People often forget the importance of documenting project objectives in a rush to get things started. As an IT consultant your job is to fully understand the business situation and reach consensus on exactly what the project is expected to deliver. This can be achieved only when there is complete clarity on project objectives.
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Good client presentation can easily turn someone or a panel in your favor and a bad presentation can have a very negative impact on the audience. Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind while making a presentation.
• It is very important for the presenter to stand on the left hand side of the screen. When the audience reads the slides, they will read from left to right and then will come back to the left – that is to you.
• The slides should not be the only aspect of your entire presentation. Slides only assist you in making your point. Make sure that only the gist and certain important points are mentioned in the slides which you should elaborate upon in the presentation. Also, never read directly from the slides. The first thing an audience does is to read the content on the slide. Reading it again to them will not help you at all.
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Life as an IT consultant can be tough considering the expectations that you have to fulfill. Not only that, the slightest of errors can lead to the harshest of criticism from the client. So it is very important to learn to take this criticism in the right manner. Dealing with such remarks correctly will teach you a lot and will make you a better professional. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when your work is being criticized.
• Changing your attitude towards criticism is very important. A lot of people take it in a very negative manner. They feel as though their ideas are being attacked. However, criticism should always be taken in a positive way.
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The most efficient way to get the best results is by keeping things as simple as you can. Consultants and managers have heard about it a lot of times but fail to apply it to their projects. More often than not, in order to get the best out of yourself and people working under you, you make things so complex and challenging that it ends up hampering your project. Here are a few tips that will help you in keeping things simple.
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