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Posted by on May 18, 2019 in Consulting | 0 comments

The Free Consulting Problem, Part II

The Free Consulting Problem, Part II

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.

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Posted by on Mar 30, 2019 in Consulting, Gadgetry, Marketing, Technology | 0 comments

Playing with Premiere Pro

Wow this is terrible and will come back to haunt me.

(Open up full post to see terrible video quality)

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…

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Consulting | 0 comments

The Free Consulting Problem

The Free Consulting Problem

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.”

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