Various Feedback Comments from Business Advisory Sessions – What they liked best
- Bouncing ideas off someone and getting new ideas
- Creating a story
- Perceptive, interesting and logical approach
- Made a complex issue of what people want into a very interesting and informative session
- Helped to see the business in a new way
- Consultant was extremely helpful in most avenues that I was concerned about
- Direction and skills that were provided
- Very informative
- Consultant thought about my particular issues and gave me lots of techniques to help. I was pleased and impressed.
- Talking to someone about my marketing issues.
- Being provided with strategies and guidance in a clear and concise manner that was specific to my industry
- Helped me clear my mind and understand what to focus on.
- One-on-one – can ask about a range of issues and problems
- Having someone to discuss ideas
- Talking about possible problems and expectations
- The consultant listened well, gave advice, gave personal examples and suggested things. Exactly what I wanted.
- The consultant could quickly see where I was coming from and what I wanted from the session.
- Valuable information and insight
- Gave me confidence I am on the right track.
- The consultant seemed genuinely interested in my business concept; was very supportive and even rang back with further information the following day
- Experience of the consultant and advice specific to me.
- Opportunity to get a fresh, informed perspective.
- Encouraging the beginners.
- The one-on-one mentoring – the mentor can focus on your business.
Sometimes starting a business is not the answer
A man came to us looking to start a business. He had a background in accounting and finance in management positions but had suffered a heart attack ten years ago and did not want a job that would be full time and put him under too much stress. He had little money and had been separated from his family.
The Advisor, having listened and asked a lot of questions, recommended that starting a small business from a standing start in his field would not be good for his long term health. Considering the client’s background, needs and objectives, it was suggested that he consider teaching on a casual basis in the vocational education field. The client gained the necessary teaching qualification and the Advisor assisted in making his resume more powerful. Using his contacts, the Advisor helped him through the difficult and long process of trying to find work.
The client was offered a 3 week contract to teach some business subjects, in English, in China. This contract was unusual in that people sent overseas by this organisation are required to have teaching experience. As a result of his performance, the client was offered more overseas work and, later, local work as well.