FS: Does the book have any relevance to nonprofit fundraisers who work with consultants? Does it offer them any insight into the consultant/client relationship? LL: It is more helpful to fundraisers who might be thinking about consulting, because they will learn whether they have what it takes to succeed.
SS: Agreed, and I’d like to clarify that the book isn’t entirely geared to fundraising consultants. It’s designed for anyone who consults to this sector. Some of our contributors specialize in board development and executive search, for instance. It’s equally applicable to those in accounting, HR and other fields. Many of its stories even have relevance to those who consult to the corporate sector.
FS:What do you hope readers of this book will feel/think/do after finishing it?
LL: To go into consulting with all the knowledge they need, to learn from mistakes others have made, and to be ready to reinvent themselves when necessary or when they feel bored.
SS: There are some very successful consultants who began with little confidence, business acumen or long-term vision. They learned the hard way. This book will help smooth the path for those who want to benefit from their lessons learned.