Every enterprise, big or small, seek Project consultation to fulfill one of its requirements. Project Consultation is a dynamic field and requires hours of hard work and meticulous planning. There are often tight deadlines and clear deliverables expected from Project Consultants. While, it is demanding to be a project consultant, it is also rewarding to be associated with various organizations and to do what you like and what you are good at.
There are a few skills, other than the most basic ones, which every project consultant should have to excel in their career.
MUST HAVE SKILLS OF A PROJECT CONSULTANT
DOMAIN /SUBJECT EXPERTISE: It is mandatory for project consultants to have phenomenal domain-expertise, it is nonnegotiable, and it is the first thing a client looks for while selecting project consultant for its next project. Domain expertise largely comes from a qualification or an added diploma or certification course in the desired field or from experience. He is expected to be well-versed with the various nuances of the business he is offering consulting and also how to overcome a challenge.
TIMELINESS: A project that is not delivered on time eventually loses its charm and impact. It is the prime responsibility of a project consultant to make sure that the project is delivered on time with the set level of expectations. He has to be an excellent planner who can foresee the hurdles that might come as the project proceed. It is his preparedness to manage the hurdle and still deliver the project on time that makes him a skilled project consultant.
COMMUNICATION: Effective communication is critical, it bridges the gap between what the client expects and what the consultant delivers. Communication is the key between the client and the consultant, the more effective it is, the more are the chances of project getting finished on time with accuracy. It creates a huge impact on the client’s team and all other stakeholders. The key to effective communication is the touch points the consultants creates in the whole project cycle, the more it is the better.
RISK-APETITE: Consultants owing to their experience are expected to have a huge risk-appetite. It is normal to encounter risks during the project life cycle but it is the skill of the consultant that matters when the project actually encounters a risk. The consultants should be serious with risks and should know all ways to mitigate its effects and ensure a smooth completion of the project.
PAST EXPERIENCE: What is the most important thing a client looks for, when he selects a project consultant? Indeed, his past experience and the projects he has worked upon in the past. A consultants previous clients and their feedback also plays a vital role in selecting the suitable consultant. It is not always the number of years or the number of projects a consultant has worked, but, it is his relationship and trust with his previous clients that becomes a determining factor while selecting him.
GENERALIST/SPECIALIST: A consultant can be a ‘Jack of all trades’ or he can be an exclusive one who is a specialist in his field and clients ask him to render his services for a very specific role. To become a generalist or specialist is a personal choice, and a lot depends upon the area of interest and the domain that the consultant works for. Both have its pros and cons and largely depend upon the consultant to opt for trait which makes the most of his ability and experience.
CLIENT-CENTRIC: It is a skill which every consultant should develop, in case, if he lacks the same. In a world of fierce competition, what will make him stand apart from his counterparts is of course the way he serves his clients and his client- centricity. Client satisfaction plays a vital role in consulting and a consultant who successfully achieves it will always be a preferred consultant. Project consultants are in huge demand and it is the skills that a consultant possesses that separate the good and the bad ones.