TCI Experienced Investigator Coaching

Could Techno-crime Investigations Give You New Opportunities?

  •  Would you like to be an investigator who’s prepared for the future?
  • Are you interested in learning about topics that are beyond basic investigations?
  • How would you feel if you had skills that set you apart?
  • Do you want to be better positioned to win a new job?

Investigators who know about techno-crimes and how to investigate them are already more in demand that investigators who have allowed technology to pass them by.

More investigations involve technology in some way today, and having the knowledge and skills for these types of investigations can make you unique.

Techno-crime awareness can give you opportunities that you might otherwise not be qualified for.

Being familiar with the variety of devices that might contain useful evidence, as well as the different potential places where evidence could be stored, will make other people notice that you have valuable information that can help investigations involving technology.

  • Is there a dream job you'd like to go after?
  • Do you have specific potential clients you want to target, but you’re not sure how to get them to hire you?
  • Would you like to be your own boss, but you don’t have a business plan?

Our individual career and business coaching can help.

Why Do You Need a Coach?

Most people usually associate coaching with sports. Every elite athlete has at least one coach, if not more.

Coaches not only help teach the fundamentals, but they can also help to increase their client’s performance to even higher levels than the client might reach on their own.

Did you know that lots of business executives also have coaches? Here are a few names you might recognize – and all of them have had the help of coaches:

  • Steve Jobs (Apple)
  • Eric Schmidt (Google)
  • Jeff Bezos (Amazon)

Would you like to see more? Here are a couple of videos that might help: 

Hiring a coach provides you with someone to listen to your goals, problems, and concerns who has only one goal – to make you or your business better.

A good coach will help you to identify gaps between where you are and where you want to be, and help you with developing strategies to eliminate these gaps.

A coach brings an objective view, which is a different perspective than you may receive from your employees, co-workers, friends, or family.

A coach will tell you what you need to hear in a safe environment -- not just what someone thinks you might want to hear.

A coach can provide you with new ideas that you may not have considered, or be there for you to discuss your ideas in a safe environment where you don’t need to worry about criticism or negative feedback.

One of the primary benefits of working with a coach is that they can hold you accountable. It’s all too easy to get so caught up in business and other issues that may be an excuse to procrastinate putting off dealing with more important matters.

Finally, what are the things that frustrate you the most?

Is there a reason you aren’t able to get rid of them on your own?

If you can, then that’s great!

If for any reason there are things you’d like to change but haven’t, then you may want to think seriously about how a coach can help.

Let me tell you about Ashley, one of our coaching clients:

Ashley's Story:

Ashley was a police detective with ten years of service with her department.

Several years before, she had taken computer courses at night because she had always been interested in technology. Ashley graduated with a degree in computer science, and when her department created a Technology Crime Investigations Unit, she was one of the first detectives to join.

Ashley loved being able to use her computer skills to help with investigations involving technology. She also loved the variety of her cases, because almost every type of crime seemed to include something related to technology.

Ashley had worked on murder cases, kidnapping, child abuse, embezzlements, political corruption, and many more. She was able to provide critical evidence in lot of big cases, and always felt a rush when she found important clues that other detectives would never have been able to find.

Her unit needed more trained staff, and Ashley wished that the department could also afford more up-to-date equipment and software. She was frustrated at the aging equipment and older forensic software tools that her unit had to use. Ashley had also applied for several advanced training courses, but her requests were always turned down because of budget limitations.

One day, her commander called a meeting. He announced that, due to a reorganization and a lack of funding, the department had decided to disband the Technology Crime Investigations Unit. Current personnel would be reassigned in the coming weeks, and a list of current openings in other units would be sent out.

Ashley couldn’t believe it!

She didn’t want to work on other types of cases. Ashley would have been happy working on digital forensics investigations for the rest of her career.

Ironically, Ashely remembered hearing a presentation that Walt Manning had given about the future of digital forensics. He had talked about the challenges facing law enforcement agencies in cases that involve technology. Walt had even mentioned that many agencies couldn’t conduct a digital forensics analysis for every case because they didn’t have the resources.

Ashley found Walt’s contact information, and asked for help.

In our first telephone call about her situation, Ashley said that she wasn’t sure what to do.

She had considered going to another agency where she might be able to continue her work in digital forensics, but she really didn’t want to move to a different city.

Ashley was nervous about looking for a job in the private sector, because she thought the working environment would be completely different. Plus, Ashley hadn’t been in a job interview for years, and never for a position in a private company, and didn’t have a clue how what type of company she would even want to consider.

Ashley was also worried that she had no business background or experience with business development and marketing, and that this might limit her chances to be successful. Ashley told us that no jobs in sales had ever appealed to her, and that she didn’t think she could ever sell anything.

After some individual coaching, Ashley decided that she wanted to open her own digital forensics consulting firm.

We helped her develop a step-by-step plan that included how to create her own business, how to target potential clients, and how to successfully expand her network and market her services.

Together, we determined the types of cases that engaged her the most, and identified her ideal clients. We also changed her attitude about sales, and made her realize that if she felt qualified to help a client, it was actually her responsibility to let them know about her services.

After we arranged some training, and then helped her through several simulated sales scenarios, Ashley feels more comfortable explaining the capabilities she can offer to her clients. She’s even confident talking to her family and friends about her new business, because she knows that her law enforcement experience and technical background gives her an advantage.

Today, Ashley’s firm has grown to five employees, and business is booming. Her firm receives a high percentage of repeat business from previous clients, who also refer her to other businesses because of how happy they are with her services.

In our last follow-up call, Ashley told us that one of her clients had become a personal friend, and was mentoring Ashley about how to manage her business and new employees.

Ashley loves being her own boss, and now makes enough income from the business that her family can afford better vacations and other things she couldn’t have ever dreamed of.

Ashley came to us unsure about her future.

Now she’s excited to continue planning the growth of her business, along with a completely different life.

We know she’ll be successful, but we also feel great that Ashley can still do the type of investigative work that she loves.

Our Coaching Program:

The TCI Coaching Program is customized to fit the specific needs of each client.

In our first free 30-minute consultation, we discuss where you are now and why you think coaching would help you the results you’re looking for.

This call can also let us get a feel for whether TCI coaching would be a good fit. Prospective clients should know after this first conversation if the process we suggest for your individual coaching program could give you what you’re looking for.

From our perspective, we will only work with clients when we believe that our program can help. We want to hear that you are ready to improve, make any necessary changes, and have a commitment to do the work that the coach will ask you to do.

We don’t want to waste your time and money for a program you won’t benefit from, and we don’t want to waste our coach’s time working with a client who isn’t committed to the program.

Here's the Way the TCI Coaching Program Works:

If you decide to join after your initial free consultation, the starting package is for 3 months of coaching, which includes two 55-minute session every month (either by telephone or a video call). In addition, if you have other questions, you can also reach out via email.

We don’t use a timer, and if a call goes past 55 minutes to get something accomplished, then we’ll take the time we need to finish whatever topic we’re discusing.

For individual coaching, rates for this basic package start at $499, billed every month.

If you would like more than two calls each month, we will certainly work with you to develop an even more customized program that better fits your needs.

We don’t require a formal written agreement, unless you would prefer to have one. But we do ask that you just send us an email to acknowledge that you making the commitment to our coaching relationship.

We think you’ll find it to be a great investment, and that it will be one of the best investments you have ever made in your future.