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    I know there must be a thread that answers this, but I did not find it with a search. A redirect to that thread would be appreciated.

    Suppose you are a marketing consultant who happens to use GTD. One of you clients asks you how you manage your workload. You give him a copy of "Getting Things Done." He takes it home, calls you the next day, and says, "I'd like your help implementing this system. I'll pay you the same rate we've been paying for the marketing assistance."

    And then you say...

  • #2
    Originally posted by Mike Ferguson View Post
    "I'd like your help implementing this system. I'll pay you the same rate we've been paying for the marketing assistance."

    And then you say...

    Veni Vidi Velcro
    "I Came, I Saw, I Stuck Around"
    (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.)
    Perhaps instead
    ad idem (of the same mind)
    Revelare Pecunia (Show me the money)
    Ad valorem (according to value)

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    • #3
      Magister dixit.

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      • #4
        Depends on my relationship with the client and the rules and policies governing my workplace. All other things being equal, I'd lean towards accepting.

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        • #5
          Mike,
          Are you asking about the "rules" for expanding the scope of your work with a client? Or are you concerned about whether or not you are "qualified" to be "teaching" GTD?

          As for the first question, if you're a consultant, and the client is asking to consult with you about organization and productivity skills, I say go ahead and offer him the best you can give.

          As for the second question, if your own productivity skills are in good enough shape for one of your clients to notice and ask you how it's done, then you probably have plenty to offer, and should do so with a clear conscience.

          One benefit for you is the old axiom: If you really want to learn something, teach it to someone else. So, in having to explain to someone else how to implement GTD, and guiding them through the process of setting it up, you'll probably get a GTD shot it the arm for yourself!

          Win, Win!!!

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          • #6
            Clarification...?

            Originally posted by Mike Ferguson View Post
            You give him a copy of "Getting Things Done." He takes it home, calls you the next day, and says, "I'd like your help implementing this system. I'll pay you the same rate we've been paying for the marketing assistance."

            And then you say...
            I'm not 100% sure what you're asking, after reading a couple of the replies--is the question whether or not you're qualified to consult on GTD, or is it a question of rights and propriety (i.e., "Is it okay to charge money for teaching material from a book you didn't write and haven't licensed?")

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