May 6 Workshop on Reflective Practice

Reflection is more important than ever in these fraught times. Join me on May 6 for this hands' on workshop.

Step into Your Consulting Career

Get your work boots on and answer your biggest questions:

  • •How do I get started?
  • •What kind of business skills do I need?
  • •Will there be enough work?
  • •Can I afford to do this?

Join Gail, an independent consultant with more than 30 years experience, for this two-part in-line workshop.

Monday May 3 & Tuesday May 4, 15:00 to 18:30 EST, at the Canadian Evaluation Society’s C2021 workshops.

Workshop registration is reserved to conference registrants until a couple of weeks before the conference (if there are still seats available then) so register to the conference now!

Your Consulting Roadmap: Planning for Success


 #10 in Our Continuing Series on Consulting After 50

 You know you want to go into consulting—you’ve been thinking about it for years. Creativity guru Julia Cameron tells us to cast our dreams ahead of us, and as we move towards them, they will take on substance. But to do this, we need a plan.

Business planner Arnab Ray says there are no shortcuts to success. The entrepreneurial journey is extremely difficult and challenging but if pursued with a plan, it enhances your chances of success. He has developed a roadmap for entrepreneurs that can help the would-be consultant move out of inertia and into action. Here are the four steps.


  1. Conceptualization
You have already proven your experience in the trenches, and this lets you to bring tremendous credibility to the table (Collamer, 2013). Refine that vision of yourself. Relive the major successes of your career and reflect as follows:
  • Which projects gained the most traction with bosses and co-workers?
  • What innovative designs did you develop?
  • What cutting edge, or newly polished, methods did you use?
  • What feedback did you receive?
  • What parts were you the most passionate about?
  • Can you see any commonalities across these projects?

Together, these high points in your career crystalize the dream that lies before you. It describes the consultant you can become.

Read more: Your Consulting Roadmap: Planning for Success

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