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.

The Consulting Firm Caption Competition

David A Fields

Consultants like to know the order of things. That’s why smart, consulting leaders like you ask insightful, “Which comes first?” For instance, when it comes to writing content, consultants ask, “Which comes first, the article or the puns?”

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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. To illustrate the viewpoint of a consumer of consulting services, I want to present a satirical view of a typical engagement. Disclaimer: This article is intended to be a satirical depiction of a consulting engagement. The first item on the agenda was a proposal by ACME Consulting.

10 Stages of Consulting Firm Growth (Where Are You Stuck?)

David A Fields

To achieve the next level of success with your consulting firm, you have to know what inflection point is next on your route (or, where you want to stop and optimize). Let’s briefly walk through the common stages on your consulting firm’s growth journey. Fields Consulting Group.

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. But, I have noticed that employees who assume the style and manner of a successful independent consultant are the ones that get ahead and seem to have a great time doing it! Still, there are features of work life as an independent consultant that can be embraced by anyone in a work role.

10.5 Negotiation Best Practices for Consulting Firms

David A Fields

Winning a consulting project is like asking a teenager to complete chores. Since most consulting proposals encounter at least one round of discussions before you seal the deal, below, in their barest form, are 10 … Continued. Fields Consulting Group.

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.

One Tiny, Good Deed…and Your Consulting Firm Grows Like Wildfire!

David A Fields

There’s a behavior which, if you perform it daily, will transform your consulting firm, grow your business and improve your life. You’re going to enjoy a more successful consulting business. The post One Tiny, Good Deed…and Your Consulting Firm Grows Like Wildfire!

The ONLY Best Way to Practice Consulting

David A Fields

You and your consulting firm are pretty spiffy. But does your firm employ the one, best consulting approach? You savor the evidence that your consulting firm produces excellent work. Yet, other consulting firms proceed quite … Continued.

Partnering With Another Consulting Firm? Read This First

David A Fields

There you are, polishing the sign in front of your catamaran and trying to attract consulting projects from the throngs of prospects meandering along the oceanfront. I’m sure we could catch more consulting clients together.” The post Partnering With Another Consulting Firm?

Consulting Firm Razzle Dazzle: The Art of Handles

David A Fields

Yet, one aspect of that short-lived fad will help your consulting firm win more clients and, importantly, deliver higher perceived value to your current clients. The post Consulting Firm Razzle Dazzle: The Art of Handles appeared first on David A. Fields Consulting Group.

4 Easy Habits That Support Your Consulting Firm’s Health

David A Fields

The post 4 Easy Habits That Support Your Consulting Firm’s Health appeared first on David A. Fields Consulting Group. All Articles Consulting ConsultantsYou know that adopting a few, personal, morning habits can dramatically improve your life.

7 Stretches that Will Totally Transform Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

When you combine a strategic growth idea with granular prompts and a well-defined process, you can design a dramatic plan to accelerate your consulting firm. Your growth plans for your consulting firm can be evolutionary or transformative. Fields Consulting Group.

9 Impeachable Consulting Firm Offenses

David A Fields

Whatever your political leanings, you don’t want your consulting firm to lean into a bad reputation. The post 9 Impeachable Consulting Firm Offenses appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Top 5 Responses When Your Consulting Firm Loses a Project

David A Fields

Is there a best way to respond to a prospect when they tell you they won’t be awarding your consulting firm a project? For instance, let’s say your consulting firm was contacted by the tech-focused, private equity group, E-Ratiq to potentially assist with one of their … Continued.

The Ladder You Must Climb to Grow Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Clients hire your consulting firm in part because you know more than they do. The post The Ladder You Must Climb to Grow Your Consulting Firm appeared first on David A. Fields Consulting Group. All Articles Consulting Consultants

A Simple, Project Finder for Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

One, easy-to remember question quickly identifies consulting projects for your consulting firm. When you encounter prospects—whether entirely new to your consulting firm or existing clients in which you could expand, you ask questions designed to surface potential engagements.

5 Partners Your Consulting Firm Should Call This Week

David A Fields

Many of your consulting firm’s prospects are caught in the eddies of crisis and battling to stay afloat. On the other hand, you know who’s in the same boat as your consulting firm and casting about for … Continued. All Articles Consulting Consultants

The Handful of Choices that Determine Your Consulting Firm’s Success

David A Fields

How cool would it be if you could choose greater success for your consulting firm from a drop-down list? Sorta) There’s a straightforward exercise you can complete that will deliver the following benefits (and others) for your consulting firm over … Continued.

3 Tips to Expand Your Consulting Firm’s Market

David A Fields

There’s a rich, hidden vein of project opportunities for your consulting firm—projects that your consulting firm may not have been in the running to receive. The post 3 Tips to Expand Your Consulting Firm’s Market appeared first on David A.

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

The Perfect Dashboard for Consulting Firms

David A Fields

You can create the perfect dashboard for your consulting firm by combining two ideas we’ve explored previously. The post The Perfect Dashboard for Consulting Firms appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Why (and How) Your Consulting Firm Should Be Funny

David A Fields

There’s good reason to spill humor all over your consulting firm’s work. My team’s extensive, proprietary research among consulting firm leaders suggests you’ve been hilarious. Not recently, of course, but before you led a consulting firm.

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.

Consulting Firms and Subcontractors: How to Make it Work (Better)

David A Fields

NASA has nothing on consulting firms. The post Consulting Firms and Subcontractors: How to Make it Work (Better) appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Lead Generation for Consulting Firms: 4 Essential Rules to Follow

David A Fields

If your consulting firm had more leads, you’d close more projects. Therefore, investing in lead-generation activities and programs seems logical for your consulting firm, right? The post Lead Generation for Consulting Firms: 4 Essential Rules to Follow appeared first on David A.

Use This Unique Tool to Focus Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Without focus, no one would become an expert in anything, your consulting firm wouldn’t become a thought leader in your field, and superman’s eyes would cast a warm, rosy glow instead of piercing lasers. The post Use This Unique Tool to Focus Your Consulting Firm appeared first on David A.

9 Pricing Rules for Your Consulting Firm’s Advisory Engagements

David A Fields

There are consulting projects, there are advisory engagements, and there are chocolate covered almonds. Your consulting firm’s clients may consume all three, however, the rules for pricing are different in each case. All Articles Consulting Consultants

Rejected Again? Improve Adoption of Your Consulting Firm’s Solutions

David A Fields

What could be more discouraging for you and your consulting firm than promoting a fantastic solution… that prospects and clients don’t adopt? Virtually every day, your consulting firm offers a powerful answer to … Continued. All Articles Consulting Consultants

9 Quantum Leap Questions for Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

You could answer a debate my team and I have engaged in: the best way to create a quantum leap in a small consulting firm’s performance. Plenty of folks are chattering about how your consulting firm can survive or stabilize in the face of an economic downturn.

How to Easily Improve the Effectiveness of Your Consulting Firm’s Marketing

David A Fields

You are probably falling prey to a couple of biases when determining which relationships your consulting firm should nurture, and that’s costing you business. The post How to Easily Improve the Effectiveness of Your Consulting Firm’s Marketing appeared first on David A.

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. As a result the big consulting firms ended up producing “solutions” and new approaches that were complex, expensive, and highly invasive. By John R. Childress.

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. The post How to Rekindle Relationships with Your Consulting Firm’s Buyers appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

How to make Yourself and Your Consulting Firm SUPER Productive

David A Fields

Also, to be fair, probably neither you nor your consulting firm are achieving legendary productivity day in and day out. The post How to make Yourself and Your Consulting Firm SUPER Productive appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

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. All Articles Consulting ConsultantsBefore Goldilocks was eaten by the three bears (or was it the three pigs?), she fussily spotted the ideal porridge, chair and bed for herself.

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.

Too Big? The Correct Way to Tell if a Project is Right for Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Wouldn’t it be great to land a massive, game-changing new project for your consulting firm? However, huge assignments have equally huge downsides, and there’s a better way to grow your consulting firm. Fields Consulting Group. All Articles Consulting Consultants

5 Consultant Strategies for Getting Unstuck

David A Fields

Or your consulting firm is stuck. Write a book, or track consulting project profitability, or win a consulting project from the Danish royal family.) Or some Godzilla task smashed its way to the forefront and all your (consulting firm’s) work has … Continued. The post 5 Consultant Strategies for Getting Unstuck appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting ConsultantsYou’re stuck.

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 ConsultantsHoley shmoley. Can that be true? Before and after your work day, you may focus on excelling as a partner, spouse, parent, friend, hockey coach, volunteer, or civic leader; however, roughly half your … Continued.

The 7 Greatest Gifts You Can Give Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Imagine how fun this would be at your consulting firm: you and your colleagues launch every day with a towering pile of valuable gifts that will make the hours more productive and effective. The post The 7 Greatest Gifts You Can Give Your Consulting Firm 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. When you put it that way, it’s hard not to like consulting, right? The post 5 Keys to Great, Consulting Firm Marketing appeared first on David A. All Articles Consulting Consultants

An Impeccable Source of Language for Your Consulting Firm’s Marketing

David A Fields

Picture a deeper, healthier client list and pipeline for your consulting firm—the type you’d have if you communicated your consulting firm’s value in language that instantly resonated with the exact people you want to attract. 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?