Developing Your Brand

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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How to make partner lesson 2: Thinking and feeling like a partner

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 second lesson – thinking, feeling and acting like a partner The road to partner is shrouded in mystery and conjecture. This …

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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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Are you making this mistake which is stopping your network from sending you referrals?

Referral Generation Tip: It was an innocent enough situation, and one which could have easily spiralled out of control. It also was a situation which illustrated why so many of us fail with our referral generation. In this blog post I will explain all, but also give you some ideas on how to maximise the number …

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This one tip could unlock the referrals from your network

Do you struggle with generating referral leads via your network? Or is your problem that you get the wrong type of leads via referrals from your network?  Generating referral leads via your network is more science than luck On a group for female professional speakers that I moderate, the group members were asked to introduce themselves in …

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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 choose what to specialise in, i.e. your niche

Building your own practice often means you need to be known for something in particular. This ‘something’ is often referred to as a ‘niche’. In today’s marketplace it is very difficult to make make partner as a generalist. In this article, based on an extract from Poised for Partnership, we explore how to find your …

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5 encouraging signs that your business development efforts and marketing plan are working

When you start a marketing plan, clients don’t normally fall out of thin air. Nor will every meeting instantly turn into a golden relationship. It takes time to build your brand, form strong introducer relationships, and generate awareness within the internal and external marketplaces. The early days of marketing yourself are particularly hard because you …

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How to sell litigation and other ‘distressed services’

Litigation is impossible to sell. After all you can’t just pick up a phone and cold call a prospect to see if they have a dispute and need your services. Nor do most rational people want to be a situation where they are in a dispute with someone. So therefore, how DO you sell your …

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