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How to Make Your Consulting Joyful (Again)

David A Fields

If your consulting firm’s plate is overflowing with client work, you’re probably hustling long hours and stressing over deliverables, capacity and quality.

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.

It’s Not Value. The Real Reason Consulting Prospects Act

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Value. It’s the beating heart of the work your consulting firm produces for your clients, and it’s the reason you win consulting projects. Therefore, offering more value, along with chocolate-glazed pastries will enable you to secure bigger projects faster, right? Wrong.

Niche: Required or Overblown for Your Consulting Firm?

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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!

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!

5 Decades of Critical Lessons for Your Consulting Firm

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Can history teach your consulting firm anything? I mean, other than the importance of avoiding giant asteroids, bubonic plague and Bucky, the neighbor’s biting, St. Bernard? Maybe. I’ve cherry picked a handful of recent-ish decades and highlighted seminal (U.S.-centric)

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

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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.

How to Spot Your Goldilocks Consulting Opportunities

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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.

The Little Act that Can Transform Your Consulting Firm

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Your consulting firm can take bold actions to win clients and generate value. Today, though, my question is whether you could accomplish more for your consulting firm by focusing on small, mundane acts. Most people harbor an outsized obsession with “the big play.”

Consulting Projects: 6 Ways to Close ‘em, 5 Ways to Lose ‘em

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Rick, a friend and colleague of mine, routinely sells millions of dollars in consulting projects for his boutique consulting practice. Since Rick had the same question, a few years ago he analyzed 95 consulting proposals he had submitted in order to find out why some closed and others didn’t.

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.

5 Keys to Great, Consulting Firm Marketing

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Sit back and imagine your consulting firm as pure, rich, creamy scoops of ice cream. Prospects and consulting opportunities are the hot fudge that pours onto your icy practice in a steady, glossy stream of chocolatey richness. When you put it that way, it’s hard not to like consulting, right?

Don’t Miss These Prime, Relationship Building Occasions

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There are a few things you know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, about the process of generating revenue for your consulting firm: Relationships are essential to winning consulting engagements, even if your consulting firm plays in the world of RFPs.

Haiku for You and Your Consulting Firm

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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.

5 Consultant Strategies for Getting Unstuck

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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.)

One, Powerful Model that Explains Why Your Consulting Firm Wins Projects

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From your clients’ perspective, engaging your consulting firm is an emotional decision. The notion that “people act on emotion then justify with logic” has become clichéd.

10 Ways to Have Fun in Consulting

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You probably spend more time working as a consultant than you spend in any other role in your life right now. Holey shmoley. Can that be true?

Want More Rain at Your Consulting Firm? You Need This First

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Imagine your consulting firm as a palace. Ideally, frequent storms of consulting opportunities shower your spires and domes, coursing down to sustain the peasants consultants in your employ and nourish your garden of profit. Or, if your consulting firm is not a palace, then perhaps it’s a house.

How to Create Need for Your Consulting Firm’s Offering

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As a consulting firm leader, you’ve probably wondered more than once how you can increase the Need for the services you offer potential clients. So, how do you? It’s a trick question. Your consulting firm doesn’t create or increase needs; you discover or reveal them.

7 Consulting Firm Rules for Asking Questions

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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?

Consulting Proposals: Bad, Good, and Very Good

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You write good proposals. I know this because your consulting firm wins consulting projects. You could write better proposals. I know this, too, because your consulting firm loses some consulting opportunities and some of the projects you win are smaller than they could be.

This Proposal Writing Trick Can Help Your Consulting Firm Close More Projects

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Pop a sun-warmed, fresh-off-the-tree olive into your mouth and you’ll spit it out after one bite. Blech! But if you process your olive with brine and NaOH (a.k.a., lye) for even a short time, the result can be sublime.

How to Fill Your Consulting Firm’s Funnel

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What if you’re closing consulting deals, but not enough of them? If a healthy percentage of your consulting firm’s prospects flow down your funnel to a signed deal, then your fundamentals are working. Right People, Right Problem, Right Solutions, Right Time.)

What Your Consulting Firm Needs Most: Perspective

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What’s the heaviest chain restraining your consulting firm’s growth (in revenue or margin, lifestyle, or all three)? You already know the answer, because it’s in the article’s title: your perspective.

Your Goldilocks Consulting Projects [Part 2 – Time Horizon]

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Let’s finish up with Goldilocks, that unrepentant trespasser, porridge thief and handy metaphor for everything “just right.” When last we left our fair-haired bear bait, she was pointing to Significance as one of the key indicators of the perfect project for your consulting firm. See this article.)

A Two-Step Process for Raising Your Consulting Firm’s Rates

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What do you think about raising your consulting firm’s fees 30% or 50% or 100% or more? Does a little voice in your head protest, “No way! No one’s going to pay <insert number> an hour for a consultant”? We’re going to name that little voice and give you an alternative.

Your Consulting Firm’s Worst Enemy

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It’s easy to imagine your consulting firm’s worst nemesis is a competitive consulting firm, a procurement department, your prospects’ internal staff, or gingivitis. However, the biggest threat to your consulting firm’s growth is much closer to home and much more personal.

The Perfect, Post-Project Checklist for Your Consulting Firm

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You want your consulting firm to continuously improve and grow. The door to improvement and growth opens when you reflect on an experience, not simply from living through the event. Ergo, reflecting on every project will help your consulting firm thrive. But what, specifically, should you evaluate?

How to Know if You’re Successful at Consulting

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How do you know if you’re doing well at the consulting game? Revenue? Client feedback? Those are okay metrics; however, if you look around your office you’ll find a better clue.

A Hidden Resource Your Consulting Firm Underutilizes

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Ron “Cherry Top” Ronson, CEO of HunkaChunk Chocolate Company, wants to hire your consulting firm to work your magic, but you’re hesitating. Because you’re already busy. Beyond busy. As a firm you’re running flat out and working overtime. On one hand, you fiercely want the HunkaChunk project.

5 Steps to Overcome Fears That Hold Back Your Consulting Firm

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It turns out your consulting firm’s worst enemy isn’t a competitor, a procurement department, or a Rottweiler nicknamed Bitey. No, the greatest impediments to your consulting firm’s forward progress are your personal fears. Every time you transcend your doubts, you open yourself up to a breakthrough.

A Simple Question to Boost Your Consulting Firm’s Close Rate

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A couple of decades ago in Pittsburgh, a small group of onlookers (including me) collectively gasped as the slender, young man we were watching wobbled at the top of his ladder.

The 10 Best Ways for Your Consulting Firm to Add Value

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Half the spinning cycle of consulting is creating value for your clients. The other half is winning engagements.) If your consulting firm can add more value, you can win more projects from more clients at higher fees. So, let’s cover the ten best ways to add value to a consulting project.

What Your Consulting Firm’s Clients Really Want

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You’re a problem solver, synthesizer, connect-the-dotter. Yep, you’re a cerebral, smarty-pants consultant, and you use your mega-intellect to set your clients on the path to success.

3 Tips to Make Your Consulting Firm’s Content Attract Clients

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You want to write an article, give a speech, post a podcast, distribute a video or disseminate some other form of conceptual brilliance. Because when your intellectual barbeque sauce is lip-smacking good, it generates consulting clients.

5 Ways to Lavish Consulting Clients With Attention, Without Adding Work or Time

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Imagine your consulting clients are donuts (this is helpful in many, many ways) and the attention you give them is glaze. Obviously, the more attention you slather on your clients, the better. Consulting clients love to be attended to.

3 Tips to Gain 2 Extra Hours a Day

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As a consulting firm leader, you’re constantly wrestling with the clock. You somehow have to balance project work with finding clients and annoying administrivia. Oh, and your family would like a minute here or there with you. Aaaack! Look, if finding extra time were as easy chunking your day into time blocks, or starting with … Continued. The post 3 Tips to Gain 2 Extra Hours a Day appeared first on David A. Fields. All Articles Consulting Consultants