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Consulting Jargon Buster

Boutique consultancy – This refers to a consultancy firm that offers highly specialised or niche services.

Leverage – To use or make the most of something, for example somebody’s expertise in a certain area.

Straw man – An outline draft of a document for a project.

SWOT analysis – This is part of the planning process for a project. Consultants will assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of their assigned project in the initial stages.

Visioning Workshop – An opportunity to establish how the client visualises their company as a whole, or a particular department, to function and achievements they’d like to obtain in the future.