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Tuesday, Dec 15, 2009 - 7:00 pm          "Doing the Math": How to Estimate and Manage Results / CNSV Annual meeting 1

Consultants must often estimate the time it will take to generate measurable results for a client, but they often lack any real tools to do this other than their own experience. This presentation will describe how best to approach this task by introducing the concept of "Half Life" for estimating how long it will take to achieve 50% of a targeted goal. This presentation will also illustrate how technical consultants can migrate into management consulting and profit from the transition.

Friday, Dec 11, 2009 - 8:30 am to 9:00 pm

How can you get your website and LinkedIn to help you achieve the credibility and exposure of a successful consultant? If you are successful already, how can you kick it up a notch? You may understand that the internet offers tremendous opportunities, but how do you take advantage of this potential? Get answers to these and other questions at this webinar.

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 - 7:00 pm

Consultants everywhere want to be successful. Projecting a professional image is vital to that success. Knowing what you need to do - and incorporating these methods and behaviors in your daily practice - enhances your professional stature in the eyes of your current and potential clients.

Join John Gale and Duane Strong as they describe a series of recommended Best Practices for those who want to be Professional Consultants.

Friday, Oct 23, 2009 - 8:30 am to 9:00 pm
Location: Webinar 

How do you find Clients? How do you get them to engage with you and buy your services? In today's business climate, everyone has to do more with less. As a consequence, calls and emails are not returned. And the few contracts that are available are at substantially lower rates.
It is no more business as usual. You cannot wait for the phone to ring anymore. You must learn how to find potential clients and then to qualify them. During this webinar, Mike Johnson will show you how to network, find your clients, and sell your services.

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009 - 7:00 pm

This talk tells the story of how silicon technology came to the Santa Clara Valley from Bell Labs via Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory and Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. in the late 1950s. The contributions made by engineers and scientists at these companies laid the foundation of what today is called Silicon Valley.

Friday, Sep 25, 2009 - 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

Do you have enough sales leads in your pipeline? Consultants have to make better use of time in today's business climate. This makes it harder to reach potential clients, let alone book an appointment. Mike Johnson will show you how to find your "suspects," make contact with them, and arrange that all-important interview.

Friday, Sep 18, 2009 - 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

You have the technical expertise and you're ready to get to work, but it's not enough to be technically adept - or even technically brilliant! Your professionalness as perceived by prospects, clients, decision-makers and internal stakeholders directly affects your ability to land and maintain business. Join us for an interactive workshop and panel discussion on how to be a more professional consultant.

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009 - 7:00 pm          Medical Devices: Marketing Your Skills and Ideas 2

CNSV member Dennis Falkenstein will help you learn how medical products are brought successfully to market by both large companies and start-ups. Understanding the aspects of introducing emerging new innovations will provide an overview of the necessary market study, sales channels, regulatory requirements and reimbursement issues that are required domestically. A brief insight into marketing medical devices globally will also be provided.

Friday, Aug 14, 2009 - 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

Good positioning, differentiating, pricing, and partnering are developed as part of a marketing strategy that answers key questions about the engineer consultants' market, target client needs and problems, and unique consultant capabilities that can be proven. Al Peterson will take you through the steps to accomplish just this.

Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 - 8:30 am to 9:00 pm

Join Carl for a morning of "hands-on" training. Carl will lead you step-by-step through the process of setting up a "consulting resume presence" on craigslist.

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