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The key to planning any event is to be detailed and thorough. If you put everything into the first announcement, you won't be taking an endless stream of follow-up calls asking for clarification. Lincolnshire was a referral group I belonged to. We had offices in most major cities, so this was a big event.

May 4, 20—

Savannah Webster
The Webster Group
1234 Peachtree Drive
Atlanta, Georgia

Lincolnshire Quarterly Meeting: July 10-12, 20--
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Dear Savannah,

At CareerLab, we put our heads together to come up with a conference that expresses "Colorado" and "The West." We considered downtown Denver, Inverness Park (near our office), ski country (Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail—and like places), and Colorado Springs, about 60 miles or one hour south of Denver. Colorado Springs won hands-down, for location, activities, and convenience—as you'll see.

Reservation Deadline
We'll be meeting at the fabulous Long's Peak Conference Resort. The Lincolnshire room rate is $141 per night, single or double occupancy.  Call Diana Follensbee, Special Events Manager at 1-800-555-1212 to reserve your room. Reservation deadline is June 12th. You may arrive a week early, or stay a week after the conference for the same room rate.

Air and Ground Transportation
You may fly into either Denver International Airport (DIA) or Colorado Springs (COS). In many cases, airfare to Colorado Springs is cheaper than airfare to DIA. The Colorado Springs airport is new and modern. Less than two years old, it's relatively small and easy-to-navigate. If you fly into Colorado Springs and don't rent a car, you may call Diana Follensbee, Special Events Manager at the resort, and he will schedule a shuttle to meet your plane.  DIA is larger and harder to navigate, especially for first-timers. If you fly into Denver (DIA), expect a 30-minute wait for baggage, and another 30 minutes renting a car, then a 1-1/2 to 2 hour drive to the Long's Peak Conference Resort.

Special Events
Friday night dinner will be at the Collingswood Inn. During the 1912 arts and crafts movement from Europe to the Americas, the Collingswood Inn was built as a coppersmith shop. The building style is English Country Tudor with beamed ceilings, stained glass windows, and a copper hooded fireplace. In 1940, the Collingswood Inn became a restaurant. Nestled in the foothills of Pikes Peak, the spectacular views from the terrace enhance the menu of trout, roast duck, caribou, game birds, king salmon, Colorado beef—

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and yes, wild boar. We'll depart the conference center at 7:00 p.m. for dinner at 7:30. Dress code: business casual.

Saturday night features a visit to the S Rocker K Ranch, an actual working cattle and horse ranch just north of the Garden of the Gods. Dinner is served at 7:00. We'll arrive 45-minutes early to tour an old western town of restored buildings furnished with authentic contents or the 1800's and early 1900's. The chuckwagon dinner includes cowboy-size U.S. choice steaks, cooked over an open wood fire, mouth-watering smoked beef brisket, scrumptious smoked pork ribs, flame grilled trout, or bar-b-que chicken.

After dinner, the Rocker K Singers put on their famous western stage show. All this amid a setting of beautiful western murals, Indian artifacts, and ranch life. Dress code: very casual. Shorts, blue jeans, Dockers. Polo shirts, sport shirts. Tennis shoes, walking shoes, boots. Country and western attire, if you have it. But don't go buy a new Roy Rogers or Dale Evans outfit just for this event. The only thing out of place here is coat and tie.

Climate and Wardrobe
Daytime temperatures in July are 85-92 degrees, at night the temperature drops to 50 to 60 degrees, which feels cold. It's wise to bring warm nightclothes. During the day, layered clothing is best. For example, a polo shirt, topped by a sweater or sweatshirt, topped by long-sleeve shirt, followed by a lightweight coat. Layering allows you to add or subtract warmth to match the temperature. A heavy coat is not a bad idea, especially if you plan to take the trip to the top of Pikes Peak, where temperatures in July can be 30-40 degrees. I seldom travel anywhere in Colorado without a parka in tow. If you're a photographer, bring your camera.

Golf and Outdoor Tours
Evan Fast, our Senior Vice President, will host a Lincolnshire golf outing on Friday afternoon, July 10th. Please call him at +1/303/790-0505 or send e-mail to efast@careerlab.com to express interest. The resort will schedule day trips to The Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak by Cog Railway, The Air Force Academy, The Olympic Training Center, The Royal Gorge, and The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. They will also schedule sporting events such as river rafting, fly fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.

Direct questions to our Office Manager, Sandy Richardson, at +1/303/790-0505 or srichardson@careerlab.com.

We're excited about hosting Lincolnshire International in Colorado in July—but be forewarned: Once you see this place, you may not want to leave!

With best wishes,

William S. Frank

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William S. Frank, M.A.,
25 Reasons I love consulting.
by William S. Frank
  1. Brand. You are your own brand, and you can define it any way you want. For many years, I provided outplacement to the ex-employees of Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield service corporation. When departing employees left the company, they didn't request outplacement in their severance package. They said, "I want Bill Frank."
  2. Demand. The world will always be full of terrible problems that need solving.
  3. White Hat. I can be a helper and get paid for it.
  4. Pay. I can be paid to do things I'd gladly do for nothing.
  5. Variety. Every day is different.
  6. Happiness. At this stage of my career, I only work for people I respect and care about. If a client micromanages me or is otherwise no fun, I complete the assignment and replace them.
  7. Talent. I'm using 110% of my talents and stretching myself to the max.
  8. Change. I can change my focus any day I want. If you're a McDonald's franchisee, you don't say, "Hey, I've got this great idea for a meatball sandwich—let's try it out today." In consulting you can adjust your focus hour-by-hour, as long as your clients still understand and appreciate what you do.
  9. Income. No one else would pay me as much as I pay myself.
  10. FUN. I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing.
  11. Retirement. I can write and consult as long as I am physically and mentally capable. Peter Drucker worked into his 90s, and when asked which book was his best, he said: "My next one."
  12. Job Security. Although clients come and go, no one can come into my office and say, "Pack up your stuff . . . You don't work here anymore." In 29 years, I've only had one employer: ME.
  13. Travel. I don't have to travel unless I decide to. I travel if it's both FUN and profitable—or at least FUN.
  14. Commute. I live five minutes from my office, a corner office in an upscale six-story tower. In winter, I leave a heated garage at home and drive to an underground heated garage at work. There's seldom time to hear even one song on the radio.
  15. Vacation. Consulting is more fun than vacation (except on Wailea Beach in Maui).
  16. Friends. I have developed hundreds of close acquaintances and several lifetime friends.
  17. Time. I can work as much or as little as I like: four-hour days or 18-hour days. (Of course, my income will reflect that.)
  18. Employees. I can work with employees, subcontractors, partners, or alone—I've done it all.
  19. Passive Income. I've developed several products that provide "mailbox money." I earn while I'm sleeping.
  20. Ethics. I've never had to violate my values or personal code of ethics. I've never had to lie, purposely deceive or harm others, or promise things I can't deliver. I go to bed with a clear conscience. That doesn't mean there's never any conflict. But the conflict is conducted according to generally accepted business practices.
  21. Virtual. My career is fairly portable. With the Internet, e-mail, cell phone, and FedEx, I can work nationally, even internationally from my office—or anywhere in the world.
  22. Purpose. I make a difference in peoples' lives every day. I see it in their faces, hear it in their voices, and read it in their thank-yous.
  23. Experience. Every painful or joyful life experience makes me a better consultant. So does every person I meet or book I read. Grey hair can be good in consulting.
  24. Structure. I have to work very hard, and the clients expect superb results—but I get to structure my days, weeks, months, and years.
  25. Boss. Most of the time, I love my boss.
As I was posting these letters online, I realized I want to communicate my love for consulting. It's just a great business. The single letters, taken together, may create a picture of enjoyment, but in a burst of creativity I listed some of the reasons consulting is such a good fit for me—and perhaps for you, too. They are not prioritized; this is just how they came out.