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Business Development Clinic: why even the best networkers don’t win business from networking

In this Business Development Clinic, we consider what you need to have thought about and researched, BEFORE you go networking – even if you are meeting the right people. Let me tell you a true story of a good friend of mine. Let’s call him Steven. He took the decision to move from the relative …

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Barriers to firm growth: keeping it all up in your head

For the 1st time ever I was heckled during a keynote speech. I know, it had to happen at some point… but despite my polite acknowledgement, it was a battle I couldn’t win at that point in time. So, what produced the emotion from my delegate? It was the suggestion that if firms are to increase …

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Stop saying ‘fine’ if you want to develop a profitable relationship

I was reading a great blog post by Dinah Liversidge on ‘is being ‘fine’ costing you business’, which prompted me to think in more detail about how being ‘fine’ is hindering your from developing your personal brand and relationships further. Dinah, in her article, examines really well the reasons why we say it. In this …

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32 ways to say thank you quickly, personally and cheaply

Saying thank you for referrals or introductions to people is an important way to express your gratitude, and educate your network that you would like more of these. (This includes both your internal firm network and your external network) With a little thought and pre-planning, you can implement these ideas very quickly and always have …

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