2020

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.

How to Be an Effective Consultant on Virtual Projects

Successful Independent Consulting

Photo by Euan Cameron on Unsplash. As independent consultants, we’ve all worked remotely to some extent but now we are working virtually 100%. And likely, this isn’t temporary. Many companies are already saying they won’t require every employee to return to the workplace this calendar year.

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How To Run The Perfect Virtual Meeting With Your Clients

Consulting Success

Do you groan when you think of having another virtual meeting? Do you feel burn-out sitting in front of your camera all day? What if virtual meetings didn’t leave you with “Zoom fatigue” — but instead, you left your meetings feeling energized and excited?

5 Things to Remember When Pricing Your Consulting

Consulting Matters

If you struggle with determining how to set a price for your consulting services, don’t worry you are not alone.

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Going to Market Smarter in the New Economy

The fight to find new customers and retain existing ones is the biggest business challenge for many companies. Technology will continue to play a part in fostering buyer allegiance and building brands in the “new normal.” In 2021, as companies continue to move more functions online, employees will take a more virtual -- and flexible -- mindset and lifestyle in parallel to the digitization of businesses. To succeed, you must change the way you conceive and build new products as a digital business. Download the report today to discover more!

The Lockdown Unlocks Real Work

Markovitz Consulting

Peter Drucker once quipped that, “Much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.”

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The impact of the crisis on emerging markets

The Source

Our real-time forecast for the global consulting industry currently predicts that by the end of 2020, the market will have contracted by around 13% compared to 2019. However, that high-level picture can only tell us so much.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Study 2020: The Mindset of Successful Consultants

Consulting Success

Do you work on your entrepreneurial mindset? Are you taking care of your mental game just as much as your physical health & well-being? At Consulting Success®, we believe that your mindset plays a major role in how well you do in business. But we wanted to see if the stats backed it up.

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No Case Interview Experience? Start Here

Management Consulted

A question we frequently get from readers is, “Where should I start if I have no experience with case studies or case interviews?” It’s a great question, and we’re all too happy to provide a list of recommendations. If you’ve… Read Article. The post No Case Interview Experience?

29 Best Personal Websites 2020 (And Why They Have Them)

Tsavo Neal

Personal websites. Everyone should have one. . Intuitively, I believe this is true. But why? My personal website, the website you’re reading now, has been everything to me. My career, my business, my life’s work — all wrapped up into one neat, 2-dimensional digital package.

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

8 Ways Leaders Can Engage and Support Their Remote Teams – and be a more human leader

Brimstone Consulting

How to engage and support your remote team for the long-haul. In February, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world’s largest work-from-home experiment.

Ending Your Struggle With Marketing

The More Clients Blog

Why I’m writing my newsletter as poetry, I have no idea. ( See last week’s here ) But this idea popped into my head when I woke up this morning and I went with it! It points to something that’s both obvious and easy to miss. My clients often work with me because.

Before You Plan for 2021, Do this 2020 Review

Consulting Matters

We're coming up on the end of the year and it's time to review what worked and didn't so we can come up with plans for 2021, right? Wrong!

How to Avoid Many Objections that Trip Up Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Where did Molly go wrong? Read the following, true story of Molly Milkcakes and see if you can spot her mistake. Molly, a consultant with Local Universal Consulting (a.k.a. LUC), was at a hot prospect’s office trying to close a project.

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

Remote Work Environments Aren’t Fair

Leadership Planning with Liz Weber CMC

Shifting to a remote work environment permanently for the foreseeable future has become a reality for many organizations. The rapid shift to remote work occurred because of the pandemic. It was a necessary response to a crisis situation that occurred quickly and without much warning.

Europe’s Start-Up Ecosystem: Heating Up, but Still Facing Challenges

Kim Baroudy, Jonatan Janmark, Tobias Strålin, Abhi Satyavarapu and Zeno Ziemke

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Business Development and Networking During a Pandemic Lockdown

Successful Independent Consulting

The #1 FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) among independent consultants involves business development. Will I be able to find enough work? How can I develop a steady pipeline of leads? I don’t know how to do sales!

COVID-19 is the Best Thing to Happen to Your Company. Seriously.

Markovitz Consulting

You’ve heard it countless times before: “People don’t like change.” Change is hard.” Change activates people’s lizard brain. They’ll fight you or run away.” People don’t mind changing. They don’t like being changed.”

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

CRM software is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet another obstacle to a sales team’s efficiency when it’s not. Leveraging research and commentary from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can get back valuable time by overcoming some pain points with your CRM, such as low adoption rates, integrations, and data quality.

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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What are Behavioral Interviews?

Management Consulted

Behavioral interviews are a key component to the case interview. Yet, if you’re just starting your interview prep journey, you might be even asking, “What are behavioral interviews?” ” Or, “How do you pass a behavioral interview?”

How to successfully negotiate anything (not just your salary)

Tom Spencer

Reading Time: 3 minutes. Negotiating is something we do every day, with everyone, for everything.

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Repost Which Explains Management Consulting Using Layman’s Terms

Steve Shu Consulting

This is a repost from an answer I wrote a couple of years ago on Quora. I usually fail miserably at explaining this for some reason. Probably the most common definition out there is that management consultants are like doctors for companies (instead of doctors for people).

4 Data-Driven Steps To Drive Successful B2B Demand Generation

Fact: Good data lives at the core of every successful B2B demand generation strategy. Without quality data, it’s nearly impossible to identify and segment your target audience and create messaging that speaks to their values and interests. Whether you’re stepping into a new position or you’re new to demand generation, learning the tricks of the trade can be, well, tricky. In this eBook, you’ll discover how to improve your demand generation program—and your bottom line.

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.

How to Overcome Your Imposter Syndrome Fears

Consulting Matters

One of the most agonizing (and least talked about) experiences that keeps really smart people from building the consulting and coaching businesses of their dreams is the fear of not having what it takes.

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A Superior Response to “What Makes Your Consulting Firm Better?”

David A Fields

You know a rain barrel full of reasons why your consulting firm is better than other firms that do what you do. Among the reasons, of course, is you. Your experience and ideas and unique perspective.

Consulting’s diversity paradox

The Source

Personally, I like to start these blogs with some sort of pop culture analogy that neatly illustrates the topic at hand—or, failing that, a humorous industry anecdote. But there are some topics and some moments where that sort of levity feels out of place.

The Modern Customer Success Playbook

The evolution of every high-functioning, effective customer success strategy centers around three C’s: connected experiences, an engaging customer journey, and a culture built on customer-centricity. Satisfaction won’t cut it. Quarterbacking your customers to long-term success and growth is proven to combat churn and transform customer success teams into revenue-drivers. But where do you start? Download the playbook today!

How to Get 100 Meetings

The More Clients Blog

When we think of marketing our professional services, we often think about all the things we need to do to be visible and get known. “I I need to have an online presence, post regularly on social media, write articles for LinkedIn, join organizations, and network like crazy, and, and, and…”.

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.

Why Ping-Pong Post-It Notes Are Bad For You

Markovitz Consulting

One of my clients, a physician in an academic medical center, has been struggling with her personal kanban.