Meet the Pros: Intermediate Consulting Skill Fair

Session Number: 1179
Track: Independent Consulting
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: independent consulting, Independent evaluation, lessons learned
Session Facilitator: Matt Feldmann [Principal Researcher & Owner - Goshen Education Consulting, Inc.]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Sathi Dasgupta [SONA Consulting Inc.]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Mary S. Nash, MBA, CEP [Program Development and Evaluation Consultant - NASH Insights]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Susana Micaela Morales [Principal - Communities in Collaboration | Comunidades en Colaboración]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Iris Matthews [President - The Stellar Group]
Time: Nov 08, 2017 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: Thurgood Marshall West

Other Authors: Tamara Hamai, Susan Wolfe, Judith Kallick Russell, Ann Price, Heather Imboden

Theme: Learning from Others
Audience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This skill-building workshop features experienced independent evaluation consultants demonstrating and sharing some of their hard-earned lessons on managing a consulting business. A series of eight topic tables led by an experienced table leader who is prepared to share information about a topic they enjoy and do well. This session uses a speed-dating approach to learning. Every 10-15 minutes participants will circulate to a different topic table with a different table leader. Each table leader will prepare a two-page summary of helpful hints and resources for the participants. Topics will include: “Deciding to start, grow, or discontinue a consulting business”, “Capacity Building;”, “Life beyond the report: supporting data driven decisions.”, “Cultivating good clients/generating repeat business”, “The balancing culture: having a consulting practice and a life.”, “Dealing with Difficult Clients: how to handle problems, stay positive and know when it’s time to say goodbye”, “Mentoring younger evaluators in a small shop,” and "Systems That Increase Your Productivity and Build Your Business."