Whether you are an independent, or officially classed as an employee, you are a consultant. No matter what your role in the development process is, what you think, know and do matters in the final outcome. The keys are to know how to express your beliefs as well as how to receive the beliefs of others. Much of the advice given in this book can be applied across all areas of the spectrum, both in job classification and function. However, the main focus is on the unattached person who wishes to earn a living giving advice to those who may not want to receive it, much less pay a living wage for it. That is a hard task, but fortunately, Weinberg knows this arena very well. He dispenses invaluable advice in the form of simple, folkish sayings that you should post on the wall and repeat several times a day. For example, "The Hard Law: If you can't accept failure, you'll never succeed as a consultant" and "The Law of Raspberry Jam: The wider you spread it, the thinner it gets." The best advice often has a homespun flavor, and these consulting aids, sometimes complex only in their simplicity, will help you plot a path to a successful business as a consultant. However, it is only advice and not a bible, so the hard part is up to you. If you want to know what makes a consultant work, either because you want to use one or be one, then this is the book you must read. By seeing the view from both sides of the fence, you can plot a successful strategy, independent of whether you are the giver or receiver of the advice.
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