2024

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What Is Freelance Consulting? & How To Get Your First Clients

Consulting Success

What is freelance consulting? Freelance consulting refers to offering consulting (expert advice in a particular industry) as an independent self-employed business owner instead of as an employee of a consulting firm. For example, a strategy consultant might work for a big firm like McKinsey or Bain. But a freelance strategy consultant works for themselves —.

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Inflation: Understanding its Impact on the Economy

Tom Spencer

Understanding inflation is essential for comprehending the global economy and predicting how changes in inflation are likely to impact economic activity, employment, and asset prices. Inflation, which refers to a general increase in the price of goods and services, results in a reduction in the purchasing power of money over time. Since 2008, the rate of inflation in the U.S. remained stable, at or below the Fed’s 2% target.

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Black History Month: A Call for Real Change

UPD Consulting

As another Black History Month draws to a close, it’s worth reflecting on the purpose of this annual celebration. Yes, the commemoration of Black pioneers like Frederick Douglass or Maya Angelou is important. But it’s also necessary to ask: what actions are truly being taken to honor their legacies? It’s a question that resonates in the equity space as well.

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5 Ways AI is Revolutionizing Instructional Design

Clarity Consultants

Artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing how many companies operate and handle various tasks. In the world of instructional design, AI is proving a valuable asset by accelerating development timelines, creating more opportunities for personalization, and more. That’s why leading instructional design consultants leverage the technology, as it allows them to offer the best possible results to client organizations.

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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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9 Essential Questions to Help Tackle Tough People Issues

Makarios Consulting

People issues plague business. As a leader, you have the primary responsibility to deal with them – and deal with them you must, because such issues never resolve on their own! People problems come in various stripes. There are the toxic superstars: people who produce phenomenally for your company, yet are abrasive to work with. There are the well-meaning non-performers: people who are giving it a go, but don’t seem to get anywhere.

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Embracing Failure: The Unexpected Key to Success

Chad Barr

Have you ever considered that your next setback might pave the way to your most significant triumph? Thomas Edison’s journey to invent the electric light bulb is a testament to this. Despite facing thousands of failures, his unwavering dedication and refusal to surrender culminated in one of the greatest inventions of all time. Consider Steve Jobs in 1985: ousted from Apple, the very company he established.

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How to Upload a Podcast to YouTube [2024 Update]

Buzzsprout

YouTube isn’t just for videos anymore! With Google Podcasts shutting down in March 2024, Google is pivoting to YouTube Music as its podcasting hub. This change means podcasters can now submit their audio-only podcasts to YouTube! Podcasters will need an existing podcast and an RSS feed to submit their show to the new directory. If you don’t have a show or an RSS feed yet, you can get started on Buzzsprout !

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Ship Decisions: Use Value to Decide When to Experiment and When to Finalize

Johanna Rothman

As a consultant, I create many kinds of information products: both writing and speaking. I use the ideas of experiments and finalization to decide what to ship and when. That allows me the most flexibility in my product development. However, too many organizations don't differentiate between what they need to ship as experiments and when to finalize the product.

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Leading by Lending a Hand to Others

Harmonious Workplaces

Strong manager-employee relationships through great leadership leads to positive outcomes After hearing so many people talking about the Apple TV show Ted Lasso and using it in the context of business leadership, I had to see what caused all the buzz. This comedy series features an American football coach with no pedigree but a winning record in the United States who, without any experience or knowledge of the game, becomes the head coach of an elite and beloved British soccer team.

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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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How Large Companies Prepare for Project Management Challenges

PM Alliance

Big companies may enjoy some advantages when it comes to planning and executing projects. They’re likely to have larger budgets and more staff available to drive priority initiatives forward than smaller organizations. They might have more influence to negotiate favorable vendor terms and schedules. But while large businesses typically have access to the resources necessary to move large, complex, high-risk, and highly impactful projects to completion, some elements of the enterprise environment

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Consulting Resources: What We Use & Recommend

Consulting Success

What consulting resources can help you grow your business and save you time and money — enabling you to run a seamless, stress-free business? Below we’ve curated our top consulting resources based on what we use ourselves and what the most successful consultants in our Clarity Coaching Program use. Consulting Resources: Quick Links Customer Relationship.

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How to Make Peace with a Company Decision You Don’t Like

Harvard Business

In our work, there are times when we lead but there are also times when we must follow — and we may not always agree with the path we’re told to follow. We may feel “stuck” in anger, anxiety, and confusion. But, we want to demonstrate resilience to our team and we want to maintain a good relationship with management. So, how do we forge ahead and follow with grace?

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Rebranding ADEI for the Culture Wars

UPD Consulting

When I founded UPD in 2005, the mission was simple: help build better, higher performing, and more resilient organizations. From the beginning, Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) has been crucial in this mission, not from a moral stance, but because, over and over, studies have shown investment in ADEI leads to better performance outcomes for companies and organizations. 2005 was an interesting year.

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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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Striking the Ethical Balance: Navigating Corporate Learning for Productivity and Well-Being

Clarity Consultants

Organizations face a delicate ethical balancing act of maximizing productivity while ensuring the well-being of their employees. This moral dilemma has gained prominence as businesses increasingly recognize the importance of nurturing a supportive work environment. It involves considerations related to the ethics of corporate training and the complexities of achieving a balance between productivity and the well-being of employees.

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The Cost of Avoiding Feedback at All Costs

Makarios Consulting

No leader enjoys having a redirecting feedback conversation with an employee who is performing at a sub-par level. However, the lengths to which many leaders will go to avoid that conversation are nothing short of incredible. We have seen time and again that leaders will: Move the employee to another department , passing on the problem without ever confronting it.

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Unleashing Business Potential: Benefits of Consulting Services

Business Consulting Agency

In the dynamic landscape of today’s business world, companies of all sizes face unique challenges and opportunities. Whether launching a startup, navigating the complexities of a small business, or steering a large enterprise through expansion, the benefits of business consulting services are profound. This article explores how consulting services contribute to the success of startups, small businesses, and larger enterprises, supported by facts, statistics, and real-world examples.

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Consequences

Seth Godin Blog

Frederick Lewis Donaldson created a list of seven social sins that was soon popularized by Gandhi. One hundred years later, it’s more relevant and more urgent than ever. Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Religion without sacrifice. Politics without principle.

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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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How to Submit Your Podcast to Spotify: Complete Guide [2024]

Buzzsprout

Spotify is the world's second most popular podcast directory and accounts for 31.3% of all podcast downloads. It's the most popular podcast app for Android users and the second most popular for iOS users. Listing your podcast on Spotify lets you reach new listeners who don't use traditional podcast apps and gives you access to valuable listener data and analytics.

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Effective Agility Requires Cultural Changes: Part 1

Johanna Rothman

I see many teams and team members who say, “Agile stinks. It's a way to force me to work too fast and not finish anything.” When I ask people what's happening, they say: We're doing an agile death march because someone else already told us what we have to do and the date it's due. We have a standup which is more like a serial status report at least once a day for an hour.

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Fight Ageism, Fuel Growth with Inclusive Hiring & Retention

Harmonious Workplaces

Age Bias Hurts Your Business I’ll just say it, “Job hunting sucks!” For people in the EEOC-protected class of workers over the age of 40 — those Gen Xers and Baby Boomers — the problem compounds. Studies show that employment rates sharply drop after the age of 45 (OECD/Generation, 2023). I’m writing this article around my 48th birthday. Since I’ve shown a little grey in my beard, I can verify from my experience that some hiring managers do not look favorably on older workers, especially job seek

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Harmonizing Team Culture and Leadership in a Hybrid Work Era: The Power of Purpose and Expectations

Leadership Vision Consulting

Can daily habits and clear expectations supercharge your team's culture, even in a hybrid work world? In this episode, we journey through the significant yet often-overlooked elements that are key to nurturing a thriving team environment. Together with Dr. Linda Schubring, we examine the influence of purpose-filled gatherings and the powerful impact of intentional leadership choices on team dynamics.

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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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What The Research Says About Building A Successful Consulting Firm With Elizabeth Harr: Podcast #318

Consulting Success

You may find consulting success just by employing general marketing strategies and casting a wide net on your target audience. But if you want to build a high-growth consulting firm, you must make your tactics more laser-focused and well-targeted. Michael Zipursky sits down with Elizabeth Harr, Managing Partner at Hinge Marketing. Together, they discuss the.

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Find the AI Approach That Fits the Problem You’re Trying to Solve

Harvard Business

AI moves quickly, but organizations change much more slowly. What works in a lab may be wrong for your company right now. If you know the right questions to ask, you can make better decisions, regardless of how fast technology changes. You can work with your technical experts to use the right tool for the right job. Then each solution today becomes a foundation to build further innovations tomorrow.

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35 Best Consulting Websites & How They Use Them (2024)

Consulting Success

“What are examples of the best consulting websites?” 5 years ago, your clients didn’t care about your consulting website. In 2024, 80%+ of potential clients will look at your website before doing business with you. So, I reached out to 35 consultants who have amazing consulting websites: asking them why they have it and the.

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The Consultant’s Guide To B2B Coaching: How To Use Coaches To Level Up Your Business

Consulting Success

If you want to get in shape, you hire a fitness coach. If you want to get your personal finances in order, you hire a financial advisor. But if you want to grow your consulting business, who can you hire? Do you have to figure it all out by yourself? Or is there a way.

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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.