The Qualities of a Consultant

The Qualities of a ConsultantAlthough we specifically train image consultants, it is important to understand what generally makes up a good consultant. Consultants serve a general purpose, regardless of the industry in which they are involved: to provide solutions to any conflict or problem. With their experience, expertise, and knowledge, consultants aim to provide skills that demonstrate the ability to offer solutions that are effective and viable. The industry of consultants is, therefore, full of competitors that aim to provide the best of their services. To distinguish among them, skill certificates, professional experience, and academic degrees are among the most important characteristics. In order to become a successful consultant, however, consultants must demonstrate a set of skills tailored towards the demonstration of leadership and capability of management.

Effective consultants are trusted advisors that assess the needs of their customers and aim to ultimately increase revenue or decrease cost. They also aim to solve other needs, but these are the most common problems to address in most businesses. Image consultants, for example, help key figures portray their businesses properly. Let’s discuss the key elements a business consultant should be knowledgeable of in order to successfully perform their task:

1. Management

Consultants should be able to assess the strategies, approaches, and structures employed by a company in order to get to the point it has reached. In addition, they should be able to manage these aspects of a company in a way that can help them reach the next level, since the path that takes you from point A to point B is not the same path that will take you from point B to point C.

2. Communication

Being able to effectively communicate with clients is probably the most important aspect a successful consultant needs to incorporate in their set of skills. When consulting for a company, the consultant should be able to communicate with different levels of management, in order to give a complete assessment of a possible solution. Communicating with clients is a two-way street: consultants are hired to offer solutions to the problems of the business, however, a good consultant should also take input from their customers. This will help them learn more about the interests of their clients while it will also give them a complete evaluation of a situation while also helping them come up with better solutions.

3. Offer options

The best solution to a challenge or problem will always be subjective to the situation revolving around it. In order to properly give a solution, consultants need to be able to offer different possibilities, in which the different advantages and disadvantages are carefully evaluated. In order to properly give a solution, consultants need to be able to offer different possibilities, in which the different advantages and disadvantages are carefully evaluated. The client should be able to assess the difference solutions and show some preference for those options that satisfy his or her interest the most.

4. Networking

A successful consultant will create a network for the sole reason of performing their job well\. This networking should also lead to references, as these are the most valuable assets for a consultant. Hence, why a good consultant’s networking skills should always be polished.

How do you feel about consultants? Tell us on Twitter @nycimageacademy.

Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP

For more information visit www.nycimageconsultantacademy.com