machinists

Work projects & skills

I've had a wide variety of projects over my career as an employee, consultant, and small business owner.

Some projects have been strategic, some have been tactical.

I've built, rebuilt, taught, connected, pitched and fixed. I've written software, designed networks, bolted things together, and worked with rocket scientists.

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Stories about work

EDS HQ in Plano, TX

180,000 IP phones

Walk into Bank of America and you’ll see Cisco IP telephones. Lots of them. Want to know how they got there?

Let me tell you my best sales story.

The first time I saw voice and video work over a data network was at our Cisco sales lab in Raleigh. My boss Matt Mullady was standing beside me, watching a demo, shaking his head. “This is amazing.” he said. ”This is going to change everything.” …

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Donald Davis at the National Storytelling Festival

5 Ideas from the 2012 National Storytelling Festival

“If you learn one thing, then it was worthwhile.” Dad told me that when I was a kid.

He was talking about reading books, but I’ve found his quote rings true for almost everything.

Sometimes you learn more than one thing. Last weekend at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee I learned …

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switchboard

VoIP Hi Def audio conferencing. Amazing & free!

I’ve been working with data/voice/video networking – and especially Voice over IP VoIP – for most of my career. I love it.

So why am I writing this short story? Because the other day I lived through the audio conference call from hell. The voice quality was abysmal. In fact …

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Chuck Robbins, Cisco

Five Principles of Selling

As a senior executive at Cisco, every quarter I’m responsible for making sure my North American team closes thousands of sales, generates hundred-million-dollar revenues, and guarantees every customer we come in contact with is a satisfied customer. To do that, I rely on these five principles for effective selling.

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NASA EBF3 - Karen Taminger

Telling the EBF3 story

Through one of my clients – Fuentek – I get to work with NASA scientists and engineers. I mean, these guys REALLY are rocket scientists! How cool is that.

I learn about technology they develop, then help them find licensing opportunities for the Intellectual Property.

Here’s an example: Electron Beam Free Form Fabrication (EBF3).

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