Being a bit Sherlockian
Ian being a bit Sherlockian

What is a Consultant?

I believe the word consultant to have first appeared in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, now in common usage. It comes from the French word “consultare”, which means to “take advice of”.

How is Consulting Delivered?

The term has now stretched to encompass the individual who takes the role of advisor or sounding board who helps you to develop an understanding. Provide an external perspective to the client.

Romantically it still in my mind falls into the model of Doyle’s skilled detective who became involved with the level that was needed. Whether it was the sounding board to give a second opinion on the evidence or the individual who takes it upon themselves to resolve the crime.

Working together.

This could take different formats at different times:

  • Provision of a second opinion and a sounding board
  • Research and analysis of an issue
  • Mentoring
  • Hands-on support in resolving an issue

My professional charges are upon a fixed scale, I do not vary them, save when I remit them altogether

Sherlock Holmes