The Consultant’s Paradox

Lead Change Blog

If you’re tired of scrambling to find yet another client after a contract ends, it’s time for you to take your consulting, coaching, or facilitating business to the next level and gain some serious traction. The post The Consultant’s Paradox appeared first on Lead Change.

Consultants: Resistance Is Futile

N2Growth Blog

You also remember the Consultants. As a consumer of consulting services for more years than I care to admit, I have developed a well defined view of a typical engagement. Disclaimer: This article is intended to be a satirical depiction of a consulting engagement.

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Work Like a Consultant

Lead Change Blog

With over 35 years under my belt as an independent consultant, I’ve learned much about how to make life work and make work come alive. In that sense, I wish everyone could be a consultant. Successful consultants are joy carriers. Leadership Development consulting Leadership

Dinosaurs, Big Consulting Firms and Disruptive Innovation

N2Growth Blog

GLOBAL CONSULTING & DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION. All this got me thinking about another industry and disruptive innovation: Consulting. At one time there were a few large and highly professional consulting firms who provided advisory services and business expertise. By John R.

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. Hence, when Bethany Buttonwerk asked you why her company should work with your consulting firm instead of others she’s … Continued. All Articles Consulting Consultants

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

The Great, One-Day Consulting Experiment

David A Fields

The post The Great, One-Day Consulting Experiment appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting ConsultantsNote: 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.

How to Spot Your Goldilocks Consulting Opportunities

David A Fields

What’s the ideal consulting opportunity for your consulting firm? There are myriad guidelines you could apply to pinpoint your ideal consulting opportunity. The post How to Spot Your Goldilocks Consulting Opportunities appeared first on David A.

5 Keys to Great, Consulting Firm Marketing

David A Fields

Sit back and imagine your consulting firm as pure, rich, creamy scoops of ice cream. Prospects and consulting opportunities are the hot fudge that pours onto your icy practice in a steady, glossy stream of chocolatey richness. All Articles Consulting Consultants

10 Ways to Have Fun in Consulting

David A Fields

You probably spend more time working as a consultant than you spend in any other role in your life right now. The post 10 Ways to Have Fun in Consulting appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Is Consultant a Four-Letter Word?

Kevin Eikenberry

Well, by the math, consultant is an ten-letter word. And while I am biased about the role, since I have been one for many years, I do know that many people have bad experiences with consultants – both working with them and hiring them. The post Is Consultant a Four-Letter Word?

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The Perfect Consulting Firm Introduction Email Template

David A Fields

Bernie’s Bagel Empire (BBE) is the perfect client for your consulting firm. They’re in an industry your consulting firm targets, and Bernie himself revealed in a recent trade magazine article that his company is struggling with the wheaty weighty challenges your consulting firm solves.

9 Tips For Giving A Free Consultation

Women on Business

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How to Make Your Consulting Joyful (Again)

David A Fields

If your consulting firm’s plate is overflowing with client work, you’re probably hustling long hours and stressing over deliverables, capacity and quality. The post How to Make Your Consulting Joyful (Again) appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Your Consulting Firm’s Most Important Gifts

David A Fields

The post Your Consulting Firm’s Most Important Gifts appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting ConsultantsMillions of people give gifts on the day of this article’s publication. Forget the millions of people, though. You know who’s really interesting?

The #1 Marketing Tactic for Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Two quick questions for you: What are your favorite marketing tactics to promote your consulting firm? What marketing tactics should you use to promote your consulting firm? The post The #1 Marketing Tactic for Your Consulting Firm appeared first on David A.

Your Consulting Firm’s Worst Enemy

David A Fields

It’s easy to imagine your consulting firm’s worst nemesis is a competitive consulting firm, a procurement department, your prospects’ internal staff, or gingivitis. However, the biggest threat to your consulting firm’s growth is much closer to home and much more personal.

Nailing Your Consulting Firm’s Capabilities Presentation

David A Fields

When a prospect invites you to present your consulting firm’s capabilities, you know you’ll walk into an uber high-potential meeting. And that’s why so many consulting firms’ capabilities presentations fail … Continued. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Consulting Proposals: Bad, Good, and Very Good

David A Fields

I know this because your consulting firm wins consulting projects. I know this, too, because your consulting firm loses some consulting opportunities and some of the projects you win are smaller than they could be. All Articles Consulting Consultants

What Your Consulting Firm Needs Most: Perspective

David A Fields

What’s the heaviest chain restraining your consulting firm’s growth (in revenue or margin, lifestyle, or all three)? You may believe, and even eloquently argue, that your consulting firm is limited by your capabilities, the size of the market you serve, your buyers’ … Continued.

Your Comprehensive Guide to Marketing Tactics for Consulting Firms

David A Fields

The post Your Comprehensive Guide to Marketing Tactics for Consulting Firms appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting ConsultantsYour Challenge: Can you come up with even one tactic that’s not on the list below? Bonus points if you post two or more tactics.)

Haiku for You and Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

The post Haiku for You and Your Consulting Firm appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting ConsultantsChange of pace today.Only haiku, not advice.You deserve some fun. One more week gone, andthe proposal isn’t signedShould I call again? Hooray, they said yes!Let’s

4 Decision Makers Your Consulting Firm Should Pursue

David A Fields

You may have a (reasonably) solid plan in place to win consulting business from two groups of decision makers: your current clients who could engage your consulting firm for more projects, and totally new clients who could hire your consulting firm for the first time.

A Hidden Resource Your Consulting Firm Underutilizes

David A Fields

Ron “Cherry Top” Ronson, CEO of HunkaChunk Chocolate Company, wants to hire your consulting firm to work your magic, but you’re hesitating. The post A Hidden Resource Your Consulting Firm Underutilizes appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

What Your Consulting Firm Should Do RIGHT NOW

David A Fields

It’s the first week of the year and one thing you’re probably wondering is what you and your consulting firm should do first. Your consulting prospects are asking the same question. The post What Your Consulting Firm Should Do RIGHT NOW appeared first on David A. Happy New Year!

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

David A Fields

The post How to Reduce the Anxiety From Your Consulting Firm’s Uncertain Future appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting ConsultantsAre clients coming back? Are projects canceled or postponed? For how long? Do you need to cut expenses? Fire staff?

How To Get a Consult With Me

Kevin Eikenberry

Years ago, early in my consulting career, it was easy to get a spot on my calendar. If you wanted to get some insight into a problem or a challenge, you could email or call me, and we could have a quick consultation.

7 Consulting Firm Rules for Asking Questions

David A Fields

As a consulting firm leader, you know that asking the right questions will reveal your prospect’s situation, uncover their hidden needs, and heighten the perceived value of your solution. The post 7 Consulting Firm Rules for Asking Questions appeared first on David A.

Two Secrets to Delighting Your Consulting Clients

David A Fields

Your consulting firm’s clients are wired to notice certain things. Let’s take advantage of that wiring to help your consulting firm win more projects and create happier clients. Consulting clients want results. All Articles Consulting Consultants

The Consulting Firm Danger Zone (and How to Avoid It)

David A Fields

I’m going to walk way out on a limb and assume you want to grow your consulting firm or your bank account and/or your personal capabilities. The post The Consulting Firm Danger Zone (and How to Avoid It) appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Consulting Firms: The “Prepare Your Client to Succeed” Checklist

David A Fields

Your consulting firm consists of smart, capable consultants, and you have excellent models and processes. So, why don’t your consulting firm’s projects always run as smoothly as a dogsled on packed snow? All Articles Consulting Consultants

How to Create Need for Your Consulting Firm’s Offering

David A Fields

As a consulting firm leader, you’ve probably wondered more than once how you can increase the Need for the services you offer potential clients. Your consulting firm doesn’t create or increase needs; you discover or reveal them. All Articles Consulting Consultants

The Little Act that Can Transform Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Your consulting firm can take bold actions to win clients and generate value. Today, though, my question is whether you could accomplish more for your consulting firm by focusing on small, mundane acts. All Articles Consulting Consultants

When Your Consulting Firm Should Give Free Advice

David A Fields

Jo’s smart to call you because: 1) your consulting firm specializes in Jo’s issue; 2) you’ve spent your consulting career developing skills in this area; and, 3) she’s too amped up on roasted cocoa to make decisions … Continued. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Signs Your Consulting Firm is Operating on Faulty Assumptions

David A Fields

You throw your best efforts into delivering value for your consulting clients, improving your consulting firm’s marketing, and creating a rewarding consulting environment. The post Signs Your Consulting Firm is Operating on Faulty Assumptions appeared first on David A.

Niche: Required or Overblown for Your Consulting Firm?

David A Fields

You’ve undoubtedly received plenty of advice to position your consulting firm in a narrow niche. The post Niche: Required or Overblown for Your Consulting Firm? All Articles Consulting Consultants

The Meeting Maximizer Form for Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Imagine this: You meet with the analyst and subcontractors working on a consulting project, and after a couple of precious hours pass, there are only powdered sugar donut holes left in the box and you’ve somehow achieved a disappointing fraction of what you intended.

10 Triggers that Set Off Growth Explosions at Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Is there a way to make your consulting firm’s business development efforts easier, stable and more effective? Visibility-building undergirds your consulting firm’s endeavors to attract clients. All Articles Consulting Consultants

The Perfect, Post-Project Checklist for Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

You want your consulting firm to continuously improve and grow. Ergo, reflecting on every project will help your consulting firm thrive. Or, as sophisticated, technical consultants are trained to … Continued. All Articles Consulting Consultants

10 Obvious Mistakes Consultants Make

David A Fields

In consulting there are equally obvious rules of the road that are, nevertheless, inexplicably ignored by many of our colleagues. Consultants Consultative Selling Mindset Relationships attitude communication Consultative selling mindset relationships

5 Decades of Critical Lessons for Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Can history teach your consulting firm anything? centric) events to glean some lessons for us consulting firm leaders. The post 5 Decades of Critical Lessons for Your Consulting Firm appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

How to Know if You’re Successful at Consulting

David A Fields

How do you know if you’re doing well at the consulting game? The post How to Know if You’re Successful at Consulting appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting ConsultantsRevenue? Client feedback?

Take off Your Happy Face! Why Consulting Clients Love Disagreeable Consultants

David A Fields

Your consulting clients walk into each engagement holding bouquets of helium balloons they want to release to the sky. [ ] Consultants ConsultingMetaphorically, unless your clients are clowns.)