How many times have you heard me say that! Yes I know, sometimes I can go on and on about how useful workshops can be – probably because they are and they are a great, time efficient way to get views and opinions out in the open.
Workshops are more than that however. They are important for us as consultants too – a way to connect with each other and to hone our own skills. It is crucial that social impact consultants and advisors have sharp skills and the most up to date information and the best way to do that is to get together with others and work on emerging issues and trends that we need to be on top of. My membership of various networks and associations has convinced me that providing the best possible support for my clients means ensuring that I am always developing and growing my own skills and capabilities.
It is a discipline however, because consultancy is an unregulated sector. We need to be proactive in our own professional development and ensure that on a regular basis we are working to improve ourselves so that we are giving the best to our clients.
I do that in a number of ways: webinars (a really effective way to manage my time and still get value from training); networking events themed around key issues; training (normally one-day refreshers or specialist courses); and finally, working alongside other more experienced consultants on projects that stretch my current skill set in new ways.
You always have to challenge yourself and keep pushing to be better than you are today. Not because it is expected, not because I say so, not because you might lose clients. Rather keep pushing because you will be a better version of you as a result. Time invested in yourself is never wasted and will pay you back over the years. So get out there and be the best version of you that you can be. And do it in a workshop!