Branding Yourself

How specialist do I really need to be?

I am on record many, many times saying you need to be niche to build up your own practice and win your own clients. But how niche or specialist do you really need to be? Do you need to be THE expert? In this blog post I answer the question, ‘how specialist do I really …

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How to make partner lesson 4: the importance of having a niche

In summer 2016 Heather Townsend revealed the 10 lessons that every potential partners needs to learn to an audience of 200 lawyers and accountants. In this short 2 minute video clip, Heather talks through the fourth lesson – the importance of having a niche. What is lesson number 4 about?  Let me give you some …

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What I wish every talented professional knew about personal branding

I regularly speak to audiences of lawyers, accountants and consultants about the challenges of making partner. In my talks I often share the ten lessons that my clients have learnt along their journeys to make partner. In this blog post I am going to share the fourth lesson, create a strong, personal brand. It can …

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This cautionary tale will make you consider your online footprint

Tips for getting business referrals I’ve written several articles about how you can use social media to boost your reputation and generate referrals.  However, just like your physical image, your online image needs tending and careful grooming. What does your online footprint say about you? Are you aware of how much attention it receives? How much …

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When is the right time to become a specialist?

When should I specialise? The challenge for any lawyer, accountant or consultant in practice is when to specialise. (Not if they need to!) Do it too soon and you don’t get the broad base of technical and commercial skills you need. Do it too late and you will struggle to build your own practice. The …

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How to spend less time on LinkedIn – but still use it to build your own client portfolio

I run a group that trains Business Owners how to get invoiceable business from LinkedIn and often hear: “I spend lots of time on LinkedIn, but don’t seem to get much back for it” My response is: Know what you’re there for Have a plan to do that, and no more Set a timer when …

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7 secrets every rainmaker uses to effortlessly win business

Marketing and business development within professional services is often shrouded in mystery. So many consultants, lawyers and accountants feel comfortable about converting a warm prospect into a client. However, tell them that they need to call upon their professional services marketing skills to generate the lead in the first place and suddenly its a very …

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Is the curse of professionalism limiting your career progression?

A few months ago I was helping a group of consultants put together their personal marketing kit. Despite most  of the consultants handling client portfolios worth over £1 million, they almost all suffered with the curse of professionalism, which was stopping them taking the next step in their career.  In this blog post I identify …

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How to make a strong impactful online presence – without spending your whole life online

When people ask me what are the most important chapters in the Go-To Expert, I point them to chapter 3, 4 and 5. I.e. the part of the book where I talk about packaging your brand to make you irresistible to potential clients. Sadly, this part of business development is often missed out by accountants, …

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The essential contents of any Go-To Expert’s personal marketing tool-kit

In the third of our newly published ‘The Go-To-Expert‘ inspired blog posts (get your free chapter of the book here) we look at exactly what you need in your personal marketing kit to help you quickly and effortlessly build a profile as The Go-To Expert. Why a personal marketing toolkit? How many times have you written …

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