How To Become A Personal Development Consultant

While exciting, becoming a personal development consultant doesn't have a traditional pathway. Education, a social network and experience developing yourself are essential first steps.

You've seen them on television. You've known people who seem to have the skills, but don't go anywhere. What sets the successful personal development consultant apart from the wanna be's? What does it take to become a personal development consultant? Offered here is a bit of wisdom and guidance in your quest to help people reach their best.

First of all, you need to be clear on what a personal development consultant is, and what it is not. In this case, definition by exclusion may be a good way to start. A personal development consultant is not a personal fitness trainer, a personal chef, an image consultant or a personal assistant. While these elements may be called on, or even performed by a personal consultant, the task is much broader. As a personal development consultant you incorporate many of the same techniques as your business development consultant colleagues, just applying the principles on an individual level. A personal development consultant examines the fiscal, physical, mental and spiritual/moral components of their client's life and assesses how to build and maximize on those personal assets for success.

That seems a mouthful. That seems complicated. That seems like you need to do a lot of personal growth and development before you can help someone else. You're right. As a personal development consultant you need to educate yourself. Rarely are your going to find a university offering a degree in your chosen field, but business, communications, psychology, sociology or education degrees can offer you pathways to the knowledge you need.

You need to have a strong fiscal sense. Do you know savvy investment strategy? If not, widen your knowledge base and your circle of associates. You need motivational and conflict management skills. If you don't have them, join a local toastmasters club and conflict management society and widen you circle of associates. Do you know how to offer your own career counseling advice? If not, look into joining local human resource and training societies and widen your circle of associates.

You might note that with each competency there was the prompt to widen your circle of associates. A wide circle of experts as associates and friends allows you to be a consultant. You don't have to be an expert on every subject if you have others to call on or make referrals to for your client. The key to being a strong consultant is being able to recognize strengths and opportunities for your client, and helping them put them into place. Sometimes that means putting them in touch with other consultants and experts.

An essential component on your quest to be a personal development consultant is to find one or more other successful consultants and talk to them. Let them be your consultant. Let them share with you what pathway they took to be successful, and what to watch out for along the way. Learning from an expert is the best way to move forward. You can also learn from them by taking a course. Try taking any course from Tony Robbins, Franklin Covey or any number of other personal development guru that travels around. You'll see the principles they share with their clients are similar, the key is knowing how to motivate and move your client forward.

Becoming a personal development consultant starts with first developing yourself. Widen your knowledge, your associates and your own personal developments experiences. Once you are developed, you are on your way to success.

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