2020

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.

How To Master Your Emotions As A Consulting Business Owner With Marcia Reynolds: Podcast #158

Consulting Success

A lot of people think they need to be perfect before they put themselves out there. Marcia Reynolds realized mastering and trusting your emotions to allow yourself to just go and do something can be very powerful if you let it.

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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? Much, much more? Definitely.

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.

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!

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. This all-too-common fear is called Imposter Syndrome.

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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 ever.

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. But what about others? Am I just a lone weirdo, obsessed with “cloning” my self through my website? Or are others doing the same? I wanted to find out.

Accenture Federal Services

Management Consulted

Accenture Federal Services may be unfamiliar to you even if you think you know Accenture up and down. Founded in 1989, Accenture has become one of the largest consulting firms in the world. The firm has annual revenues of over… Read Article.

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). This analogy probably works for most cases. However, in the spirit of consulting analogies used by guru David Maister, there are probably sub-analogies.

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.

COVID-19 Mortality Update - October 2020

Ed Kless

The Chart This chart compares the total number of people who have died from ANY cause for this and the previous six years using data from the CDC. The X-axis is the week of the year. Week 1 ended January 4, 2020; Week 11 ended March 7, 2020, Week 33 ended August 15).

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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! And now, with everyone stuck at home because of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders, business development and the networking that fuels it seem impossible. But that’s not the case! I’m actually doing more outreach than I did before the lockdown.

How To Break Past Revenue Plateaus In Your Consulting Business With Josh Long: Podcast #150

Consulting Success

Do you own a business, but finding it hard to break past revenue plateaus? A lot of business strategies claim to make your business grow and increase your profit margins. Unfortunately, most of them don’t work, wasting your time and money.

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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. The post 10 Tough-Times Strategies for Consulting Firms appeared first on David A. Fields. All Articles Consulting Consultants

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.

What is the value of digital currency?

Tom Spencer

Reading Time: 6 minutes. In the previous article, we explored the question ‘ what is digital currency? ’ In this article, we will examine the value of digital currency. Why would anyone want to use one? What benefits do they bring? Digital currency derives its value primarily from confidence.

How Much Does Running a Consulting/Coaching Business Cost? Here's How to Figure it Out

Consulting Matters

Thinking about starting your own business and want to know exactly what it'll cost to make that happen? Then you're going to LOVE this week's tutorial video.

How COVID-19 has pushed companies over the technology tipping point—and transformed business forever

McKinsey

A new survey finds that responses to COVID-19 have speeded the adoption of digital technologies by several years—and that many of these changes could be here for the long haul. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

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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. She avoided all the common pitfalls—she kept finished tasks in her Done column, limited her WIP, and used Super Sticky Post-It notes to ensure that she didn’t lose any work to evening janitorial services. But she wasn’t making a whole lot of progress, which left her was frustrated with the kanban—it wasn’t helping her manage her work.

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.

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. First, the epidemiologists and economists are both right.

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?

How To Build A World-Class Network As A Consultant With Kaihan Krippendorff: Podcast #148

Consulting Success

It is one thing to build a network; it is another to make it world-class.

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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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.”

Build Credibility as a Consultant with Success Stories

Successful Independent Consulting

Photo by Allie on Unsplash. Hiring a consultant can be a difficult decision for a client, especially when they’re going to be spending tens of thousands of dollars. They need to be sure that the person they’re hiring is competent, credible, trustworthy, and most importantly, effective. Use short stories or mini case studies to build your credibility before you’ve even had a conversation with a prospective client.

How to Rekindle Relationships with Your Consulting Firm’s Buyers

David A Fields

Every decision maker who’s regularly in conversation with your consulting firm is a high-potential source of projects and revenue. But if you’ve been out of touch with a prospect, restarting the relationship can feel awkward. The script below will help.

Client Development for Consultants: How to Grow & Keep Clients

Consulting Success

Client development is what you do to develop clients — one of the most important practices of any consulting business. Right now, in the middle of a pandemic, client development can be tough.

What is digital currency?

Tom Spencer

Reading Time: 6 minutes. Since the advent of Bitcoin in 2008, digital currency has been a growing trend and a growing area of interest for consultants, businesses, fintech investors, central banks, and governments.

Marketing Ops: The New Revenue Hero

As data continues to play a starring role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are poised to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers. In particular, the evolution of the Marketing Operations (Ops) role has created a new standard in marketing and has become a vital component of an organization’s success.