Gosh! Asking for extra fees is not something that comes easily
to many architects and other construction professionals – as individuals
and in organisations.
Certainly obtaining additional fees efficiently and effectively
is becoming really important and absolutely necessary for the
survival, prosperity and morale of many organisations, small and
The following individual and combinations of consultancy services
from dashdot endeavour to stimulate and assist people in practices
to get their acts together when it comes to securing extra fees:
1. CPD type modules explaining extra fees – for
up to say 1.5 hours; usually inhouse location; with delegate numbers
to suit studio / practice size and CPD arrangements.
2. Training Courses on extra fees – half-day; with
exercises, handouts and copies of book on “Extra Fees”; for a
few up to a dozen attendees who have particular interests or responsibilities
for extra fees.
3. Internal Research on extra fees – a facilitated
primer, in workshop format; on useful scope, methods and criteria
for internal data collection concerning extra fees; say two hours;
for those requiring and undertaking the research to go away and
4. Analysis of Research & Reviews of extra fees
– independent analysis and separate report by dashdot; and/or
collective dialogue; of collected research material (following
on from 3 above); to obtain lessons learned, recommendations and
actions; with those who wish to optimise arrangements for extra
fees, and related matters, within the practice, based on evidence.
5. Advice – on practice-wide standardised procedures,
systems, checklists, etc; existing or new; for tackling extra
fees; for consistency, clarity, efficiency and effectiveness;
linked to Quality Assurance as appropriate; assisting with implementation
6. Coaching & Commentaries – on real, live project
and relationship situations, related to extra fees on commissions
– with project staff and their line managers.
7. “NegMent” – Negotiation Mentoring – including
for extra fees; for prospective or current internal guru panels,
groups or individuals who may advise and guide others in the front
line for such matters; exploration of NegMent with exercises;
set up of arrangements for NegMent; with support and encouragement
These events and services are probably best undertaken face-to-face,
but virtual and remote arrangements can be considered, and for
ongoing involvements. Variations and combinations of the above
can be considered.
Charges for these consultancy services can be lump sums, or hourly
rates, with ceiling figures which will not be exceeded without
written confirmation. Short exploratory conversations on these
options and extra fee scenarios are available at no charge.
These services are managed by Tom Taylor of dashdot, an experienced
project manager and author, including a book on “Extra Fees” (2022).
Please also visit dashdotpublications.co.uk