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The Recognized Authority
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

Guiding invisible experts on the journey to becoming a recognized authority in your field, so you can increase your impact, command higher fees, and work with better clients.

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You Don’t Need to Be Unique to Stand Out with Belinda Weaver

“Embrace what makes you different” “Stand out from the crowd” “Have a distinct point of view” “Find your ‘Blue Ocean'” Everyone is telling us that we need to show how unique we are, how we are different from our competitors. Is that really what we need to do? In this episode, Belinda Weaver and Alastair […]

Earning and Holding Attention with Ian Brodie

Attention is a currency, something we all spend on those who entertain us, and those who help solve our problems. In a cluttered, noise-filled world, getting your ideal client’s attention focused on your content is difficult, creating content that will hold their attention even more so. In this episode, Ian Brodie and Alastair McDermott discuss […]

Don’t Overthink Your Content with Teodora Pirciu

We know that creating and publishing content is a key part of building your authority – you’ve heard it from many guests on this podcast. But yet it’s still difficult to find the time to create that content. And even after we create it, we still need to deal with our perfectionism and other fears […]

Bland Content and Burnout with Craig Burgess

Special bonus episode: Bland Content and Burnout with Craig Burgess   This is a special bonus episode of the podcast, and it’s very different from our usual interview episodes. It’s a behind the scenes look at an impromptu conversation between Craig Burgess and I. This is the first time I ever spoke to Craig and […]
Episode 56

How to Build Your Personal Brand with Mark Schaefer

Building a personal brand is advice we hear a lot, but it’s not always clear what that means, why it’s important, or whether it’s something we can approach in a deliberate way. In this episode, Mark Schaefer and Alastair McDermott discuss why personal branding is overtaking corporate branding, the four key steps to building your […]

How to Create Your Product Ladder with Chris Lema

As consultants, we often think about having a single core offer – usually a high ticket offering. But it’s not always a good fit for a lot of our potential clients, and there are some clients who are willing to pay more to get more. So how should we approach creating a product or services […]

Making Video Marketing Easier with Nina Froriep

Video is the medium of choice for many, and the social platforms encourage and even incentivize us to upload videos directly. But so many consultants and experts are reticent to use video for marketing. Video seems complex, expensive and time consuming to produce, and requires “a particular set of skills”… or does it? In this […]

Developing a Unique Point of View with Tom Critchlow

As experts, we hear the advice that we should have a distinct – maybe even unique – point of view that comes through in our work, when we speak, and when we write. But what does it mean to have a point of view? Do you need to sound like Alan Weiss or Gary Vee […]
Episode 52

How To Build A Strategic Narrative with Guillaume Wiatr

Storytelling has been the topic du jour in marketing over the past couple of years. We all know we should use stories more in business, but what does that actually mean from a practical standpoint? In this episode, Guillaume Wiatr and Alastair McDermott discuss a practical approach to using stories in business, the seven elements […]

The New Publishing World with Melissa G. Wilson

Book publishing has changed dramatically over the past couple of decades. Traditional publishing no longer has a monopoly on distribution, and authors can thrive independently. Hybrid publishing models are springing up. What does it all mean for experts who write a book? In this episode, Melissa G. Wilson and Alastair McDermott discuss the new world […]
Episode 50

How Content Can Save Your Business with Marcus Sheridan

Writing articles for your website or social media is hugely time consuming, and it’s so difficult to find the time when you’re already working long hours on client projects. But you need to make the time. Here’s why. In this episode, bestselling author & renowned speaker Marcus Sheridan and Alastair McDermott discuss how writing articles, […]
Episode 49

Running a Consulting Business with Molly Angel

The business of independent consulting can be challenging, no more so than for a change management consultant in the healthcare industry in the midst of a pandemic! In this episode, Molly Angel and Alastair McDermott discuss what it’s like to run consulting projects in challenging times. Molly shares why she hired a business coach for […]
Episode 48

Research and the Journey to Authority with Alastair McDermott

Last week, David C. Baker talked about the importance of research. In this week’s solo episode, Alastair McDermott speaks about how research fits in with the Journey to Authority, and explains the Authority Maturity Model. If you are interested in growing your expert business and becoming an authority, this is for you. On Thursday Alastair […]
Episode 47

The Business of Consulting with David C. Baker

Running a consulting business can be exhausting. How can we make consulting easier to sell, easier to price, and easier to predict? In this episode, David C. Baker and Alastair McDermott discuss the business of consulting, including why research is crucial in positioning and standing out from your competitors, how to deal with the fears […]
Episode 46

Using Case Studies to Build Trust with Kate the Case Study Copywriter

Selling consulting services is often selling the invisible and intangible. How can we better demonstrate the value of our services to prospective clients? In this episode, Kate The Case Study Copywriter and Alastair McDermott discuss how case studies can help convert your prospective buyers. They can learn how you have helped businesses like theirs to […]
Episode 45

Accelerating Revenue Growth with Killer Positioning with Emily Omier

How do you give yourself the maximum chance of winning your ideal clients? What are the characteristics of clients that you are uniquely able to help? How do you know if your messaging is right? In this episode, Emily Omier and Alastair McDermott discuss the differences between strategy, positioning and messaging, how to get more […]
Episode 44

Marketing is for Morons – and What You Should Do Instead with Michael F. Schein

For consultants, traditional marketing can often feel like an inappropriate tool for the job. In fact, sometimes it even feels like we’re screaming into the void. But what’s the alternative? In this episode, Michael F. Schein and Alastair McDermott discuss how to use hype to grab attention, create curiosity, and build a tribe of like-minded […]
Episode 43

Why Positioning Is Crucial to Your Business with Shannyn Lee

As a consultant, it can often be difficult to be seen as meaningfully different from your competitors. Every consulting firm has  – or claims to have! – smart people, great methodologies and tools, and every website talks about how they can solve complex business problems in a variety of industries. So how can you stand […]
Episode 42

The Journey to Authority with Alastair McDermott and Philip Morgan

In this episode reposted from Philip Morgan’s The Self-Made Expert Podcast, Alastair and Philip discuss what the journey to authority looks like, why you should cultivate expertise, and how publishing develops your thinking. They also discuss when authority matters, how you know if you have authority, and the importance of specialization in building authority. ➡️ […]
Episode 41

Using LinkedIn for Lead Generation with Louise Brogan

LinkedIn can be a fantastic source of leads for consultants, but there’s a lot of noise on the platform, especially since the start of the pandemic.  In this episode, Louise Brogan and Alastair McDermott discuss how to do lead generation on LinkedIn without spamming people or burning yourself out. They also discuss Louise’s specialization journey […]

About the podcast

The Recognized Authority is the podcast that guides invisible experts on the journey to becoming a recognized authority in your field, so you can increase your impact, command higher fees, and work with better clients! 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 independent consultants and experts to get more clients without being dependent on referrals.

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 “Running a Website with WordPress: A Quick Guide for Business Owners”.

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.