For anyone who has thought about or wondered about being an independent consultant, the PMI New York City Chapter is having me come to speak and answer questions on the topic. I look forward to a lot of great questions and discussion.
The presentation will not be a traditional lecture. Most of the time will be left for audience question and answer. Based on the panel discussion that I helped lead in Sydney on this same topic, I expect people will have a tremendous number of questions.
I did prepare some slides and a handout to help spur discussion and to use to illustrate some key points. Here are these handouts for you to download:
- Audience Handout on Consulting
- Slides (most of which will probably not be used in the actual presentation)
The original paper that Jennifer Tharp Russell and I wrote for the Sydney presentation might also be helpful to you: “So You Want To Be an Independent Consultant.”.
If you come to the event, bring lots of questions. It is rare to have a project management consultant talk about their business this way, and to answer questions about what it is like to run their own business.
Update From the Event
There was a huge turnout for the mid-size room, and we never got to any of the slides. I started with a 10-minute introduction of myself and my business, and we had non-stop questions the rest of the 1-hour program.
Even after the program was over, I spent almost an hour answering individual questions. People were very curious about the life of a consultant, and several people said they appreciated my candor about the pros and cons of consulting.
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