Woman: And is it normally easy to find a consultant who takes an approach you like?
Man: Not always. Mind you, in recent years, we've seen a lot more agencies coming up.
男：不总是这样 。请注意，近年来，我们看到越来越多的机构出现 。
This means you have a lot more choice. The agencies are focusing more on specific areas, they're offering more tailor-made services.
这意味着你有更多的选择 。这些机构更注重具体领域，他们提供更多量身定制的服务 。
They haven't got any cheaper, but what they offer is more relevant.
Woman: So that's good news?
Man: Yes, very much so - and it's to everyone's benefit.
Woman: Now, how long would you say a consultancy lasts?
Man: How long is a piece of string?
Some consultancy projects take many months and may even stretch into years. But these are rarities.
Mostly a consultancy project will last anything up to six months.
但这些都不常见 。大多数情况下，咨询项目会持续六个月 。
It could take days or weeks. Good consultants leave their clients as early as possible to ensure that the client does not become dependent on the consultant.
可能需要数天或数周 。优秀的顾问会尽早离开客户，以确保客户不依赖顾问 。
Woman: Right. And how can you choose, identify a good consultant?
Man: It's not easy. Don't just buy big projects.
男：这不是很容易 。不要只购买大项目 。
There is the temptation for executives to believe that consultants hold the answers to all known problems.
Call them in and they will sort it out.
Instead, it's important to know what you want and talk to a number of firms to see which best fits your needs.