Do you consider yourself a consultant?
Whether you are just starting out in the exciting world of IT consulting or you’ve been offering advice to business users for years we can all use little reminders of what makes a great consultant!
There are lots of technical delivery folks but fewer people that approach consulting from a trusted advisor mentality.
When I started as a consultant I found myself lacking confidence. I was worried others knew more than me and I would be “found out”.
There were a few things I did to combat those feelings:
1. Gathered as much information as I could.
I read, I talked to other consultants, and I asked every client I worked with what else could I be doing to get better at my craft.
The Trusted Advisor by David Maister
Managing the Professional Services Firm by David Maister
2. I devoted and entire year to “confidence”.
Every morning I would wake up and stand in front of the mirror which my hands on my hips, like Wonder Woman, and think of times in my life when I felt confident. Science is starting to prove that changing your physiology can help change your psychology.
3. I got experience.
The best way to gain confidence is by doing and learning from your mistakes. I once managed a project that ended up in a lawsuit but rather than seeing it as a failure I recognized all the areas I could have done better. In order to put yourself out there and succeed you must have a growth mindset. Want to learn how to cultivate a growth Mindset?
Read: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Unabridged) by Carol Dweck https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/mindset-the-new-psychology-of-success-unabridged/id306493139
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10 years of experience?
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Ultimately I would like to see a governing body for consultants that require hours of experience and a set methodology, similar to PMI.org but until then I will do my part to share my knowledge in the hopes that more conscious consultants are developed.