10 ways to Improve and Build Your Consulting Portfolio – A Guide for Beginners

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A guide to build your consulting portfolio if you are beginning to enter this field.

A guide to build your consulting portfolio if you are beginning to enter this field.

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  • 1. © Personal-Resonance All rights reserved Raman K. Attri Mar 2014 10 ways to Improve and Build Your Consulting Portfolio – A Guide for Beginners
  • 2. Does your intended area of expertise has some volunteer function associated with it? Join some volunteer organizations where you can participate in some advisory services free of charge. 1 Volunteer Service 2
  • 3. 2 Advisory Services Are you good in something? Run informal advisory service on that subject / topic. Make it known to other friends. Gather stories and build your case experience Copyrights © Raman K. Attri 3
  • 4. Deliver some free training sessions to groups you are associated with. Who wouldn’t want it free? From that point onwards you would see invitation traffic of enquiries for help. Use invitations from previous organizations to build new leads 3 Copyrights © Raman K. Attri Free Training Sessions Is your intended expertise a training-savvy area? 4
  • 5. Associate Consulting 4 Some training agencies are involved in part-time consulting and they need associate consultants on contract or assignment-basis or on commissionbasis. This is becoming quite popular especially in training, learning, instructional design and IT. Copyrights © Raman K. Attri 5
  • 6. 5 Registered Faculty Proven way to build consulting portfolio will be to get associated with some business school as associate faculty on part-time basis for some evening courses for working professionals. Many business schools have corporate consulting wing which pulls the resources from their faculties. 6
  • 7. 6 Counselling and Guidance Provided it matches with your expertise and area of interest you could join some career counseling, graduate counseling or even social work counseling and guidance help lines. 7
  • 8. Membership of Professional Bodies 7 Take membership of an active club engaged in consulting. Choose a membership type something in your metro area where you can attend the events and networking sessions on regular basis. 8
  • 9. 8 Copyrights © Raman K. Attri Project Work First develop solid project management skills while you are deployed on certain project (area does not matter). Then take an extra effort on the project matching your areas of interest where the results of the projects adds to your portfolio, evidences and real case experience as a consultant. 9
  • 10. Most difficult avenue but unmatched in rewards. Develop networking with some university professors involved in academics or research in the area of your consulting goals. Ask for potentially assigning you some module of his research work and guiding you along the way. Tradeoff is usually having his name in your publication and don’t ask funding. This develops your data analysis skills and hopefully get you noticed with a breakthrough publication. Research Experience 9 Copyrights © Raman K. Attri 10
  • 11. As you write more and participate in Q&A as well as online discussion forums, you would your presence on internet. Eventually you may want to setup your website and blogs and link these Q&A to you website to get more presence in consulting world. Suggest write few articles in the magazines or online blogs that represent your intended area of consulting. If you are outstanding in writing, why not to write a short book? But remember these writings must be based on your personal experience and learning to give a feel of “experience” consultant inside you. 10 Write and Write Copyrights © Raman K. Attri 11
  • 12. Raman K. Attri Raman is a transformation management consultant and hi-tech learning specialist. Paralyzed with polio in childhood which limited his mobility, he set to challenge the limitations and over-exert speed of his learning and exploiting his potential to the maximum. In spite of obvious challenges in personal and professional life, he used his will power to take risks and ventured into professions and activities normally reserved for physically fit people. Learning the lesson from life hard way, he has the mission to help people develop their personal and professional mastery without having to change their fundamental personality. His strong believe in unlimited human potential lead him to conduct research for many years for develop Personal Resonance model, a unique selfdiscovery and performance enhancement model to help people step-by-step discover their best potential and resonate it in personal and professional world. E-mail: rkattri@rediffmail.com | Twitter: www.twitter.com/rkattri | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rkattri | Publications: Http://works.bepress.com/rkattri | SlideShare: www.slideshare.net/rkattri | Google +: www.gplus.to/rkattri Site: Https://sites.google.com/site/ramankumarattri | Being a training specialist, he focusses on providing "how-to" methods, techniques to attain skills, rather than providing philosophical tips. Combining it with his unconventional learning and training models, his advisory services are targeted to equip organizations and individuals to increase personal effectiveness, develop self-leadership, achieve peak professional performance and reduce time-to-proficiency of their employees. StumbleUpon: www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/rkattri | Tumblr: http://rkattri.tumblr.com | Pin: http://pinterest.com/rkattri Raman holds Professional Doctorate in Corporate Training, MBA in Operations Management and Executive MBA in Customer Relationship Management. He is pursuing another Doctorate in developing expertise faster through training strategies. 12