Being a consultant requires having a toolkit of skills that you can use to pursue job opportunities. The skills you develop over the course of your career can help you in a role where your client list and responsibilities often change. Strengthening this skill set can help you become adaptable and effective no matter where you work.
Here we discuss the key consulting skills valued by clients, how to improve those skills and how to apply them in the workplace.
- Conceptual and Practical thinking
Conceptual thinking suggests you are visionary and innovative. While practical-thinking skills allow you to help others transform vision into actionable items and deliverables.
- Creative thinking
Creative thinking is important for people in business because it allows them to come up with new ideas. Brainstorming and listening to ideas from different people can help you be more creative.
- Collaboration with all levels
As a consultant, you will likely interface with a company’s board, senior management, and various departments. To be successful, you will need to be confident, polite and friendly when working with stakeholders and employees.
Curiosity includes asking questions that are both thoughtful and focused, as well as listening carefully to the answers. It also helps you to understand how each business functions within the framework of its industry, and how a business may be innovating its product or philosophy.
The credibility of a consultant is usually based on their experience and reputation. You can improve your credibility by getting further education, certifications, and by having an online presence that outlines your skills and experience.