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Death of a Sales Pitch
By David Ackert on February 18, 2020

  I've never much cared for rejection, yet I find myself on both ends of it every day. As a business developer, I am constantly reaching out to prospects and clients with the intention...

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The One Business Development Result You Can Always Count On
By David Ackert on January 17, 2020

  It is often said that the only things you can truly count on are death and taxes, but when it comes to business development, there is another surety.

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Which Comes First, Success or Fulfillment?
By David Ackert on September 4, 2019

  Most of us have it backwards. We tell ourselves some version of this story: “Once I make enough money or find that perfect mate or land that big client, I’ll be happy.” We believe...

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You Look Too Young to Be a Rainmaker
By David Ackert on July 9, 2019

As you claw your way up the firm ladder, you will encounter numerous obstacles. Some are internal: partners who steal your originations or firm rhetoric that demands you develop business...

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3 Reasons Why Charity Is Good for You
By David Ackert on May 30, 2018

There is ongoing debate over whether it is appropriate to mix business with one's personal interests (e.g., is it okay to "friend" your referral sources on Facebook?). But there's no...

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Ask for What You Want
By David Ackert on March 14, 2018

I know, it would be so much easier if people just gave us what we wanted without having to be asked. Clients would refer their colleagues, referral sources would introduce us to all of...

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Personal Development

Are You Positioned for Failure?
By David Ackert on February 28, 2018

There is a common theme among many of the clients my team and I have been coaching lately: failing to measure up to unrealistic expectations.

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4 Questions that Foster Change
By David Ackert on January 31, 2018

The moment you identify and implement the right strategy, your circumstances will change for the better. The only thing that stands in the way is inertia. You have to be willing to stop...

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Personal Development

Trust Your Gut
By David Ackert on January 26, 2017

As you are hunting for new business, it may occasionally occur to you to take actions that are beyond your comfort zone. In most cases, your survival instinct will take over and dissuade...

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How to Worry Intelligently
By David Ackert on October 20, 2016

We can't help it. Worrying is part of the human experience. We stress out over everything from our workload to the demands of our biggest clients to the well-being of our loved ones....

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