At South by Southwest Interactive on a panel facilitated by Guy Kawasaki called "True Stories from Social Media Sites" - one of the panelists made a comment that I tweeted to Holly Ross. Ed Schipul and I were in the room, and by the time he got to the mic to ask her clarify her remarks in public, time ran out. So after the session, I went up to her asked her why she thought nonprofits were bad clients. I mentioned to Holly who blogged it here.
In all fairness, the panelist also said that people who run nonprofits are very passionate people and that their passion drives them to ask for a lot on little money. And she added, "I can't say no and get sucked in." Made me think of that Godfather clip.
I've been on the nonprofit side and I have let passion turn into being pushy about asking for money or asking people to ask their friends for money or asking for things for free. I've also been on the consultant side and been asked.
So, if you are attending the NTC in New Orleans next week and are thinking about becoming a consultant, please do come to our session, "So You Want To Be A Consultant?" with colleagues John Kenyon, Eric Leland, and Robert Weiner. We'll be covering some nuts and bolts about getting started as well as consultant/client relationships. (John is also doing another panel and hosting a dinner too). And, if you are doing a session at NTC on the topic of consulting - drop a line in the comments with a link to your session.
Thought I'd also gather a funny clip about how to deal with over passionate clients. I'm also going to refresh my memory about time management for techies and how to say no. Meanwhile, read what Chris Brogan wrote last month about "Scaling Yourself" and "How to Say No." I need to eat my own dog food.