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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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Episode 20

The Final Episode of Marketing for Consultants

The Final Episode with Alastair McDermott Marketing for Consultants will soon be no more! In this short episode you’ll learn why it’s going away, and what’s going to happen next! We hope you’ll stick around for the next stage of the journey! Alastair & Aiko.  
Episode 19

How to Productize Consulting Services with Alzay Calhoun

As a consultant, bespoke projects can sometimes get overwhelming as you have to customize the project specification and the delivery for every new project and client. In this episode Alzay Calhoun and Alastair McDermott discuss how to productize your consulting services to leverage your time and maximise profits. They also discuss how Alzay has used […]
Episode 18

How to Create the Best Buyer Personas with Adrienne Barnes

There’s a thousand different articles and voices telling us how to create buyer personas, or ideal customer avatars, or ICAs, or one of a dozen other names. Often the recommendations of how to use these personas are contradictory. In this episode, Adrienne Barnes and Alastair McDermott discuss how to create a buyer persona that’s actually […]
Episode 17

How to Scale Your Consulting Business with Brad Farris

When you’re trying to grow your consulting firm, there are a couple of inflection points you can hit that are difficult to push past.  In this episode, Brad Farris and Alastair McDermott discuss how Brad now uses his extensive experience of buying  agencies and creative firms to help owners to scale up without wanting to […]
Episode 16

How to Leverage Your Expertise with Intellectual Property with Erin Austin

It’s not always obvious what intellectual property assets you have, or their value to you as a business. It could be a signature methodology, an audit process, or something as simple as document templates. In this episode, Erin Austin and Alastair McDermott discuss how intellectual property can play a vital role in your business.  They […]
Episode 15

Transparency Report: Behind the Scenes Numbers!

Bonus Episode! Transparency Report: Behind the Scenes Numbers Normally I do interviews, but today I’m doing a solo recording sharing what I call a transparency update. If you’re open to it, think that it’s good idea to share some numbers from your business. It can be good for accountability, it can be good to be […]
Episode 14

Win More Clients by Working With Your Competitors with Dana Lindahl

It can be difficult to reach out and connect with new people on LinkedIn without coming across like a spammer. In this episode, Dana Lindahl and Alastair McDermott discuss how to use LinkedIn to win more clients through outbound and inbound lead generation. They also discuss how working with your competitors can be a positive, […]
Episode 13

Partnering to Reduce Risk & Do More Exciting Work with Frank Hannigan

Winning large projects as a solo consultant can be difficult. Partnering up with trusted peers allows you to pitch for bigger projects, smooth out the “feast or famine” rollercoaster, and allows you to brainstorm ideas. In this episode, Frank Hannigan and Alastair McDermott discuss how to get clients, do successful inbound marketing and have fun […]
Episode 12

Bringing Joy Into Your Marketing with M. Shannon Hernandez

Marketing isn’t often thought of as a joyful activity – in fact, it’s usually quite the opposite, being thought of as stressful,  ineffective, or even worse in the minds of some consultants. In this episode, M. Shannon Hernandez and Alastair McDermott discuss how to approach marketing in a joyful way that makes it less of […]
Episode 11

Growing an Advisory Business to Six Figures in Just Two Years with Paddy Delaney

The world of financial advice is dominated by large financial institutions in Ireland. Yet one independent financial advisor stands out as a trusted source of information. In this episode of you’ll hear Paddy Delaney tell me how he used his podcast to grow his financial advisory business to six figures in 2 years..
Episode 10

How to Stand the F*ck Out with Louis Grenier

[Explicit Language Warning] How can you stand out from the crowd when you are offering the same services as a thousand other consultants? Radical differentiation is the answer. In this episode you’ll hear Louis Grenier describe the steps you need to follow to Stand The F*ck Out.
Episode 9

Three Keys to Building Your Authority with Rochelle Moulton

Building your authority as an independent consultant is key to your success, getting inbound clients, and being able to charge higher fees. In this episode you’ll hear Rochelle Moulton share a framework to build your authority.
Episode 8

How to Be a Seven Figure Consultant with Douglas Squirrel

People use the word “remarkable” quite often in conversation, but I think we don’t give much thought to the literal meaning. Douglas Squirrel has done just that, and made it a deliberate part of growing his solo consulting business to over $1MM in revenue. In this episode we talk about how he built a reputation […]
Episode 7

How to Find Your Strategic Beachhead with Philip Morgan

Deciding how to specialize your business, and then actually implementing that decision are the two phases of specialization. In this episode, Philip Morgan and Alastair McDermott discuss the transition from generalist to specialized, and when specialization is less important. They also discuss when to use brand marketing rather than direct response marketing techniques. Explicit Language […]
Episode 6

How Vertical Specialization Allows You to Punch Above Your Weight with Wolfram Moritz

You sometimes hear David vs Goliath stories in business, so when Wolfram Moritz told me how his 7-person firm beat a competitor with over 200,000 employees I wasn’t shocked but I had to know more about how they differentiated their firm. In this episode, Wolfram and Alastair discuss vertical specialization and how to become the […]
Episode 5

How to Specialize: from Web Generalist to Industry Specialist with Sara Dunn

Sometimes it takes a shock to the system to realize you need to change something about your business. In this episode, Sara Dunn tells us about experiencing that shock and how it motivated her to find her niche. She speaks with Alastair about the importance of specialization.
Episode 4

How to Build a Successful Consulting Business with Richard Newton

It can be difficult to figure out how to find your first clients and sell to them at the right price. In this episode of The Recognized Authority you’ll hear Richard Newton share his insights on how to run a successful consulting business, how to find clients, and why he has published 13 books and […]
Episode 3

Time Management for Superheroes with Heather Steele

As a business owner, simply getting things done can be difficult, but getting things done successfully while also care-giving is remarkable. In this episode, you’ll hear from Heather and Alastair as they discuss how “superheroes” manage their time.
Episode 2

How to Become The Recognized Authority with Jonathan Stark

Becoming an expert in your field takes a lot of work and effort. But if you want to be recognized as an authority, you need to do more. In this episode, you’ll hear from Jonathan and Alastair as they discuss how to become that recognized authority.
Episode 1

Niching Down Your Consulting Business with Alastair McDermott

If you’re an expert, the vast majority of marketing advice you see online is simply not relevant for your business. It’s aimed at businesses that sell to consumers, tech companies that have budgets to burn, or small mom-and-pop retailers. And you know that the advice that works for them simply will not work for you. […]

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.

Apply to be a guest

Our guest schedule for The Recognized Authority is full. 

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