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Why Hire a Consultant?

"Nothing great is created suddenly."

Consultants have specialized knowledge and skills, and can help you come up with new ideas for growth, implement change from within your organization, and provide training and coaching.

Strategic planning and marketing consultants can help you in a variety of ways. For example;

Strategic planning consultants can help you

  • Grow your position in the marketplace,
  • Increase your products or services, and
  • Evaluate your resources, and ongoing cost savings strategies.

Marketing consultants can

  • Create marketing plans,
  • Write position statements,
  • Refine or re-do branding,
  • Launch media campaigns, and
  • Assess internal and external messaging.

Professional consultants can support your organization in a number of ways as you innovate for the future. This will help you as you assess new opportunities for ongoing engagement with your stakeholders.

Facilitation and Communication

Consultants should be skilled at group facilitation. Excellent communication skills are a must in order to best support your organization as you work together to achieve both short terms and long-term goals.

Your Investment

Think about how much time and money are you’re willing to dedicate to your initiative. Consider your own readiness to implement change. Begin to think through specifics and the depth of your project before you get started. What is your vision?

Pricing can vary based on the size of the project, and the type and size of the consulting firm. Quality takes time. Establish measurable milestones. Work should extend beyond initial proposals to allow for implementation of the strategy or plan, ongoing follow up, and an assessment of results.

As you begin to work with your consultant, remember that consultants need to have honest, ongoing feedback from you. Manage your investment by paying attention to your time and your engagement with the consultant.


Hire someone based on their qualifications and skills. Professional associations and networks may be useful in helping you find the right consultant for your project.

Inquire about a contract. This will provide you with clarity (in writing) about the project, and protect interests. Contractual agreements may include, but not be limited to: compensation, confidentiality, conflict of interest, reimbursement of expenses, and work product ownership.

Connect with the consultant. Different consultants have different styles. Establish a good rapport so that you can have a positive relationship for the long-term.

This article or any other promotional material(s) from Woodland Strategies, Inc. is in no way intended to be a comprehensive plan.

Please note all markets, circumstances, and results vary. Any strategic plan or marketing initiatives must follow all State and Federal laws and regulations, accordingly.

Please contact us directly for a complete assessment and plan for your individual organizational needs.

Ten Steps to a Successful Strategic Plan

Strategic planning is a significant undertaking. It requires energy, creativity, time and money. Your resources are important and limited. Get what you want! This is what we do at Woodland Strategies. Here are a few tips as you consider your upcoming planning project.

Choosing the Right Consultant

Consultants can provide valuable service and offer an objective perspective to assist organizations and team members in a variety of areas. Woodland Strategies, a business consulting firm in Minneapolis, MN, offers an assortment of consultancy services including Strategic Planning, Marketing Strategy, Development and Fundraising Strategy, and also Leadership Coaching.

How long does a typical strategic planning process take?

This is a question we are regularly asked at Woodland Strategies. Typically, a full strategic planning process can take up to six to eight months, depending on how in-depth the organizational planning team wants to take things.Your messaging – your values, mission and vision statements – can, and should, last between eight and twelve weeks. This is really the most fundamental part of your plan. It should never be rushed.

Succession Planning for Your Nonprofit Board

Leadership transitions within organizations can be anticipated or be quite sudden. Transitions may be due to a personal change for a board member or staff, or they may be the result of a thoughtful and long-term decision to make a change. If you are looking to keep your nonprofit sustainable, you will want to be sure that you have a written succession plan ready to go.