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Contracting – Your best clients are your current clients…

and your old clients too.Before I started my contracting business five years ago I realised the importance of selling and how it would be key to the success of my business, it’s what some of the consulting books call ‘keeping the pipeline flowing’ if you read the contracting and consulting books they will advise you to spend a portion of your time bringing in new business, making sure that you have enough paying work to keep the wolfs from your door. If you are considering starting your own contracting or consulting business this is invaluable advice as a lack of paying clients is not good for business.I have also read some sales books too, and if you are contracting /consulting or considering it as a future option I recommend that you read some of these books to. Sales books are different from consulting books and please don’t think of these books as a magic answer, they are not, the good books will give you some good advice and tips, that after reading you will probably think is jus…

Washington DC in the Summertime

As I mentioned in my post last week I was fortunate enough to visit Washington DC a week or so back. The main purpose of the visit was business but Mrs Ellis came with me and after the work was done we had a little time to see some of the sites before returning home.My business commitments kept us in Reston, a suburb of DC,  for most of the week but on the weekend we travelled down to downtown DC and we got to see some of the sightsThe UK summer has lived up to its reputation and when flew out of Heathrow it was raining and the temperature was around 14C. When we landed in Dulles we found glorious sunshine and temperatures of 30C plus. This was to remain all week.We arrived in downtown DC Saturday morning we had an early check-in so we were able to drop our bags in the room and head out for the day. We stayed at the JW Marriott on Pennsylvania Avenue or America’s Main Street. This was a pretty cool location with lots of things to see close by, we stepped out of the hotel and after a s…

@LearningTree: 2108 SQL Server 2012 Database Administration

This past week my international adventures have continued. As some of you know, for the past couple of years, I have been teaching courses in Learning Tree’s SQL Server curriculum and I have also been lucky enough to be involved in some of the SQL Server curriculum course development process. I am the course author for 2105 SQL Server 2012 DBA upgrade course and I am also author of another course that is currently in development but I’m going to keep under wraps, at least for the time being. Learning Tree International is just that, an international training company, and its courses and classes get taught over the world. Courses are both written and delivered by Learning Tree instructors who have real world, extensive, experience working with their subject matter. I had been asked by the people at Learning Tree if I would teach a new course, 2108 SQL Server 2012 Database Administration: Hands On in July in the UK. . This is a course that has been written by Sharon Dooley. Sharon has …

Twitter Handle Change

I have been thinking about this for a while now, but I have decided to change my twitter handle. I don’t think this will affect my existing followers, so I think it can be changed without too much hassle so I have changed it. When I first signed up to twitter several years ago, I picked a name that reflected me and  what I intended to to tweet about overtime though, even though I still tweet about roughly the same topics the name didn’t necessarily give me any scope or flexibility, so I have changed it.You can now find me @gethyn_ellis If you follow me already you don’t need to do anything and if you are intending on following along, thank you, please use the my new handle.

Ottawa In the Summer Time

I wrote a post earlier this week telling you all about my trip to Ottawa last week, during my trip i delivered Learning Tree course 2105 SQL Server 2012 DBA Skill Upgrade. I also got to spend the weekend following the course in Ottawa. Taking in some of the sites and also checking out a few patios in Byward MarketI was staying in Lord Elgin Hotel on Elgin street which is pretty much slap bang in the middle of downtown Ottawa. I had suffered a little with jet lag and I never really got into a proper sleeping routine so at the end of class on Friday I simply had dinner and a couple of drinks and had another early night.I was up bright and early on Saturday morning though and I had a chat with the guys on the bell counter at the Elgin about what to do and visit. I was advised that the bars didn’t open until 11am so I couldn’t get a beer yet!!! Not sure if they were trying to tell me something but there were some cool things to see. The Parliament of Canada was only a couple of blocks awa…