Three myths about trust you’ll want to bust

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips February 11, 2019

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

Three myths about trust you’ll want to bust

Old and unchallenged ways of thinking lead to ineffective ways of being. Consider three common myths about trust-building that could be standing in your way.

Myth #1: Trust takes time. You know the saying, “Trust takes a long time to build, but only a moment to destroy.”

Listening mastery: An anthology for increasing trust and influence

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips February 4, 2019

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

Masterful listening is one of the fastest ways to build intimacy in any relationship. It’s also an essential (albeit unexpected) driver of influence. To help the cause, there’s another new eBook on the street—a hand-picked collection of simple and underused listening best practices.

How NOT to enrich a relationship: My own cautionary tale

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips January 28, 2019

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

2018 ended on a humbling note for me in some important ways, including a couple of screw-ups on my part. Nothing earth-shattering or life-threatening, just lesson-inducing. I’m sharing the most recent screw-up—and the learning it recalled—because, as usual, I think we can all benefit.

The screw-up: I got triggered by a question that someone (innocently) asked me via email and indulged in my reactive state by sending a lengthy and negative reply. What’s worse, it was relatively late in the evening and I prefaced it with, “I don’t really have the bandwidth to talk about this right now” … yet I continued on. I next admitted to being triggered in a self-congratulatory way (‘Look how insightful I am!’) And then I proceeded to dump all over her in writing. Class act LOL.

Sales mastery: An anthology for transforming your approach and results

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips January 22, 2019

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

I’ve been writing a lot about screw-ups lately (mostly mine). This week brings a little reprieve in order to focus on sales mastery. Don’t worry, there are more screw-ups in the queue.

In looking over the 229 tips I have written to date, I’ve apparently had a lot to say about what’s wrong with conventional sales training and practices.

A Different Kind of Annual Report: Getting Real in 2018

Andrea Howe
Category : Real kudos January 18, 2019

Looking back at 2018, it’s clear that our clients and colleagues continue to do great things. We heard countless stories of your professional and personal victories throughout the year. Together, we’re kicking conventional business wisdom to the curb and transforming how people work together as a result.

We’ve created another year-in-review infographic to celebrate—a different kind of annual report for a different kind of organization. It features our clients’ victories, like routinely calling past clients with no agenda other than to say hello (and often winning new business as a result). It also highlights a few personal victories for our team, like rappelling down a waterfall and ditching the smoking habit after 35 years. Click the banner below to find out who did what.

Here’s to a new year!

Another cautionary tale: Do’s and don’ts with client reach-outs

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips January 14, 2019

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

The recent onslaught of holiday messaging (emails, cards, etc.) has brought some important lessons to my attention—specifically, do’s and don’ts for your next client reach-outs.
 

What you probably do (and shouldn’t) when you lose

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips January 7, 2019

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

Last week’s tip about my bruised ego got me thinking about a conversation that’s been coming up a lot in our workshops lately: the actions you choose to take (or not) in the days, weeks, and months following a lost proposal or lost project. Unfortunately, what’s all-too typical isn’t all-too trustworthy.

A bright light on my bruised ego

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips December 31, 2018

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

I got a pretty big hit to my ego the other day, and I’d rather not tell anyone about it, only I’m doing it anyway. In some ways this missive is all about me, though in other ways it’s really about all of us, and the ways we deal with professional disappointment. This topic matters because I don’t believe we ever achieve our full potential for success until we learn to fail well, and disappointment is failure’s close cousin. I’ve always admired others who speak about their less stellar moments with candor, clarity, and humor.

Kick convention to the curb in 2019

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips December 24, 2018

I’m taking the week off to enjoy a little year-end down time. I hope you are too.

I’ll be back on January 2nd, refreshed and ready to launch the fifth (!) full year of weekly tips.

In the meantime, you might find inspiration for your 2019 intentions in the Get Real manifesto poster and accompanying eBook. The manifesto captures the unconventional wisdom that my 25+ years in the consulting industry (including 12 years in partnership with Trusted Advisor Associates) have taught me transform client relationships.

A test: What would the trusted advisor say next?

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips December 17, 2018

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

It’s one thing to conceptually grasp the different ways you can offer value to clients, including the ways that a trusted advisor truly stands apart. It’s another thing entirely to embody it such that your in-the-moment reactions are consistent with your intentions. Take this little test to find out how well you generally do.


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