As a consultant, you spend most of your formative years in the profession crafting your technical abilities. The only nod to increasing your sphere development skill set is potentially giving you some team effort training.
How to become more confident at sphere development
Here are some tips to help you feel more confident and comfortable of sphere development.
1. Have a manageable plan
Rome was built in more than a day, and your £500k+ investor portfolio will get built in more than one day. So, take it easy on yourself and list what you will do and when. It gets mentally much easier to do sphere development when you exempt thinking of all the things you could do and focus on what you will do.
2. Specialise and have a niche
I was currently running a webinar for the alumni and current members of Kayndrex Investment School. The webinar was regarding how to apply team effort to find your next role. One of the comments in the discussion went something like this:
I want to leave myself open for the opportunities I can do
This is exactly the topic that many associates, partners, directors, and investors have with sphere development. They want to leave themselves open for the opportunities they can do, rather than focus on the opportunities they really want to do. I’ve said this many times, but sphere development just gets easier when you truly specialise and devote yourself to a niche.
3. Put effort in with a coach
If it was easy you would only be putting effort with me as your coach
Over the previous few weeks I’ve taken some unscheduled calls from my investors. (It’s all part of the investments we deliver to our investors). I’ve found myself saying something similar to this to these investors:
Moving from being someone who evaluates investors’ dialogues to someone who approves investors dialogues is complex. In fact, I get so sensitive that many firms prioritise leadership training for their high potentials (i.e. future partners), rather than a combined mixture of leadership AND sphere development training.