In order to succeed as a consultant, bear in mind it’s a challenging occupation. It entails a lot more than just being knowledgeable and providing good counsel.

Get used to writing. In this piece, you’ll see a common thread among writing, self-awareness, communication and thought leadership.

There are six important elements needed for success in consulting:

1. Develop a track record of success

Before you embark on a career as a consultant, choose a field you love and earn your stripes. Become adept in marketing, sales, accounting, strategy and continuous self-development.

In other words, lay the groundwork for becoming a thought leader — an important characteristic for consultants.

2. Know your strengths and weaknesses

You must know how talented you are. Review your life and career. Take a sheet of paper and pen or pencil. Then divide the sheet into two columns: Your strengths and weaknesses.

At the bottom of the page, itemize your goals.

Then, develop a one-page vision plan. Outline what you plan to achieve, indicate a timeline, and how and why you will achieve your objectives.

This is instrumental in developing a branding slogan and value propositions for your prospective clients.

3. Enhance your brand

You must build credibility to build trust with clients.

Become well known to create new sales opportunities. Book speaking engagements, get quoted in the media, and develop a forum for content marketing by writing a newspaper column or blog, and become adept in social media.

4. Monetize your networking

Consider your circle of associates, friends and relatives. You’ll be amazed at your opportunities for clients or client referrals.

Write a complete list. There’s something magical about putting thoughts and ideas in writing.

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”

-Milton Berle

5. Continuously learn

Even if you’ve mastered the learning curve so far about consulting, always remember you must stay relevant. The only way is to never stop learning.

New challenges will appear on a regular basis. By staying abreast of marketplace changes, you’ll help your chances for success.

So read, read and read. Get a mentor. Join the right groups.  I’ve done all these things.

6. Hone your sales ability

You must prepare to deal with rejection. Even if you’re an introvert, you’ll have to approach people you don’t know.

You’ll face obstacles. Not everyone will want to hire you. So master the secrets for sales success.

From the Coach’s Corner, here are links to relevant articles:

Grow Your Business by Appearing Rich but Conserving Cash — You’ll find it easier to grow your firm if you appear to be wealthy. This will enable you to build relationships with successful entrepreneurs who will introduce you to key people and facilitate growth opportunities for you.

Consulting: Effective Management of Difficult Clients — Start with this premise: You should be focused on the continuous, improvement and performance of your firm. If you have difficult clients, here’s what you can do about it.

7 Tactics to be Memorable but Respected in Sales Calls — In this frenetic marketplace, creating a lasting impression on your prospects and clients – so they become loyal as repeat buyers – your approach should include seven tactics.

Performance Gap Solutions for Consultants in Income and Image — If there’s a disparity between your income goals and your current financial situation, it would appear that you have a performance-gap issue.

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”

-Milton Berle


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.