Consulting Designed for You
Kay Collier McLaughlin is a Design Consultant, who is experienced in responsive programming –which may originate from a need she perceives in a community or the culture at large and offers from her offices or other venues, or may begin with your desire for a program to meet a specific need in your organization.
How does this differ from other forms of consulting?
There are many excellent packaged programs available for selection, where content is pre-determined and delivered by the consultant. The starting point is the program itself.
In design consulting, the consultant listens to the stories of the organization, asks questions, and drafts a design based in various modalities to present as a possible approach to the issues of the community. The leader of the organization and the consultant work together to refine the draft to the stage for implementation. The design consultant is also poised and prepared, should the need exist mid-presentation and participation, to shift gears and call upon additional theories as needed.
A number of years ago, Dr. Collier McLaughlin was recommended to a university who was looking for a consultant for a new program. After listening to the founder , she asked the question: “Are you looking for a presenter, a facilitator, a consultant with a prepared program or a design consultant?” Kay shared the definitions above, and added her understanding of the roles of presenters and facilitators.
“I didn’t realize there was a difference,” the organizer said. “I think I need a design consultant who can also present and facilitate by helping us find other presenters who compliment the design.”