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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 http://www.rlweiner.com/nten/consultant_resources.pdf You can read all of the conference blogs at http://nten.org/ntc-live 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 http://www.nten.org/blog/2009/01/27/2009-ntc-preview-robert-weiner. 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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