2020

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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. Clients are shutting down their operations; workshops and meetings are being called off; in fact, the entire economy appears to be headed for an … Continued.

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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? In a recent mastermind event with a select group of our. How To Run The Perfect Virtual Meeting With Your Clients is a post from: Consulting Success.

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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.” Recent research from the Boston Consulting Group confirms that employees can do better work when they’re liberated from much of the bureaucratic cruft that passes for daily management. According to BCG’s analysis , productivity at companies that have shifted to remote work has increased between 15% and 40%.

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The undisputed importance of appearance and how to get it right

Tom Spencer

Reading Time: 4 minutes. When you walk into an interview, even before you speak, shake hands or talk through your resume, something else is doing a lot of talking in your behalf: your appearance. Even though your clothes do not speak, they communicate a lot about you. Whether you like it or not, physical appearance has an effect on how you are perceived by others.

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PowerPoint Best Practices for Creating Stellar Presentations

Mastering data visualization in PowerPoint will help accelerate your career because it positions you as someone who can present data that drives business decisions forward. think-cell's PowerPoint Best Practices eBook was created specifically for professionals aiming to master the art and science of data-driven storytelling. What’s inside: Practical Insights: Uncover valuable tips for crafting engaging and persuasive presentations.

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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. This. Entrepreneurial Mindset Study 2020: The Mindset of Successful Consultants is a post from: Consulting Success.

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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. The fear might be not having what it takes to do the marketing and attract clients or even if they landed clients they wouldn't have the goods to back up whatever promises they made in their marketing.

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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?” Or maybe still, you’re… Read Article. The post What are Behavioral Interviews? appeared first on Management Consulted.

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50 Persistence Quotes that Inspire and Motivate

Rick Conlow

All human progress demands persistence. However, the world can be a nasty place. Pandemics and problems rear their ugly heads often unexpectedly. Lately, it has not been easy. It has been said, “When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” Here are fifty other quotes to inspire you to try again and move forward. Persistence Means–Don’t Quit.

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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. Economists point out that the cost of shutting down the economy is unprecedented and is heading toward catastrophic economic collapse (which also enormous human costs). So, who is right? I’m going to give you two answers to that question.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Seven Digital Marketing Trends For 2021

Henry DeVries

The global pandemic had an impact on every business. From a digital marketing standpoint, what will 2021 bring? Several digital marketing leaders shared their thoughts on coming trends.

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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. Hence, when Bethany Buttonwerk asked you why her company should work with your consulting firm instead of others she’s … Continued. The post A Superior Response to “What Makes Your Consulting Firm Better?

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Agile Maturity vs Ability to Change

Johanna Rothman

Several of my clients want to use some sort of maturity assessment for their agile transformations. Often, the maturity levels demand adherence to specific practices or processes. Some of those practices and processes work for my clients now. (I'm not so sure about others.). As my clients evolve, will what they do now continue to work in the future?

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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.” You hear these complaints so often that you’d think they’re inscribed in the 10 Commandments by now. (They’re not, by the way.) Sure, there’s plenty of truth in those sayings, but the good news is that right now—in the middle of the Covid-19 outbreak—they’re less relevant than ev

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Savings Consultants Are Needed in Today's Market More Than Ever

Savings Consultants are needed in today’s market more than ever. With an increase in expenses, businesses are looking for opportunities to save. Often unknown to businesses are savings in expense reduction, specialized tax savings, specialized savings including medical underpayments, health benefits cost reduction, zero cost processing, and more. Blue Coast Savings, with over 20 years in business, assists Savings Consultants in helping these companies move toward more profitable businesses.

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8 Tips for Running a Productive Virtual Meeting

Tom Spencer

Reading Time: 4 minutes. It’s been a while since we were distanced from the office, and it’s not looking to end anytime soon. Many tech companies such as Microsoft have announced that they plan to let employees work remote permanently. Working from home is the new normal. As much as people are tolerant of interruptions from a weak internet connection, kids screaming, or dogs barking in the background, it’s time for us to adapt and change.

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How To Start A Consulting Business In 2021 (6 Steps)

Consulting Success

This is the ultimate guide on how to start a consulting business in 2021. By the end of this guide, you’ll know how to turn your skills and expertise into a profitable and successful consulting business. Let’s dive right in. Contents Step 1: Choose Your Consulting Business Model Step 2: Get Clear On Your Ideal. How To Start A Consulting Business In 2021 (6 Steps) is a post from: Consulting Success.

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I Appreciate You!

The Fearless Marketer

Yeah, 2020, has been a really tough year. But you hung in there with all the challenges. And I want to congratulate you and appreciate you for all you’ve done. You’ve…. – stayed cocooned in your home office for the past 9 months, – moved your business to virtual meetings via Zoom, – worn a mask whenever you’ve ventured into the zombie apocalypse, – stocked up on toilet paper and organic peanut butter at Costco, – tried anything and everything to get the attention of

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5 Reasons Why Your Client Needs You to Charge What You're Worth

Consulting Matters

Most consultants get anxiety attacks when it comes to talking about money with potential clients. While it is important for you to address your own underlying issues for why it is hard for you to ask for equitable compensation for your worth, have you considered the significance to YOUR client that you do ask for your worth ? If you are a consultant, you are a change agent.

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TOOLS and METHODOLOGIES for developing DECISION SUPPORT PACKAGES

This White Paper targets opportunities for Management to develop proficiency in the Decision Framing and Analyses element of input to Decision, & Risk Analyses for Major Project Funding Decisions.

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eLearning Excels in Providing These Human Elements to Students

Clarity Consultants

Many people assume that eLearning is automatically a bit impersonal. When classes are taught through online forums and video conferencing, there’s a kind of distance between the instructors and students, particularly a physical one. However, eLearning doesn’t inherently lack the human elements many students need. In fact, it can actually foster strong connections and, ultimately, be quite intimate, sometimes achieving.

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The Number One Trait of Horrible Bosses

Rick Conlow

The #1 trait of horrible bosses is not that uncommon. While there are many despicable traits of a bad boss, the biggest complaint is that they are persistent purveyors of negative vibes. They are downright nasty and crabby most of the time. The words that spew from their mouths are offensive. Negative politics has become an art and a weapon. While it has always been around, with social media it moves at the speed of light reaching more people faster.

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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. With the media, stock markets, and social media going crazy over the topic, I spent a lot of time digging into the data to develop my own conclusions.

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Business Development Return On Investment During New Normal

Henry DeVries

If you’re spending money trying to promote a product or service it is essential to be fully aware of your return on investment and return on influence.

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Why You Need to Use Case Studies in Sales and Marketing (and How to Start Now)

Case studies are proof of successful client relations and a verifiable product or service. They persuade buyers by highlighting your customers' experiences with your company and its solution. In sales, case studies are crucial pieces of content that can be tailored to prospects' pain points and used throughout the buyer's journey. In marketing, case studies are versatile assets for generating business, providing reusable elements for ad and social media content, website material, and marketing c

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10 Impressive, Consulting Firm Achievements that Require Only One, Small Act

David A Fields

You deserve congratulations for your accomplishments so far. Your consulting firm, whether big or small, thriving or struggling, is a manifestation of your intention and commitment to create value for others. Could you achieve more? Yes. Much, much more? Definitely. Common wisdom and common sense point you toward a simple maxim: build on your success. … Continued.

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Writing Workshop to Free Your Inner Writer Open for Registration

Johanna Rothman

I have finally opened my first writing workshop, Writing Workshop 1: Free Your Inner Writer again. It took me a while to figure out how to organize the workshop so everyone (including me) could succeed. I'm planning to offer the workshop once a quarter. See Q4 2020 Writing Workshop 1 for more details. This workshop is for you if: You want to make writing easier for you.

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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. At the time of writing, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked a worldwide reckoning on issues of structural racism, and organisations of all stripes are being forced to consider how they can contribute to the global effort to dismantle e

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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. We started negotiating as babies when we cried to get what we wanted and gradually built up our negotiation tactics to negotiate dinner locations, job offers, problems with partners, and basically anything that life throws at us. Knowing how to negotiate successfully for whatever you want, not just your target salary, is a critical skill to develop.

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The Art of Remote Collaboration: How to Successfully Whiteboard with Remote Teams

Just because we're working with a distributed team doesn't mean we have to abandon time-tested tools and methods like whiteboarding. Digital look-alikes often cramp creativity and all but eliminate the humanity of shared interactions. Hardware solutions are also limiting and, of course, expensive and immobile. In an increasingly digital and remote-first world, it’s important for us to select tools and processes that allow us to mitigate if not eliminate the above problems.