Consulting: The First Step

Assess Your Appetite for a Career as a Consultant | By Laura Dallas Burford

Course description

Interested in a consulting career but not sure if consulting is for you? Have you been a consultant for a number of years and feel the need to reevaluate your decision? Or maybe you woke up one day and realized you are an "independent consultant" moving from one gig to the next gig. You shake your head and ask yourself how did this happen? And now what?

This course walks you through basic consulting concepts and with the help of a step-by-step self-assessment covers topics to consider before deciding if a career as a consultant is for you. It:

  • Includes an overview of consulting and types of consultants
  • Discusses the key characteristics, qualities, and traits of good, if not great, consultants.
  • Helps you identifying your personal and professional goals
  • Discusses four key knowledge and skill areas all consultants need to understand – Basic Business, Technical Expertise, Interpersonal Skills, and Consulting knowledge
  • Examines your support structure.

The modules are integrated and build on one another. There are videos for every lesson and downloadable handouts to jot down your notes as you work through the modules. Use your notes to help you analyze if consulting is a career fit.

Overall

The course was designed to help you to assess your consulting appetite and initial focus for a practice.

And provide you with information to start building a roadmap to becoming a successful consultant.

Laura Dallas Burford
Laura Dallas Burford
The Consultant's Consultant

Who am I? Hi, I’m Laura Dallas Burford. I work with consultants and business leaders to build and improve their consulting practices. 

Why me? I’ve worked as a consultant most of my professional career. I’ve been there and I've done it. I've had successes and what I'll call learning experiences. I’m passionate about wanting to see people succeed and be the best they can be. That passion influenced each course created and included in this school - I want to ensure people were provided the necessary and required information to build and improve their consulting practices.

I'm a frequent speaker, author of Project Management for Flat Organizations (2012, J. Ross Publishing, Inc.), one of ten 2013 Small Business Book Awards winners, and write articles for trade magazines such as projectmanagement.com. 

Interested in contacting me? Send me an email at laura@LADEnterprizes.com

Reviews (1)

Consulting: The First Step

by Eleanore Meals
Excellent! It reflects your knowledge, passion, and ability to deliver. YOU did an excellent job! I believe you communicate with clarity and inspiration and integrity. So, keep laying the bricks in the right direction and you will be very successful, personally and professionally! I really like the brick and roadmap concept. I relate to the ladder concept. The bottom line questions what will the market bear? What does the market want and need? Individuals need to think and listen and they will realize how much they can learn from you. Thank you for sharing! Great job! El

Consulting: The First Step

by Eleanore Meals
Excellent! It reflects your knowledge, passion, and ability to deliver. YOU did an excellent job! I believe you communicate with clarity and inspiration and integrity. So, keep laying the bricks in the right direction and you will be very successful, personally and professionally! I really like the brick and roadmap concept. I relate to the ladder concept. The bottom line questions what will the market bear? What does the market want and need? Individuals need to think and listen and they will realize how much they can learn from you. Thank you for sharing! Great job! El