Consultant Jan Bridgwater: An Inspiration and Success

To say that working as a Management Consultant can be both challenging and lonely at times is an understatement. They are some of the reasons why Jan chose Exponential Training to hone her skills and performance.

Jan Who?

Like thousands of others, Jan Bridgwater was made redundant in the middle of the financial downturn. With a strong background in procurement within the car industry, Jan decided to take the plunge and set up her own consulting business, Bridgwater Consultancy Limited.

As Jan’s business grew she found herself in in demand and was soon helping businesses to develop and improve performance. But something worried Jan as she recognised that she lacked a professional consulting qualification confirming her abilities.

"I felt that I was not offering the professional service my clients deserved; I wasn’t thinking as strategically as I could have and my consulting lacked structure. I knew that I owed my clients more than this so decided to develop myself professionally and learn about new consulting techniques and models".

Jan’s Solution

Having researched possible solutions and having been impressed with the qualifications offered by the Institute of Consulting (IC) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

"I recognised that CMI/IC have a good reputation, awarded professional and prestigious qualifications and that I would be proud to add such a qualification to my curriculum vitae.

I decided to study for the CMI Diploma in Professional Consulting through the distance learning method as delivered by Exponential Training. I recognised that this method would suit my needs and allow me to study when I wanted to rather than having to commit to regular attendance at a college or university".

Impact on Jan’s Performance

As a result of being awarded the CMI Diploma in Professional Consulting, Jan has increased her knowledge and ability to use a range of analytical tools to define client needs and problems. It has also enabled Jan to adopt a more structured approach when working with clients to improve their performance.

Jan Birdgwater with John Moore and Anne-Marie Daly

As a consequence of working with her Performance Coach, Anne-Marie Daly, Jan is more organised and is now making use of new communication tools. Jan claims that she is seeing an increase in her self-belief and confidence and now feels equipped to approach and work with larger clients and to make a significant impact at a strategic level.

"I find that I am broadening my offering now, for example, I develop and mentor others – something I wouldn’t have considered before successfully completing the CMI Diploma in Professional Consulting. I also know that I am a better listener, being able to sit back and not interrupt what my client is saying".

If you are currently working as a consultant or looking to move into consultancy please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team on +44 (0)1455 845071 or click here for more information.

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About the Author

James Dillon is Business Development Manager at Exponential Training and has over 5 years experience working with current and aspiring Managers, Coaches and Consultants. James works with both past and potential clients in order to help them find the right training & development solutions to meet their specific needs. You can contact James or connect through LinkedIn.

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