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Everything you ever wanted to know about choosing your niche

One of the ways you can minimise the time you spend on business development is to focus on developing a niche for yourself. This may not make sense right off the bat, but it does when you think about it. Having a goal or a target to hit puts you on a path to success, …

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Five essential steps to find your niche

When you fined a niche of your own, it allows you to specialise and become the Go-To-Expert on your chosen topic. “That’s all very well” you may be thinking, “but how on earth do I work out what my niche should be?” We’ve laid out the five essential steps that you need to take to …

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3 reasons why you are struggling to win bigger and better clients

It seems that every accountant, lawyer or consultant I meet wants to win bigger clients but isn’t sure how to go about it. In this article, I explore why you are struggling to win bigger clients and how to make the changes you need to starting winning bigger and better clients. Not having a niche …

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Choosing your niche: everything you need to know about creating a strong personal brand that’s memorable

In order to get to partner, particularly the Big 4 and large firms, you will need to find your niche. Some professionals find that by the time they get to Partner Track they already have a clearly defined niche. This isn’t the case for everyone, however, and there are many accountants, lawyers and consultants who …

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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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6 essential questions to answer if you want a steady stream of referrals from your network

How to get referrals from your network Confidence is essential if you want to establish a good pipeline of work via referral from your network. But the question is how to get referrals from your network? However, you often only get the confidence when the work starts to come through by referral. It’s the age …

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Why winning business successfully is all about the right mindset not skill level

This post is taken from an extract from the transcript of one of my recent webinars on “how to win your first client…..and then your second and third”. Heather (HT): The people I see that become very successful at business development are actively making choices every day. These choices tend to fall into these categories, …

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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 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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