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10 Traits of a Great Consultant

The Chronicle of Philanthropy published a nice list of consulting traits that I want to pass along.  The traits they list are below.  My comments are in parentheses. Have self-confidence and be as adept at delivering bad news as good. (This is hard.  I hate delivering bad news, but it often goes with the job.) […]

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Keeping appointment times from moving around

I’ve been trying to find a way to keep my appointment times from moving around on my calendar as I change time zones.  Here’s a description of the problem from Microsoft (edited to match my situation): You are traveling through multiple time zones and need the calendar to display the local time for each appointment. […]

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Advice for Consultants – Part 2

Last week I posted John Elbare’s advice for new nonprofit consultants. Today I’m posting Karen Nyhus’ advice, originally posted on NTEN’s nptechconsult forum (for members only) in response to a request for “resources and tips for our nonprofit technology community to help them start things off right in 2007.” Although Karen’s advice was focused on […]

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Advice for Consultants – Part 1

This post was inspired by my colleague Kris Putnam’s advice for new consultants (So, You Want To Be A Philanthropy Consultant? and Starting A Consulting Business? 15 Things To Do Right Now). I received the following via CharityChannel’s Consultants forum in 2003. I was just completing my first year as a solo consultant after 9 […]

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Consultants say business is picking up. Trend?

Is this a trend? I attended three conferences in April and asked a variety of independent consultants and employees of consulting firms about how the economy is affecting them. The responses were consistent: January and February were dead, but inquiries picked up significantly in March and April. The consultants I spoke to work on database […]

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So You Want to Be a Consultant? Part II

Today was the second session of my 2-part workshop for consultants and wanna-be consultants.  Jana Byington-Smith blogged it again, and here’s what she recorded.  We started by listing everyone’s burning issues, then discussed as many as we could in-depth. Presenters: Robert L. Weiner John Kenyon, John Kenyon Technology Consulting Michael Stein, Michael Stein, Inc. Eric […]

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So You Want to Be a Consultant?

I moderated a panel with the above title yesterday at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference. Jana Byington-Smith did a great job of capturing the discussion for the conference’s live blog. I’m reposting her summary below. The list of links she mentions is at You can read all of the conference blogs at So You […]

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So You Want To Be A Consultant?

I’m organizing two workshops for NTEN’s upcoming Nonprofit Technology Conference on the topic So You Want To Be A Consultant? (The workshops are described here and here.) Holly Ross, NTEN’s Executive Director interviewed me via Skype a few weeks ago and posted the video at The audio and video aren’t quite in sync, but […]

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Early-Bird Discount on the Nonprofit Technology Conference Ends 1/31

The early-bird registration period for NTEN’s 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference ends January 31.  I love the NTC.  Here’s what the NTEN folks have to say about it: In addition to the scores of breakout sessions, the networking, camaraderie, and general nptech-related good times, noted author Clay Shirky will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 […]

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NTEN Conference Early-Bird Registration Discount

I’m a member of NTEN and a huge fan.  I’m thrilled that their 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference will be held at the San Francisco Hilton this year, April 26-28.  The Early Bird rate expires after January 31st, so it’s time to stop procrastinating. Here’s what the NTEN folks have to say: The 2009 NTC will […]

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