(32) Staying Power: Intermediate Consulting Skills for Evaluators (October 16, 2013: 8am-3pm)

Session Number: 32
Track: Workshops
Session Type: Pre-Conference
Primary Presenter: Gail Vallance Barrington, Dr.
Time: Oct 16, 2013 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Room: L'Enfant

Schedule: Full Day, Wednesday 8-3
Level: Intermediate
Speakers: None


In a still-unstable economy, managing and maintaining a strong consulting practice is as challenging as ever before.

Through discussion, lecture, demonstration, anecdote, worksheet and independent reflection, this workshop will help you problem solve around the ongoing challenges of managing a consulting practice. You will have a chance to share strategies with other workshop participants and will leave with an agenda for action.

You will learn:

  • How to differentiate your consulting services;
  • Fresh approaches to marketing and various pricing options;
  • Time tracking and time use analysis strategies; 
  • How to review the contract process and identify potential pitfalls;
  • How to identify potential risks and consider insurance options;
  • Ways to manage work more effectively, foster innovation and avoid burnout.

Gail Vallance Barrington is an independent consultant who started her consulting firm, Barrington Research Group Inc., in 1985. She has conducted more than 125 program evaluation studies and contributed to the field of evaluation through her practice, writing, teaching, training, mentoring and service. In 2008, she won the Canadian Evaluation Society award for her Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. Her latest book is titled, "Consulting Start-up & Management: A Guide for Evaluators & Applied Researchers" (SAGE, 2012).

Session 32: Consulting Skills
Prerequisite: Attendees should already be managing a consulting practice.

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