In a previous post I left an issue hanging, and true to form left it hanging about a month (maybe more).* I meant to just hyperlink it, but WP does this trick now where you get a whole block preview of it, like this:
And to quote myself on that issue to save you from going back and reading it (although you really ought to, it’s pretty good), I said:
I’ll give you my thoughts on how the proposal should promise resolution and define the methods, NOT be a fleshed-out plan.
G. Smith, consultant
So here’s the thing: knowledge work, or proposing to write a plan of action and/or organize work on someone else’s benefit for a valuable result, is a bit different than, say, offering to pour someone a new driveway. The person who pours driveways for a living comes out, looks at the driveway, scratches his or her head, hopefully writes some things down, goes back to his or her truck, Miata, Dodge Viper, or the like, and either writes a proposal on the spot or goes back to an office and writes one up.
I well remember when a guy I was working with started talking about doing promotional videos with his cell phone and wound up with thousands of dollars of cameras, tripods, lights, microphones, lenses… I’m trying to avoid doing that. I have, however, decided I needed to be doing videos to promote Nectar Bridge, and also recently had to update my Adobe subscription to include Premiere Pro. I already owned a decent video camera (a Canon 70D, which is a prosumer level SLR which also shoots 1080p video) and a Tascam stereo recorder and microphone.
So I’ve been learning to create titles, pull together multiple media sources, etc. Now all I have to do is learn to light my videos. And operate a Power Point presentation while talking. And learn to talk faster. And…
I was recently pushed into upgrading from the Adobe Photographer Cloud (not sure what it’s officially called, but it’s about $10 a month and only gives you PS and Lightroom) to the full-blown Creative Cloud.
Ironically*, I hope to provide consulting to a consultant soon about a pricing issue. I recently also talked with a friend about a business practice that in my opinion was costing them money with little effect. After discussing it about an hour, initially with an eye toward improving the process, my sage advice could be summarized as “eh, I think I’d stop doing that if I were you.”
This is fairly unprecedented – my two-car garage has two of my cars in it. I pride myself on keeping the garage reasonably neat – it’s not the suburban clutter-fest some engage in – but even if emptied out entirely a “two-car garage” holds two mid-sized sedans more or less the same way a glove holds 4 fingers and a thumb.
And it’s all because the forecasts call for hail today. We’ll see. Hail is kind of like tornados. You may get nothing, your neighbor two blocks away may get softballs.