Many people who go into independent consulting have a background where, at some point, they taught others how to do something, even if they were the main instruments for getting things done. Consultants often go into situations where they have to make critical change decisions or recommendations, and sometimes are tasked with implementation of those ideas.
Advice and Commentary on the World of Professional Consulting
The Professional Consultants Association of Central New York is about to embark on another year of meetings geared towards making us all better consultants. Sometimes we have meetings where we learn more about what’s going on in the area or in industries that we should know more about to help us along, like technology, but for the most part we hope to always get better in areas that will help us grow and become better business people at what we do.
Consulting can be an odd business. Most consultants can actually do more than one thing to make money and do them pretty well. Most of us gear ourselves towards that one thing we were pretty good at when we worked for someone else and try to market that, while others decide that they had a dream that they wanted to work towards and go in that direction.
The members of the Professional Consultants Association of Central New York already know about this so we’re putting it out to everyone else. Something the board of directors has been working on that we feel is important for the ethics we hope to project for our members is a certification process. Our belief is that earning a certification shows that your peers believe you to be top notch and ethical and worthy of something more than just calling yourself a consultant.
At the last Professional Consultants Association of Central New York meeting on April 12th, our presenter, Levi Spires, talked about his goal of trying to get elected to the New York State legislature and how he used technology to try to accomplish that goal. Even though he was unsuccessful in his bid, he wasn’t far off while running against a 20-year incumbent, and felt that using the new tools available to him helped get him closer to his goal than trying to run a traditional campaign.