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SpaceX Successfully Lands Falcon 9 Rocket

​“The Falcon has landed,” these were the words of a launch commentator during SpaceX’s webcast just as applause erupted from SpaceX’s California headquarters, followed by cheers and chants of “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” They’ve done it!  Elon Musk, present at the launch site in Florida, initially thought the rocket had actually crashed with an explosion, but later learned that it had landed in one piece.  This was a huge success.

  • 24 December 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1163
Creating a Marketing Strategy for the New Year

Developing or restructuring your marketing strategy annually is an important tool to help you outline, develop, and obtain the most important goals to you in a calendar year.  This is a great way to kick off the year on a great note and to help you to focus on what it is that you want to achieve and what you need to do to reach those goals. Because these goals can change over time, it’s important to reevaluate at regular intervals (quarterly for instance) so that you’re not going an entire year before you realize whether or not a specific method was working for you.  A marketing plan should be created annually and reviewed at regular intervals to update your strategy and goals.

  • 17 December 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1375
Top Tech Talk Articles of 2015

This year is rushing to a close and it’s time to take a look back at our top stories of 2015.  We’ve covered everything from UI/UX, social media marketing, consulting, Space X, new technology, and everything in between.  In case you missed something along the way, or if you want to just see what was most popular this year, here are our top Tech Talk articles of 2015!

  • 10 December 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1597
Steps to Take After Every Meeting

We all come out of meetings with the best of intentions.  We’ve addressed whatever it is that we needed to address while in the meeting, and we’ve come up with solutions or tasks for each issue on our meeting list.  It seems sorted out, we’re hitting the ground running, and then life gets in the way.  Other meetings on different tasks are taking up space in our brain, new obligations are yanking at our attention, and more pertinent information needs addressing in the meantime.  The important tasks that we had leaving that first meeting get pushed on the back burner and somehow they fizzle out all together.  So, how do we prevent this?  Well, there are some necessary steps to take during and after every meeting to ensure that that doesn’t happen.

  • 3 December 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1992
Working as a Consultant: Finding a Development Rhythm

People like knowing what's coming and what to expect next in most situations. This no different in a work environment.  When you’re working as a consultant, and entering into a business or project as a new asset, finding a development rhythm is extremely important to the process.  

  • 25 November 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1548
SpaceX Landing its First US Military Contract

​SpaceX has been fighting a long battle for the right to be considered for a US military contract.  After suing for this right, they’re the last ones in the running for the contract of a next-gen GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force. They are set to land their first US military contract.

  • 19 November 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1506
Working as a Consultant: Dealing with Company Bureaucracy

As consultants dealing with different companies, there are always going to be a million hoops to jump through.  Each new client is a new company, new layout, new players, and a new set of rules.  Each business that hires you on is also going to have its own individual company bureaucracy.  So, how do you deal with company bureaucracy as a consultant?  Well, don’t fight the system on this one.

  • 12 November 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1584
Working as a Consultant: "They" vs "We" in Talking to the Customer’s Customer

​In our last article, we shared the importance of distinguishing between “I” and “We” when consulting for a company.  When you’re speaking to your customer/client, you want to be sure to use “you”.  Why?  In a nutshell, it’s not your company, it’s not your business, and it’s not your end goal.  So, in those situations, it is important to say “you”.  “You” should be focused on this because, at the end of the day, “you” do need to do this stuff not “me”.  This is not my company, it is yours. Now that we’re wrapped up in pronouns, what about when you talk to the customer’s customer as a consultant?

  • 4 November 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1477
The Future of TV is Apple?

Apple’s TV streaming box is set to hit stores this Friday.  This new device connects to your TV to make it possible to stream content from the web.  This has been a long awaited reveal and we’re ready to see the end product in action.  So far, the new device is receiving some extremely mixed reviews.

  • 28 October 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1659
Working as a Consultant: How are we going to eat this elephant?

Working as a consultant, the projects we are given are going to be from the very small end to the very large end.  As we know, any large project is going to be a very dynamic issue usually with several moving parts.  So, when you’re handed a huge project, how are you going to get it done?  Here you are with 1,000 hours of work dumped right in your lap. What’s your next move?

  • 21 October 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1726
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Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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