The Zen of Consulting Eva Kaniasty Red Pill UX @kaniasty UPA International 2012, Las Vegas June 2012                      ...
9 Lessons in 50 minutes        The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012   2
1    Money does not mean what    you think it means.                                                                      ...
1    Audience:    Have you ever felt that you were asking    for too much money during salary or    contract negotiations?...
1    Money                    =   Cost    Money                    =   Value    Money                    =   Skin in the G...
2    Time can fly. You can’t.                                                                          6             The Ze...
2    Audience:    Do you regularly work more than an 8    hour day, or work during off-hours or on    the weekend?        ...
2    Work less/Focus more    Kill the meeting    Make them wait*    * & avoid disappointment                              ...
3    Promises are like babies:    easy to make, hard to deliver.                                                          ...
3    Audience:    Have you ever underestimated the time a    project would take, and ended up either    working late to fin...
3    Underpromise*    Prepare for the Worst    Reduce the Scope    * But don’t under-sell yourself                        ...
4    Are you experienced?                                                                         12            The Zen of...
4    Audience:    Have you ever felt you didn’t have enough    experience or ability to get a job or a    project?        ...
4    Industry Experience    Technical Experience    Domain Experience    Expertise    * Greasing the wheels also helps    ...
5    You might not like flies, but    honey is still tasty                                                                 ...
5    Audience:    Have you ever thought that a co-worker or    boss was completely wrong-headed in    their opinion?      ...
5    The Royal We    Give Credit    Adapt    * & follow the leader                                                        ...
6                                                                 18    The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, J...
7    You’re not the boss of me.                                                                          19             Th...
7    Audience:    How many of you have a boss? How many    of you love your boss? Does your boss    have a boss?          ...
7    Your boss has a boss who    has a boss who has a boss...    Leaders follow too    * And...wishes are not horses      ...
8    Don’t throw the horse in the    pool.                                                                          22    ...
8    Audience:    Do you think most companies should    follow a user-centered design process?                            ...
8    Relationship is #1    Be Patient, Grasshopper    * & always love puppies                                             ...
9    Puppy killers are awful    people.                                                                          25       ...
9    Audience:    Did you kill any puppies today?                                                                         ...
9    In a year you won’t give a sh*t    Move On    * Be Zen                                                               ...
10     You are your work. You are     not your work.                                                                      ...
10     Audience:     How many of you love your job? Hate it?     Has work ever made you depressed or     angry?           ...
10 Be Passionate Be Zen * Be surprised                                                                               30   ...
6    Bonus: Always put lipstick on    your favorite pig.                                                                  ...
What is the sound of onehand clapping?    Eva Kaniasty    Red Pill UX    @kaniasty    UPA International 2012, Las Vegas   ...
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    1. 1. The Zen of Consulting Eva Kaniasty Red Pill UX @kaniasty UPA International 2012, Las Vegas June 2012 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012 1
    2. 2. 9 Lessons in 50 minutes The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012 2
    3. 3. 1 Money does not mean what you think it means. 3 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    4. 4. 1 Audience: Have you ever felt that you were asking for too much money during salary or contract negotiations? 4 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    5. 5. 1 Money = Cost Money = Value Money = Skin in the Game Money * Also... Time = Money = Success 5 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    6. 6. 2 Time can fly. You can’t. 6 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    7. 7. 2 Audience: Do you regularly work more than an 8 hour day, or work during off-hours or on the weekend? 7 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    8. 8. 2 Work less/Focus more Kill the meeting Make them wait* * & avoid disappointment 8 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    9. 9. 3 Promises are like babies: easy to make, hard to deliver. 9 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    10. 10. 3 Audience: Have you ever underestimated the time a project would take, and ended up either working late to finish, or blew a deadline? 10 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    11. 11. 3 Underpromise* Prepare for the Worst Reduce the Scope * But don’t under-sell yourself 11 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    12. 12. 4 Are you experienced? 12 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    13. 13. 4 Audience: Have you ever felt you didn’t have enough experience or ability to get a job or a project? 13 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    14. 14. 4 Industry Experience Technical Experience Domain Experience Expertise * Greasing the wheels also helps 14 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    15. 15. 5 You might not like flies, but honey is still tasty 15 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    16. 16. 5 Audience: Have you ever thought that a co-worker or boss was completely wrong-headed in their opinion? 16 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    17. 17. 5 The Royal We Give Credit Adapt * & follow the leader 17 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    18. 18. 6 18 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    19. 19. 7 You’re not the boss of me. 19 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    20. 20. 7 Audience: How many of you have a boss? How many of you love your boss? Does your boss have a boss? 20 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    21. 21. 7 Your boss has a boss who has a boss who has a boss... Leaders follow too * And...wishes are not horses 21 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    22. 22. 8 Don’t throw the horse in the pool. 22 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    23. 23. 8 Audience: Do you think most companies should follow a user-centered design process? 23 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    24. 24. 8 Relationship is #1 Be Patient, Grasshopper * & always love puppies 24 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    25. 25. 9 Puppy killers are awful people. 25 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    26. 26. 9 Audience: Did you kill any puppies today? 26 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    27. 27. 9 In a year you won’t give a sh*t Move On * Be Zen 27 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    28. 28. 10 You are your work. You are not your work. 28 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    29. 29. 10 Audience: How many of you love your job? Hate it? Has work ever made you depressed or angry? 29 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    30. 30. 10 Be Passionate Be Zen * Be surprised 30 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    31. 31. 6 Bonus: Always put lipstick on your favorite pig. 31 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012
    32. 32. What is the sound of onehand clapping? Eva Kaniasty Red Pill UX @kaniasty UPA International 2012, Las Vegas June 2012 The Zen of Consulting, Eva Kaniasty/Red Pill UX, June 2012 32

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