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June 17, 2020 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

Reaching Agreement in Client-Consultant Relationships

These 13 questions will help you navigate difficulties and disagreements 

Clients and consultants sometimes encounter difficulties when they don’t share a common understanding of how to improve a situation. They may not have a clear handle on the goals. The client might have a better understanding of their business than …

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  • May 13, 2020 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Managing Risk in Your SME

    You’re never too small to be at risk

    Many people think that risk management is only relevant to major organizations with big budgets who run mega-projects or who work in a regulated or safety-critical industry sector. Those of us who own or manage a small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME) might …

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  • May 4, 2020 | Knowledge | Steven Lesser

    Making the Most of Virtual Meetings

    Ideas for making your next online meeting more effective

    The topic of “meetings” is one that usually elicits groans, that then lead to lots of bad, cringe-worthy meeting stories, with rarely good outcomes. As we know, meetings don’t always require physical attendance. The COVID-19 pandemic social distancing has found …

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  • February 19, 2020 | Knowledge | Amanda Finn

    4 Ways Freelancers Can Find New Work

    Smart strategies to find opportunities, outside of gig sites

    The toughest part of freelancing is, arguably, finding new work. When it comes to paying the bills, freelancers know the hustle life better than most, but gig sites aren’t always the answer. Especially now that places like Upwork cost freelancers money without …

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  • February 13, 2020 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Building Effective Client-Consultant Relationships

    these 14 questions will help you assess the strength of the relationship

    Developing a partnership with your client—one built on mutual trust and understanding—is essential for establishing a long-term working relationship. If you aren’t trusted, your advice won’t be trusted. If you don’t understand the client as a person, you won’t know …

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  • January 8, 2020 | Knowledge | Amanda Finn

    4 Tips for finding Freelance Work on Gig Sites

    Advice from gig sites on landing opportunities

    When it comes to applying for jobs on Upwork or similar gig sites, sometimes it feels like throwing your resume into the wind. Is anyone even going to see it? What makes me different from the other 1000+ freelancers who …

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  • December 19, 2019 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

    10 Ways Project Managers Can Address Stakeholder Expectations

    These strategies will help you bring out and understand stakeholder needs

    Stakeholders all have expectations, whether they’re expressed or subconscious. For project managers, understanding these expectations throughout the course of a project can help create a successful project conclusion. While meeting every expectation from each stakeholder is impossible, identifying what people …

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  • December 15, 2019 | Knowledge | Helen S. Cooke

    Preparing for a Fast-Growth Project

    Three early planning phases and their unique challenges

    Any project manager knows that projects vary significantly: some last for years, with multiple phases, while others are sporadic, with periodic breaks that free staff and management to work on other initiatives. Some are important. Others are urgent. Some are …

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  • December 11, 2019 | Knowledge | Amanda Finn

    4 Ways to Best Utilize Time in a Slow Season

    Take advantage of that extra time to build up or maintain your business

    Whether the slow season in your business is the holidays or mid-year, there is often a slow season in every business sector. Days that aren’t full of meetings, projects, and other time-sensitive work can be the perfect time to get things …

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  • November 7, 2019 | Knowledge | Amanda Finn

    8 Reasons Why Creativity Will Boost Your Gig Work

    Being creative can help you get and keep gig opportunities

    In a gig economy it can feel impossible to differentiate yourself from your gig competitors when pitching for a job. Whether it’s a mundane task you’ve done a thousand times or something you’re trying for the very first time, gig …

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  • June 19, 2019 | Knowledge | Dr. David Hillson

    Risk Management: Past and Future

    How we got here, and where we might be going

    Everyone agrees that the world is risky and that risk management is important. But where did risk management come from, and where is it going? When and how did we learn that managing risk was an essential life skill? And …

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  • May 22, 2019 | Knowledge | Denise Gifford

    Business Negotiations and the Element of Surprise

    6 tips for successfully managing surprise in a negotiation

    Like it or not, we are all negotiating, all the time—and at some level, all negotiations involve an assessment of the balance of power: how much do I want what the other party has to offer, and how much do …

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