In this blog post, I explore why accountants need to do more than just be a diligent networker if they want to win business via their network.
The Joined Up Networker
I help professionals, mostly accountants and lawyers become the Go-To-Expert. After joining BDO LLP in 2004, I have now almost clocked up ten years working predominantly with accountants helping them achieve their career and business goals. Unusually for someone with an Engineering Degree, I accidentally became a writer and used my knowledge on social media to write the current best-selling and award-winning book on networking, The FT Guide To Business Networking. (over 100 five star reviews on amazon) In 2012, the book I always wanted to write, 'How to make partner and still have a life' was published. In March 2014, my latest book, 'The Go-To-Expert: How to build your reputation, differentiate yourself from the competition and win business' was published. People frequently talk about me as someone who really knows her stuff – which may be the reason I have, over the last decade, worked with over 300 partners, coached and trained over 2000 professionals at every level of the UK’s most ambitious professional practices.
I am honoured to have been asked to judge the British Accountancy Awards in 2011 and 2012. I am a member of the Accountant's Club Global Advisory Panel, and write regularly on practice management issues for CCH.
Myself, and Jon (my co-director) are approved Growth Accelerator Coaches. This means that we can if you are eligible, through the Growth Accelerator scheme, help you get some coaching funded by the scheme. Click here for more details to see whether you are eligible for the scheme.
Read how we have helped one of our accountancy clients access Growth Accelerator funding to grow their turnover by nearly 50% and profits by over 200%
The types of work I am currently helping my small professional practice clients with, includes:
1) Helping a £2m t/o practice grow to £4m by restructuring the firm and helping the management team step up
2) Working with a £1m t/o practice to grow to £2m by generating more leads, and getting more work from existing clients
3) Enabling a £300k t/o practice grow to £1m by helping it sort out it's profitability by adding in efficient systems and processes, and increasing the quality of the lead generation by marketing to a niche
4) Facilitating the growth of a one man band practice into a 3 person practice by helping increase the lead generation and conversion rate of leads, plus keeping the practice owner accountable to his goals.
The Excedia Group was founded by myself and Jon Baker to bring clarity, perspective and knowledge to help our clients achieve their business goals. We specialise in working with highly technical individuals, typically lawyers and accountants, helping them to get out of their comfort zone and build a profitable and sustainable client portfolio whilst handling the challenges of leading a business.
My work splits into about 50% Executive & Business Coaching with Partners & potential partners, with the rest split between training, consultancy and writing.
My articles & quotes regularly appear in the press, e.g. FT, Guardian, Accountancy Age, Accounting Today, Economia, ACCA's publications. I regularly blog at Partnership Potential, venture-Now, Joined up networking and How to make partner.
To book me for a speaking engagement please contact my PR Agency, Meerkat PR, on 020 8563 0182, and ask for David Stoch. For any other work related enquiries, please contact me directly.
My clients have included: Deloitte LLP, KPMG LLP, BDO LLP, Haines Watts, MSI Global Alliance, UK200 group, Macintyre Hudson LLP amongst others.
If I met you at a networking event and asked you, 'what's your thing?' - could you answer me in a short simple sentence?
When you run your own practice (or are focusing on building your client portfolio within your part of the practice) and have many calls on your time, getting the time for business development is tough.
Even if you have qualified your lead correctly, there are still times when your prospect is asking for a reduction in your fees. In this blog post we examine, how to avoid lowering your fees, so that you maintain your profit margin and STILL sign up the client.
Having spoken recently to an accountant who was keen to know what return he would get for his investment in a marketing campaign, I am surprised that I don't have this conversation more often with other accountants.
Have you ever found yourself chasing a prospect who just can't seem to commit? Whilst it can be SO frustrating, this chasing down of slow decision makers and non-committed buyers wastes time you could be spending on your clients and prospects who do want to work with you.
As I scanned down my Facebook page I noticed one of my friends promoting a freebie from (to quote) one of the UK’s top accountants. So, I thought I would follow the link – after all, I’m always interested to know who are the crème de la crème of the accountancy world.
Can you remember the last time you 'worked the room'? How many people did you meet at the event? 10, 15 or more? How many names can you memorise now?
You get to a certain point in your career and your career progression depends on your building up your own client portfolio. Perhaps you want to take the step up to partner, or maybe you want to build a following for your own practice.