The Consulting Skills Training workshop is conducted over 3 days. It is aimed at those who are responsible for relationship management as well as identifying new business opportunities with clients during all phases of a project. It is very beneficial for people looking to enhance their management skills as well as for consultant looking to improve their project management capabilities.
There are consulting companies that focus on specific areas such as technology planning, strategic services, and management consulting. There are freelance consultants who help school systems and universities make better programs for students or help the school come up with a better financial plan. There are consultants for sports teams, investment banking, publishing companies, and accounting firms. Literally everyone and anyone with a marketable skill can become a consultant BUT to be a GREAT and SUCCESFUL consultant in any domain you must have developed very specific qualities and skills.
Some general observations:
Consulting is an exciting but risky profession ~ The work is stimulating and important, but not everyone lasts in this business.
Consulting is About Business ~ Consulting is the business of providing advice to firms in trouble; firms on the move and firms which are trying to do what they do better, faster, and more cheaply. Consulting is about business. People who love business like consulting.
Consultants Listen ~ Consulting requires the ability to listen to your customer; it also requires the ability to explain to your customer. Consulting is about communication. Good communicators do well in consulting.
Consulting is a Profession that is Growing ~ The business of consulting has been growing by leaps and bounds in the last decade. There is a lot of hiring going on and there is likely to be strong demand in the future.
Teamwork, Teamwork... ~ A key to success in consulting is teamwork. Being able to pull together persons with large egos to get a presentation together for a client is a challenge and is likely to be rewarded highly. You will almost always work as part of a team.
Presentation skills matter ~ If you can understand a clients needs, help them formulate a solution and then present your findings effectively, whether it be one-on-one or in front of a crowd with the latest multimedia technology, you will be in demand. Ability to present well is something that takes hard work for almost everyone. Try to convey your commitment and ability in this area.
Phases of Consulting
The areas of focus in this Consulting Skills Training program are:
Consulting Excellence at Work: Our consulting skills training offerings include workshops based upon the principles of Peter Block's Flawless Consulting and the Six Conversations that Matter, where staff professionals learn competencies to use in the consulting relationship. We are advocates for the importance of staff groups within organizations and we encourage internal consulting skills training to aid them in their efforts to reinvent themselves. With us they develop the expertise that builds the capacity of their clients for marketplace success.
Consulting Skills can be defined as "understanding the results that stakeholders desire from a process and providing insight into how efficiently and effectively those results can be achieved". As experts in their organization in the areas of instructional design, training, performance improvement, and organizational development, Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) professionals must demonstrate strong consulting skills in order to achieve success as a business partner guiding their organization toward optimal performance.
Flawless Consulting: Flawless Consulting is known worldwide and used by many Fortune 500 companies, as well as thousands of smaller companies.
Flawless consulting creates workplaces and communities enriched with consulting skills that facilitate empowerment, stewardship and chosen accountability.
At Dynamic Strategies, we are dedicated to bringing change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force.
Enhancing Consulting Effectiveness: In today's workplace extraordinary results can be achieved when people work collaboratively with others to define, develop and deliver solutions that address specific business needs. In our training programs, you will learn the skills and techniques used by successful consultants to help their clients produce outstanding results.