Going Solo: Realities and Rewards of Consulting

Length: 60 minutes
Category: Career Development, Performance Management, Recorded Webinars, Topics
ID: WR-1027


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Thinking about starting your own consulting business? Need advice before taking the leap? The new gig economy has fueled the fire of going solo.

Join Elaine Biech and Halelly Azulay, two successful TD entrepreneurs and authors, for a provocative discussion about what it takes to go solo and thrive. During the session you will hear firsthand stories and reflections from the presenters as they faced their decisions to go solo. They will discuss the advantages, concerns, opportunities, and challenges of striking out on your own.

You’ll learn how you can assess your readiness for moving into the consulting profession and hear about what to consider as you define your new role. Should you start with a side-hustle or jump in with both feet? What kind of clients should you focus on? Should you create a narrow niche? You’ll explore these and many other questions.

Based on our presenter’s 50+ years of combined experience, you will gain valuable tips, tools, and concepts to help you decide if you’re ready to strike out on your own.

Attendees Will Learn:

  • Insights to help you decide if consulting is right for you.
  • How to identify common mistakes to avoid as a consultant.
  • Three compelling rewards for selecting consulting as a profession.

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Elaine Biech is a consultant, trainer, and author of The Washington Post #1 best seller, The Art and Science of Training. With almost four decades of experience and 85 published books she has been called “one of the titans of the training industry.” She is a dedicated lifelong learner who believes that excellence isn’t optional. She delights in helping leaders maximize their effectiveness and guiding organizations to address large scale change. She served on ASTD’s National Board of Directors and dozens of ATD committees, received the 1992 ASTD Torch Award, 2004 ASTD Volunteer Staff Partnership Award, and 2006 Gordon Bliss Memorial Award. Elaine was the first CPLP Fellow and wrote the first Training Certificate Program. She served on CCL’s Board of Governors and the Executive Board, and continues to serve on CCL’s Editorial Board. She received the 1995 WI Women Entrepreneur Mentor Award and is on the ISA Board of Directors. Elaine is a consummate training professional who has been instrumental in guiding the talent development profession throughout her career.

Halelly Azulay is a consultant, trainer, author, podcaster, and leadership development strategist at TalentGrow. She brings 25+ years of experience in talent development including 14 years as a leadership development consulting business owner. Her company, TalentGrow LLC, is focused on developing leaders and teams, especially for enterprises experiencing explosive growth or expansion that want a more proactive, strategic approach to leadership development. TalentGrow specializes in growing leadership capabilities, improving communication skills, building stronger teams, and upgrading emotional intelligence. Halelly is the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring and Strength to Strength: How Working from Your Strengths Can Help You Lead a More Fulfilling Life. She has contributed to numerous talent development books such as ATD’s Action Guide to Talent Development, The ASTD Handbook, and The Art and Science of Training. She offers actionable leadership insights on her blog and her leadership podcast, The TalentGrow Show, where she has interviewed such legends as Daniel Pink, Dr. Beverly Kaye, Elliott Masie, and many more. Halelly is a sought-after volunteer leader and mentor in the talent development industry.


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