Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.

  • 19 July 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 18
Email Marketing for Small Businesses

​Every different type of small business will require a unique marketing strategy. One tried and true avenue that has consistent benefits across multiple business types is email marketing. There are a multitude of approaches to email marketing. The main goal is to decide what it is that you should be accomplishing with your email marketing campaign and then develop an action plan to execute those goals.

Work Work Work - Life Balance

The work - life balance is a dilemma that plagues everyone in the working world.  It’s the concept of properly prioritizing between "work" (your career) and your "life" (health, leisure, family time, etc).  As a consultant, you are putting in about three times the amount of work vs life.  Why is this? You don’t have one job. You have multiple jobs and clients at once. There are multiple projects you are working on and only one life to balance against it.

  • 2 May 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 340
Working as a Consultant: Know Your Allies and Threats

One of the most difficult, and interesting, parts of being a consultant is stepping into a new company for each new client.  You have to be able to adapt, have perspective, and reconfigure your strategy based on what the current atmosphere requires.  A great way to give yourself a head start in this department is to know your strengths and weaknesses. This isn’t a self analysis.  This is looking around you and taking inventory of relationships in an organization.

  • 5 April 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 317
Problem Solving: The Skill Every Consultant Should Have

Consultants enter brand new situations every day. As a consultant, you may be coming into a company you’ve never dealt with before, you may be dealing with a specific problem or set of obstacles you haven’t encountered before, or you may be the fresh eyes and perspective that this client needs. Whatever the circumstances, you have to consider all options and opportunities for improvement and then dive in and decide how you’re going to approach and conquer that specific task.

  • 17 February 2017
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 647
Working as a Consultant: Being the Company Psychologist

Anyone who’s ever worked as a consultant can tell you that it’s an extremely unique position to walk into an organization as an outsider. Consultants have the interesting perspective of observing company culture as a third party.  This can be a huge benefit to helping clients. The extra perspective can help people to be at their best.  This also puts the consultant in the interesting position of being the company psychologist at times.

  • 29 December 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 868
5 Best Articles of 2016

​With the year coming to a close, it’s always best practice to look back over the efforts that you’ve made throughout the year to see what was successful and what fell flat. Building on what has received great feedback is a great way to start your next year off right. When it comes to articles that we share with our followers, we want to produce content that people want and need. 

  • 19 December 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 685
Consulting: Breaking Up the Technical Talk

​Technology can be difficult to understand. Part of what we have to do as consultants is taking the technical jargon and breaking it down to something simpler.  We are the translators.  Not all consultants can fully understand both sides of the conversation, but the good ones will know enough about your business and your needs to be able to wear different hats.

  • 29 August 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1019
Most Popular Articles So Far in 2016

​It’s hard to believe, but we’ve reached the halfway point already for 2016.  We’ve been writing new content weekly for you and have compiled a list of the top ten articles with the most views so far in 2016.  This is a great way for us to take a look back and get a great idea of what are readers are interested in. Take a look back and catch up on any great articles you may have missed.

Wearing Multiple Hats as a Consultant

​As a consultant, there is a litany of expectations that you are required to meet at any given time.  Meeting appropriate expectations and jumping into multiple roles on any given day are just a part of the job.  What does this mean for the day to day work of a consultant? Well, it means that you must be able to wear multiple hats.  As most corporate dress code doesn’t allow a wide array of hats, let’s assume that these hats are figurative.

Although, if it helps you get into character, by all means –brush off your fedoras.

  • 2 June 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1088
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Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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