Workshop: Cloud-based Collaboration and Communication PMI-North LA County

A quick thank you

Yes.. that’s my dog Beaux on my monitor. 😉

The Slide-deck

To download, click the image for the Powerpoint file or get the PDF here.

Tools worth looking at:

I just re-discovered this. The last time I visited the North LA Chapter, I wrote, “The Project Management Blues”. Enjoy!

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The Blessing of Knowing The Burden of Believing

It’s a blessing to know what you want to do in life. It’s a burden to believe you can do it.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing what I’ve wanted to do with my life since I was very young. I’ve had the burden of believing I can, in fact, achieve what I’ve wanted to do as well.

I’ve wanted to be a writer (creator) for as long as I can remember. I am guessing, since 7 or 8 years old, the dream has been there. I put it off for a long time and have squandered some opportunities as well. But, I’ve also been blessed and fortunate to have taken major steps (published articles and two books) to achieving my dream.Continue reading

Why I stopped selling digital marketing and how you can fix your social media

“Everyone wants to go to heaven… but no one wants to die!”


And that, my friends, is why I stopped providing digital marketing/social media consulting. At Pulse, we only provide database consulting/development and high-value information technology consulting. It simply pays better.

Oh… you need me to unpack that a bit? I’m going to do that and then I’m going to explain how you can actually fix your digital marketing and social media. And it’s the truth… I’m not selling anything!

Effective Social Time, Talent, and/or Money

We had great success with a few clients. One, in particular, hired us to define strategy, create content, and implement some campaigns.

How much did they pay:

  • $3,000.00 retainer for consulting and a setup/launch plan.
  • $1,000.00 per week for 10 weeks
  • $500.00 per week for another 4 weeks
  • As needed billing after that

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Kind words and soul suckers

“without any exaggeration whatsoever, I will say that Mathew really captured the audience’s attention as well as *any* speaker we’ve had in 13 years…  I would *highly* recommend Mathew as a speaker for the Chapter meeting or any of the satellite meetings…”

That testimonial quote is from the person who booked me to speak for PMI in Pasadena (Project Management Institute) last month. That was his email introducing me to the Los Angeles Program Director… emphasis (bold and asterisks) his! From that email, I’ve been booked to two more engagements – same organization.

So why tell you this?

I’m bragging! That’s why!

Well… sort of. Certainly, I believe I give a great presentation – high-value, fun… education plus entertainment! In fact, I’ve also been booked to present more workshops at the Ventura County Community Foundation (Blogging and Social Media) and at the Camarillo Public Library’s Business Workshop Series. (Team Collaboration).

I’ve had a bad day before

I NEVER post personal challenges or conflict online. It’s unhelpful and adds no value. Everyone has rough days. Contrary to popular opinion… I’m no different. That email came during a particularly rough day! Sorry… no details to offer… but it changed the tone of my day… no… my week!

A Kind Word

The other day, my daughter and I were shopping for groceries. The cashier, a gentleman who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting before, was his typical, high-energy self.  I said, “I LOVE your attitude. When you are working I go out of my way to go through your line – even when the line is longer. I just want some of that energy!”

He thanked me and said, “Hey… there are a lot of soul-suckers out there. I don’t want to be one of those!

Take time to notice someone who has done a great job or demonstrates an amazing attitude! Thank them! And, then, be that person! Don’t be a soul-sucker!

Keynote in Wisconsin and a Workshop in Ventura

Why IT? Keynote in Wisconsin

February 25, 2015 as part of the Why IT? Conference hosted by Moraine Park Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College.

I provided more details at The IT Career Toolkit website; including a discount code Pearson provided for my book.

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I’m Leaving Facebook after January 1st

You lie, you lie, with a booger in your eye!!

About Facebook’s New Terms, Privacy Settings and More

I just got the Facebook email where they are updating their terms and policies and introducing privacy basics.

What I know about this is that it will (already does) create a flurry of status updates that sound/appear something like.

“This lengthy, rambling, pseudo-legalese blah blah blah – protects me from the monster that is Facebook, Zuckerberg, and the CIA. Blah blah blah. And by posting it, I declare that I am a sovereign nation!”


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facebook messenger security

Facebook Messenger – Security, Privacy, and the Real Conversation

Should I Install Facebook Messenger?

ABSTRACT: This blog post covers security concerns over Facebook Messenger but also covers security, technology and philosophy/policy.

facebook messenger securityThis question – or something like it – has come up with clients and friends a LOT lately. Mostly due to Facebook separating functionality from their main app into two apps. The Facebook App (your timeline and stream of photos) and Messenger – an app focused on direct person(s) to person(s) chatting.

Articles have cropped out – most with an ominous tone of big brother watching you – due to “permissions” the application requests when it is installed.Continue reading


The many things I don’t do well

I coach people and I do it well. I guess I am known as a bit of a hard-ass. I don’t coddle my clients and I do NOT tolerate inactivity or poor effort!

And apparently, I have a pretty strong leadership quotient. That’s a fancy way of saying that I often am asked to – or end up – leading projects and people due to force of personality and decisiveness.

However, a bi-product of dispensing with advice that is clearly in my wheelhouse – playing to my strengths – is that readers and those I coach get the impression that I do everything well; that I never feel down or depressed, anxious, fearful, lack confidence, get angry, or deal with frustration – at myself and others.Continue reading