An unexpected way to disarm your opponent

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Category : Weekly tips March 27, 2017
An unexpected way to disarm your opponent

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series. Today we flash back 20 years and learn from a video…

Five ways deliverers can get comfortable with “selling”

Andrea Howe
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Category : Weekly tips March 20, 2017

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It’s an age-old challenge in the consulting industry: how to help the deliverers—the ones who actually labor side-by-side with the client—to develop more business.

The biggest barrier is a mental barrier. I mean, let’s be honest, “selling” is usually perceived as a less-than-meritorious endeavor—whether we’re selling a product or service for a fee, or selling an idea. And delivery people usually falter because they’re just not sure how to approach opportunities in an un-smarmy way.

Think you’re a great listener? Try this.

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Category : Weekly tips March 13, 2017

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Listen, listen, listen. I harp on it all the time in our programs and in these weekly tips. It’s a critical skill for anyone endeavoring to be a trusted advisor. And I don’t care how adept you think you are as a listener, there’s always room for improvement.

Is this slide lurking in your decks, too?

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Category : Weekly tips March 6, 2017

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I made my way back up the aisle of an airplane last week and caught a glance of a laptop screen with an all-too-familiar display: a presentation slide with about 20 logos on it. Ah yes, the picture that’s worth 1000 words, meant to convey, “We work with organizations like yours, or organizations that should impress you, or both.” I assumed it was part of a pitch deck and immediately wondered how far into the deck this slide found itself.

Easy BD served up as humble pie

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Category : Weekly tips February 27, 2017

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I led a 30-minute webinar a couple of months ago. Attendees were global alumni from a consultancy that has hosted a series of my Trust-Based Business Development programs. The goal: boost everyone’s BD efforts over a 30-day period by issuing a “Monday Morning Promise Challenge.” The unexpected result: Me re-learning some of my own lessons about easy BD.

Keep it to yourself … or not

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Category : Weekly tips February 20, 2017

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I recently wrote about how important I think it is for services professionals to stay grounded and centered and keep stress levels low. Toward that end, I wanted to share a specific practice with you—a personal one that I used as an opportunity to stretch this year.

How to deal with an authenticity conundrum

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Category : Weekly tips February 13, 2017

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The subject of authenticity came up recently in a workshop I was leading, and the conundrum of how to be trustworthy by simultaneously being yourself and being someone who adapts easily to others. Something occurred to me in the discussion that I’d never quite articulated before, which is that the answer lies in staying within our own authentic range.

My $466.72 lesson in being present

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Category : Weekly tips February 6, 2017

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I’m sure we’re similar in that we have more things to do in a day than there are hours in a day. You probably also struggle as I do to be really present from moment-to-moment—especially in your interactions with others—even though you know that’s an important part of walking the trusted advisor talk. We’re different, though, because you’re not a “spokesperson” for trusted advisorship, and therefore not hypocritical when you fail. And fail I did recently, in a very visible way.

How to end up in the *good* folder

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Category : Weekly tips January 30, 2017
How to end up in the *good* folder

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series. Like you, I get a lot of unsolicited email inviting me…

A surprising credibility-builder

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Category : Weekly tips January 23, 2017
A surprising credibility-builder

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series. I brought a little improv comedy into a Trust-Based Business Development…


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