journey into finding the keys to unlocking transformational OD began in an unlikely setting — my high school band program.

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60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP for Feb 23, 2024

Johanna Rothman

Today's 60 seconds of WIP is part of a mystery short story. Enjoy! Listen here: Transcript: I’m Johanna Rothman, and this is 60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP for February 23, 2024, where I read an excerpt of just a minute of some writing in progress. This excerpt is from a short mystery story. That’s when the guy next to her stood up. He wore Patriot’s gear that matched hers.

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The Art of Remote Collaboration: How to Successfully Whiteboard with Remote Teams

Just because we're working with a distributed team doesn't mean we have to abandon time-tested tools and methods like whiteboarding. Digital look-alikes often cramp creativity and all but eliminate the humanity of shared interactions. Hardware solutions are also limiting and, of course, expensive and immobile. In an increasingly digital and remote-first world, it’s important for us to select tools and processes that allow us to mitigate if not eliminate the above problems.