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Seminar: Consulting Skills to Solve Business Problems
Event : 
Monday, November 27, 2017 (All day)
PMI Talent Triangle: 
Strategic and Business Management
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Program Description: 

The internal consultant role is essential in today’s workplace. All types of organizations and business units recognize the value of analyzing business problems and translating them into the right solutions as a key to getting the right work done. 

Whether that work is done through projects or ad hoc requests, certain core skills are needed to be effective and to begin operating more as consultants and less like reactionary problem‐solvers. Among those skills is the ability to understand and analyze business problems, break down a problem into manageable pieces, and recommend and “sell” solutions that will adequately solve a problem or take advantage of an opportunity.

This course provides industry‐standard, practical skills that anyone performing an internal consultant role needs. People will learn effective methods to objectively analyze issues, and gather supporting data to understand business problems and improvement areas. To avoid “jumping to solutions,” this course presents approaches to think critically and understand root causes of problems. And, since acceptance and understanding by business colleagues of findings and recommendations is critical, our course helps people to learn simple and effective ways to document and present their work. 

Through discussion, exercise, and group activities, participants will be able to:

*Describe what consulting is and why it is critical to success
*Use a systematic process to understand problems, analyze needs, and formulate solutions
*Apply industry standard tools to understand real issues and problem causes
*Document and present findings and recommendations in a way that gains understanding and 
*Help clients prioritize their needs and your recommendations

Special Instructions: 

Date: November 27, 2017
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

8:00 - Noon Morning Session
Noon - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 - 4:30 pm Afternoon Session

Continental breakfast and a box lunch will be provided. Networking opportunities are available immediately after the event.

Registration Cost:

PMI-MN Member $335

Non PMI-MN Member $385

Partner PMI-MN Member $318.25

Partner Non PMI-MN Member $366.75

Registration accepted at the Door: No

Speaker(s) Bios: 

Andrea Brockmeier, PMP, CSM, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, BRMP is the Director of Project Management for Watermark Learning in Minneapolis. Andrea is an experienced trainer, facilitator, speaker, and project manager, with over 25 years of business experience. Andrea oversees certification and skills development curriculum in project management, business analysis, and leadership. She has been a speaker at IIBA® and PMI® conferences and is an active volunteer. She enjoys practicing what she teaches and has a steady stream of projects she manages. Andrea’s passion for project people and their work benefits the workplace and the classroom. Andrea is highly committed to partnering with her clients through projects, consulting, and training, and seeks to make every engagement enjoyable as well as valuable.