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Mike Maddaloni Guest Lecture at University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh on Consulting

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Slides from guest lecture by technology strategist Mike Maddaloni at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh on October 19, 2017 on the topic of consulting for students preparing project work for clients. Discussed point-of-view and personal stories on consulting and preparing status reports and proposals.

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Mike Maddaloni Guest Lecture at University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh on Consulting

  1. 1. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 1 Status Reports, Proposals, Consulting, Oh My! Journalism 61-440 October 19, 2017
  2. 2. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 2 Agenda • Me • Being a Consultant • Status Reports • Proposals • Q & A
  3. 3. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 3 But first… • Full disclosure • #VEHAMO
  4. 4. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 4 Who am I? • Consultant my entire career – Actually, since high school – And even when my title wasn’t “consultant” • Worked with and for variety of firms
  5. 5. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 5 What is a Consultant? • Merriam-Webster says: – One who gives professional advice or services – Expert Image Source – Jantoo.com, under license
  6. 6. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 6 My Definition of a Consultant • Providing value-added services to clients • Providing capabilities they do not have • Customer Service
  7. 7. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 7 Status Reports • The Vital Evil! • Ensures everyone is on the same page • Identifies target audience, progress, outstanding work, and risk
  8. 8. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 8 Thoughts on Status Reports • Be realistic with schedule – Allow room for changes – Beyond the status report, check in on schedule • Deliverables are your reputation • We are better editors than we are writers
  9. 9. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 9 Thoughts on Target Audience • The ultimate spaghetti test • All hinges on it and its accuracy • Use the clients own words to describe it
  10. 10. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 10 Thoughts on Risk • Risk is there – deal with it! • It’s Risk Management, not Risk Elimination • Identify it, create plans to address it – Plan B
  11. 11. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 11 Proposals
  12. 12. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 12 What is a Proposal? • What you are going to do – a.k.a. scope – Not necessarily what you are NOT going to do • A sales tool • An extension of you
  13. 13. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 13 Thoughts on Proposals • Selling the work to be done AND you to do it • Make sure they read it! – Client should fully understand it – Review it with them together if necessary
  14. 14. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 14 More Thoughts on Proposals • Cite relevant sources – To industry – To client contact – Get more than you need, pick the best • Write it like you have competition for the work, even if you don’t
  15. 15. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 15 Q & A ?
  16. 16. Mike Maddaloni @thehotiron 16 Thank You! thehotiron.com @thehotiron Image Sources – Harry Houdini (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Harry-Houdini), Marie Curie (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Marie-Curie), Frida Kahlo (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Frida-Kahlo)

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