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

David A Fields

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

An Easy, 7-Step Relationship Plan for Consulting Firms

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Relationships. The lifeblood of your consulting firm, and the foundation on which 95% of advisory engagements are won. Plus, the more, strong, healthy, vibrant relationships you have, the wealthier you are.

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.

Two Secrets to Delighting Your Consulting Clients

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Your consulting firm’s clients are wired to notice certain things. That’s because they’re human. Let’s take advantage of that wiring to help your consulting firm win more projects and create happier clients. Consulting clients want results. That’s pretty obvious, right?

The Top 10 Things You Can Do in 2019 to Grow Your Consulting Firm

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The whole year is open for your consulting firm to accelerate to new heights of success. Twelve full months of opportunity. How can you make the most of them? The Top 10 Things You Can Do in 2019 to Grow Your Consulting Firm 10.

The Best Way to Sort Consulting Clients into “Types”

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As consultants, we are masters of a particularly human trait: simplifying. We boil down a confusingly multifarious muddle into orderly, digestible bites. We apply this ability to trends, situations, strategies, opportunities, and virtually everything else. Including people.

A Common Problem for Consulting Firm Rainmakers is Easy to Fix

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Mentally transport yourself back in time 50 years to Princeton, New Jersey; a sleepy, college town that’s fertile ground for consulting firms. It’s easy to imagine yourself and a few colleagues walking off a satisfying, business lunch along the town’s shopping district.

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.

Why On-Site Consulting Bites, And When to Do It Anyway

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Are there consultants who love to sleep in impersonal hotel rooms, consume unhealthy food, miss family events and endure flight delays? Maybe. After all, there are people who love to eat crickets.It

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These 5 Reports Will Help Your Consulting Firm Succeed

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Since you’re a consultant, chances are you’ve produced a report or two. In fact your consulting firm may dazzle your clients with artfully designed presentations and printouts, chock-a-block with clever analyses, pithy insights, and/or progress updates.

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7 Assumptions that Might Be Sabotaging Your Consulting Firm

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You know the old adages about assumptions: “Assume makes an ass out of you and me,” and “Assume I’ll want chocolate when I visit, and you’ll be right,” and, of course, “Assume spelled sideways is almost masseuse.” Assumptions alleviate the strain on your brain.

Take off Your Happy Face! Why Consulting Clients Love Disagreeable Consultants

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Your consulting clients walk into each engagement holding bouquets of helium balloons they want to release to the sky. Metaphorically, unless your clients are clowns.) Each balloon is an assumption, preconception, hypothesis or dream that only requires your confirmation.

Why Playing with Your Food is Critical for Consultants

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When you stood well under three feet tall, you chortled with unbridled glee at your father’s silly faces and merrily tried to ride the family dog. You’d also play with your food; catapulting carrot sticks and fashioning finger art with your mashed potatoes. What a hoot!

The 10 Greatest Questions to Ask Consulting Prospects

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You’re a consultant. You solve problems and give advice. Your wisdom and sagacity determine your to clients, and you are literally paid to announce your well-reasoned thoughts. And yet, in the pursuit of new clients, your most profitable course is to learn rather than to inform.

Hidden Benefits of Off-Strategy Consulting Projects

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You’re diligently working away at your consulting practice, winning projects and creating exceptional value for your clients. Then, out of the blue, George Gigglehammer asks whether you can help him with his hardware enterprise.

Wow! It’s Easy to Improve Every Part of Your Consulting Firm

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You can boost the fortunes of your consulting firm in numerous ways. Improve your processes, adopt better techniques, dial up your leverage, incorporate dessert breaks… the list goes on and on. Amongst these, there’s one, (fairly) easy shift you could make today that will help every aspect of your consulting firm. How cool would it … Continued. The post Wow! It’s Easy to Improve Every Part of Your Consulting Firm appeared first on David A. Fields. All Articles Consultants Consulting

Critical Choices That Make (or Break) Your Consulting Firm

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Whether your consulting firm employs 100, 10 or 1 consultant, your firm has a culture. That culture is a clockwork of choices that determine your firm’s long-term success and how rewarding it is for you to lead the practice.

How Ed Sheeran Will Make You a Wealthier Consultant

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Music superstar Ed Sheeran is going to make you money. Well, indirectly. Okay, he’s not actually going to make you money, but there’s a connection between Red Ed and your consulting firm’s fortunes. Channel your inner Ed Sheeran: hum catchy tunes, look soulful, and grow something scruffy.

The Source of Consulting Projects, in Order from Easiest to Most Difficult to Win

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Projects could flow into your consulting firm from a slew of different directions: from current clients requesting follow-on engagements to out-of-the-blue inquiries generated by your dazzling, on-stage presence.

Three Steps to Avoid Holiday Hangover at Your Consulting Firm

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Maybe you’re taking a break from your consulting practice entirely this week. Or, perhaps just enjoying a lazy schedule with fewer client demands, lighter hours and higher stacks of festive chocolates.

How to Combat Scope Creep While Delighting Your Consulting Clients

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Picture yourself presenting your final results from a project to your client. The meeting is swimming along smoothly and you’re basking in the warm glow of another happy client. Then, your client asks, “Buddyboy, could you slice the data one more way so we can see impact by geographic area?”

Close Bigger Consulting Projects Faster With This One Phrase

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There’s a phrase that will help your consulting firm close more, larger projects, faster. You’ll use this phrase when you submit your consulting proposal (not in the proposal itself) and omitting this phrase is like forgetting to dip strawberries in chocolate.

Step 2 in the Ideal Conversation with Consulting Prospects

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Many of your conversations with outstanding prospects don’t lead to high-potential opportunities. Let’s talk about why that may be happening and an easy fix that will create more juice in your business development efforts.

The Perfect Introduction Email to New Consulting Prospects

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Clients and friends are great, but sometimes their greatness could be improved a tad. For instance, when they’re sending an email (or text message) introducing you to a new contact—Peach McPinecone—who could potentially become a client of your consulting firm.

How to Dramatically Expand the Audience that Sees Your Consulting Firm’s Content

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Being smart and producing high-value content aren’t sufficient to win new consulting clients. Unless you expose a broader universe of prospects to your content, your opportunities to win business will stay narrow. On the up side, you have a right to be proud of your work.

Five Emotions that Stall Your Consulting Firm’s Business Development Efforts

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Consulting is an emotion-driven purchase. If you don’t understand your consulting prospects’ desires and fears, their sources of happiness and anxiety, your business development efforts will hit hard ceilings. But what about your emotions? Could they be undermining your success? Dolls.

Why Your Consulting Client’s #1 Priority Shouldn’t Be Yours

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Let’s say your consulting firm wants to lasso a few new clients. Sounds far-fetched, but go with me.) You should search for companies whose number one, burning priority is addressing the problem your consulting firm solves, right? Wrong.

7 Reasons Why Running an Independent Consulting Firm Rocks

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On July 4th, Americans celebrate throwing. Throwing off the yoke of British rule, throwing baseballs, throwing barbecues and throwing back beers. Not throwing trees—that’s more of a European thing. In the spirit of independence, celebration, and throwing.

The 300. Your Consulting Firm’s Perfect Target Market

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How many prospects should there be in your consulting firm’s target market? The more the merrier, right? Not really. There’s a lower limit and an upper limit on your perfect target market size for your boutique consulting firm. It’s sort of like Debauve & Gallais truffles.

The Effectiveness Quilt – A Surprising Way to Improve Your Consulting Firm

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You’ve probably heard the expression, “Good is the enemy of great.” Yes, that saying arose to justify eliminating “chocolates” made with carob. (I’m I’m pretty sure.)

Your Clients’ Top 7 Obligations to Your Consulting Firm

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Consulting can sometimes feel like an unequal, parent-child type relationship. They set rules. They control your payments. They tell you to turn your music down. But the relationship isn’t as unequal as it seems. In fact, it needn’t be unequal at all.

Consultants: How to Make Your Article Writing Infinitely Easier

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You know that writing can be a powerful, business-generating vehicle for your consulting firm. But writing is challenging, and the toughest obstacle to hurdle isn’t time. Let’s find the bigger impediment and blast through it.

The Truth Behind Every Objection to Consulting Fees

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What if a single, underlying factor drove every objection to consulting fees … and it was one you could address? There is, and you can. The issue will become clearer when we separate out faux objections that are really clarifications of parameters, not push-back on the consulting fees.

Why the Ferrari Strategy May Beat Your Consulting Firm’s Current New Business Strategy

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Your consulting firm has a hot lead with California-based, Death Valley Electrical (a.k.a. DVE), a surprisingly large company you’ve never worked with before. The project scope is modest, but you sense that a small engagement could lead to a long, profitable relationship. How should you proceed?