In this episode, we talk with Peter Crewe-Brown from PAIR Planning about business strategy, the importance of planning, S.O.A.P. and the role of advisory boards.

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You have spent a lot of time and effort getting your business to where it is today and while you may need to get some help or advice to take it to the next level you are not willing to take that advice from just anyone. So how do you go about finding the right person to help your business? How do you find the consultant that is the perfect match for you?

Simply put, there is no one right answer to this as businesses are as unique as individuals and each business has different needs to the next one, but there are three simple questions you can ask to find out if you are on the right track when it comes to engaging an external consultant:

1. Do you get along?

If you are going to engage a consultant to help you then it is always easier to work with someone you get along with. Spend time with any potential consultant before engaging them so you can work out if you would be happy to spend time with them in a professional setting.

2. Do they bring new things to the relationship?

If you are hiring a consultant to tell you what you are doing is great and they are just as confused as you are about why it is not working then you are simply wasting your money. You need someone who can offer a fresh point of view or someone who can help you realise the issues in the business and how to go about solving them.

3. Are you willing to listen to them?

This is the most important question to ask yourself. You are about to start paying someone to give you advice. If you don’t trust that advice or have confidence in the person then you why are you asking them to give you advice?

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It might not sound like the best strategy for running a business but unless you have a 100% foolproof business plan and can predict what is going to happen each and every day of your working life then at some point you are going to have to take this approach.

There will be days when you lose faith and days when you wonder if you are on the right path. Sometimes the only way to get through it all is to keep up the appearance that everything is fine while working behind the scenes to make that a reality.

The key to the fake it ‘til you make it approach is not the fake it part, it is working to achieve the make it part. Putting out a strong confident public image is fine as long as you put in the leg work behind the scenes. You don’t have to get it right from day one but you do need a plan in place on how you are going to make it right in the future.

Being confident is great but it can only take you so far. If you know you have a plan in place to achieve your goals and have the right support behind you to achieve your business goals then playing the part of the confident successful business person is much easier as you know you will get there in the end.

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We all have a too hard basket. That place where we put those ideas we know would be great to put in place but are simply too hard to actually do. The question is are they really too hard or do we just not know the easy way to do it?

If you had asked me a year ago if I thought we would be able to develop an app or have a podcast live in the iTunes store I would have told you it was a nice idea but would cost too much money and take too much time. I would have been wrong. We launched our app mid last year ( and we are now working on version 2 and our podcast has four episodes on the iTunes store and, to be totally honest, none of it was hard once I started asking questions.

We are all guilty of assuming something will be hard and then not doing the research. A simple google search will show you how easy it is to set up your podcast on iTunes. A conversation with the app developer from The Consultants’ Community will give you a clear picture of what it takes to launch your app.

If you think something is too hard then that is not a good reason not to do it. You need to know. You simply can’t be an expert in everything but you need to be aware that not understanding something does not mean it is hard, it just means you need to try and understand it before making a decision. If you have a too hard basket filled with great ideas you wrote off, revisit it, get everything out of the basket and go and show it to other people, you might find with the right support the next big thing could be closer than you think.

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When it comes to business partnerships monogamy is not always the way to go. The chances of finding one business partner who will be able to meet all your needs moving forward are very slim and can harm your business in the long run.

Don’t get me wrong here, there are partners who are perfect for you and that you may well want to form long-term, or even lifelong, connections with but odds are they just won’t be able to meet all your needs, especially as the business grows.

You need to cast the net a bit wider to increase the number of relationships your business has. Now one thing to keep in mind as you do this is that each new member of the group needs to get on with the existing members, grow your partnership group with businesses who compliment each other as you don’t want your partners to feel threatened by each other, you want everyone to feel they are valued by you for the services they provide. You also want your partners to be able to collaborate with each other for your benefit.

The key elements when it comes to successful polygamous business partnerships are:

  • Try and get all parties involved to get along and see the value of the others involved
  • Give each partner the attention they deserve
  • Make sure everyone knows about everyone else
  • If one partner needs to work with another make sure they are clear on who does what, when

If you want to explore how polygamous partnerships can work for your business book in a meeting with The Consultants’ Community and see how a group of over 20 consultants can help you take your business to the next level.