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What to Look For in a Coach or Consultant

Hiring a business consultant has its pros and cons. Many businessmen believe that getting professional expertise leads to success. However, choosing the right professional business consultant is important for a business.

There are certain traits that one should seek in a consultant in order to determine the potential of taking professional expertise. A consulting relationship should have a basic foundation of trust between the consultant and the client. Trust is established on previous actions shared by both parties. Compatibility is necessary to ensure a healthy relationship.

When choosing a consultant, the best way to measure potential is to examine the professional achievements and get opinions from former clients of the consultant. Apart from this, one must do groundwork activities to ascertain that the right decision is made in choosing a consultant.

  1. Consultant's area of specialized expertise
  2. Prior experience with a specific issue
  3. Reference check
  4. Availability of the consultant
  5. By-the-hour or flat fees
  6. Skills acquired in the past
  7. Delivery of objectives
  8. Demonstration of confidence
  9. Consultant's resources
  10. Integrity of the consultant
  11. Ethical conduct of the consultant
  12. Solving of additional issues
  13. Adequate value on the money spent
  14. Exhibition of professional expertise
  15. Flexibility in working

The information can be gathered from references. The former clients of the consultant should have a good opinion and encourage the hiring of him/her for professional consulting.

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