Got questions? Get answers. The hidden wealth of our community’s Listserve

Faced with a technology meltdown? A challenging client? A marketing issue? Or do you simply need a recommendation for a great restaurant, dentist or hairdresser?  If so, chances are good you can get the help you need by asking your fellow WIC members. Indeed, many WIC members say that the advice and insights they’ve received from other members have been valuable. What about you? How have WIC members helped when you posted a question or request on our Listserve (Community or … [Read more...]

Our Internal Predator Ambushing Our Conversation

This post first appeared on Lioness Communication Coaching. As humans, we’ve spent years (millennia really) developing language and culture, even going so far as creating very specific words to cover very specific nuances that occur in our day to day lives. For example, in areas where snow is a large part of their lives, the local people have developed many words to describe all the different types of snow that they encounter: the Inuit apparently have 50; the Sami people in the northern … [Read more...]

The Benefit I Value Most from Women In Consulting

Here’s what I consistently treasure about the connections I make in Women In Consulting (and no place else):  Friendship with women committed to success in building their business. Women generously sharing hard-won insights into proposals, winning business, charging, business structures, and key financial decisions. Women unapologetically out to make some money and have an impact. Women committed to the success of women in their own businesses. Deep, abiding bonds … [Read more...]

The Role of Confidence in Consulting

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.  –Cicero Confidence plays an interesting role in consulting. Our customers need to have confidence in us as consultants. We need to have confidence in our ability to make a positive difference in solving our customers’ problems.  That seems quite simple and straightforward – no rocket science in those statements, right? However, nuances exist on both … [Read more...]

What Being a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization Means for Women In Consulting 

Women In Consulting became a 501(c)(3) charitable organization late in 2020, as we announced at that time. But what does that mean for us? TL;DR: This means we serve the larger community of independent consultants with education, networking, and other programs. And our members help make that happen while also getting greater access and other benefits of belonging and contributing to the organization. And all is tax deductible. You can also contribute passively with programs like Amazon’s … [Read more...]

Privacy and Security Using Zoom During the Pandemic

:: By Sharyn Fitzpatrick at Marcom Gurus When virtual communication platforms like Zoom were developed, they probably didn’t think of how to safely use their platforms during a pandemic. Because of Zoom’s growing popularity with all of us, they have opened themselves up to intense scrutiny about privacy from the FBI and state Attorney Generals. Welcome to “Zoombombing,” where an uninvited attendee crashes your meeting and disrupts from its intended purpose. Now, this is a PR … [Read more...]

Learning From Each Other

:: Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks? A few years ago, the Women In Consulting Annual Best Practices Survey unveiled some tricks by top consultants that helped improved my business’ profitability and my work/life balance. Here’s one: I learned top consultants out-source the administration of their company so they can maximize their time on generating revenue. I added a bookkeeper and a virtual assistant to the Stage2 network and could not be happier. My clients are happier too since I … [Read more...]

Pearls of Wisdom from the South Bay WIC’s Holiday Party

:: In December, we had a delightful holiday party where we exchanged gifts and lessons learned in 2018. We enjoyed the food, laughter and getting to know everyone a little deeper. It is a great group that offers so many valuable insights and perspectives!  Here a few of the shared pearls: I need to remember it is not what I tell them but what questions I ask themWorking with partners can add a whole new dimension to your businessThose who do the talking does the buyingShare and listen … [Read more...]

Bid Before 7 p.m. October 18 for WIC Online Auction

::  We have 44 items from these generous donors to tempt you. Don't miss out. Easy bidding online or via text. Bid Here Thank You to Our Donors Jennifer Abrams, Cinnabar Hills Golf Course Winnie Anderson, Winnie Anderson Chako Ando, Cando Advisors Jonathan Baer, Decode Publishers Jen Berkley Jackson, The Insight Advantage, All Vista Travel Ellen Brook, Ellen Brook Gina Covello, Habla Language Services Victoria Bidez, David Crenshaw Judy Dang, Avid At Work … [Read more...]

New for 2018: Silent Auction Goes Online 

:: This year we're introducing a new feature to the silent auction: online bidding! The catalog has also moved online. Bidding will open two-weeks before the gala. And, if you're unable to attend the gala, you can still join us live that night for online bidding. Be a part of growing Women in Consulting for the next 20 years! We are seeking donations such as: Tickets to events and experiences (theater, museums, cooking lessons, excursions) Gift baskets, bottles of wine Gift … [Read more...]

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