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Barack Obama’s top 5 tech promises

Via TGDaily, here’s a list of Barack Obama’s top five technology promises. Throughout the campaign, I was intrigued by how the Obama team used the ideals of Facebook technology to rally the troops. Or, rather, Obama’s team delegated the power to the troops, enabling the troops to build the cause. Many people have talked about Obama’s Facebook presence, but I was more intrigued by his friendship with Chris Hughes, one of Facebook’s founders. Hughes left the social media company to join the Obama campaign team and helped foster social marketing strategies in both offline and online ways.

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Vote today, if you’re in the US

Just a quick nod to our US readers, who are in the midst of their presidential election. No matter what your politics, get out there and make use of democracy. Without people, democracy is just a word. Exercise your right to vote. Many people in this world don’t have the right to vote.

New Consultant Journal store at Cafepress

By request, I’ve created a Consultant Journal store at Cafepress. I’ve started off with a simple consulting joke and the Consultant Journal logo. If you have other ideas, let me know. I try to respond to readers whenever possible. (That’s where the idea for the store came from.)

Categories – take ‘em or leave ‘em?

The new website for Consultant Journal is *almost* here. We’re still tweaking the design. I wasn’t happy with what we had. Once I realized the design was a sunk cost, it was easier to let it go. So I’ll be keeping some elements of the original mock up, but also bringing in some of the clean look of the existing site.

That being said — do you want categories? From my analysis of the website, it looks like almost no one uses them. Less than one percent of visitors click them. So, unless you say otherwise, I’m going to get rid of categories. Speak now or forever use the search bar.

Categories – take ‘em or leave ‘em?

The new website for Consultant Journal is *almost* here. We’re still tweaking the design. I wasn’t happy with what we had. Once I realized the design was a sunk cost, it was easier to let it go. So I’ll be keeping some elements of the original mock up, but also bringing in some of the clean look of the existing site.

That being said — do you want categories? From my analysis of the website, it looks like almost no one uses them. Less than one percent of visitors click them. So, unless you say otherwise, I’m going to get rid of categories. Speak now or forever use the search bar.

Top 5 reasons consulting resembles back to school

In my part of the world, it’s back to school time. Next week, school starts up and I’ll breathe a sigh of relief as the streets of my beloved downtown empty of tourists. Finally, I’ll be able to easily wander Robson Street (which has the 5th most expensive retail rents in the world) and the ever outstanding Stanley Park…without needing to weed my way through tourists and students. I’ll hang out at Starbucks Corner, although I far prefer to get my latte at Caffe Artigiano down the road. I’ll go shopping in the middle of the day, soak up the fall atmosphere (including the rain) and meet friends for, well, coffee — this being Vancouver and all.

But, in many ways, September brings a change in my consulting work. Summers are always a little slower. I take vacation, my clients take vacation, my clients’ partners take vacation…everyone takes it easy. I often pursue special summer projects, rather than spending all my time working "in" my business. Summer is a great time for me to look at building up my business, so that I can go like gangbusters in the fall.

So September reminds me of "back to school".

  1. People come back from vacation. I get lots of "hello" and "how’ve you been?" messages and…of course…requests for coffee.
  2. Companies start thinking about how they’re going to ramp up during the fall. Everyone looks forward to the new "term".
  3. Networking groups start up again. I’m already looking forward to a new season of hors d’oeuvres. 
  4. In the marketing world, companies start panicking about October and November tradeshows and so my email inbox fills up with inquiries.
  5. People start talking about the courses they’re going to attend. Heck, if that doesn’t sound like back to school, what does?

A note about comments

Thank you all for the comments you make here on Consultant Journal. It’s great when we get a discussion going and your comments add value for other people reading the site.

However, as this site has become more popular, I’ve seen an increase in comments that fall somewhere between obvious spam and genuine content. I feel compelled to address this.

Comments are welcome

  • Got questions? Feel free to post on the site. Chances are that someone will chime in with hep.
  • Disagree with me? Comment away! Alternate viewpoints are more than appreciated.
  • Agree with me? Think I should win the Pulitzer Prize for blogging? Heck, make twice as many comments!
  • Like to hear yourself talk? Hey, it’s no different than me running this blog. Comment at will!

Comment approval

  • If you make comments that have no relevance to the post, the comments will not be approved.
  • If you stuff the name box with keywords, your comments will not be approved.
  • If you sign off with your product name only, your comments will not be approved.
  • If you blatantly promote your wares or those of a client and do not tie them into the post in a meaningful way, your comments will not be approved.

That being said, I don’t mind if you use a name that helps identify you and your business. "Andrea the Marketing Consultant", "Andrea >> Consultant Journal", "Andrea from Become a Consultant Blog" and so on work just fine for me.

Of course, I always reserve the right to delete, approve or anonymize comments. And comments are the views of those who visit the site — they are not my words or necessarily even close to my opinions.

Changing the world through consulting

I’m changing the world. Really. I absolutely believe that. My consulting business is changing the world.

How so?
I focus on helping high tech companies ready their products for the marketplace. In doing so, I help my region move away from its primary resource economy and toward a knowledge economy.

My marketing plans make businesses money, so they can pay their staff. That means I help people generate incomes with which they can support their families.

My business plans help people get their businesses off the ground or back on course. I help people pursue their dreams.

I hire other consultants to work in my business, giving me the chance to mentor people and share my knowledge.

I’m changing the world. How about you?

How often should I post?

For the past week or two, I’ve been posting more than usual. Up till now, I’ve been posting three times per week. Some people have suggested I cut back to once a week, whereas others have asked for more posts. Any thoughts? Feel free to contact me, if you prefer not to comment.

Wikinomics — a book I just read

I just finished reading Wikinomics by Don Tapscott. It’s about the second generation of the web — Web 2.0, where mass collaboration emerges. Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, even this blog, when people make comments.

When people collaborate, a static webpage comes alive. This blog wouldn’t be nearly as vibrant without the contributions of readers. I cherish all the comments my readers make and encourage you to take part. You’re part of what makes this blog helpful for other people.

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