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Publishes Weekly on
Monday Mornings

“Anyone interested in authority needs to add this to their podcast playlist right now”

Rochelle Moulton 
Author of The Authority Code

“Thank you, Alastair! So very grateful to be your guest! What a fun interview... you're a fantastic host!”

Bob Burg
Author of The Go-Giver

The podcast that helps experts & consultants to rapidly build authority so that you can command premium fees, cherry-pick the best projects, get off the gilded-hamster wheel of hourly-rate work, and never have to suffer a bad-fit client again!

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Episodes

EPISODE 167

Thought Leadership and AI: Maintaining Authenticity and Credibility

In this episode of The Recognised Authority podcast, Alastair examines the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the world of thought leadership. Alastair shares insights from his conversations with renowned thought leaders, including Mark Schaefer, Jonathan Stark, Debbie Jenkins, and Erin Austin. The episode explores the complex balance between leveraging AI tools to enhance productivity […]
EPISODE 166

From 6 to 7 Figures Consultancy Revenue Growth with Danilo Kreimer

Are you a consultant struggling to break through the six-figure revenue ceiling? You’re not alone. Many consultants face a myriad of challenges when trying to scale their business from six to seven figures. In this episode of The Recognized Authority podcast, host Alastair McDermott is joined by Danilo Kreimer, founder of the Boutique Consulting Club, […]
EPISODE 165

The Marketing Secret You’ve Been Missing

I was asked for the”secrets” I have for marketing. The biggest secret is this: *drum roll* Vertical specialization *Jedi Wave* “this is the secret you’ve been looking for” Really? Yes, really. Based on metric fscktonnes of research (that’s the technical term) I conducted, and reading the research of others, I believe that positioning your business […]
EPISODE 164

Thought Leadership Beyond the Book

Amazon is now limiting authors to a mere THREE (3!) new book uploads per DAY to curb the influx of AI-generated content flooding the market. This highlights the existential threat AI poses to thought leaders and authority builders in an age where artificial intelligence can seemingly replicate any form of content. Will AI devalue the […]
EPISODE 163

What is the Future of Thought Leadership?

How does an aspiring thought leader worried about staying authentic and credible in the age of AI? As artificial intelligence tools become increasingly sophisticated, the question arises: can we leverage these powerful technologies without compromising our unique insights and personal touch? In this fascinating episode of The AI-Powered Thought Leader podcast, host Alastair McDermott dives […]
EPISODE 162

Crafting a Blueprint to Showcase Your Expertise

Do you struggle to command premium fees or attract your ideal clients? If so, you’re not alone. Many experts remain invisible, despite their wealth of knowledge and experience. In this special episode, of The Recognized Authority podcast I’m sharing my appearance on The Selling Show with David Newman, where we discuss the challenges of commanding […]
EPISODE 161

How to Create a Sales Process – Without Becoming “Salesy” with Jeff C. West

Are you struggling to connect with prospects without coming across as salesy? Do you want to build real trust and add value instead of being seen as just another pushy sales rep? Join sales expert Jeff C. West on The Recognized Authority podcast with host Alastair McDermott to unlock the secrets to effortlessly grabbing any […]
EPISODE 160

How to Craft an Irresistible Offer with Jason Van Orden

Are you struggling to get clients to say “yes” to your offers? Do you pour time and energy into creating programs, services and products only to get crickets in response? Crafting compelling offers that speak directly to your ideal client’s biggest needs and desired outcomes is crucial to business growth and making sales.  In this […]
EPISODE 159

How to Implement an Authority Strategy with Alastair McDermott

Are you tired of relying solely on word-of-mouth and referrals to drive your business? Do you dream of commanding premium fees and attracting better clients? The secret is to establish yourself as a recognized authority in your field. But how do you actually achieve this? In this episode of The Recognized Authority podcast, host Alastair […]
EPISODE 158

How to Transform Your Website into a Lead Generation Machine with Alastair McDermott

Are you a consultant struggling to generate leads from your website? Does your site feel more like an online brochure than a lead gen machine? In this episode of The Recognized Authority, host Alastair McDermott outlines the key differences between passive “trust-building” websites and more active, inbound marketing-focused sites designed specifically for lead generation. Tune […]
EPISODE 157

How to Create Your Body of Work with Pamela Slim

Are you struggling to gain visibility and be seen as an authority in your field? Do you feel like you have important knowledge and expertise to share, but you’re not sure how to package it up into a compelling narrative that attracts your ideal audience? In this episode of The Recognized Authority podcast, host Alastair […]
EPISODE 156

10 Essential Elements of a Successful Website for Experts & Consultants

Are you a consultant struggling to convert website visitors into new clients? Do you want your website to better showcase your expertise? Tune into this episode of The Recognized Authority podcast, where host Alastair McDermott shares his website research on over 1000 consultants, and reveals the 10 essential elements you need for a high-trust website […]
EPISODE 155

How a Distinct Brand Voice Sets You Apart as a Thought Leader with Carol Cox

Are you struggling to make your voice stand out in a crowded marketplace? Do you feel invisible, even if you offer incredible value through your expertise?  In this episode of The Recognized Authority, brand strategist Carol Cox shares her proven system to craft a magnetic brand voice that positions you as an authority and thought […]
EPISODE 154

Building Authority vs a Personal Brand with Karley Cunningham

Are you struggling to differentiate your consulting business in a competitive market? Wondering how to turn your brand promise into reality so prospects see you as the authority? On this episode of The Recognized Authority podcast, host Alastair McDermott interviews branding expert Karley Cunningham from Big Bold Brand on the differences between building a personal […]
EPISODE 153

How To Reinvent Your Consulting Business

Have you ever faced an unexpected disruption that turned your business upside down? That’s exactly what happened to consultant Diane S. Hopkins when the COVID pandemic caused many of her healthcare clients to freeze projects indefinitely. So how did she manage to pivot not just once, but several times over a 3 year period to […]
EPISODE 152

Behind the Scenes 2023 and Planning for 2024

In this episode, I give you a quick whistlestop tour of what worked and what didn’t for me in 2023, and lay out my plans for the business in 2024. I discuss the journey of this podcast, The Recognized Authority, which has shown steady growth across 152 episodes. I also touch on my shift to […]
EPISODE 151

Podcast Case Study: Planning a Niche Show with Conor Duffy

Are you struggling to identify the right niche and audience for your podcast? Do you need clarity on who you should be targeting and what topics to cover? This episode of The Recognized Authority tackles a real case study, walking through the podcast planning process from initial idea to execution. Join host Alastair McDermott as […]
EPISODE 150

How to Build Authority and Generate Leads Through Conversations with Alastair McDermott

Want to work work with Alastair? Visit rec.nz/call Are you an expert consultant struggling to attract your ideal clients? Do you pour time and money into marketing that fails to deliver results? The truth is that stale, one-way marketing no longer works to fuel real business growth. In this episode of The Recognized Authority podcast, […]
EPISODE 149

How to Launch Your First Digital Product with Rene Morozowich

Are you struggling to launch your first digital product? Not sure how to validate your ideas or what type of offering to create? Tune into this insightful interview between host Alastair McDermott of The Recognized Authority podcast and digital product expert Rene Morozowich as they dive into the most effective strategies and step-by-step process for […]
EPISODE 148

How to Win Clients Without Selling with David Newman

Are you an expert who hates selling? Do you struggle to attract high-paying clients without being pushy or salesy? In this episode of The Recognized Authority podcast, host Alastair McDermott interviews expert consultant and author David Newman about his unique approach to winning new business. Tune in as David shares: His “helping call” framework for […]

About the podcast

The Recognized Authority is the podcast that helps experts & consultants to rapidly build authority so that you can command premium fees, cherry-pick the best projects, get off the gilded-hamster wheel of hourly-rate work, and never have to suffer a bad-fit client again!

This podcast features interviews with successful consultants – in any field – who are willing to share the ups and downs of their story to inspire and educate our listeners.

We also interview marketing and sales experts who have a message or lesson that is relevant for a B2B professional services audience.

We’ll cover all aspects of business developement, sales, marketing and lead generation with advice, tips and in-depth analysis specifically aimed at independent consultants & specialized consulting firms.

Alastair McDermott

Podcast Host & Marketing Consultant

Meet the host

I created the The Recognized Authority podcast to help experts & consultants to rapidly build authority so that you can command premium fees, cherry-pick the best projects, get off the gilded-hamster wheel of hourly-rate work, and never have to suffer a bad-fit client again!

I’m a former software engineer who has converted to “The Dark Side” becoming a business and marketing consultant. I built my first website on GeoCities in the before-time of 1996, and I’ve been hooked on websites ever since.

I left a safe corporate job in early 2007 to start and grow my digital marketing business during the worst recession in modern history – that was a wild ride!

Along the way I co-founded several start-ups, some of which were mildly successful, and I wrote a book called 33 Ways Not to Screw Up Your Business Podcast”.

If you’re reading this, I’d love to connect with you on the socials – please add me on your social network of choice.

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Our guest schedule for The Recognized Authority is full. 

We are actively seeking guests for our new podcast Accelerating Your Authority.