Speaking: People tell me that I am an excellent public speaker. I’m comfortable speaking to groups, large or small. My logical topic would be bicycle wheels, and there is a lot of very interesting information about them that is not obvious to the casual observer. Some of it is counter-intuitive. I can vary the content from that which would be interesting to a group of novice riders all the way up to a room full of engineers. A good format, perhaps, is 30 minutes of presentation followed by a Q&A period. There would be no speaking fees for bicycle clubs in the Washington DC metro area. For speaking engagements at large symposiums, I might ask for a modest fee plus costs of travel and lodging, but I would wave those reimbursements for any symposium I am attending, anyway.
Consulting: I know how a typical bike shop can bring in additional revenue by building and selling custom wheels. Doing so also elevates the status of the shop above others that do not have the requisite knowledge and experience to offer that specialty. Custom hand-built wheels are actually pretty easy to sell, and the profit margin can be attractive. I have brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars to my shop’s bottom line as well as hundreds of new customers. The lessons of success can be replicated elsewhere with the right approach. I would ask for reimbursement of travel and lodging expenses plus a fee depending on the complexity of the shop’s market.
For anyone who might be interested in either speaking or consulting, my cell phone is 703-946-3806. My main focus and goal is to educate customers and help shops become more profitable.