Where Do I Start?

The goal of this course is to define what is a consultant and help you perform an assessment of your business, technical, interpersonal, and consulting skills.

  • Understand the Basics

    The terms consultant and consulting have morphed over the years to where they are today. But what really is consulting? Or for that matter, a consultant? This course clarifies terms as consultant and consulting, explains the consultant’s ladder, and highlights key characteristics and behaviors of successful consultants.

  • Assess Your Strengths

    Successful consultants focus on their passion and strengths but before they focus on that one idea, start by understanding who they are and what they know. This course includes three self-assessments-personal, knowledge and skills, and support structure to help you determine not only if consulting is for you but also helps you start navigating the path to determine your focus.

  • Build a Roadmap for Success.

    By understanding who you are and what matters to you, your support structure, as well as your business, technical, interpersonal, and consulting knowledge and skills, you can determine if consulting is for you or not. If it is for you, create a roadmap that leverages your strengths, develops your consulting skills, and positions you to build a successful consulting practice.

What People Have Said...

Solid overview of consulting essentials!

Amber Aureden

Laura's online course was an excellent bite-sized overview and review of the foundations that need to be considered for a career in consulting! I appreciate her conciseness and focus on the essential "need to knows", and there were even many take-...

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Laura's online course was an excellent bite-sized overview and review of the foundations that need to be considered for a career in consulting! I appreciate her conciseness and focus on the essential "need to knows", and there were even many take-aways that many people may not know to think about even if they have been "consulting" for years. It is clear that Laura has synthesized wisdom gained from years of experience to help guide others through the common pitfalls to avoid and key "pro tips" for success in an easy to understand way.

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Title says it All!

Charlotte Anderson

I took this course to affirm my decision to pursue a blend of consulting and coaching. The course helped me confirm I have the passion, skills, and knowledge to be a consultant and it confirmed my focus within consulting. Clarity on consulting c...

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I took this course to affirm my decision to pursue a blend of consulting and coaching. The course helped me confirm I have the passion, skills, and knowledge to be a consultant and it confirmed my focus within consulting. Clarity on consulting created the framework for me to understand where coaching aligns in my business. The course is well designed and keeps the process and actions steps simple to walk through. Keeping it simple does not mean it will not take time, focus, and thought by the participant. If you follow the steps and put forth the effort you will gain the clarity needed. Thank you Laura for this course. It offers content and value that helps a person succeed. Charlotte

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Curriculum

Understand the Basics - Assess Your Strengths - Build a Roadmap

  • 1
  • 2

    Understand the Basics

  • 3

    Personal Self-Assessment

    • Personal Self-Assessment Workbook
    • Personal Self-Assessment
  • 4

    Knowledge and Skills Self-Assessment

    • Knowledge and Skills Self-Assessment Workbook
    • Knowledge and Skills Overview
    • Basic Business Self-Assessment
    • Technical Self-Assessment
    • Interpersonal Self-Assessment
    • Consulting Self-Assessment
  • 5

    Support Self-Assessment

    • Financial Support Self-Assessment
    • Emotional Support Self-Assessment
    • Support Self-Assessment
  • 6

    Recap

    • Self-Assessment Recap Workbook
    • Recap of Self-Assessment
    • Next Step (Aid)
    • Next Steps
  • 7

    Survey

    • Reason for the Survey
    • Consulting: The First Step Evaluation (Optional)