One year ago I launched Bryan Alexander Consulting and changed my life. It’s been a wild ride, and a successful one. Since I vowed to share this work through social media, I’ll use this post to reflect back on year one of BAC, LLC.
2013-2014 has been a rapid voyage of learning and self-development. I shifted from being in the non-profit space to becoming a businessperson, from chronically recovering from the literature professor role to thinking like an entrepreneur.
Addressing NERCOMP, March 2014.
It’s also been a very busy year. I’ve been in continuous demand, which is a splendid thing. At the same time I have been learning and experimenting a great deal (see below).
What does this new work look like? It’s a mix of ideas, presentations, discussion, listening hard, research, discussion, brainstorming, reflection, analysis, more listening, and more discussion. On a practical side, BAC’s efforts are split between speaking and consulting engagements. For the former, I’m often asked to keynote organizational or campus events, from conferences to symposia. For the latter, it’s been a mix: preparing analyses, helping campuses through academic computing challenges, and facilitating meetings. The two sometimes overlap, as when a consulting assignment leads to a speaking gig, or when a breakout discussion or workshop follows a keynote address.
The work also includes a great deal of writing. I’ve been producing articles, interview content, and book chapters. A new book proposal is heading to a publisher.
A good amount of that writing happens in the monthly FTTE reports. These free documents go out to more than 1000 subscribers, and distill my futures thinking. They’ve also sparked relationships with active futurists and keen-eyed readers.
Still more of writing and futures work happens via social media. Over the past year I’ve ramped up my social media engagement, using the Web to think out loud, in public. That’s meant more blog and Google+ posts, Tweets, LinkedIn discussions, more comments on podcast Web presences, and a surprising amount of Facebook conversations, not to mention posts to old-fashioned listservs. These have refreshed, enhanced, and challenged my thinking, sharpening my work.
On the back end of the business, I’ve learned a great deal: insurance, taxes, state policies, and financial software. Well, I’ve done some, while my wife has done far more. Ceredwyn has become BAC’s chief operating officer, a major job with a demanding learning curve. She’s indispensable to operations. BAC wouldn’t exist without her.