02: Leading Business Development in a Large Accounting Firm

dave fisher on the BD Academy top 100 club accounting podcast with Rob Brown
Dave Fisher on the BD Academy Accounting Influencers podcast with Rob Brown

Dave Fisher

Dave Fisher is Director of Business Development in one of the country’s premier accounting firms, Duncan and Toplis. With a strong local presence across 11 offices throughout the region, the firm offers accounting services and specialist business advice to a range of clients in retail, manufacturing, technology, IT, GP practices, leisure, academies, nursing homes, engineering, agriculture, logistics and transport. Listen to this engaging interview with a battle-hardened BD heavyweight and discover:

  • The two things a good BD director in a large accounting firm is actually responsible for
  • The role of mindset and importance of ‘being fearless’ for accountants in winning work
  • How accounting BD has changed over the years, particularly in the many routes to market
  • The two distinct approaches to the BD Director role in large accounting firms – collegiate vz gorilla
  • Why a pure BD ‘hunting’ approach to handing work over can often be flawed in accounting firms
  • The key differences between sales, marketing and business development in accounting
  • The attributes and skills that make a great accounting work winner or business developer
  • What a ‘no’ really means when selling accounting services and winning new work
  • Why accountants are not mentally resilient enough, and what to do about it
  • Why it’s everyone’s job in your accounting firm to win business and create new opportunities
  • The power of the accounting BD Director, and how it can be good and bad
  • How winning work is different across professional services, say in accounting and law
  • Tips for setting growth targets in a large accounting firm
  • The importance and tools for tracking growth and new business in a large accounting firm
  • How accounting technology is changing the work winning game in accounting firms
  • Tips for hiring talent if accounting  firms want to push BD and enhance work winning capability
  • Where the opportunities lie for the most lucrative business development activity in accounting  firms
  • Relationship building tip for accountants: a simple measure of whether you like somebody or not
  • The challenges of GDPR and BREXIT in changing how accounting business is won
  • How far ahead plans are made when it comes to strategic growth in accounting  firms
  • The importance of succession planning, not just for the accounting firm but for the work winning effort
  • The ONE THING accounting firms fall foul of in developing their people to win work
  • You win or you learn‘ – an extremely effective philosophy for winning work in a large accounting firm.

To contact Dave:

07860 711 053 or email him directly>>

About Podcast Host & Author, Rob Brown

Rob Brown is the founder and CEO of the successful BD ACADEMY, which creates armies of confident, effective work winners in large accounting firms. He is also host of the popular Accounting Influencers podcast, featuring interviews with top accounting leaders and global influencers about what makes good firms great and good accountants world class.

According to LinkedIn, Rob is the world's most recommended networking expert. He is also the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (published by the world's largest business publishers, Wiley), a featured TEDx speaker and is a popular keynote speaker and MC at conferences and business events worldwide.

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