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What I do and how I do it.

If you have other questions, connect with me to schedule a brief discussion about availability and the type of project you have in mind.

Speaking

What topics do you speak about?

Quite a few, actually. Recent talks have focused on platforms, Big Data, management, technology, trends, disruption, innovation, and communication.

What are your speaking requirements?

I prefer to use my own computer. I’ve had way too many issues with using other people’s machines. Beyond that, I’m pretty low-maintenance. I like using projectors, microphones. lecterns, and confidence monitors. I arrive the night before events to ensure that there are no travel snafus. Finally, on the day of the event, I like to do a soundcheck at least two hours before I’m scheduled to go on. Belts and braces, as they say.

Can I watch some of your talks?

Knock yourself out.

Fees

How much do you charge?

Check out my rates here.

Will you write for my site for free?

With rare exceptions, the answer is no. I get the whole Chris Anderson “Freemium” argument but my mortgage company doesn’t accept exposure as a form of payment. On occasion, I will guest post on different sites sans payment but this is the exception–not the rule. I have bills to pay and writing helps me do that.

Consulting

What kinds of consulting arrangements do you offer?

A few types:

  • Traditional or full-time, on-site consulting
  • Milestone consulting (although I admittedly have my reservations about the effectiveness of this type of arrangement)
  • Remote consulting

Will you work as a subcontractor?

Usually no. I want to maintain a direct relationship with my customers. I strongly prefer not having to deal with third parties as it pertains to billing and other administrative matters.

Do you sign NDAs with your clients?

If requested, sure. They just can’t be too onerous.

Other

Can I guest post on this site?

I’ve suspended that for the time being.

Can I reprint or cite your articles and blog posts?

Most of the time, the answer is yes. (A few of my articles and white papers belong to the companies who contract me to write them.) The majority of the content found on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. This license means you are free to share, copy, or distribute my work under the following conditions:

  • You must attribute my work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • You may not use my work for commercial purposes without express written permission from me.
  • You may not alter, transform, or build upon my work without express written permission from me.

You can read more about Creative Commons here.

Who built your website?

I had some help with the CSS and the PHP, but for the most part, I did. I’ve become pretty decent at WordPress over the past four years.

Got a current resume?

No, I don’t maintain one. I believe that my body of work on this site and others trumps a three-page, text-laden document that proves that I can conform to rules. I have worked extremely hard over my career at creating what I believe is interesting and valuable content, the vast majority of which you’ll find on this site.

Do you control the prices of your books?

Only The Age of the Platform and The New Small. The rest are out of my control.

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