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New year’s resolutions. Depending on which study you read, most of them fail. So why do we keep doing them? I want to give you some tips on increasing the likelihood that you will realize lasting change.
To stay relevant, you need to keep learning. We interviewed Professor Bradley R. Staats, who teaches us how to do this more effectively in his book Never Stop Learning.
If you’re in the business of selling a service, it’s time to frame the conversation around what you ultimately sell to your client.
Here are a few tips and concepts on how to make the most of any reflection or planning you do during this magical time of the year.
How do I get off the treadmill of trading time for dollars? How do I scale my impact? How do I grow my business without bringing on a bunch of employees or contractors? Asked a number of different ways, this may be the most common question I hear from established consultants and trainers: How do […]
Over 14 years I’ve had the pleasure of literally thousands of conversations* with consultants, facilitators, trainers and coaches, at every stage of their journey and every size from solo to multi-national. It’s been interesting to see patterns emerge; specific questions and problems raised from the spectrum. We go through a fascinating evolution of four phases […]
As learning practitioners, we care about our content. We care about our program participants and their experience. We care about creating impact. But if you had to prioritize, which one matters to you most? As, if not more importantly, which one matters most to your client? Working with over 100 active consultants to help them […]
As a leadership consultant, oftentimes you’re selling into the HR or Learning & Development (L&D) function within the organization. And, logically, when you’re selling into HR you’re addressing HR’s needs. HR’s needs are often driven by content, however and, by extension, how they measure program success – usually revolve around “participant satisfaction” and “knowledge retention”. […]
A couple years ago, a consultant we were working with – let’s call him Jayson – was asked to submit a proposal for a leadership development program. They also told him they had a program budget of ~$80k. Two months later, Jayson had a signed contract. Not for an $80k Leadership Program, but a $450k, […]
Let’s talk about scaling beyond your time: the holy grail of consulting and training firms. First, we need to address some of the invisible pitfalls where many of us get stuck. At Actionable, we’ve developed a model called the Insight-Action Flywheel to analyze onsite engagement. Using this four-point model, we help consultants look at the […]
You’re not charging enough for your consulting services. At Actionable, we can say this to you with an exceptionally high degree of confidence. How can we know this? We’ve worked with thousands of consultants over the last fifteen years, and we know what folks are charging. If you are a sole practitioner or part of […]
As a course facilitator or consultant, if you want longevity in what you deliver, you need a strategy for elevating your clients’ perception of you beyond “content provider.” How? By knowing the C-Suite’s desired outcome, or, what we’ll call your anchor metric. The goal is to know what the leadership team cares about, and asking […]
Here’s a question that consultants get a lot: “Can you build a leadership program for us?” And on the flip side, here’s a question that consultants don’t usually ask in return: “Why?” While you absolutely need to know the answer to your client’s “why,” asking the question curtly can seem uncouth. So instead, consultants tend […]
Here’s a fascinating—if somewhat macabre—statistic about Mount Everest: of all the people who have died while summiting Everest, 82 percent have died on the way back down the mountain, not on the way up. Consider this in the greater context of goal setting, orientation, and accomplishment. We tend to place so much focus on reaching […]
Here at Actionable, we see a wide range of pricing models employed by consultancies. It’s worth contemplating – what pricing structure are you using for your services, and are you capturing the true value of your services through that structure? Consider this: A consultant who is a friend of Actionable—let’s call him “Jim”—charges $50,000 per […]
Are you an impact-focused consultant? Is your driving mission to create lasting, demonstrable change inside your client’s organization? If the answer is a resounding yes, I want to introduce you to two words soon to become the most powerful words in your vocabulary. So. What. You received a 9/10 average approval rating on your feedback […]
Think about the last 12 hours: how many times did you experience the push to buy a product or service? From television commercials, radio ads, newspaper and magazine ads, emails asking you to join their list, to your server at the restaurant trying to up sell you on dessert or that fancy coffee—I’m willing to […]
The pace of change continues to accelerate, but most organizations continue to use the same processes and tools to implement their strategic plans.
Enter Actionable. We help busy, successful coaches and consultants scale their impact and create lasting behavior change for their clients.
We work with some of the smartest consultants in the business. We want to improve the world of work for everyone—our network of partners helps us do that.
When you leverage the cadence of your business, you can understand when it’s quieter than usual and work on your business instead of only in it.
The world of work is changing rapidly. These changes can be viewed as a challenge, or an opportunity—but one thing is certain: change is the new constant.
Organizations today need an agile mindset to thrive in the business landscape, which is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.
In order to find the time it takes to work on your business—your growth, strategy, and goals—you need to reflect on your halo effect, and supercharge it.
Certainty in your offering feeds the trust equation. It helps you establish reliability. We know that certainty sells, so ask for the sale with confidence.
One of the most effective ways to influence another person, is to enable them to arrive at their own insights when faced with a goal, challenge or issue.
Here are my favorite tactics for making the most out of social media, boosting your online presence, and ultimately, cultivating relationships that convert.
The user wrote this simple equation: greater employee engagement = greater ownership of the business as their business, higher productivity, and higher performance.
Your brand is the identity of your business—and it requires thoughtful and strategic development.
It’s important to take some time to analyze key elements of your brand, and reflect on where changes might be needed as you build your business growth plans.
Use these tactics to maximize productivity when you are getting to know prospective clients, close more sales, and get to work providing solutions that have positive impact.
Actionable Conversations provides the tools for leaders to have more meaningful conversations with their team that result in measurable behavior change.
Your clients are smart people. They know you, trust you and value what you bring to them and their organization. They look to you as the expert in their development and growth.
The best way to create initiatives that address a true need and provide demonstrable ROI is to tie your service to a specific problem or pain point and associated metric.
We’ve pulled together some of our most actionable insights to inspire you to shake things up and grow your business.
Postcards from the Platform is a new series designed to showcase the transformative power of the Actionable Conversations Platform.
In many coaching sessions with clients, we discover obstacles together. Sometimes these obstacles are people, processes, or even the client themselves.
Since launching our series of new public websites in early September, we’ve published some great content from an amazing crew of talented and thought-provoking writers.
At Actionable, I am an Integration Coach, which basically means I spend my days coaching the coaches. While the context has shifted, from coaching my own clients to coaching the coaches, the same principles apply.
Are your clients struggling to create a great organizational culture? We have created an infographic of 8 types of conversations to help your clients build stronger levels of employee engagement.
I made a daily commitment to ask for help from the people around me, both in my personal and professional life. It sounds simple, but the insights I gathered through the process were a revelation.
I am calling you out, coaches and consultants. Time to treat your business as you expect your clients to treat theirs—with intentional thought, and with focus and clarity about what will drive the results you want to deliver.
Our brains are wired to process the world around us through stories. By harnessing the power of a great story, you can improve your sales pitches, persuade your customers, and engage your employees.
We have curated a list of three summaries from ActionableBooks to help you grow your business and increase revenue—without increasing the number of hours you work in a day.
While most entrepreneurs are core to their business or practice, the need to designate focused time to planning, thinking, and reviewing the business is even more critical.
We have curated a list of 3 summaries from Actionable Books to help you think creatively about business growth.
We know driving growth in your business can be an ongoing challenge. We’ve curated summaries of recent books that can help.
Growing your business might mean heading in new directions that scare you. And that’s a good thing.
In conversation with independent consultants, the topic that gets a lot of airtime is how to build a sustainable consulting business?