About

This page has one purpose: To answer the question, Who am I? Don’t worry. I don’t get all existential.

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993, I was clueless a bit unsure about what I wanted to do for a career. I settled in at Sony Electronics as a customer relations rep while I figured things out. I ultimately attended graduate school at Cornell University in August of 1995. During my summer internship in 1996, I began working with emerging technologies like ERP systems and reporting applications. tartans After grad school, I started my brief career in corporate human resources. That wasn’t the best fit for me, and I quickly gravitated to work rooted in technology, data, and systems. In 1998, I took my first IT job, traveling extensively to Latin America on a global PeopleSoft project for a Fortune 50 company. During that time, I taught myself advanced Microsoft Excel and Access, Crystal Reports, SQL, and a host of other applications. I became very adept at manipulating enterprise data. I started full-time consulting in 2000. I taught software classes to clients and my colleagues. I decided to become my own boss in 2002.

How I Earn a Living

Today, I advise all types of organizations on matters related to strategy, management, data, and technology. I like to think that I’ve been reasonably successful. Over my career, I have cultivated close to 100 clients in a wide variety of industries, including health care, manufacturing, retail, education, telecommunications, and the public sector. I have worked with many different organizations that use technology in many different ways–some better than others. Aside from consulting and speaking, I have written six books:

My seventh book will be called Message Not Received: How New Technologies and Simpler Language Can Fix Your Business Communications. Wiley will be publishing it in February of 2015. On a scorching day in July of 2011, I moved to Las Vegas, NV. I current reside here.

_MG_0067 Phil Simon is a sought-after speaker and recognized authority on technology, trends, communication, and management. He lives just outside of Las Vegas, NV. He advises companies on how to optimize their use of technology has written six books. His contributions have been featured in Harvard Business Review, CNN, Inc. Magazine, The New York TimesWired, NBC, CNBC, Wired, The Huffington PostFast Company, abcnews.com, forbes.com, BusinessWeek, and many other high-profile media outlets. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University.
.@philsimon is the author of six books. He focuses on the intersection of people, management, data, and technology. http://ht.ly/rBVcO
Here are some photos of me in action:

Here’s a hi-res photo.

 

newmedia For some reason, major media outlets keep quoting me and letting me write for them. Evidently, I am fooling someone somewhere. Here are links to some of my most prominent recent mentions.

 

 

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      Webinar (60 minutes)$4,000I'll lead a discussion on whatever topic you like. I'm happy to answer questions afterward as well. Includes a reasonable level of social media support and mentions on my website.
      Webinar (30 minutes)$2,500I'll lead a shorter discussion on whatever topic you like. I'm happy to answer questions afterward as well. Includes a reasonable level of social media support and mentions on my website.
      Blog post$500Up to 500 words on a mutually agreed upon topic for your site or mine. If on my site, a sponsor note and link(s) will follow posts.
      White paper$8,500Up to 3,000 words on a mutually agreed upon topic. This can be attributed to me or ghost written.
      One hour of remote coaching$350I will record the discussion on Skype and you can watch it as many times as you like.
      Consulting (daily rate)$2,400Plus all reasonable travel expenses.
      Seminars and workshops(variable)Connect with me.
      In-person speaking(variable)Connect with me.
      Non-speaking conference attending fee$2,000/dayI'll attend your conference, meet with executives, and write at least one post about the event for a high-profile media outlet. Plus all reasonable travel expenses.
      TweetChat Host$500I'll host a Tweetchat for your company, conference, or event. Includes a reasonable level of social media support and mentions on my website.
      TweetChat Participant$200I'll participate in a Tweetchat for your company, conference, or event. Includes a reasonable level of social media support and mentions on my website.

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New Site

My new site launched on 10.22.2014. If you find any issues, please contact me.

Message Not Received

mnramazonMy seventh book is now on Amazon for pre-order. It's high time for us to examine not only what we say at work—but how we say it.

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To survive today (much less thrive), many organizations need to vastly improve their batting averages with regard to adopting new technologies. — The Next Wave of Technologies