Seems simple enough, right? Yet, so many times the conversation skips “ask” entirely, leads with “listen” or worse, “suggest” but in the form of “talk”.
Whether you think you know what you want or not, judicious use of the interrogative can help on many fronts: narrowing options, reducing cost, increasing effectiveness, refining ideas. Of course these aren’t all but since the list is almost infinite, we’ll leave off the remainder for the time being. Will the answers lead to new development? Maybe. That’s dependent on the answers to step 1.
What sort of consulting do you actually need?
Each session has similarities and differences to those that come before. It would be rare (but possible) that you’re creating something completely and totally new. We love those conversations. We also love the conversations where you’re taking something existing and turning it on its side, looking at it from a new way or with a new market in mind or making something more accessible where previously it wasn’t.
Are you hiring and need help crafting a realistic job description? We know, it is a competitive market out there for certain skills and poor descriptions can keep you from even talking to top talent.
Have you already started a project? Huzzah! Is it on-track to achieve the desired goals? Do you need an outside eye to help determine that? We can put our talents to use in evaluation as well as creation.
Let’s keep talking
Like many of the other consultative professionals you keep contact with, having a trusted team you can ask questions of can be invaluable. Your lawyer, your doctor, your corner auto mechanic, they all serve to benefit you by providing critical and hard-earned expertise in times of need, guiding your decisions. These days, it’s essential to have a technologist in your Address Book, even if you already have one on-staff, for the same reasons; external, objective opinions based in knowledge and experience.