Jim Earley on Finding Initial Clients
The following is taken from David’s interview with Jim Earley in 10 Super Coaches.
What top three methods, in order, did you use to get your clients in the first 2 years?
Normally I wouldn’t mention this one, but the thing I did the least, but which brought me the client that kept me in business, was cold calling HR directors. I only pursued the torture of cold calling for six months, but netted a client that provided up to $25K in revenue in a couple of years.
I joined the Minnesota chapter of ASTD (American Society of Training and Development), volunteered to serve on the newsletter, became newsletter editor, and was invited to join the board. I participated up to my ear lobes in that organization for about five years. That gave me lots of visibility and credibility with people in the training and development circles.
I also bartered a membership in an Inner Circle group; a facilitated peer coaching group for business owners. This was a miracle of the highest order. It gave me the opportunity to rub elbows with people accustomed to making a lot of money. It also gave me a source of accountability (I didn’t want to look like a chump there). In time, it led to some business.