Grab bag - Part 3

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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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Bootstrapper’s Bible giveaway ends soon

For the past year or two, I’ve been giving away a free copy of Seth Godin’s Bootstrapper’s Bible to everyone who signs up for the Consultant Journal newsletter.

This offer expires soon.

So, if you want the Bootstrapper’s Bible, sign up right now using the form at the top right.

BUT…

Stay tuned. In a short time, I’m going to be making a new offer to everyone who signs up for my newsletter. If you’d like to find out what that is, you can still sign up now. I’ll send you the details as they come available.

New look coming soon

I’ve been saying it for a while, but I really am getting ready to launch a new version of Consultant Journal. If you’re so inclined, you can check out the work in progress at beta . consultantjournal.com. We’re still working on the look and feel. And those ads are obviously fake.

But, stay tuned. There’s a new look in the works. And I’m hoping it will make this blog a lot easier to read.

Second anniversary of Consultant Journal

I’m all for celebrations. So here’s to the second anniversary of Consultant Journal! I started this blog on May 19, 2006. Since then, I’ve written hundreds of posts on everything from sales skills to consulting fees. I’ve added a couple of products — a consulting fees guide and a workbook to help you discover your potential in consulting. I’ve answered countless emails and responded to hundreds of comments. It’s been a busy two years.

Where would you like Consultant Journal to go in the next two years?

Major site outage…ouch

For unknown reasons, my site crashed this past week. Ouch! I was out of town and I don’t know if that had anything to do with it. It crashed the last time I was out of town, too! I’m sure most of you have little interest in my web server, but I did want to let you know that Consultant Journal is still around!

Posts you may have missed include:

Sorry about the site outage. I’m investigating the problem.

Friday 5: stranded at the airport

This week’s Friday 5 covers the top 5 things to do while stranded at the airport. Consultant Steve Woodruff provides several goofy ways to spend your time in the airport terminal.

I haven’t travelled for business much recently, but, in 2003, I went on a big sales jag that saw me to Des Moines, Chicago, Oakland, Miami and a few other places. In my case, a laptop loaded with a few games was enough to burn time at the airport.

Friday 5: on writing well

As a consultant, you’ll need to write on a regular basis. Email messages, proposals and reports are part of just about any consultant’s toolkit. Although you don’t need to write with the skill of a professional writer, you can get ahead by learning to write well. Check out five tips for quality writing.

(As someone who’s made a living as a professional writer, I must point out that "quality writing" is vague. Is that high quality writing or low quality writing? Okay, I’m being cheeky.)

Happy Leap Day

Happy Leap Day! If you’ve looked at the calendar, you may have noticed that today is February 29th, a leap day. 2008 is a leap year.

The next leap day won’t show up for another four years. So, if you have some sort of business dealing for which you’d prefer not to notice anniversaries, do it today. You won’t have to worry about it for another four years!

Seriously, though, the leap year does have an effect on business. If you work in a salaried job, you might have noticed a small change in your pay. If you get paid every two weeks, your salary is usually divided by 26. However, this year, it will be divided by 27 to make up for the extra day. On the flip side, you may end up with another pay period for the year.

Friday 5: time-saving Word tips

I use Microsoft Word for all my written projects. I found this list of five Microsoft Word tips that can save you time. I love the tip about getting Word to autotype words and phrases you use on a frequent basis. If you’re spending 3 seconds three times a day to type a particular phrase, that’s 39 minutes a year, based on a five-day work week. If you do this for nine other phrases, that’s six and a half hours a year! Wow. Imagine what else you could do with that time.

Of course, I always convert time to money. I like the idea of making an extra $1,000 a year with that time.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! No matter whether you’re in a relationship or not, try to set aside some personal time today. Many consultants get wrapped up in their work, especially when they work from home. Try to find an hour or two today that’s completely work and sleep free. You’re worth it.