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    • 25 Sep 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451

    Presented by Steve Greffenius

    Trade journals still exist. Books do, too. Even paper exists. Yet digital information has changed most of what we took for granted about how to share ideas and expertise with other people. Technology gives every person tools to write, publish, and distribute complex material. Experts do not have to wait for an acceptance letter or a publishing contract. You can build your own house, with less trouble than you think.

    RTFM assumes consultants want to establish themselves as experts in their  specialties. It also assumes that writing can - often does - help that process along. In fact, proficient writing, and ability to reach your audience, can make a substantial difference in your consulting practice. That's the motivational part. For practical advice, plus discussion of tools and techniques useful to consulting engineers who want to publish their ideas, attend this presentation.

    About Our Speaker:

    Since 1997, Steven Greffenius has managed complicated document production tasks for large and small firms in greater Boston. He develops technical content for customers, software developers, engineers, scientists, and system administrators who want to succeed with hard-to-learn products and services. Today's hardware and software systems are complex. Steve learns these systems thoroughly and quickly. He writes about them clearly and economically.

    Steve’s career as a writer and leader began in the United States Navy in the Western Pacific, where as a junior officer he managed a division that maintained shipboard communications and radar equipment. After military service, he worked as a graduate student, then as a teacher and researcher for academic institutions located in the United States and overseas. He became a technical writer and editor full time when he moved to Boston in 1997, and has worked in that field steadily for almost twenty years. Explore Puzzle Mountain Digital's website to learn about the work Steve has accomplished for Boston’s technology firms in finance, health care, manufacturing control systems, laboratory and electronic instruments, the semiconductor industry, embedded software, and internet services.

    Steven has published numerous articles on writing and other elements of technical documentation. His latest book, published in 2016, is RTFM: Practical Advice for Smart Writers. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Reed College, as well as a master’s and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa. He taught politics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China, and Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Currently he lives with his family in Westwood, Massachusetts.)


    PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

    The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the third floor.

    A no host, PRE-MEETING DINNER will take place at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, Waltham, MA (exit 27B, Rte. 128)

    Driving Directions to Constant Contact

    Follow I-95/route 128 to Trapelo Rd in North Waltham, Waltham. Take exit 28 from I-95/route 128.(https://goo.gl/maps/tvn3I)

    Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. 

    For more information, e-mail or contact the chairman Frederick Beihold, at 508-405-0499. tbog@rcn.com

    • 23 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451

    Presented by Norman Daoust

    Defining or documenting operational decision making practices and policies is typically challenging. However using a simple decision modeling technique can overcome those challenges. The technique uses a diagram and tables and can be used for analyzing, documenting, and specifying decisions of any type, and ranging from the simple to the extremely complex.

    This session presents a comprehensive decision modeling technique that is easily understood by both business people and software developers, and can be applied to decisions ranging from the very simple to the extremely complex. The case study presented will be of IEEE C-Net members determining whether or not to accept a contracting engagement!

    Attendees will learn the Decision Model technique, the advantages of the decision model technique, and words that signify decisions.

    Business decision making is seldom fact-based and repeatable. Using the Decision Model technique can change that!

     About the Speaker

    Norman Daoust founded his consulting company, Daoust Associates, www.DaoustAssociates.com, in 2001. His consulting specializes in data modeling, data architecture, and healthcare electronic data exchange using the HL7 standard. His clients have included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Veteran’s Health Administration (VA), the Canadian Institute for Health Information, several healthcare provider networks, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and a Fortune 500 software company.

    Norman speaks frequently at national and regional conferences at locations ranging from Portland, OR to Koln, Germany. His book, UML Requirements Modeling for Business Analysts, provides guidance for all thirteen of the diagrams in the Unified Modeling Language. Norman is an engaging speaker who enjoys making complex topics easy to understand.



    PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

    The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the third floor.

    A no host, PRE-MEETING DINNER will take place at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, Waltham, MA (exit 27B, Rte. 128)

    Driving Directions to Constant Contact

    Follow I-95/route 128 to Trapelo Rd in North Waltham, Waltham. Take exit 28 from I-95/route 128.(https://goo.gl/maps/tvn3I)

    Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. 

    For more information, e-mail or contact the chairman Frederick Beihold, at 508-405-0499. tbog@rcn.com

    • 27 Nov 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451
    (check back soon for more information)

    PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

    The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the third floor.

    A no host, PRE-MEETING DINNER will take place at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, Waltham, MA (exit 27B, Rte. 128)

    Driving Directions to Constant Contact

    Follow I-95/route 128 to Trapelo Rd in North Waltham, Waltham. Take exit 28 from I-95/route 128.(https://goo.gl/maps/tvn3I)

    Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. 

    For more information, e-mail or contact the chairman Frederick Beihold, at 508-405-0499. tbog@rcn.com

Past events

26 Jun 2018 Messaging is a Verb: How to Speak Artfully
22 May 2018 Building Your Business Through Referrals
24 Apr 2018 Everything You Wanted To Know About Consulting But Were Afraid To Ask
27 Mar 2018 Building a Successful Consulting Practice: What Does Success Mean to You?
27 Feb 2018 Consultant Techology Cornucopia
23 Jan 2018 Tax Strategies
28 Nov 2017 Election of Officers for 2018
24 Oct 2017 Coriandolo Radio: An open-source protocol for “drive-by” sensor-logger data collection
26 Sep 2017 The Professional Engineer License - Why You Should Want It
27 Jun 2017 Collection Strategies for Professionals
23 May 2017 Engage with Clients Emotionally to Gain New and Follow-on Work
25 Apr 2017 Everything You Wanted To Know About Consulting But Were Afraid To Ask
28 Mar 2017 How Changing Your Belief System Allows New Solutions to Enter Your Consciousness
28 Feb 2017 Is Networking & Speaking Bringing You Lots of New Business? If Not, Stop Leaving $$$ on the Table!
24 Jan 2017 Tax reporting for 2016
03 Jan 2017 Product Development in the Life Science & Hight Tech Startups
27 Sep 2016 Using Real-Time Spectral Analysis to Visualize, Measure, and Troubleshoot EMI Signals in a Completely Different Way
14 Jul 2016 14th Annual Sunset Cruise and Networking Evening on Boston Harbor
22 Jun 2016 Using Empathy for Enhancing Client Relationships and Motivating New Ones
25 May 2016 Business Networking for Engineers Who Kind of Hate Networking
27 Apr 2016 Everything You Wanted To Know About Consulting But Were Afraid To ask
23 Mar 2016 Don't Tell Your Customers to Read the F'ing Manual
24 Feb 2016 The Impact of Thermal Management in Electronics Design from Wearable Electronics, IoT to Data Centers
27 Jan 2016 Tax Information and Pitfalls for 2015 Reporting - Brad Capland
05 Jan 2016 Product Development in Life Science and High Tech Startups
23 Nov 2015 Engineering Consultants in the Medical Device Field
26 Oct 2015 How to Achieve Peak Performance in your Consulting Practice
28 Sep 2015 Leadership for Consultants
22 Jun 2015 June Meeting
18 May 2015 Creative Avoidance: Why We Spend Time Doing Other Things Instead of Actively Growing Our Business
27 Apr 2015 Consultants Panel
23 Mar 2015 How You Surrendered Your Power to Your Prospects - and How You Can Stop Doing It
23 Feb 2015 Tax Information and Tax Pits for 2014
26 Jan 2015 Networking...For People Who Kind of Hate Networking
06 Jan 2015 Joint with ENET - Bootstrapping a Lean Start Up
17 Nov 2014 Protecting Your IP in a Client-Centered Scenario
27 Oct 2014 Building and Maintaining a Successful Consulting Career
22 Sep 2014 September Meeting
25 Jun 2014 Branding a Consulting Practice
28 May 2014 The Networking Pyramid
23 Apr 2014 CNET Panel Discussion
26 Mar 2014 Taxes and Reporting for Consultants
26 Feb 2014 Contract Issues for Consultants and Clients
22 Jan 2014 Whose Reality Is it? Seeing Ourselves As Others See Us
07 Jan 2014 Strategic Partnering, Licensing and IP Strategies - Co-sponsored by ENET
20 Nov 2013 Sales Skills for Consultants
23 Oct 2013 The Bilingual Advantage: Improving Performance By Speaking Manager And Consulting Engineer
25 Sep 2013 8 Steps to Obtaining Speaking Engagements for Business Development, Personal Branding, and Thought Leadership
26 Jun 2013 Negotiating: Your Nine Tips for Success
22 May 2013 Presentation Skills - Learn to Perfect your Marketing Pitch
24 Apr 2013 Panel Discussion - Everything you wanted to know about consulting but were afraid to ask.
27 Mar 2013 Tax and Financial Planning for Growing Consultancies
27 Feb 2013 An Insider's Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice
23 Jan 2013 Six Things You Should Know BEFORE Becoming a Technical Consultant
04 Dec 2012 Legal and Patent Strategies for Entrepreneurs
14 Nov 2012 3D Printing: How It May Impact You
24 Oct 2012 “Thought Leadership: The Art of Separating Yourself from the Rest of the Pack”
09 Oct 2012 “Informal Networking Dinner”
27 Sep 2012 “Social Media for Consultants”
28 Jun 2012 “Working with Contract Agencies”
24 May 2012 Consultants - How to make sure you get paid for your work
22 Mar 2012 Financial Guidance for Consultants