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Rainmaker Marketing — 52 Rules of Engagement to Attract and Retain Customers for Life by Phil Fragasso is a must-read for professional service marketers, rainmakers and rainmaker wannabes — according to book reviewer Cecelia Alerts.
By organizing his points into 52 Rules of Engagement (ROE), Fragasso provides a road map of principles for becoming a better rainmaker. Alers recommends that you read this book from front to back and then keep it for reference. Each month, you should take the book from your reference shelf, close your eyes and open it to a random page. Try incorporating whichever ROE you land on into your professional journey. If you do this, you will become a better service provider as well as better rainmaker.
Big picture invisible dot connectors
The author reminds us what many before him have said: Today’s clients are looking for more than technical expertise. They are looking for collaborators. The best rainmakers, Fragasso says, focus on proving how valuable they are instead of how smart. On the other hand, the author talks about the important role knowledge plays in keeping your business from becoming a commodity. Whether it is through technical expertise or strategic knowledge, the author believes that rainmakers are “big picture invisible dot connectors.” The ability to find and connect invisible dots is a truly unique ability. However, unlike the author, Alers is not sure learning how to connect invisible dots can be learned. She believes some traits of rainmaking are either inherent or learned so early in life that they appear to be inherent. Being driven is one example. By the time you are in your 20s, you are either driven to success or not. If you are, you will make good use of this book. If you are not, you will wonder with detached emotion why some of your colleagues and friends stress so much.
Throughout the book, the author talks about the important role of passion in rainmaking. He tells us passionate enthusiasm is the most engaging and persuasive force to making rain. Choosing a career that you believe contributes to “the greater good” moves you from a worker to an evangelist. When you are evangelical about your work, making money becomes the byproduct of your core mission. The author tells us to learn to describe what we do in simple, heartfelt terms.
He offers this description of what attorneys do as an example. “I protect clients from the enemies they don’t even see.” "I love that!" Alers writes.
For the rest of the review by Cecelia Alers, visit Marketing for Rainmakers at http://www.lawmarketing.com/pages/articles.asp?Action=Article&ArticleCategoryID=58&ArticleID=866
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