March, 2020

How to Reduce the Anxiety From Your Consulting Firm’s Uncertain Future

David A Fields

Are clients coming back? Are projects canceled or postponed? For how long? Do you need to cut expenses? Fire staff? Change your business model? Join me in a thought experiment to determine your best path forward during these turbulent times.

What The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Means For Consultant Marketing

Consulting Matters

Oil.water, consultants.marketing. In general, consultants are not the biggest fans of marketing, even in the best of times. The marketing challenge is definitely exacerbated in times like these, when there is a massive threat to our global health and economy.

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8 Reasons that May Cause You to Loose Customers

Tom Spencer

“If it weren’t for these customers, we would be doing just fine!”. We have seen this pattern repeat itself far too many times. Few people are in the habit of looking for a gap in the market or trying to identify an unsatisfied need.

Coronavirus: Analysis, Conclusions & Takeaways

CaseInterview.com

I started writing this article a few days ago on March 5th, but I didn’t get to finish it until March 16th. It’s still useful to help make sense of the problem. Living in the Seattle metro area in Washington state, much of my attention has been focused on the coronavirus.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Working from Home

Tom Spencer

Working from Home Your Organisation’s most Productive, Happy and Profitable Year. Business leaders and government authorities around the world are encouraging or mandating their employees to work from home due to the emerging pandemic caused by COVID-19.

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Laid off? Five Ways to Cope with the Stress, Shame and Fear

Consulting Matters

As a business mentor to aspiring consulting and coaching business owners, I deal with people who have been laid off all the time. I sit with their shame and fear as they find their courage to pursue the entrepreneurial dreams that the layoff simply accelerated.

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The Great, One-Day Consulting Experiment

David A Fields

Note: At the end of this article, you’ll be requested to join an experiment. If you’re willing to join, simply post, “Yes.” In the comments section below the article. Have you ever finished a day or a week and thought to yourself, “Holy cow, I can’t believe how insanely productive that time was”?

Applying for consulting opportunities

Tom Spencer

Applications can be a stress inducing process when pursuing a consulting career or opportunities from consulting firms as a student. Especially when you are competing against your peers who offer a diverse pool of skills, experiences, and backgrounds for consulting firms to cherry pick from.

Action In Uncertainty: Ideas to manage and thrive during turbulent and uncertain times

Consulting Success

Here is a list of best practices and ideas to help consultants not only manage but thrive during these uncertain times. What # resonates with you most? Let me know in the comments below… And if you have some best practices of your own that you’d to add to the list type those in the.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Cash Flow Relief for Independent Consultants: the CARES Act & Other Ideas

Successful Independent Consulting

We’re in an unprecedented situation because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and the economic fallout has been drastic for many business sectors, such as travel and restaurants. For us as consultants, the effects are likely to be more gradual but our income will likely be affected.

How payments can adjust to the coronavirus pandemic—and help the world adapt

McKinsey

The challenges are immediate, with long-term implications for global, regional, and local economies—and for the payments industry itself. Here’s what to expect. Insights on Financial Services

5 Ways Playing Small is Sabotaging Your Consulting Success

Consulting Matters

"Playing small" is making choices that put a lid on your true potential. It's the part of you that wants to protect your comfort, security and validation in the short-term at the expense of what is possible in the long-term.

10 Tough-Times Strategies for Consulting Firms

David A Fields

You’re swimming in a vast sea of stressful news and, given today’s reality, you’re well within your rights to feel anxious, nervous and uncertain about how your consulting firm should proceed.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

4 Top Tips for Networking at Any Event

Tom Spencer

Networking can be a frightening process but a necessary one since it gives you a chance to meet new people who are the biggest asset you can have in life.

Mastering The Art Of Consulting Sales And Client Relationships With Andrew Sobel: Podcast #132

Consulting Success

Consulting is a two-way transaction. While people know this, not many take it to heart. A consultant goes beyond merely telling their clients what to do; rather, they listen and build trust in one another.

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Save Lives vs. Save the Economy

CaseInterview.com

In the United States, there’s a big debate going on right now. Epidemiologists urge physical distancing as the best way to avoid catastrophic loss of lives.

Enterprise agility: Buzz or business impact?

McKinsey

Many organizations are racing to become agile. New research suggests that agile transformation can have a powerful impact on the bottom line—in addition to other widely recognized benefits. Insights on Organization

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

8 Top tips for managing at a distance

The Management Centre

Managing a remote team of people – who are not sitting anywhere near you and may not even be in the same time zone – can be a huge challenge. How do you make sure out of sight isn’t out of mind, especially when you might have been used to seeing at least some of your team on a regular basis?

10 Positive Facts Your Consulting Firm Should Obsess Over During This Crisis

David A Fields

There are so many voices fixated on the disaster unfolding around us, that you could easily be swept into a torrent of anxiety, fear and panic. In truth, there is real reason for concern and you absolutely should heed the direction of medical leaders. At the same time, you and your consulting firm will benefit … Continued. The post 10 Positive Facts Your Consulting Firm Should Obsess Over During This Crisis appeared first on David A. Fields. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Shorter Hours Is the Kaizen Mindset

Markovitz Consulting

Are businesses finally starting to question the assumption that more hours at the office equals more value for the customer? Back in November, I mentioned that the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both ran articles on the productivity benefits of reduced work hours. Not to be outdone, NPR reported that Microsoft Japan moved to a four-day workweek this summer while increasing productivity by 40%. Last week the Wall Street Journal hit the topic again.

Using YOUR Voice To Land Big Consulting Clients With Leah Bonvissuto: Podcast #131

Consulting Success

Presentations are an essential part of any business. It is where ideas are brought to light, potential connections are established, and even customers are marketed. That is why it is crucial to deliver your presentations the best you can.

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

Living Your Business Values – Interview with Paul Zelizer of Awarepreneurs

The More Clients Blog

Here’s our second monthly interview with a leading-edge business professional where I speak with someone smarter and wiser than me to figure out what being in business is all about. . This time I interview Paul Zelizer on expressing and living your values as a business owner.

Leadership in a crisis: Responding to the coronavirus outbreak and future challenges

McKinsey

For many executives, the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any other in recent times. Five leadership practices can help you respond effectively. Insights on Organization

McKinsey Middle East Careers

Management Consulted

Consultant Interview: How one consultant aced the McKinsey interview, broke in, and broke out again Are you interested in understanding more about McKinsey careers – from the McKinsey case interview to the difference between McKinsey offices in the Middle East?… … Read Article.

Do You Have Time for This Consulting Firm Builder? (Yes You Do.)

David A Fields

Holy shmoley, can you believe it’s already been a year since… well, last year at this time? Holidays whooshed by, kids outgrew their clothes and 100 generations of tsetse flies zipped through their cycle of life. Perhaps an entire tsetse empire rose and fell!) Where did the time go?

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”