If your company is in need of a communications consultant, IABC/Calgary likely has the right person for you.
10 Reasons to Hire a Consultant
- Specialized expertise – There are multiple types of communications and not all require the same skills set. The right consultant with the right skills set can help ensure your project stays on track.
- Build capabilities – Not only can an expert help out your organization, they also offer the added benefit of further education/mentorship to staff. Just make sure you build time in for this in your consultant agreement.
- Good practices – Consultants generally have experience working with multiple clients and have seen old, new and innovative practices that they can offer to your organization.
- The Briefcase Syndrome – Consultants can be a catalyst for change and can offer advice that is “heard in a different way” from internal staff.
- Objectivity – Consultants don’t have a stake in the decision being made so they can look at a problem and offer objective advice. They will offer an unbiased assessment of the situation, point out challenges and issues and tell the truth without a second thought on how this might affect their own interests.
- This is what they do – Professional consultants are experienced in, and trained to, assess client needs, make fact-based recommendations, develop and implement action plans and manage projects.
- The tough stuff – Sometimes, there is work or advice no one wants to do or give, except for consultants; a third party can better keep your organization’s best interests at heart.
- Fresh perspective – Consultants offer a fresh set of eyes to help identify issues and challenges and offer solutions to problems your team may be facing.
- Deep focus on one problem – Consultants can get right to work focusing on the task at hand because they don’t have to deal with the day-to-day work that comes with being an employee.
- Membership with IABC – Our members uphold a code of ethics and are held to that standard. They also often participate in further professional development and networking with communicators within the association to brush up on their skills.