Industrial Management Consultants – Who Are They and What Do They Do?

Often industrial management consultants are asked what a consultant is and what do they do. This can be tricky if the expert hasn’t actually prepared themselves to answer this specific question. Lets begin with what a consultant is, according to wiki; from the Latin ‘consultare’ means “to discuss” from which we also derive words such as consul and counsel) is a professional who provides advice in a particular area of expertise such as management. Now to me that’s a simple and excellent explanation in regards to what a consultant is.

Essentially they are an expert who offers their advice, because they either have significant experience or expertise that lends to their high level of credibility as an expert. Now as to what a consultant does and how they do it that’s where this conversation spreads like the spokes in a wheel. Begin by thinking of their expertise which we will – just for an illustration – is at the center of a wheel.

Now each expert has several methods in which they deliver there expertise, some deliver it online with webinars. Some deliver it through on site visits, and some deliver it through products such as books and training DVD’s. The most successful consultants utilize several of the methods discussed above, but they usually fall back on the network and delivery methods they used while developing that expertise. For example if they were Technicians whom traveled to many parts of the country to troubleshoot machines.

Then they will likely have built quite a contact list which they would use when they decide to jump into the consulting arena they will likely feel more comfortable traveling to and from sites around the country. Therefore they are likely to offer on-site training classes as a result.

As a matter of fact from a business point of view its probably the best route for the to build their practice, there’s very little learning curve by doing what your already good at in a niche you already have significant experience in.

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