Branding Yourself

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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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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Everything you ever wanted to know about choosing a profitable niche

In the second of our newly published ‘The Go-To Expert‘ inspired blog posts (get your free chapter of the book here) we round up the many posts on this blog about choosing and capitalising on your niche. You will find plenty of advice to help you choose and capitalise on your niche. Business Development Clinic: 6 …

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The pink car story: The next chapter

If you have ever heard me speak about networking or referral generation, then you will have heard me talk about the pink car story. For those of you who haven’t, here is a quick recap of the story. Last year, my family and I went camping down in Devon. This involved a 450 mile journey …

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What’s your suffix?

Whenever people talk about you they will normally add a tag line to you, for example, these are the suffixes that are typically applied to me: [quote]‘really knows her stuff’[/quote] [quote]‘author of ‘the FT Guide to Business Networking’[/quote] [quote]‘passionate and enthusiastic’[/quote] In the interests of balance, I am aware that occasionally the suffixes which are …

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why every networker needs a credibility story (or two)

After training over 200+ professionals in the last 6 months on their networking skills, I noticed that there was a common theme to what people found hard to do when networking. This theme, went something like this: “how do I start and maintain an interesting conversation, whilst not being boring, but use this conversation to …

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