Category: Soft Skills

February 17, 2016 Don Wynn No comments exist

Part of what you do as Technology consultants is to evaluate options and to generate reports and recommendations.  You design and implement solutions.  You upgrade systems.  You are often called upon to resolve serious problems.  You monitor and improve the health of the systems where you are assigned.  You work with members of the user…

January 19, 2016 Don Wynn 11 comments

Squiggles are not the short hairy monsters that lived under your bed when you were younger.  They are the editing lines that appear under mis-used or mis-spelled words in word processing and e-mail programs.   If you don’t address the problem that caused the Squiggles before transmitting your document or e-mail, those marks will be…

January 19, 2016 Don Wynn No comments exist

Being on the Bench occasionally is a normal and expected part of your industry.  It results from timing as much as anything else.  Resources become available but new projects are not starting at exactly the same time.  The skills of available resources may not be a good match for the requirements of the projects that…

January 19, 2016 Don Wynn No comments exist

I’ll bet you thought this would somehow involve 3 elves and a bowl of cereal but it won’t.  It is about the sound that a cracking voice makes when you address an audience. That sound quickly goes away but it still leaves the audience with the impression that the speaker is uncomfortable, maybe even fearful…

January 19, 2016 Don Wynn 3 comments

Once you become aware of a bad habit, the work has just begun because you now have to consciously take steps to get rid of it.  Every situation is different so the actions you take will also be different. Suppose that you have been told that you talk over people in conversations and in meetings. …

January 19, 2016 Don Wynn 5 comments

My Elementary teachers must have said ‘Sit Up and Pay Attention’ to me a million times during that period of my life.  Like most young kids, I think I was always fidgeting and moving around in my seat. My teachers may all have known that I would eventually become a Technology consultant because that advice…

January 19, 2016 Don Wynn No comments exist

When a Technology consultant goes to a new client, who introduces them to client employees?  Another Technology consultant introduces almost everyone.  You can set the stage for your fellow consultant by providing professional info in the introduction. As you introduce your fellow Technology consultants, you can build their professional standing simply by the words and…

January 19, 2016 Don Wynn No comments exist

As Technology consultants, you are often asked to explain the operation of some aspect of PeopleSoft in detail.  You are expected to provide effective software and/or system demos.  Your ability to do that has a direct and immediate impact on the way the client perceives you as an individual and as a representative of your…

January 19, 2016 Don Wynn No comments exist

We, as a group, spend quite a bit of your time in public places, in airplanes and airports, in buses and cabs, in hotel lobbies, in restaurants and sometimes in bars.  That is just one of the side effects of the career you have chosen.  After a while, you become desensitized to the fact that…

January 19, 2016 Don Wynn No comments exist

Passion should be an ingredient in everything you do as Technology consultants.  It is a cornerstone part of your culture and it is one of the things that separates us from all of the ‘also ran’ consulting companies in your industry.  You advertise your passion and your customers expect to see it when you work…