This one-day workshop will help you teach participants:
- Define the term “consultants” and explain their role in today’s business world
- Identify consulting opportunities
- Create a business strategy that includes a business plan, budget, marketing plan, fee structure, and resources
- Use social media and networking skills to grow your consulting business
- Protect your work with contracts
- Identify ways to stay on top of trends and changes
You will spend the first part of the day getting to know participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
What It’s All About
This session gives students a chance to consider exactly what a consultant is. Related terms are discussed and then students take a look at the qualities it takes to be a consultant.
Business Building Blocks
This session allows students to get a further look at becoming a consultant. It focuses on identifying the possibilities for your business, how to conduct your research and what your business should target.
Crunching the Numbers
Here, students are shown methods to develop financial budgets and projections with a look at personal expenses, business expenses and income targets. Also looked at are ways to set a pay rate and income goals.
Planning Your Business
Every business needs a plan and in this session students are introduced to types of business plans along with a business set-up checklist and how to gather resources.
Students are prompted in this module to consider their business model. They are encouraged, through the use of worksheets, to take a look at the major aspects of their proposed consulting business to see if they are viable.
Creating a Sales and Marketing Strategy
Following up a business strategy with a marketing strategy is good business sense. This session touches on ways to promote a new consulting business with the aid of various tools. It looks at the marketing cycle, social media, and other ways to get noticed.
Getting the Work Done
Once a business is set up and marketed, it’s important to know just how to get work and get it done. In this session, learners are invited to discuss how to identify sources of work, how to develop contracts and statements of work, how to deal with problems arising with clients, and how to stay current in a chosen field.
At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.
In Person Training
The traditional classroom style of training remains our Most Popular and Most Requested format. On-site training provides participants with an in-person facilitator who will work directly with the team, whether for a single training session or a training series. The Mainstream team will craft and tailor your experience to ensure that your training session is specific, relevant and unique to your audience while meeting your learning objectives. Why settle for ‘pre-formatted, pre-scripted, one-size fits all’ training programs, when our team is able to customize a program that is just right for you? We know that every team has unique learning needs, situations and that they come from a variety of industries, each having unique customer needs and demands. Our programs can be scaled to accommodate time restraints, unique learning needs and even industry or company nuances and barriers.
Don’t settle for a program that gives you almost what you need; our team wants to give you Exactly what you need.
Delivering traditional onsite training results …virtually!
We’ve officially changed the rules and redefined what is possible in the world of soft skills learning. Our unique technology, accompanied by honed delivery methodology, have successfully replicated the traditional classroom-style training environment, allowing it to exist online.
Most online training solutions limit participants’ responses to keystrokes or to single person conversations because -with inferior technology- group discussions become distorted and confusing to follow. Our Virtual Room has eliminated those barriers and encourages learning through meaningful instructor feedback, skills modelling and engaging group discussion, without visual or audio distortion
The Virtual Room is for any organization seeking a flexible substitute to traditional onsite training; whether to lower costs, eliminate unnecessary travel or to simply ease the burden of demanding work schedules.
Lunch & Learn
A Lunch and Learn session is an onsite or virtual learning program with a facilitator-led session sharing valuable information and skills on an area of identified learning interest. It’s a great break away from a traditional training program, allowing your team the opportunity to learn while enjoying their lunch. Due to the limited time, the program focuses on specific learning concepts and skills. It is an interactive session that quickly targets and reveals learning objectives that are predetermined by the training organizer. Lunch & Learn sessions are also great as a training series, providing progressive learning programs for developing skills in a ‘bite-sized’ format.