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IMC DFW Practice Development Workshop - Laying The Foundation - February 2, 2011
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When: February 2, 2010
7:15-7:30 am Networking, 7:30-9:00 Program
Where: Telos Club, Parthenon Conference Room
13701 Dallas Pkwy
Dallas, Texas  75240
United States
Contact: Ian Birch

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Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter
Practice Development Workshop

Laying The Foundation
The workshop on February 2 has been postponed
because of bad weather. 
This workshop will now be run on April 6, 2011
To register click here

Workshop Focus
Learn from experts, stay current, exchange ideas, and share your expertise.

Success in the consulting profession is not about what you know. It's not about what you have done in the past. It's not about what you could do for a client, either. As a matter of fact, none of these matter in the least unless you can get a compelling message across to your prospective clients that you are the right person to help them solve their problem.

This month's workshop is an opportunity to review critical elements that will help you convey your message:

  • Defining your Consulting Services
  • Mission Statement
  • Value Proposition
  • Elevator Speech

Workshop Facilitator - Darren Smith

Darren has done business in 20 countries across 10 industries and has started and sold two companies. He is a graduate of Texas A&M and has university credentials in marketing, international business and executive coaching. His clients include HKS Architects, Staubach Company, the Texas Society of Association Executives, Mrs Bairds Bread and Toyota.

Recent speaking engagements include:

  • The Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants
  • The Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma
  • The North Texas Chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society

Darren speaks regularly on the subjects of strategy, coaching, leadership, international business, and business development. Darren's audiences have ranged from the Business School at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana to the local chapter of the Associated General Contractors in Austin, Texas. Lastly, Darren is married and he and his wife can successfully field a basketball team. Darren has five children.

Networking: 7:15 - 7:30 am
Program: 7:30 - 9:00 am
Cost per session: $25 for members, $35 for non-members 
$10 discount for registration 2 or more business days in advance
(includes continental breakfast; please bring cash or check)

Session 1 of 24
Successful Consulting
Why clients engage; aligning to market needs
Laying The Foundation Defining your services; Mission and value proposition
Legal Issues of Consulting The right legal structure; IP aspects; contracts
Expanding Your Consultancy Partners; subcontractors; virtual company; JVs
Creating Value for Clients Value; fair pricing; 'selling' your pricing
Marketing Your Consultancy I Client & market segmentation; identifying prospects
Marketing Your Consultancy II Brand building and consistent marketing strategy
Marketing Your Consultancy III Collateral, newsletter, budgets
Marketing Your Consultancy IV Networking and referrals; professional memberships
Marketing Through the Web Websites & search engines; blogging
Attention Grabbing Communications Speaking; press releases; media coverage
The IMC Code of Ethics I Integrity; confidentiality; conflicts of interest; etc.
Consulting Contracts & Proposals Roles; winning proposals; legal aspects
Selling Consulting Services I Economic buyers; selling process; cold calls
Selling Consulting Services II Closing the deal; dealing with problem clients
Selling Consulting Services III How to sell to large corporations & senior buyers
Managing Clients' Expectations Initial rapport; expectations; resolving scope conflicts
Managing Your Resources Effectively using your time, finances and energy
Expanding Your Consultancy Partners; subcontractors; virtual company; JVs
Improving Your Strategic Agility How to seize an opportunity to interest a buyer
Writing & Publishing For Success Writing case studies & articles; publishing books
Effective Client Analysis Profiling; client base management; referral requests
Asset Based Consulting Practice Building assets; productizing; valuing for resale
How to Become A CMC Process; certification requirements

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