How Do I Become a Consultant?
This is more and more becoming a regular concern to leagues of displaced managers, retired leaders and executives and experts in fields that are gradually being out-sourced or contracted out, such as human resources, training and development, computer programming and payroll and accounting. Here are experts in their fields, generally highly educated and experienced people that no longer have a job, per se, but want to continue to contribute to the business world.
Likewise, professionals in these same fields are being encouraged to “be more consultative” in their work. Specifically, trainers and other workplace learning and performance professionals need to learn how to consult as another key skills in human performance improvement.
Well, many just wake up one morning and say, “I am going into consulting”. But just what is consulting? How do they do their work? How does one credential themself to be a consultant?
I have been conducting a Consulting Skills seminar as a contractor for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) that fundamentally answers those questions and provides concepts, skills, techniques as well as a methodology to become a consultant. This two-day program is conducted through public sessions and can be brought inside organizations for delivery.
Those in-house programs are discounted from the public offering price and, most importantly, can be tailored to the specific needs of the hosting organization and the participants.
In 2010 I am currently set to deliver Consulting Skills public sessions for ASTD in Chicago, IL, 8 & 9 August and in San Diego, CA, on 23 & 24 August.
You can contact ASTD through their web site: http://www.astd.org, through Courtney Kriebs at 708-838-5847, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Miller at email@example.com, 703-683-9215. Ask for Mitch Kotula as the facilitator, especially if you want to conduct a tailored in-house session.
Follow this link for a detailed description of this program: http://www.astd.org/content/education/certificatePrograms/ConsultingSkillsForTrainers.