Becoming A Consultant – a Book Project

I’m writing a book on how to become a consultant

And I’ve given myself 99 days to do it

‘Becoming a Consultant’ is my next book project which I’m writing in public.

Outlined below is a progress log and links to the sections annotated as in-draft or drafted (or not started).

But, you may have come here looking for a guide you can put to use right now so I’ve also added links to articles or videos I’ve produced in the past.

These guides should help you tackle some of the challenges you might be facing right now while the book’s still being writing.

Now, on with the show.

Become A Consultant Book Layout

This is the structure of the book as it stands. Progress is marked as follows:

  • Not started
  • Outlined
  • Being written
  • Drafted & ready for comment (linked to a page for that section)

On that last part – ready for comment – I’m really interested in hearing what people think about the book as it goes so comments will be turned on for the draft pages and I look forward to hearing what you think.

Plus you can leave comments below with any general ideas or suggestions you have.


What is consulting & what is this book for?

Part 1 – Consulting

Diagnosing the problem

  • Problems: cause vs effect (Not started)
  • Root cause analysis (Not started)
  • Single issue vs problem trees (Not started)

Relevant blog posts:

Developing understanding

  • What is understanding? (Not started)
  • How to conduct research (Not started)
  • How to conduct interviews (Not started)
  • Gathering and synthesizing your information (Not started)

Relevant blog posts:

Solution Design

  • Intuition or informed decision-making? (Not started)
  • Solutions need a pathway to success (Not started)

Relevant blog posts:

Part 2 – Management

  • Client management (Not started)
  • Engagement design (Not started)
  • Pricing (Not started)
  • Scheduling and time management (Not started)
  • Project management (Not started)


  • Tools (Not started)
  • Bibliography & references (Not started)

Comments, ides, suggestions?

I’d love to hear them. Please leave your comments below

Two short caveats:

1 – After 20+ years, I know my way around consultancy but I don’t know my way around your specific client and their challenges. Therefore, even though I’m writing this guide to help consultants like you solve problems, I’m not responsible for what you get up to with this information.

2 – What you see in these pages is a work in progress so it may be incomplete. If you are looking for something urgently, please try the links I’ve added. Otherwise, I’ll get to it when I get to it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2 thoughts on “Becoming A Consultant – a Book Project

  1. A good start to the book, I look forward to reading each chapter as you you complete them.
    An area that I think is crucial to consultants is where do they source and win consulting engagements.
    Without an engagement, a consultant is not practicing his skills.

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