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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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Why internal networking could be your secret weapon to getting promoted in your firm

When accountants, lawyers, and consultants think of networking, they think of the events that they attend after work. Oftentimes, they think of lunches, coffees or the activities that they do off the clock. Many don’t even consider that they are sitting on a goldmine of opportunity every single day. Here is why internal networking, and …

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How to make sure you get the referral rather than your partner

There’s nothing worse than putting in the work and the hours only to get overlooked for a referral. It’s a crushing feeling, especially when it goes to your partner instead. What did they do that you didn’t? While it might feel like you did everything you could, you may be missing a few key areas …

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How to ask for referrals

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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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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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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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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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 3 reasons professionals limit their new business wins by becoming jack-of-all trades

For the next few months to celebrate the launch of our next book ‘The Go-To Expert’, I will be blogging weekly, including extracts from The Go-To Expert, about topics to help you become The Go-To Expert and build a partner sized client portfolio. In this week’s blog post we are going to look at why …

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Business Development Clinic: 7 deadly business development mistakes – which ones are you making? (part 2)

The days when you could get to partnership as a brilliant technician are long gone.. Even if you only work on very big ticket items, to get to be a Magic Circle, Big Law, big 4 partner or partner at a large firm you still need to have proved your ability to win work and be seen …

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