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March 2007 Top 5 Roundup

post # 343 — April 1, 2007 — a General post

I’d like to thank everyone for all the thoughtful comments on my blog. Here are the five posts that had the most discussion this month.

I REALLY hope that people will keep these specific conversations going: the spirit of a blog is that we all react to each other, and I am delighted when these conversations continue.

  1. How to Set Fees

    It seems like a very bad idea to bill by the hour, especially if you are a consultant just beginning your practice. So how do you approach a client to establish accurate value-based pricing? A beginning consultant asks for advice on this crucial skill.

  2. Required Reading

    Back to basics: a couple of my favorite entry-level business books and a host of suggestions from the readers.

  3. Talking with Reporters

    Press coverage might be a nice pat on the back but is it worth pursuing as a marketing strategy? Here are my thoughts on this following a recent experience with the Wall Street Journal.

  4. The Three-Month Rule

    Plans and reviews ought to be conducted on a once-every-three-month cycle — it’s long enough to work around the world’s unpredictabilities both at work and in people’s personal lives.

  5. Promoting a New Book

    For some time now, I have been saying that a book is a “20th-century artifact” and that the way to serve your market (and to get your market’s attention) is to write a stream of articles. The challenge I face – and the topic on which I’d like your input – is thinking about marketing the book I am writing based on these articles…


Hugh Williams said:

Please enter your comment: Just wondering if you have received the copy of my book “Life Without Timesheets”?

posted on April 1, 2007

David (Maister) said:

Yes, I received it, Hugh. I can’t guarantee to comment on it here, but, when it reaches the top of the to-do pile, I’ll take a look.

posted on April 1, 2007

David (Maister) said:

I have made some comments on Hugh’s very useful book in the conversation on this blog under “Setting Fees.”

posted on April 2, 2007

Pete Aldin said:

Very very VERY helpful. Thnx, Master Maister!

posted on April 2, 2007

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posted on May 11, 2007