Dependability and trust Articles

Confidence is key but not if it’s based on naivety or, worse, deceit

This true story helps to emphasise a key point - that may be relevant to your attitude with clients, colleagues and/or how you relate to staff with more specialised knowledge than you have yourself. Years ago, shortly after I had joined a new firm I remember an audit...

What is the key to accountants’ survival in the AI era?

One of the biggest changes to be heralded by the introduction of AI so far as accountants are concerned, links to one of my long-term messages for accountants. How can you stand out from the competition? And, as a result, win more of the business you really want? Even...

Why so many clients are indifferent and don’t recommend you

Many accountants claim that they secure much of their new work through word of mouth referrals. This suggests that clients are making positive comments about their accountants. They may do that if they're particularly happy but in the same way any unhappy clients will...

How to get more of the referrals you really want

Although most of my clients have already built up a good base of clients, I am also often asked how can (typically less experienced) accountants and bookkeepers get more clients. And I see plenty of such questions in online forums. Of course there is no single...

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What does giving clients ‘added value’ really mean?

I first wrote about this in 2012 when I explained that I don't believe that accountants’ clients really want 'added value'. Heresy? No. It's just I'm not a big fan of buzzwords. I believe it's more helpful to think about what anyone means when they say they want...

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What do you REALLY need to sell as an accountant?

What do you really need to sell as an accountant? This is a simple enough question, and knowing the right answer could make a profound difference to the success of your practice. Let’s start with what you’re NOT selling. As I explained in a 2018 blog post, You are...

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What to say when you call a client to ‘Keep In Touch”

This post follows on from a previous post in which I set out the 12 ways in which you can Keep In Touch with clients and why it is so important to do so. As I explained in that post, this demands personalised 1-2-1 contact. It is very different to simply following...

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How to feel more self confident with clients and prospects

Do you consider yourself to be a confident person generally? What about in terms of your ability to attract and win over prospective clients? And to keep clients happy and willing to pay you the fees you deserve for the work you do? Whilst many accountants I work...

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10 commandments of client service for accountants

Ok, maybe not real 'commandments', so I wonder if you agree. And if there are any where you know you could do better. If so, then maybe focus on what you could do to improve your client service in this regard over the next few days, weeks and months. 1. Ask good...

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Are you prioritising the right type of training?

Weird question? I know. But stay with me for a moment. For as long as I can remember accountants have treated CPD as being synonymous with technical training - by which I mean technical updates and courses intended to explain new rules and regulations. And surely...

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