Looking for expert advice to help and inspire you in your HR Consulting Business, or looking for guidance and insight as you start your journey into establishing your HR Consulting business? Wherever you are on your consulting journey you are in the right place.

Check out our latest blog content, packed with interesting views, stories, advice, guidance and anecdotes from the UK's Leading Mentor for HR Consultants, Sarah Hamilton-Gill. With over 30 years experience as an HR Consultant, Sarah has much wisdom to share and is reagrded extremely highly in her field.

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  1. In my role as an HR Consultant Mentor, I've had the privilege of guiding hundreds of HR professionals on their transformative journeys in the world of HR consulting. It's a role that brings me immense joy and I’m always thrilled when I hear of the successes my mentees have gone on to achieve.

    This edition of my newsletter is more introspective than usual as I thought I'd shed a little light on how I see my role and responsibilities as an HR Consultant Mentor, and how this vital partnership nurtures the growth and success of aspiring HR consultants. I hope you find it interesting.


    “I believe my mentorship role serves as a bridge to HR consulting success”


    At the heart of my role as an HR Consultant Mentor I am a compass, collaborator, and catalyst for growth. My mentorship revolves around offering guidance and sharing knowledge to help my mentees navigate the uncharted territory of transitioning into HR Consulting. This includes providing insights into the complexities of the industry and equipping them with the essential tools for success.

     But sharing knowledge is just the beginning; it's also about creating a collaborative partnership built on trust and encouragement, and fostering confidence in my mentees, nudging them to step beyond their comfort zones, make confident decisions, and truly believe in their own abilities. Specifically, I have the privilege of helping these amazing, aspiring HR Consulting entrepreneurs to:

     Uncover their unique strengths and identify what sets them apart in the consulting arena.

    • Help them discover what they are truly passionate about in the field of HR, which becomes the driving force behind their consulting careers.
    • Provide strategic guidance on business development, client acquisition, marketing, financial management, and scaling operations.
    • Build confidence by providing feedback, support, and encouragement to help them believe in their abilities and make confident decisions.
    • Remind them of the importance of the continued professional development, so that they stay updated with industry trends, attend relevant training, and continue developing their skills so they remain competitive in the HR consulting field.

     In addition, I believe my mentorship role goes beyond crafting successful HR consulting businesses; it's about creating lives and businesses that those who make the leap into HR Consulting genuinely love. Showing them how to achieve the elusive work-life balance, where work isn't a chore but a source of fulfilment and empowering them to weave their consulting endeavours seamlessly into the broader tapestry of their lives.

    To sum it up, my role and responsibilities as an HR Consultant Mentor are diverse and have a profound impact that reaches beyond the boundaries of the delivery of professional HR Consulting services. I help people change their lives for the better. This journey is not only purposeful but also incredibly rewarding, highlighting the substantial importance of mentorship in the realm of HR consulting.

  2. As the intricacies of organizational learning unfold, consultants are perpetually threading through innovative learning realms, technological advances, and dynamic workplace environments.

    Engage with us in a podcast special that teases out vital insights from CIPD's "Learning at Work" reports (2021 & 2023) and channels them into actionable strategies for consultants navigating through the multifaceted domains of learning and development (L&D) in the contemporary and future work sphere.

     ðŸŽ™ Segment 1: The Confluence of Past and Present – Unveiling the CIPD Reports

    Andy Lancaster, an authority in L&D and Head of Learning at the Chartered Institute Of Learning & Development (CIPD), illuminates the essence and objectives behind CIPD’s research:

    • Unravelling the substantive findings and evolutions from the 2021 and 2023 reports.
    • The significance of these bi-annual reports to consultants and the L&D community at large.

    🎙 Segment 2: Pandemic and Learning - A Transformative Journey

    • Exploring the paradigm shifts in organizational learning amidst and post-pandemic.
    • The metamorphosis of learning priorities and methodologies amidst remote and hybrid working models.
    • Case studies reflecting adaptive learning structures during turbulent times.

    🎙 Segment 3: Synthesizing Work and Learning - A Symbiotic Relationship

    • The intrinsic value and practicalities of integrating learning seamlessly into everyday work (“learning in the flow of work”).
    • Strategies to embed continuous learning within routine workflows and processes.
    • Real-world applications and the resultant impact on organizational and individual growth trajectories.

    🎙 Segment 4: Digital Leaps in L&D - Navigating the Digital Wave

    • Unpacking the surge towards and necessity of digital learning solutions.
    • A deep dive into how management consultants and L&D professionals can harness digital platforms to enhance learning experiences and strategic developments.
    • Analysing the challenges and opportunities nested within the digital learning environments.

    🎙 Segment 5: Revitalizing Learning Communities - A Resurgence of Collective Wisdom


    • Tracing the evolution and newfound appreciation for learning communities within organizations.
    • Insights into how learning communities are fostering knowledge sharing, innovation, and collaborative problem-solving in today's dynamic workplaces.

    🎙 Segment 6: Empowering the Learner - Autonomy and its Multifaceted Value


    • Strategies to facilitate learners in crafting and controlling their learning paths.
    • Discussion on the irreplaceable value of learner autonomy and self-directed learning in contemporary work cultures.

    🎙 Segment 7: From Findings to Strategies - Dissecting the Latest Learning at Work Survey


    • A detailed analysis of the pivotal findings from the most recent Learning at Work Survey.
    • Unveiling the implications, insights, and potential action points for consultants and L&D practitioners to implement within their strategies and practices.


    Wrap up the exploration with a reflective conversation, piecing together the insights, and outlining the transformative potential of implementing these findings into pragmatic, future-ready L&D strategies.

    This podcast promises a holistic, insightful, and strategy-driven exploration for consultants, L&D professionals, and organizational leaders. Be part of the conversation that doesn’t just observe the change but empowers organizations to be the change-makers in the evolving world of workplace learning.

    Tune in, explore with us, and let’s script the future of organisational learning together! 

  3. When embarking on your journey into the realm of HR Consulting, it's an exhilarating time filled with boundless opportunities. At this very moment, numerous businesses are actively seeking professionals like you, who possess the skills and experience to address their unique people challenges, optimise talent acquisition strategies, elevate employee engagement, champion diversity and inclusion, refine leadership development, implement HR technology solutions, and expertly navigate the ever-evolving HR landscape with innovative insights.

    However, many HR Consultants inadvertently put themselves at a disadvantage by attempting to become a master of all trades. They often believe that offering a broad spectrum of services will attract a wider client base. Yet, the reality is quite the opposite. Specialisation often paves the way for distinction. Clients are inclined to seek out experts who can precisely address their specific HR needs. Therefore, before you dive headfirst into developing an extensive proposition designed to cater to all facets of HR, I invite you to reassess this phase of your business planning from a different angle - a perspective that revolves around the concept of 'niching.

    You see, carving out your niche as an HR Consultant is not just a strategic move; it's a powerful decision that can profoundly impact your career. In this article I share why this approach can be highly advantageous and discuss how you should approach defining your own niche, so that you can position your business in a way that truly sets you apart, maximises your expertise, lights you up and fulfils you, and ensures your long-term success in the dynamic and thriving world of HR consulting.

    What is a niche?

    I’m sure you know the term, but just in case…

    Rather than a definition copy and pasted from Google, think of it like this…

    Imagine you’re experiencing health issues. Would you prefer to see a general practitioner who knows a little about lots of medical conditions, or a specialist in the particular ailment you're facing who knows a lot about and has dedicated themselves to developing expertise in that area of medicine? The answer is clear right?

    That’s an example of a niche and the same principle applies in HR consulting.

    Why bother to niche? What are the benefits?

    Quite simply, there are so many benefits to niching your HR Consulting offering:


    1. It elevates your credibility, positioning you as an expert in your specialised field. This specialisation reduces competition, enabling you to charge premium rates and cultivate a dedicated client base.
    2. Your in-depth knowledge fosters a deeper understanding of your niche, empowering you to provide tailored, valuable solutions to your clients’ specific HR challenges.
    3. It’s much easier to target your marketing and with a specific focus makes it far easier to connect with prospective clients Additionally your specialisation builds trust and fosters word-of-mouth referrals.


    Ultimately, when you niche, there’s no mistaking who you are, what you offer and where your value lies.

    And there’s an added bonus, as niching goes beyond just business advantages. Working within your niche cultivates personal passion and fulfilment, as well as greater control over your projects, leading to higher job satisfaction. Isn’t this a big reason for leaving your inhouse HR role behind and setting up your own business in the first place?


    So, how do you go about narrowing down and uncovering your niche?

    To uncover your niche in HR consulting, follow these steps.


    1. Begin by reflecting on your passions and interests within HR. Delve into what aspect of HR excites you the most, whether it's talent acquisition, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, or HR technology. Your enthusiasm will be the driving force behind your niche.
    2. Next, assess your expertise by taking stock of your skills and experiences gained throughout your corporate career; these will form the foundation of your niche.
    3. Conduct market research to identify niches in demand, pinpoint areas where businesses are seeking expert guidance, and consider your ideal client to refine your focus.
    4. Before fully committing, validate your niche by seeking feedback from your network, including colleagues, mentors, and potential clients.


    Remember that you don’t need to conquer the entire niche landscape at once; start small, master your initial niche, and strategically expand as your consulting business evolves.

    And that’s it!

    Choosing a niche isn't confining; it's a gateway to professional freedom and success. It allows you to concentrate your efforts, develop profound expertise, and build a recognisable brand.

    As an HR Consultant, clients value specialists who can offer tailored solutions to their specific HR challenges. So, when you contemplate your consulting career, don't merely think about what you can do; contemplate what you can specialise in and become an esteemed authority in your chosen niche.

    It's not just about carving a niche; it's about crafting a remarkable consulting journey that both you and your clients will cherish.
  4. From Free to Paid Blog

    These days it feels like wherever you look there is lots of free advice, trials and webinars.

    This is certainly true in the consulting world; it’s something I both offer myself and often advise others to do, too. Why? As a consultant, it’s a way to showcase your skills, value and worth. For your clients it’s a means of testing your services if you are unknown or starting out.

    So far so good...

    Read more..

    (99+) From Free to Paid: Steps to Seamlessly Upgrade Your Clients | LinkedIn

  5. ‘Know your value’, that’s the motto I’m leaning on as we have moved into the new year, and one that I’m always trying to make sure my clients understand too. 

    As HR consultants, we bring a lot to the table: knowing exactly what will help you feel more confident in your pitching, as well as help you price more fairly once you’ve found that new client. 

    Here are 10 ways in which a consultant can bring value to a client, versus an in-house HR team, starting with the more personal

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  6. I recently spent a week in Zanzibar, an African island in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Tanzania. It was my first time visiting and, though I’d love to holiday there another time, this trip was worth so much more than that. 

    I was invited to deliver a development session as part of the International Association of Women in Radio & Television (IAWRT) 39th biennial conference. My session was presented to over 40 journalists and presenters - from 20 different countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, India, the Philippines, Norway, the USA, and more - about how to leverage their LinkedIn profiles to build authority. 

    To read more about Zanzibar click here ⬇️

    (99+) Reflections from Zanzibar: The value of giving and taking opportunities | LinkedIn