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Bernard is an expert at what he does and is well worth listening to. He offers sound, honest and realistic advice based on experience. He is probably the best speaker I have heard in his field. I have already achieved results by implementing the simple tips Bernard recommended which speaks for itself.
One of the best pieces of advice I received upon taking the role of MD was to surround myself with great advisors. Bernard is just that, a really great advisor. He has impressed me hugely from the first meeting, and his commitment to me as a client, his attention to detail, and what really counts of course: results, continue to impress at every touch point. My staff love him, and he really 'gets' them. I have no doubt at all that Hedges' relationship with Size 10½ Boots will long and very happy.
Doug is a straight talker and although diplomatic, he rarely sugar-coats what needs to be said. A true professional and a nice guy too.
Size 10½ Boots were instructed to run a limited number of client service reviews with some of our banking clients. We were impressed with the level of insight they were able to give us, and the number of business development opportunities identified. The success of this initiative has demonstrated that this is an exercise worth looking at across a larger number of the firm’s clients.
Bernard provides refreshingly down-to-earth advice. He was great at demystifying and humanising a series of marketing concepts and giving us practical action plans we could each take away from our training session. The training was lively, productive and fun.
We engaged Doug and Bernard of 10½ Boots to design and deliver a coaching project as part of our Management Development Programme. The aim of the project was to assist our Associates and Directors to improve their business development skills. The project consisted of workshops and one to one coaching and has been extremely successful. They were approachable, amiable and extremely knowledgeable about business development, specifically in our sector and quickly built a rapport with the fee earners concerned, developing their skills and giving them confidence in their business development activity. We have already started to see positive results as a result of Doug and Bernard's efforts and greatly appreciated their contribution to our Management Development Programme.
We used Doug and Bernard to help us develop our Business Development strategies to take the firm into its next stage of growth. They are exceptionally good at getting to the heart of a problem very quickly and showed great skill in helping to mentor our fee earners develop their business development skills.
We have used Size 10½ Boots for a number of things across the Business Development function at Addleshaw Goddard, from training all the way to research. I have worked most closely with them in the area of targeting and acquisition of new clients. We have certain expectations of suppliers and their performance for us has been nothing short of phenomenal.
I have received nothing but positive feedback from colleagues on the sessions Doug has run; he achieves great levels of engagement, he is straight talking, highly credible and empathetic. He is able to focus people to a plan that they are bought into and motivated to deliver. One of the reasons he is able to achieve this is because he is so obviously genuine and the fact he really cares shines through.
When it comes to working with BD consultants Doug is breath of fresh air. His ability to listen and get to the heart of an issue quickly enables him to deliver focused strategic thinking that will take your business forward. Having previously worked in several ad agencies I can safely say that Doug will is the best copywriter I've ever worked with! Backed with his understanding of your strategic direction and the marketplace, Doug's easy yet concise copy style will give you the tools to communicate your proposition clearly to your target audience using plain English. I would recommend Doug to anyone looking for a business partner to challenge the status quo within the professional services environment - you won't be disappointed.
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