Do You Need a Coach, Mentor, or Consultant?–Part Three

Do You Need a Consultant?

A consultant provides advice, recommendations, and solutions. They often are experts in their field and have worked with leading companies either in-house or as independent consultants. They have vast knowledge of best practices and state-of-the-art information of their industry.

Consultants don’t work with you to elicit skills improvement, nor do they serve as mentors. They review your situation or challenge and provide a plan for addressing it. For example, if your services aren’t selling, a consultant can analyze what’s working and what’s failing and give you a strategic plan for improvement. Often, the consultant will implement the plan for you.

Consultants usually work within a specific scope with defined deliverables and metrics. They bill either by the hour or project.

Which Expert Is Right for You?

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Take time to decide what type of expert you need and how much you want to invest in the process.Thoroughly vet their expertise, ask for references, and clearly define your expectations for results.

Choosing the right expert to help you develop professionally and take your business or career to the next level is an important step for ongoing, long-term success.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou

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