The Do’s and Don’ts of Consulting

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Starting out as a consultant, it is crucial to understand that you are stepping into a completely new role. As a consultant, you are given projects where you are expected to analyze, communicate, and problem-solve to create clear and coherent solutions to various problems. The switch often takes time getting used to, but when guided by mentors, you are given a clear and helpful path to becoming an expert. With this list of both Do’s and Don’ts, you will be on your way to being a master consultant

Asking for Feedback

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for feedback on areas where you might not excel at first. Questions are the best way to grow in new positions and become an expert in your field. Try setting up weekly on one meeting with your manager so you can both set up expectations for your position and, when needed, refine and finetune them when necessary. Talking to your manager about what they think you might excel in this can also help you to learn more about yourself when first starting.

Documentation

Don’t be afraid to write things down to help you remember things. This can be important when it comes to meetings and general organization. Write everything down from tasks that need to be finished to meeting notes, to call notes. Making sure that you have a note structure that you can follow will help you stay on top of being organized and help to add value to your team.

DON’T Think You Cannot Contribute

Your opinions should always matter, and there is always a situation for contribution. When tackling projects and tasks, you can often be viewed as a team player with you contribute to the efforts of making things run smoothly and successfully. This can also apply to make sure that you are writing down any questions that you might have and asking them to your managers or during team meetings that you might have. If you are in a more important meeting where you might not be able to voice your concerns, take notes, and ask your questions at the appropriate times.

DON’T Make Excuses

Don’t blame problems on others, it’s useless and will get you nowhere with a “not my problem” attitude. Your success is your team’s success. When you take ownership of your mistakes or property over what your organization does, it will help to improve the team’s overall outcome and performance.

DON’T Rush

Rushing a project or deadline can lead to the feeling of everything needing to be done at once. This can often lead to mistakes being made. Before sending something out, make sure that you double-check it to save your self both time and build yourself a reputation of making your work qualitative and error-free.

These guidelines will help you to perform better and give you a better face when it comes to showing your managers that you can provide quality work and confirm that you are a go-getter. It will show that you are confident in both your position and your work and show that you are continually willing to learn and grow to build yourself in your career. Your career will always be a marathon and not a sprint; it is essential to learn and improve whenever possible.

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Jerel Benjamin is an innovative entrepreneur based in Austin, TX. He’s currently serving as the CEO for ProfitGold, which he founded in 2004. JerelBenjamin.org

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