Developing Your Brand

Why you need to be a BRAND to progress your career in the professions

This week I spent a day working with 3 senior lawyers helping them start a partner-sized practice. For each of the three, I helped them define and articulate their brand. It only occurred to me as I reflected on my conversations that wherever you are in your career you need to have built a brand …

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A simple way to identify your niche if you are a deal maker

Starting to win your own clients effectively always starts with identifying what you want to become known for, i.e. what will be your specialism or niche. This blog post, based on similar conversations with clients who are M&A lawyers, shows you a very simple process to identify your niche. Recently I have been working for …

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How to create a sound bite that helps you easily win business

We are going to dig into Chapter 3 of the Go-To Expert, and explore in more depth the concept of a sound bite. On the surface of it, having a sound bite doesn’t sound that important for any professional. However, as you read through this blog post you will discover why it is core to …

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12 ways your LinkedIn profile will help you get a new job [part 2]

Have you updated your LinkedIn profile recently? Your LinkedIn profile is your shop window to recruiters and potential employers, and the first place which potential recruiters will look when they are considering contacting you. This is the second half of our article on how your LinkedIn profile can help in your job search. You can …

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12 ways your LinkedIn profile will help you get a new job [part 1]

Have you updated your LinkedIn profile recently? Your LinkedIn profile is your shop window to recruiters and potential employers, and the first place which potential recruiters will look when they are considering contacting you. Here are our top twelve tips to make sure your LinkedIn profile is found by the RIGHT people: 1. Consider your …

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Business development advice that harms more than helps

Clients often tell me about the business development advice they have had from well-established partners in their firm.  Lots of these tips are spot-on and very helpful. Others are . . . well, we have a chuckle!  Some of the tips I have heard have been at best unhelpful and sometimes actually damaging to winning …

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How to win new clients

Starting a law blog: 3 reasons you haven’t yet

Starting a law blog Starting a law blog can be a great way of building a strong profile and generating work from your own desk. So, why don’t many more lawyers do it? Or more to the point, why do so many lawyers have the intention to start a law blog but never quite get …

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What to blog, and how? 3 tried and tested tips create client winning assets

What to blog about to win clients? You’ve written a blog post. You’ve published it, added it on Twitter and LinkedIn. Now what? If you are like most lawyers, accountants and consultants I know, you probably leave it there. Thereby missing out on most of the value of your blogging work, limiting your chances of …

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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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