by Brittney Bogues
Consulting is more than giving advice
Across every industry – whether a non-profit, small business or Fortune 500 – you’ll encounter a similar problem. It’s a universal constant and unavoidable issue – most organizations that consist of multiple individuals working together, with the interest of making money or contributing to society, are going to run into business issues. What happens if those issues are outside of the organization’s scope of work or available resources to address?
This is when reaching out to a consulting firm can be useful, especially a firm that offers one-on-one coaching in the area of expertise you need. At Bogues Group we offer one-on-one coaching services in the areas of marketing, public relations, and business development. Our firm is composed of expert individuals who have more than 35+ years of combined experience.
You might be wondering – how do I know when I’m ready to work with a consulting firm or business coach? Or, I’m prepared to work with a firm, what do I need to start? When working with a consulting firm you’re not only getting advice but also clear strategies and action items that focus on organizational/ personal change. In addition to this change, you save valuable time that would have been spent on internally fixing the problem that now can be focused on adapting to a new way of business. Bottomline consultants and coaches are invaluable to businesses because of their ability to give an outside expert opinion.
How do I know I’m ready?
Has your business or organization has repeatedly hit the same roadblock and after numerous attempts to remedy the issue nothing has changed? Do you feel like you’ve exhausted all internal resources to address an issue? This is the best time to connect with a consulting firm and/or business coach to help find a solution. By connecting with a coach, you can leverage their expertise and ability to provide a new perspective on what may seem like a hopeless problem.
As the client, your first step is to identify the specific area of need for your organization and then research coaching firms that specialize in that issue or industry. Once you have a list of needs, select 2 – 3 firms to meet with and determine which one is the best fit for not only your goals but the personality of your organization. To ensure a great start for your first meeting, check out the list below and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest business and marketing tips
Checklist for your first meeting
Identify your goals
Plan a budget
Keep a journal
Be prepared to be challenged