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Institute of Management Consultants Conference Takes Place in San Diego, California, on October 5-7, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, Florida. — June 14, 2018 — The Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA, announces that its 2018 annual international consulting conference, “Consult-Con 2018: Fearless Consulting in Disruptive Times” (, takes place on October 5-7, 2018, at the San Diego Marriott Mission Hills in San Diego, California.

A diverse line-up of keynote speakers will provide thought leadership on management consulting methodologies and skill development, business development and consulting practice management. Keynote speakers include author and former FBI Special Agent John Iannarelli, neurohumorist and TEDx speaker Karyn Buxman, best-selling author Tony Alessandra, disruption expert John Furth, client relations expert and Vistage chair Patty Vogan, and proposal strategy expert Dez Thornton. According to Conference Chair Henry DeVries, “This year’s conference marks IMC USA’s 50th Anniversary and a time in which consultants and their clients are experiencing disruption in their industries due to increased online competition, the faster pace of technology change and the digitization of business. Our conference is designed to provide the knowledge and tools consultants need to thrive despite the industry disruption taking place.”

The Conference includes three workshops, several breakout sessions, three general sessions, an interactive Q&A session called The Talk Show, networking with other consultants, and exhibits of various technologies, tools and methodologies geared to consultants. Workshops include topics on Speaking, Professional Development and using Sprints to innovate faster. The international annual IMC USA conference is attended by individual consultants, consultants from small to mid-size firms, internal consultants, executive coaches and mentors, consultants with specialties such as IT, HR, marketing and finance. While the majority of the attendees are established consultants, the conference also attracts many prospective and new consultants.

For 50 years IMC USA has been the premiere professional association and sole certifying body dedicated to individuals consulting to management. The IMC USA mission is to promote excellence and ethics in management consulting through certification, education, and professional resources. IMC USA provides online and in-person professional learning and networking opportunities for consultants, as well as the only certification for individual management consultants in the United States that conforms to the international standards of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (, of which it is a founding member.

For more information about IMC USA or Consult-Con, the upcoming national conference celebrating its 50th anniversary in San Diego October 5 through 7, visit the IMC USA web site at or contact IMC USA’s Executive Director, Gregory Brooks, by email or by calling 800-793-4992.

Top Things to Do in San Diego

From beautiful beaches to the world famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego has a wealth of things to do and see while you are visiting for the conference.

Explore the botanical gardens at Balboa Park. Visit the sea lions at La Jolla Shores. Enjoy a cocktail in the Gaslamp Quarter.

For more ideas check out TripAdvisor’s list of Top Things To Do In San Diego.

Video: IMC USA Consulting Conference Preview: 6 Step Influence Model with Ed Tate


Watch this free video for a sneak preview of world-champion speaker Ed Tate, one of IMC USA’s keynoters for the 2017 IMC USA Consulting Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on October 20-22. Ed shares the 6 Step Influence Model and the key qualities a persuasive consultant must have to increase their influence abilities. In addition to his Saturday Keynote speech, “Energize, Educate, and Entertain: Connect With Any Audience Every Time,” Ed will do an interactive breakout session called “Get Yes! to Your Request” Saturday afternoon.

Viewer Tips: Watch the whole video for great storytelling and Ed’s takeaways for increasing influence. At around minute 24, Ed provides the “Six Weapons of Influence” based on persuasion expert Robert Cialdini’s work, and, at around minute 40, he goes over the 6 Steps of the influence model.

Video: Interactive session with 2017 Conference Opening Keynote Speaker Patricia Fripp

Watch the entire video for tips and techniques to improve your presentation skills, including the “Fripp 5” speaking techniques, the best way to open and close your presentation, the best way to engage your audience, and much more. At the conference, Patricia will also do an interactive breakout session with opportunities for audience members to get real-time presentation coaching.

Facilitated by Certified Management Consultant and President of IMC Chicagoland chapter, Terry Flanagan.

Viewer tips: Patricia Fripp starts speaking at 9:10; coaching session with Employee Engagement Expert Jennifer Leake CMC for her upcoming association talk starts around 15:00; coaching session with IMC USA At-Large member and Strategy Expert Adam Cherrill about speaking to technical audiences.

Video: Patricia Fripp Keynotes 2017 IMC Conference

You won’t want to miss Patricia Fripp’s keynote presentation, Under the Magnifying Glass: Good to Great Presentations!, at the 2017 IMC USA Conference. Join us October 20-22 in Atlanta, Georgia.


Video: How to be a Conference Commando

Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone, has some great tips on how to get more ROI out of any conference you attend. Featuring IMC conference chairman Henry DeVries and conference marketing director Jennifer Beever.


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For the last decade, this conference has been a time just for me – to reconnect to colleagues, to meet new people, to listen to top-notch speakers, to learn about trends – it’s a perfect way to recharge my practice!

Loraine Huchler

Chair & CEO (2013 – 2015), Institute of Management Consultants

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