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Expanding Your Skills and Knowledge at Confab

Posted By David T. Norman CMC-A, Thursday, September 15, 2011
Updated: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Some think consulting is just a temporary job.   What creates this perception?  

It’s easy to SAY you’re a consultant.  It’s harder to BE one and to make a living as a professional.  Why do only some consultants succeed at this?  

Consulting is a business.  Treat it like one and your chance of success will increase.   Write a business plan.  Include details about how you will get clients and generate revenue.  Get feedback from experienced consultants.  

IMC USA is the ideal place for this.  Confab, our annual conference is all about learning from, and networking with, other consultants.  

We have added a new program this year, Consultants Consulting Consultants (CCC).  It is a simple concept.  You get a confidential half hour with a senior consultant to discuss whatever you choose.  Show them your business plan.  Ask them how they made their business succeed.  Use the half-hour any way you wish.   

Like everything at Confab, this will be staffed by volunteers – consultants with at least 10 years of consulting experience, and is free to only the first 20 who sign up when they register for Confab.  Seats are filling up fast.   

Mistakes in your business can be costly, so here are a few other sessions to consider:
  • Consulting 101:  20 Lessons Learned in 20 Years of Consulting
  • Client Panel - What Clients Don’t Tell You
  • The Next Decade’s Evolution of the Management Consulting Profession  
For 34 years, Confab has been about consultants helping consultants.  Come and see for yourself, but make sure you register by Oct 1 to save $100.  Go to

Stay tuned,

My best,


Tags:  CMC  Confab  Confab 2011  Consulting  Management Consulting 

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Memorial Day and Confab

Posted By David T. Norman CMC-A, Monday, May 30, 2011
It's Memorial Day morning and probably like most of us, my wife and I will spend the day with friends, chill-out, work in the yard and I may try to fix an electrical gremlin in my 1981 pickup. As you go through your day, enjoy your time however you have it planned.

From an editorial in today's Charlotte Observer, "But just for a few minutes, ... remember why there is a Memorial Day. Pay homage to the more than 650,000 U.S. service members who've died during combat since the American Revolution. Acknowledge the millions who have defended -- and still do defend -- our freedoms here and abroad. Without their commitment, dedication and sacrifice, celebrating a holiday with joy and confidence wouldn't be possible." It's the least we can do. And, if are a veteran or have a family member/loved one in the service, please feel free to leave a comment below as to what Memorial Day means to you. We would like hearing from you.

SAVE THE DATES:  October 22-24, 2011.  

Planning for CONFAB, IMC’s national conference, is well under way.  A record number of 90 speaker submissions was received and 24 sessions have been selected.  You can keep up to date on what’s happening at Confab by checking out the newly designed website,

Confab continues to be the professional consultants’ community with a mission to share, learn and connect with others of like mind.   Responding to feedback, Confab has found a new home at The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, a state-of-the-art, four-star property in the heart of the Reno Tahoe Sierras. October is the perfect time to visit Lake Tahoe, one of the great wonders of the world and only a spectacular 45 minute drive from your hotel.  

This year’s Confab committee is one of the most experienced, seeking to make this year’s conference the best experience ever.  Also new this year are special programs and tours for companions.  Registration has already started (I’m one of those already registered) and I encouraged you to do the same. 

Stay tuned,

My best,


Tags:  Confab  Confab 2011  IMC  Management Consulting 

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