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Building a Better Consulting Practice

Your Own Captain As founder and executive director of the Center Independent Consulting, Bruce Katcher is passionate about the consulting business. In fact, he is quoted in the article as saying that he doesn’t think anyone should work for an employer! With that kind of dedication, Katcher is the perfect person to interview in regards to making a better, stronger consulting practice—which is precisely what John R. Platt does in this article. Charting Your Own …

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Sharpen Your Presentation Skills as a Consultant

If Consultants Have One Universal Skill, It's This: Presentations are the bread-and-butter of a consultant. Outside of the very important presentations that happen after being hired, consultants also need to master the art of the initial presentation in order to land the jobs they are applying for. Carol Milano of ASME.org shares a few tips to help consultants create presentations that people not only remember, but find the most value in. To begin with, Milano …

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Why Consultants Love Best Practices

Consultants: Always Out-Of-The-Box? Consultants are often brought into an organization when things go wrong. It’s almost to the point of being a formula: project goes off track, consultant is brought in, project goes back on track. Because of this, consultants are often maligned as being the people who throw out any “best practice” a company has, depending instead on out-of-the-box thinking to save the organization’s project from failure. But this isn’t quite an accurate representation …

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4 Benefits of Working as a Consultant

It Has Its Benefits Perhaps you’re trying to remind yourself of why you’ve been a consultant for so long? This article on Wall Street Services shares four benefits of working as a consultant—both useful for a first timer dipping their toe into the water and to the veteran consultant who wants a quick refresher on why being a consultant has its advantages over a typical 9 to 5 job.  The benefits shared in this article …

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10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Becoming an IT Consultant

Learn From Other's Mistakes There is an old saying that you should learn from other people’s mistakes—but even so, there are some things that you can only learn by going through yourself. Erik Eckel experienced this first hand: before starting his own IT consultancy, he asked experienced consultants for advice and tips. Even so, he found that there were things he simply couldn’t know without experiencing first hand. The first item is a great thing …

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Top 6 Reasons to Be a Health IT Consultant

While you might not really be thinking about switching what kind of IT consulting you do, This post by Jamie Grimes makes a few great points that may lead you to considering a change of occupation.  For instance (and perhaps the most notable of the reasons), IT consultants generally make much more money than their traditionally employed counterparts. Add to this that IT consultants get to set their own hours (mostly), and you begin to …

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How to Become the Ultimate Consultant

Using the recent realization that a consultant’s real job is “to learn”, John Appleby discusses just a few ways that you can accelerate your ability to become the ultimate consultant. The tips include: Forgetting about formal education and certification Being obsessive about deep learning Practice Asking questions Sharing your knowledge In regards to obsession over deep learning, Appleby has the following to say: When I visit a project, I first ask the project leads to …

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The 7 BIGGEST Mistakes of My Consulting Career

Learn from the best What’s the best way to avoid making mistakes? By learning from someone who has made them before, obviously. In this revealing post by David C. Baker (with 19 years of consulting experience) shares seven of the biggest mistakes he’s made as a consultant. They include: Firing bad clients seems to counter the idea of “not giving up,” but the truth is sometimes clients simply don’t understand or aren’t willing to listen …

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Three Tips to Start a Consulting Business

Taking the plunge Want to start your own consultancy but don’t quite know how to begin? This blog post by Jennifer Merritt shares three tips to starting your consultancy business, sharing personal stories and examples from all over the world of consulting. The first tip is to establish your reputation before striking it out on your own. Take for example Ann Quinn, who began in an investing bank, but decided to move into working on …

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Interview Red Flags for the IT Consultant

Looking for red flags You’re excited for a potential consultant position at a reputable IT organization—but do you know what red flags to look out for during that first interview? This article by Scott Robinson on TechRepublic shares just a few of the warning signs that consultants may want to watch out for before diving into a new gig. For instance, give yourself a moment of pause if one of the questions they ask you …

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