It's simple really... your success as an Independent Consultant will be determined by your consulting capabilities.
To be successful as an Independent Consultant you must ensure you are fully equipped to meet the expectations that clients have of consultants... which are very different from the expectations of employees. It’s not sufficient to just have strength in depth as a subject matter expert, well not if you want to secure the best clients and join the ranks of the highest earning Independent Consultants. You must balance this with being able to demonstrate an extensive range of consulting capabilities….it seems obvious doesn’t it.
Without strong consulting capabilities you will struggle to find the right assignments to give you the delivery satisfaction and the daily rates that you want and need. You are unlikely to get contract extensions and may struggle to find work at all, leading to those dreaded gaps between contracts with no money coming in. And without well-developed consulting capabilities you will certainly not be considered for associate roles through consulting firms.
However, those Independent Consultants who are continually developing and leveraging their consulting capabilities command the highest fees and are in constant demand. These are the experts who become the Independent Consultants of choice in their field.
If this is what you are striving for then you have no choice but to become a master at consulting.
I like to split consulting capabilities into 2 categories:
All our online learning programmes fall into one of these two categories.
Here’s what you will get:
And because it’s all online, you can take the training at a pace and place that suits you.
Roles and responsibilities charting
A simple yet powerful tool and methodology that will help you map roles and responsibilities within your project. It will set you up to use your available resources in the most effective way.
The Independent Consultant’s Index
A unique self-assessment tool that will help you establish what you wish to achieve with your Independent Consulting business and what the steps are to get you there are ; maintaining a focus though on how to gain and retain clients.
Your 60-day money back guarantee
I want you to be able to invest in our online learning programmes with absolute confidence. So after you’ve signed up, if at any time during the first 60 days you feel the programme isn’t for you, then contact me for a full refund. No questions asked.
I fully expect that our online learning programmes will set you on the path to securing assignments with more prestigious companies at significantly higher daily rates than you get today; that they will virtually guarantee you contract extensions and will consign gaps between contracts to history.
Partner with The Independents’ Consultant as your catalyst to becoming the Independent Consultant of choice in your field.
To your success...
Clive Mallard talks about the online learning programmes from The Independents' Consultant
To learn more about:
Consulting Capabilities: Part 1
The introductory programme that bundles together the first 5 online leaning modules, Business Transformation and Consulting, Consulting Fundamentals, Meeting Mastery, Stakeholder Alignment and Presentation Breakthrough.
Business Transformation and Consulting
What business transformation is and your role as an Independent Consultant within it.
The essential ingredients for setting yourself up for success as an Independent Consultant.
How to manage client meeting more efficiently to free up time, increase productivity, improve business results and motivate team members.
A structured process for aligning business stakeholder so your team's proposals get approved first time, every time.
How to deliver powerful and persuasive stakeholder engagement presentations to get the decisions you want when you need them.
Thank you, Clive, for all your work over the last 9 months on our very complex Global Product Portfolio Project. Your input as trusted advisor and an expert facilitator has been invaluable! On behalf of our cross-functional team, thanks for helping us understand what needed to be done, enabling us to plan our work and focus on the important stuff. Your knack for asking the right questions in the right way created a highly engaged team and led to excellent outcomes.
About author Clive Mallard:
Clive Mallard is an accomplished Independent Consultant with over 35 years of consultancy, business ownership and business management behind him. He has led transformation projects with FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies and has established a strong reputation as a trusted business advisor. He is now dedicating his efforts to guiding and supporting Independent Consultants around the world.