Consultants: Stop Overdelivering

On the Profitable Joyful Consulting podcast, I teach you how to increase your profits and enjoy your business more. In this episode, you’ll learn how to break the habit of overdelivering.

The compulsive desire to overdeliver is a challenge many consultants (including some of my clients) are stuck in. I see it especially with women.

Here’s an example: I worked with an amazing three-woman firm of consultants who would co-develop programs together with their clients – every time, even though it was a complete Signature System.

Instead of telling clients they had a program valued at $130K, they had been redeveloping it with clients to justify the $130K price. But the program already had $130K of value, and didn’t need to be finessed for each client.

They didn’t realize they didn’t need to create new development costs; they could just charge for the program that already had value.

Just like this consulting firm, you don’t have to do that. You don’t have to overdeliver; you just have to do what’s needed to get your clients results. In this episode, I share how to break the habit of overdelivering and why it’s important.

Key areas discussed in this episode

  • 0:29 How a three-woman consulting firm stopped overdelivering
  • 2:30 What happens when consultants are in the middle of a project and start to feel like they’re not doing enough
  • 2:55 3 reasons why overdelivering doesn’t work and isn’t helpful
  • 3:25 Why less is more and how to implement that in your delivery for clients
  • 5:30 What clients really need from you (and what they don’t really care about)
  • 6:05 Why consultants overdeliver + 2 ways to break your overdelivering habit
  • 6:43 A paradigm shift for the advice to “underpromise and overdeliver”
  • 7:30 How to surprise and delight your clients without overdelivering and burning out



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