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Top Tips for Resolving Conflicts

Being a good project manager involves being excellent at resolving conflicts quickly before they spiral out of control. Stop small quibbles right in their tracks and address the problem quickly, or your entire project may fall apart. The following websites will give you that all essential knowledge to get what you need from your team and have a smooth journey to the finish line!

1) http://www.accenture.com/gb-en/outlook/Pages/outlook-journal-2013-better-way-to-resolve-business-conflicts-outsourcing-bpo.aspx Top of the list has to be advice straight from Accenture itself – better take the advice of the management consultants themselves!

2) http://blogs.hbr.org/2012/11/how-to-manage-conflict-in-virt/ Do you often work in teams that include people not actually present in the room with you? Virtual teams can be even harder to manage – take a look at the Harvard Business Review’s response to this

3) http://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/conflict-resolution/conflict-resolution-and-negotiation-across-cultures/ Misunderstandings can often occur when working with a multicultural team. Make sure communication is open says this Harvard Law School blog

4) http://www.notredameonline.com/resources/negotiations/6-simple-workplace-conflict-resolution-techniques/#.U8j0BvldXD8 The University of Notre Dame gives their top 6 tips for resolving conflicts in the workplace

5) http://blogs.hbr.org/2011/11/dont-send-that-email-pick-up-t/ Having a dispute with colleagues? Don’t do it over email where things can be misconstrued – pick up the phone says the Harvard Business Review

6) http://smallbusiness.chron.com/five-approaches-conflict-resolution-21360.html Some short points here but with links to other related articles

7) http://www.businesslistening.com/conflict_resolution-2.php A step by step approach of how to deal with business clients or partners who disagree in the boardroom

8) http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/feb2011/sb2011024_744270.htm An interesting article in Businessweek with the founder of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

9) http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/glp/25986/Workplace-Conflict-Resolution.html 10 workplace resolution tips here – and enter your email address for the complete ebook free!

10) http://www.businessknowhow.com/manage/resolve.htm 4 ways to a win-win solution to your problems at work

And there you have it…now stop those arguments in their tracks and be a winning negotiator! Now that is an invaluable skill for a consultant.

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10 ways to deal with high pressure workloads

Consulting is renowned for demanding a lifestyle that is hectic and busy, with work expected to be completed to deadlines, no matter how much work that may involve. Sometimes it may seem that there just aren’t enough hours in the day and an insurmountable mountain of worry is ahead. As a new graduate to the consulting world, this is probably even more acutely felt. Learning how to deal with stress in a positive way is extremely beneficial for a healthy working life. The following 10 websites give some great advice to calm you down in periods of intense stress.

1) http://www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/managing-your-career/1254/tips-for-time-management-and-balancing-a-busy-workload/ A great list of tips and advice from jobs.ac.uk on balancing a heavy workload

2) http://www.helpguide.org/mental/work_stress_management.htm A very detailed guide on how to cope with stress at work

3) http://psychcentral.com/lib/6-ways-to-stress-less-at-work/0007478 This psychology website offers several suggestions on ways to stress less at work

4) http://catherinescareercorner.com/2011/02/26/10-tips-to-help-you-deal-with-a-heavy-workload-at-work/ Plenty of tips on this career blog about how to deal with heavy workloads. The blog tagline is ‘Energy and persistence conquer all things’ – a good piece of advice to heed!

5) http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/seasonal-workload-changes.htm An article that talks about how to deal with stress at work when the stress levels fluctuate throughout the year – often a common problem in management consultancy as pressure increases when nearing a project deadline

6) http://www.contentextra.com/publicrelations/files/topicguides/PR_TopicGuide_11_1.pdf A printable document outlining how to effectively plan your workload – a very good way to avoid the build of stress

7) http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/centers/cwf/research/publications/pdf/workload_ebs.pdf Boston College academic document on workloads – but the table on p7 is rather useful

8) http://creativeboom.co.uk/tips/how-to-effectively-manage-your-workload/ A simple blog posts with useful tips to reduce workloads and make them into manageable pieces

9) http://www.pmctraining.com/forms/index.asp?tid=169 Performance consultants offer their top five tips on managing workloads

10) http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2013/03/20/12-ways-to-eliminate-stress-at-work/ Forbes gives their top 12 tips on eliminating stress

11) http://business.time.com/2014/01/22/5-scientifically-proven-ways-to-reduce-stress-at-work/ Time Magazine’s Business Blog offers 5 ‘scientifically proven ways’ to reduce stress at work here

12) And for those who are looking at interview questions which address this pressing issue, take a look at the Targetjobs answer http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/interview-techniques/320311-how-do-you-manage-your-time-and-prioritise-tasks-tricky-graduate-interview-questi

 

In 10 days master the art of persuasion and influence

In all business, the art of persuasion and influence is extremely important. If you’re selling a product you have to make people want to buy it and if you’re working in any sort of team you have to use these skills to bring everyone together and perhaps to accept your train of thought. Good ideas get nowhere if you can’t explain them and be persuasive in your arguments for why your idea should be used.
In consulting, persuasion is important for the teamwork you will be involved in when on a project and also importantly for presenting your proposals to clients. It can be difficult to deal with anger from a client. Sometimes the results of your research might be damning and as an outside opinion it is easy to be picked on. Your solutions might not suit everyone either and may include job cuts and price reductions. But at the end of the day, positive influence is useful to get any business to achieve its goals and as a consultant trying to help businesses reach such goals, a positive tone and positive persuasive technique will get you far.

Over the next 10 days, take a look at the following articles….and you’ll be a master in no time!

1) http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/12/21/classical-rhetoric-101-the-three-means-of-persuasion/ The ancients knew the best ways to persuade and influence others – their epic speeches preserved by authors who recorded their impact. Learn Aristotle’s three means of persuasion as your persuasion foundation!

2) http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/persuasion-influence-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html The Dummies Cheat Sheet for Persuasion and Influence is, as always, a great concise reference guide. If you want more, get the book ‘Persuasion and Influence for Dummies’ by Elizabeth Kuhnke (read the Part 1 preview here: http://media.johnwiley.com.au/product_data/excerpt/74/04707473/0470747374-128.pdf)

3) http://www.theconnectornetwork.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/21waystopersuade.pdf A printable guide of 21 ways to persuade people, with emphasis on the workplace

4) http://www.influenceatwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/E_Brand_principles.pdf Professor Caildini from Arizona State University gives a 6 point guide to increase the profitability of a brand through persuasion and influence

5) http://www.ebscohost.com/uploads/corpLearn/pdf/IncreaseYourInfluenceatWork.pdf A preview of the book ‘How to Increase your influence at work’ by Perry McIntosh and Richard A. Leucke

6) http://blogs.hbr.org/2011/03/the-practical-art-of-persuasio/ An article on the Practical Art of Persuasion from the Harvard Business Review

7) http://www.successful-blog.com/1/influence-how-to-persuade-anyone-in-business-to-do-what-you-want/ A great blog post listing ways in which to get people in business to do whatever you want!

8) http://hbr.org/web/special-collections/insight/communication/the-necessary-art-of-persuasion Harvard Business Review with the four essential steps to take in the ‘Necessary art of Persuasion’

9) http://www.growthink.com/content/getting-others-do-what-you-want A short blog post but no less useful in explaining ways to get people to do what you want

10) http://www.successful-blog.com/1/hierarchy-of-influence-what-achieves-the-results-you-need/ Another great blog post, this time focusing on how to build influence in the workplace

 

Be a better public speaker in 2 weeks!

A major part of a consultant’s job is making presentations. If you are a shy public speaker, it’s time to boost your confidence and your skills – no-one will be persuaded or interested in listening to someone who is offering solutions to a business but doesn’t seem confident in them themselves. Read/watch/listen to one of these a day for 2 weeks and you’ll have all the know-how to go from shy and timid to a rhetorical maestro!

1) http://www.cpsradio.com/show/public-speaking/ A great podcast here on how consultants can hone their public speaking skills. The transcript is written below in an easy to read numbered format in case you don’t want to listen.

2) http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/assessment-centres/275423-deliver-a-presentation-thats-worthy-of-a-graduate-job Scared of the presentation at the Assessment Centre for your graduate job? Well read this on how to give an effective speech in front of your peers

3) http://www.bbc.co.uk/speaker/improve/ A recent BBC competition about public speaking gives lots of tips and info on this site

4) http://www.mindtools.com/CommSkll/PublicSpeaking.htm Lots of links in this article to other pages about public speaking, including interviews with voice coaches

5) http://www.toastmasters.org/mainmenucategories/freeresources/needhelpgivingaspeech/tipstechniques/10tipsforpublicspeaking.aspx Free resources from this public speaking society. Find a toastmasters group near you to test out and improve your skills before the interview!

Toastmasters also have an excellent youtube channel here covering everything from conquering fear to engaging your audience https://www.youtube.com/user/Toastmasters/videos

As a taster, here are 5 top tips:

6) Want to be as powerful a speaker as Obama? Forbes takes a look at 3 of the tricks Barack Obama uses for his incredible speeches:

7) https://www.youtube.com/user/RealMenRealStyle Real Men Real Style is a Youtube channel presented by Antonio Centeno which covers everything a man needs to know about how to present himself – both in fashion and in behaviour. Here Antonio talks about 10 ways to make a speech more powerful, but take a look at some of his other videos too as things such as other things he covers such as dressing well and feeling more confident can help you to deliver a better speech.

8) http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/06/14/becoming-well-spoken-how-to-minimize-your-uhs-and-ums/ Do you have a tendency to fill sentences with ‘uhhh’ and ‘ummm’ when you’re doing a speech? Doesn’t sound very professional. The Art of Manliness explains how to minimise these ‘fillers’ when you’re nervous or ad libbing – your colleagues will sure be impressed!

9) http://www.artofmanliness.com/2011/01/26/classical-rhetoric-101-the-five-canons-of-rhetoric-invention/ The Art of Manliness offers an excellent series on Classical Rhetoric here – the ancients after all did understand the principles of a powerful speech, so better to take their word for it!

10) http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-easy-ways-to-improve-your-public-speaking/ 10 easy ways to improve your public speaking offered by Tech Republic

11) http://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahljacobs/2014/01/06/six-ways-to-be-an-amazing-public-speaker/ A great article in Forbes on 6 simple ways to be better at your public speaking, including an acrostic mneumonic to remember the key aspects of an audience.

12) http://socialanxietydisorder.about.com/od/copingwithsad/a/speech.htm About.com offering their general list of help pages, this one to overcome anxiety in public speaking

13) http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/communication-success/201305/5-tips-reducing-public-speaking-nervousness Psychology Today offers 5 tips on how to reduce stress and nervousness when speaking

14) http://www.matteventoff.com/fear-of-public-speaking-25-tips.html And to finish off – a list of 25 quick fire tips to improve!

Now go out there and show them what you’re made of!

10 resources to improve your mental maths

Consulting is not just about complex financial modeling in Excel – mental maths is equally important so you can do quick calculations and respond to queries from clients easily. It can also help to ensure the complicated formulas you’ve entered in Excel are working correctly – a tiny mistake could jeopardize the overall results.

The best way to improve mental maths is simply by practice…though if you like to do some reading beforehand ‘Secrets of Mental Math’ by Arthur Benjamin and Michael Shermer comes highly recommended

The following 10 resources will help to improve your mental maths skills:

1) http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths  The BBC offers a good selection of maths skills for adults here, covering calculations to fractions, percentages and graphs. Includes games and videos for easy learning

2) https://www.youtube.com/user/tecmath A great youtube channel full of tips and tricks to get you round the ins and outs of everything mental maths related! As a taster, here is how to calculate sums super fast…

3) http://www.speed-maths.com/ Games and articles with hints on how to improve speed maths. Includes number squares which may be useful if you have a memory that can remember pictures well

4) http://arithmetic.zetamac.com/ A tough 2 minute arithmetic speed drill here!

5) http://www.netagency.co.uk/keyedin2/mental.html Tests hereinclude percentages and decimals – each answer must be given within 15 seconds so keep your eye on the time!

6) http://www.momonix.com/calc/ A great simple maths generator that gives you sums that you must enter the answer to.

7) http://www.quizfactor.com/quiz/mental-arithmetic/80 20 question maths quiz that races against the clock!

8) http://www.fibonicci.com/math/mental-arithmetic-test/ Easy, medium and hard tests here – the hard section includes squared roots and powers! That’s pretty nifty to do that in your head!

9) http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2012/05/09/everyday-ways-to-improve-your-mental-math-skills/ An interesting article here on how looking at the world with a maths focus in your everyday life will improve your mental maths

10) https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/math-workout/id497620537?mt=8 Why not download the ‘Math Workout’ App? Perfect to keep your brain ticking over the essential mental maths know how when you’re on the go, rather than only doing the sudoku in the paper…!

Now after you’ve completed all these exercises, take the Telegraph’s primary school maths test comparison http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/primaryeducation/9820408/Can-you-pass-the-primary-school-maths-test.html

And the Guardian’s GCSE one next…! http://www.theguardian.com/education/quiz/2013/aug/22/are-you-smarter-than-a-16-year-old-gcse-maths-quiz

See – all that stuff you did at school sometimes does come back to bite you! So keep the mental maths practice fresh!

Top Tips for Consultants on the go!

One of the major draws for people wanting to get into management consulting is the potential for a lot of travel. Getting to see some of the world whilst working seems like an ideal job – but you must remember that travelling for business is very different to travelling for fun. The following websites give tips and advice for consultants living life on the planes, trains and automobiles of the world out there…

 http://managementconsulted.com/consulting-life/top-5-myths-about-travel-as-a-management-consultant/ A run down of the good and bad myths that surround management consulting travelling

http://ignacioescribano.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/travel-tips-for-consultants.html General travel advice blog but this is a good informative article on the challenges faced by management consultants as they spend their life on the road.

http://www.myconsultinglife.com/travel-tips-every-new-road-warrior-needs-to-know/ 11 top tips from a consultant on what to do to make your journeying that bit more pleasant and less of a chore.

http://www.base36.com/2013/02/11-traveling-tips-for-technical-consultants/ A blog post from Base 36 with 11 tips for travelling consultants

http://freshpatrol.com/confessions-of-a-traveling-consultant/ Confessions straight from the mouth of a travelling consultant!

http://roshanga.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/my-travel-tips.html  Another blog from a travelling consultant who has been on the road for 10 years

http://www.carolroth.com/blog/traveling-great-business-travel-tips/ Carol Roth offers business travelling tips on her blog

http://www.businessinsider.com/experienced-business-travelers-reveal-their-favorite-travel-tips-2013-10?op=1 Business Insider describes the most important things to consider when business travelling

http://www.fastcompany.com/3001663/10-practical-tips-make-business-travel-less-miserable A great post with 10 practical tips to make business travel less miserable

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234459 Dorie Clark’s top 5 tips for business travel

http://www.womenontheirway.com/wyndham-wisdom/business-travel/ A website aimed at high flying business women, this website gives plenty of advice for the jet setting woman of the skies

http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/slideshows/10-tips-for-efficient-business-travel US News Money section has a good post here on preventing business travelling from overwhelming you

http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2012/04/27/how-to-travel-for-business-if-you-travel-a-lot/ 5 tips for those who conduct business travel often

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/07/my-top-10-business-travel-tips/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 NY Times offers 10 business travel tips from someone who has been there and done it!

http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-tips-for-a-traveling-consultant  Sign up for free on Quora to read this useful forum post on tips from consultants themselves

Oh and also, the film Up In The Air is a good film with George Clooney flying all over the world on his AA gold card as a type of consultant that is flown in to fire people from companies. Sometimes making redundancies is one of the recommendations which consultants have to offer in order for a firm to save money or to streamline the work force.

The film comes with the sad message of travelling being pretty lonesome….so remember that being a management consultant is a lifestyle as well as a career.

 

 

Top 10 Consultant Bloggers

Yes, this is a blog about bloggers. But blogs can be a good source of reading and knowledge, if you find the ones that are written straight from the experiences of professionals. So here is the rundown of the best for improving knowledge and truths from the inside…

1) http://consultantsmind.com/skills/  Excellent tips here on things from how to make your powerpoints better to how to make a good excel model. It’s written by a consultant for consultants because they ‘think a bit differently’.

2) http://www.sourceforconsulting.com/blog/ Three writers doing blogs here both for consultants and for clients. The right hand side gives a huge list of different categories that the blogs fit into so there is sure to be advice for your sector here.

3) http://www.jrothman.com/articles/ There are over 200 articles here on a range of things that Johanna Rothman has consulted on during her career. The ‘Management Myths’ articles are good reading.

4) http://millerware.com/the-20-best-blogs-for-a-management-consultant-in-2013/   A list of the 20 best blogs out there, as recommended by a consultant who regularly reads them.

5) http://top-consultant.blogspot.co.uk/?view=mosaic   Plenty of articles with plenty of comments from consultants on them too. Everything from tips on job-hunting to general consulting news.

6) http://www.consultantninja.com/  Great array of articles here from the bitterness of being on the road (including stats on the left of how many air miles he clocked up in a year) to tips on using Excel. Good links to other sites too.

7) http://steveshuconsulting.com/  Good bullet point format for consultant tips, including the 11 point ‘Management Consultant Manifesto’ and ‘8 Secret weapons of the Modern Consultant’ (A few older blogs from Steve Shu can be found here: http://steveshu.typepad.com/)

8) http://crazyconsultant.blogspot.co.uk/   An amusing read of the highs and lows of a self proclaimed ‘crazy consultant’. His confusion of random things on planes is pretty funny and I’m sure plenty of air miles heavy consultants would very much sympathise!

9) http://www.accenture.com/us-en/blogs/consulting-analysts-blog/default.aspx Of course aimed at promoting Accenture but you get to hear from different consultants working at the company and their experiences front the front line.

10) http://blog.evisors.com/4-takeaways-from-my-experience-as-a-management-consulting-recruiter/ Some short blogs here, mainly aimed at candidates entering the consulting world. There are also ‘webinars’ that you can buy for $3 such as ‘Confessions of a McKinsey consultant’.

Top 5 analogies from David Maister

David Maister is known as the ‘Consultant’s Consultant’. This top Harvard Business Professor has become somewhat of a celebrity in the business world by giving the definitive no-nonsense advice on how to manage people. His simple analogies put the business world into every-day perspective. At http://davidmaister.com/ the areas of strategy, managing, client relations and careers are covered both in articles and in videos.

1) The Fat Smoker http://davidmaister.com/public/files/video/FatSmoker.mp4  If you’re a fat smoker, you already know what you should do to get fit and stop smoking, but choose not to do it. Maister explains that money is continuously wasted in training good managers what they already know. Strategies and mission statements of all firms are the same – what is needed is drive, courage and determination to change.

2) Earning a relationship in business http://davidmaister.com/public/files/video/EarningaRelationship.mp4 To become a genius at selling, you have to think from the other person’s point of view; what would make the other person want to give something to me? By giving a long anecdote on how he met his wife, Maister explains that you have to make THEM want to enter into a relationship with you and give them a reason to want to do that, for example with networking make sure you are reciprocal in giving help as well as receiving it. Related video on ‘Romancing clients’ here: http://davidmaister.com/public/files/video/RomanceandSincerity.mp4 

3) Managing Dad http://davidmaister.com/public/files/video/ManagingDad.mp4 How do you deal effectively with clients, particularly different ones? Criticism never usually goes down very well and by placing it in the realm of a family issue, Maister explains that you have to try and understand the best way to handle people and have the patience and interpersonal skills to relate to the way they want to be dealt with. To get people to accept the solutions that you offer, you have to understand the way that your clients work.

4) How do you train a pigeon? http://davidmaister.com/public/files/video/TrainAPigeon.mp4  For those in the hiring position, Maister explains that, like if you were to train a pigeon, you must first draw a line in the sand and see if the participant is even willing to play. If they don’t want to go the way you’re going, then get rid of them – if a person doesn’t get on board with the standards of your company then they will be more trouble later. Don’t hire for expediency – the person has to share the energy and enthusiasm of the entire company. And to develop and improve your employees, you have to make goals that sound reasonable and fit with that expected standard, which they are already on board with.

5) Excitement http://davidmaister.com/public/files/video/Excitement.mp4  By referring to the albeit rather morbid analogy of what would you want on your tombstone, Maister makes it clear that it is only through passion and enthusiasm that good business is done.

Top 10 Video channels for Self-improvement and Motivation

There’s nothing quite like a nice inspiring story or piece of useful life advice…they have the ability to change our opinions and attitudes to our daily lives and improve them for the better. For a management consultant, who spends a lot of time on journeys, why not listen to some of the following channels whilst grabbing some shut-eye on a plane or train? Your managers may just notice a difference in your attitude on Monday morning!

1)  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcfu3-52QnkgtHVk5qjCXpg   Capture Your Flag is far and away the most interesting self improvement channel by listening to stories from those at the top of the game. With the tag line ‘interviewing tomorrow’s leaders today’, you can tell there will be useful advice here for self motivated self starters. The videos are arranged into the categories ‘Courage’, ‘Reflection’, ‘Contribution’, ‘Self-Awareness’ and ‘Diligence’. These categories therefore cover personal changes as well as those relevant to business, though don’t underestimate the impact that personal changes can have on your business life! All the interviews are really interesting and very short at around 2 minutes each, so perfect to listen to on the go. For more on who the interviewees are, check out the main website at http://www.captureyourflag.com/

2) https://www.youtube.com/user/theRSAorg Amazing range of animated shorts by the RSA with new ones uploaded monthly on everything from persuasion to effectively using the internet. Animations are always fun and often stick in your head longer too!

3) http://www.videojug.com/tag/self-help A large range of self help videos on Videojug covering everything from the professional to the personal life.

4) https://www.youtube.com/user/ActualizedOrg Actualized.Org offers some lengthy discussions on a range of topics including how to be more stoic and how to think positively

5) https://www.youtube.com/user/noahhammond Self improvement coach Noah Hammond offers tips for lots of different situations from making friends to preventing negative thoughts.

6) https://www.youtube.com/user/MotivationAndMore/videos Long videos of motivational speeches from Motivation and More – will be sure to get you out the door and raring to go and face the office!

7) https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMiro0r Mateusz M offers a range of motivational picture compilations here – even the titles like ‘Unstoppable’ ‘Dream’ and ‘Hero’ start to fire you up!

8) https://www.youtube.com/user/MotivationGrid  Motivation Grid offers more of these inspirational speeches set to music

9) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpmZQGTZXn9xd4nN59pbIWQ/videos Absolute Motivation is a new youtube channel posting several motivational videos, again on the inspiration theme

10) https://www.youtube.com/user/stopanxiety This is a channel dedicated to stopping anxiety from agoraphobia to social situations. In a high pressured job environment, anxiety is a problem many people encounter so here are some ways on how to deal with the stress.

Top 10 Consultancy Resources Websites

As it says in the title, here are the Top Ten websites online for a plethora of consultancy resources. They vary in target audience and things offered, but this is a great headstart into what’s out there on the web and to then branch out from to find the specialist bit of information you’re looking for!

1) http://www.strategyexpert.com/    This is probably the best website out there for all things management consultancing-y! From articles to help you decide if this career is right for you or to move from a firm into industry to what would definitely be useful for when you’ve got the job – templates for presentations and Excel models! And best of all, there is even an ‘agony uncle’ called Greybeard that you can post your recent crises to for some calming advice. Perfect!

2) http://www.consultingcareerconnection.org/    A nice easy to navigate website with blog posts from consulting experts on their own ‘Top Tips’ on everything from networking to preparing for an assessment or interview. The 30 example interview questions are certainly well worth a read and most importantly, all the resources on this site are FREE!

3) http://managementconsulted.com/   This one definitely wins for most excellent pun! American based website with nice detailed profiles of some of the major consulting firms with plenty of links, articles of interest including ‘A Day in the life of a Management Consultant’, ‘Overview of the Recruiting Process’ and ‘Consulting Lingo Dictionary’ as well as some free ‘Consulting 101’ videos. But watch out – the CV editing and professional advice comes with hefty price tags…

4) http://www.acethecase.com/   This website gives help for all aspects of the case study part of the consultancy interview process. Only three examples are given for free (strategy, estimation and logic) before you have to buy the book. Though it isn’t too expensive at $14.95

5) http://www.caseinterview.com/    Expert advice from a former McKinsey consultant – register for free access to 6 hours worth of case interview training videos! Yes that is quite a lot but this guy knows his stuff – he got through 60 out of 61 case interviews and got offers for 7 consulting jobs!

6) http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/options-and-occupations/sectors-and-occupations/management-consultancy/   Although this is the careers website for students at the University of Oxford, there are some good info sheets here on preparing for case studies and what the career path of a management consultant is as well as a list of some recommended books and articles at the bottom.

7) http://ask.lek.com/    This is the blog of L.E.K. so is mainly based on that firm. However, the blog posts are from various people of varying levels of experience in the firm and there are some good case interview videos.

8) http://www.consulting-times.com/   This is a monthly paper which can be read online to catch up with all the recent news in the world of consulting. Useful perhaps for a little added something in an interview…?

9) http://news.top-consultant.com/weekly_newsletter_signup_uk.aspx   Sign up to top-consultant and get a free weekly e-newsletter with latest news and most importantly – networking opportunities, seminars and new job posts!

10)   http://www.iconsulting.org.uk/    Finally, for those of you who have already qualified as a consultant, you may want to become a member of the Institute of Consulting. Membership starts at only £60 and is probably a good investment for the extra resources you can gain access to through the websites ‘Consulting Direct’ section and through the regular talks and seminars as well as qualifications you can earn. You even get a profile on the site so when clients are looking for consultants, you are fully accredited here. Learning doesn’t just stop after the initial 2 year training period remember!