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what if i'm not sure exactly what i'm looking for?

Have a general goal in mind or a conversation you want to pursue, but not sure where to start?  No problem.  Contact me and we can talk it through.  I typically can come up with a number of ideas and options that might help you head in the right direction and then we can discuss the best path for you to take - whether that means working with me or achieving your goals another way.  Your first consultation (up to a one hour phone call) is always on the house.

What is included in your package when we work with you?

I always provide a detailed proposal that is specific to the project so that will depend on what you want to achieve and which parts of it you want me to be involved in.  Typically, my proposal includes: planning hours and meetings; actual on-site delivery; and follow up. Follow up might include extrapolating findings from the notes of the meeting or crafting the beginnings of a strategic plan.  It might also include evaluation and identification of next steps.

can you work with us for an extended period of time, not just an event?

Absolutely, if I'm available.  I love working through multiple phases of a project or facilitating a series of group meetings that build upon one and other.  I can also meet with you on a regular basis as you are developing a project or a curriculum and serve as a sounding board to help you work out your ideas.

How much does it cost?

Ah the million dollar question - and the answer you assumed I'd respond with: it depends. Depending on your needs, a contract might be project based, and might include hourly rates or daily rates or a combination.  I try to be fair and competitive with other consultants and I particularly try to meet the needs of educational and nonprofit organizations who I know are not always flush with funds.

Can we get more than one facilitator or trainer?

Probably!  I have been leading workshops and facilitating in Vermont (and beyond) for over 15 years and have built up a network of trusted colleagues with a variety of skills and areas of expertise.  I love working with a partner and may be able to call on these colleagues to team up with me for your project.

do you travel outside of vermont?  

Yes, that is always a possibility.  While much of my work takes place in Vermont because of my network and love for this State, for the right project I will always consider it.  Travel costs will be incorporated into your quote as appropriate.

can you do online consulting or webinars?

Yes!  I have experience leading online webinars for groups outside of Vermont, and have completed coursework in designing and implementing online courses.  I know that its not enough to just post your material online and call it a webinar; you have to create engaging ways for participants to get involved in the learning.  I would love to talk to you about whether this approach would work for your needs.

can you help us with assessment or evaluation?

Yes.  I have a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and this program included research methods courses.  I also have extensive experience doing internal program evaluation on the job.  While I do not necessarily advertise assessment as one of  my primary services, I often help clients to identify measurable indicators of success, implement and summarize participant surveys, or begin to outline an evaluation plan for their project.  I have a working knowledge of quantitative, qualitative, and program evaluation methods.  If you want to get deep into survey design or quantitative analysis, I'll help you find someone to take you to that next level.

what makes you unique compared to other consultants?

There are a number of amazing consultants out there; I encourage you to talk to more than one potential consultant to find a good match.  I bring a few key skills and beliefs to the equation:

1. My PhD in Education, with a specialization in adult learning, gives me a keen understanding of how adults learn, how individuals respond to change, and how organizations can adapt with a learning mindset.  Likewise, I am unique in having curriculum and course development, and significant experience teaching college students and adults, as part of my skill set and background.

2. My inclination to work with you as a partner means that I am not going to tell you what to do or even how to do it.  I am going to make suggestions that I think will help you reach your goal but I'm going to involve you and listen to you every step of the way instead of trying to impose my agenda or my forgone conclusion.  I love the conversations I have with my partners (clients) and if you love talking to me about your ideas that's the best indication that we're a good match.