Seminar/Webinar: Operating as a Professional Consultant: Practical Tools and Tips

Fri, Mar 16 2012, 9:00 am        

Register here. The presentation will be available as a seminar for in-person attendance, as well as a live webinar.

Consultants want to be successful. In many cases, a professional image is a prerequisite for success. Unfortunately, many consultants struggle, without knowledge of how to be a professional and how to project a professional image. This is an especially important issue for smaller consulting firms and individual consultants, and can be a distinguishing characteristic.

This seminar will be given by Christine Silver and Duane Strong. They will provide guidelines for Best Practices for Professional Consultants. Note this will be a modified talk from the one given in November, 2009, based on the White Paper by John Gale and Duane Strong.

Who should attend:

  • Individual consultants
  • Consultants serving as sub-contractors
  • Consultants hiring other consultants
  • Professionals new to consulting
  • Thinking of becoming a consultant

What you will learn:

  • The top ten traits of a professional and assess where you need improvement
  • How to communicate like a professional
  • How to attract clients by projecting a professional image
  • How to keep clients by being professional on the job
  • Tips to help you run your business more professionally

What you will take away:

  • A good detailed understanding of what is entailed in operating as a professional consultant
  • A list of things you can do to expand your consulting business
  • Presentation slide handouts
  • White paper: The Professional Consultant

This event is produced by volunteers of the CNSV Consulting Practices Program (CPP). It is co-sponsored by the IEEE Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Section and IEEE-CNSV.

About the speaker,  Christine Silver, Silver Business Solutions, Duane Strong, Strong Engineering, LLC

Christine Silver is a management consultant with a background in Human Resources and training. Her training and coaching expertise covers the following skill areas: conflict resolution, leadership development, effective communication, team development, and interview and candidate selection. Her experience as a one-on-one coach has helped managers in their performance management efforts.

Christine has a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from San Jose State University and a certificate in Human Resource Management from University of California, Santa Cruz. She completed her coach training with The Coaches Training Institute ( in 2009 and graduated from their intensive ten month Leadership program in October, 2010.

Duane Strong is a Certified Software Development Professional with expertise in embedded systems, software architecture, object-oriented design, hardware/software integration, UML, device drivers, and experience with ARM, TI DaVinci, Intel x86, Freescale Power PC/ColdFire, Microchip PIC and Atmel AVR devices.

Duane is an IEEE Senior Member and has been an IEEE-CNSV Board member since 2008.

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