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Consulting Consultants: What’s Your Skillset?

A skillset is like you own personal toolbox. In construction you have guys that specialize in concrete, sawing, and even high buildings work. Each has their own set of tools for their specific task. You as a consultant will have your own toolset that you developed overtime. Continue reading

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Consulting Consultants: What's Your Skillset?

A skillset is like you own personal toolbox. In construction you have guys that specialize in concrete, sawing, and even high buildings work. Each has their own set of tools for their specific task. You as a consultant will have your own toolset that you developed overtime. Continue reading

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Consulting Consultants: Commitment

In consulting your commitment is important. Your commitment to your job, your client, and even yourself are all extremely important. Without commitment, a client would not know if you can be trusted to complete the job. Future clients will look at your commitment on other jobs to determine if you are worth both their time and their money. So to remain commited is important. Continue reading

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Consulting Consultants: If You Must Specialize in Something

In the article I linked above I touch on something. That something was the idea of specializing in a programming language. Because learning one can help you easily learn many and it can keep you billable and relevant as a consultant. There is more to specializing in a programming language than learning more than one. There is the logic that comes with learning how to develop and program applications that can be transferred to other areas and other platforms, services, and architectures. Continue reading

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Consulting Consultants: Honesty versus Exaggeration

There is always a need to, as a consultant, to oversell yourself to some degree. Especially if you are a freelance consultant and not working for a consulting firm. The desire to answer “Yes” to every “Can you do” or “Do you understand” question can be overwhelming when you are trying to land clients, jobs, and projects. The question always exists about when you should be honest and when you should exagerate your skillset. For this week’s Consulting Consultants I want to look at a couple points on both sides. Continue reading

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Consulting Consultants: Why Specialization Can Hurt

Sure, specializing looks like a great road to go down especially on a technology that doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon. However, for the sake of this argument lets consider the Microsoft .Net product stack. How many .Net developers do you know? How many really good ones do you know? If I was to venture a guess, I’d say you know a lot of .Net developers. This makes the .Net developer a commodity of sorts. The more people that can do what you do, the worse off you are. Especially if those other folks can do it better than you. Continue reading

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