David A Fields

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.

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.”

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.

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 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!

Nailing Your Consulting Firm’s Capabilities Presentation

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When a prospect invites you to present your consulting firm’s capabilities, you know you’ll walk into an uber high-potential meeting. Your prospect is already aware of her need and wants to solve it. The only question is whether your capabilities impress her. Right? Not exactly.

A Simpler, Better Approach to Managing People at Your Consulting Firm (Including Yourself)

David A Fields

A small crowd of individuals touches your consulting firm’s work, even if you run a small consulting firm or a solo shop. There’s the experienced and savvy consulting team you assemble to create value on each consulting project, as well as any staff and contractors that provide support.

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.

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 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.

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

David A Fields

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?

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.

Don’t Miss These Prime, Relationship Building Occasions

David A Fields

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.

5 Success-Stealing Distractions at Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Clutter is the enemy, and not just in your clothes closet. Throughout your consulting practice, clutter and distractions are dampening your consulting firm’s success.

10 Ways to Have Fun in Consulting

David A Fields

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?

8 Weeks to Get Juiced – A Better Strategic Planning Process for Consulting Firms

David A Fields

If you develop an annual plan for your consulting firm, there’s a decent chance you sit down with your senior team and/or advisors for a day or two to hammer out your objectives, strategies and tactics. (If

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.

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

David A Fields

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.

The Little Act that Can Transform Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

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.”

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)

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.

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

David A Fields

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

David A Fields

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.

Use This Data to Shape Your Consulting Firm’s Future

David A Fields

You learned about an 8-week alternative to the traditional, gather-everyone-in-a-room-for-two-days approach to annual planning for your consulting firm. (It It was in this article.) Since publishing that piece, consulting firm leaders have lobbed in an array of queries: Is the process iterative?

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

David A Fields

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.

Consulting Proposals: Bad, Good, and Very Good

David A Fields

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.

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

David A Fields

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.

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.)

Your Consulting Firm’s Worst Enemy

David A Fields

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.

How to Spot Golden Projects that Other Consulting Firms Miss

David A Fields

Some consulting opportunities are rotten. Blech. Don’t want ‘em. Leave ‘em, don’t look back, and set your sights on better projects for your consulting firm. But hold on, Harry. Wait, Walter? Pause, Paula?) A few of those stinky projects may actually be goldmines.

How to Fill Your Consulting Firm’s Funnel

David A Fields

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.)

How to Know if You’re Successful at Consulting

David A Fields

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.

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?

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?

A Hidden Resource Your Consulting Firm Underutilizes

David A Fields

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.