E-mail Uncle Daryl (Free)…

Got a quick question that might be of interest to other readers?

Send me an e-mail, and I’ll do my best to address it in a future blog post.  

All questions and answers will be sanitized to protect confidentiality.

Contact me here.

Monthly Call-In Session (Also Free)…

In the wings – a free monthly Teleconference.

Still working on the details, but watch my blog or sign up on my newsletter/email list.

Individual Q&A (Not free, but reasonable)…

Some call this Coaching. I call this simply Answering Your Questions.

Here are two options if you would like some in-depth personal support:

The “Strategies & Details” Option – About 1/2 hour increments

  • For detailed discussions and/or multiple questions.
  • I’m not a slave to the clock. If we need to go a bit longer, we will –at no extra charge.
  • Free trial — if you are not happy, you don’t pay.

The “Mentor” Option – Longer term support

  • If you want ongoing support as you start & develop your consultancy.
  • Three month increments – Up to six calls, plus e-mail access.

Contact me here for prices. 

Not sure? Let’s talk for “about a half hour”, and you decide if it is worth it. No risk… 


Several short classes have been presented at professional conferences. (“So You Want To Be A Consultant?” and “Consulting for Geeks.” ) The most recent was on-line for the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) – click here to view the free recording.

Currently working on a more detailed on-line class. Five sessions of one hour each, with follow on Q&A. Includes examples and “war stories” based on 30 years of consulting.

“Consulting for Newbies”

Module I– Introduction 

  • The four C’s – consultants, contractors, coaches, counselors
  • Technical vs Management consulting
  • Part Time vs Full Time
  • Consulting in Retirement
  • Consulting Examples

Module IIPlanning the Business

  • Define your niches
  • Define your ideal client
  • Determine your fees
  • Establish your team of advisors
  • Choose a business structure

Module IIIAttracting the Business

  • Marketing – 21 ways to attract business
  • Writing, speaking, networking, and more
  • Short term vs long term

Module IVBagging the Business

  • Sales – 6 simple steps to selling consulting
  • Initial client meeting – 2 key concerns
  • Problem clients – avoiding or firing
  • Sample documents – quotes, agreements

Module VRunning the Business

  • Financial – accounting, bank accounts, taxes
  • Clients – databases, files, time/telephone log
  • Setting up your office
  • Making the jump

Cost – TBD.

Want more details? Contact me here


Initially a catalyst for this blog. Much of the material is already contained in blog posts. Still undecided about the details: e-book or hard cover, self-publish, or ???

My first e-book (Consulting for Geeks) is about to be published by the IEEE.  If successful, there will be more.

Can’t wait for a book?  Sign up here for my newsletter and get a FREE WHITE PAPER “So You Want To Be A Consultant?”

Incidentally, don’t need a book for the ego boost, as I already written or co-written several technical books along with a couple of hundred technical articles. Much work, but books are very effective in building your credibility and visibility.

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