From: Craig Phillips <>

Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:10 AM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Junk's Out, It's a Party!



Cocktail Talk


July 2014

Cocktail Talk

Dear Craig:   

Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


Cocktail Talk is archived on


Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Junk's Out, It's A Party! 


Junk's out, it's a party! Win a prize!


Maybe you read the  February 2011 Cocktail Talk on Crowdsourcing, maybe not. In case you don't remember what Crowdsourcing is, here's a little snippet to jog your memory:


The act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to a large group of people or community (a crowd), through an open call. (Wikipedia)


That my friends, is exactly what I'm doing and I'm doing it with the Cocktail Talk crowd.


The Task

Create a new title for me.  


The Reason

I am an indie consultant using "Principal" as my job title. IMHO too many people have since adopted (stolen) that, and while we are all principals in our own small companies I don't necessarily want to be lumped in with them. 

 The Prize - 

A Groupon that can be used near the winner, or winners, home(s), or in Chicago or even Milwaukee, if you prefer. 

If the response warrants it there will be a Cocktail Talk concerning this Crowdsourcing experience and I do not want to look bad so the prize will be nice. It could be five course meals with wine in Greek Town, four course meals with drinks in Lakeview, a sunset Segway tour, or helicopter ride over Chicago.


Strategies -

- Take your time, The Cocktail Talk I mentioned will be, probably, the September issue. 

- Visit the CN Consulting, Inc. website ( get a handle on what it is I do. 

- Ask your friends for help. Prizes will be for two or four people after all.

- Do your own Crowdsourcing by sharing this on your Facebook, LinkedIn or whatever.


Secret Tips -

- It doesn't have to be a solitary word.

- It has to be "correct".

- I've already stolen from Truman Capote and use "Craig Phillips - Since 1957" on my personal cards.

- I was taken by the "Joe Danno - Bartender to the Stars" tag Joe Danno used.


To Win

Submit your title ideas, as many as you want, right here


The Rule - 

Nothing bogus, a short order cook is not a "Head Chef", bullshit smells. 

(Only if you hope to win. We all enjoy a good laugh and like the man says - "If you don't like the smell, don't go to the Rodeo.)




Winner winner, Chicken Dinner, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.




Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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