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Establishing Relevance in a New Field

  • Mar 5, 2013 · 9:00 AM
  • Valencia Gardens

One of the hallmarks of the dramatic economic and workforce changes that occurred in the past 5 years has to do with "relevance". With technology driving business and societal trends many skill sets, jobs and yes, even people, have been labeled irrelevant. For many professionals this has resulted in a need to reinvent themselves. To make themselves relevant.

This opportunity comes with challenges that require fresh thinking and different strategies. Are you trying to enter a new field and struggling to find the right people to talk to or overcome that "why am I here" stigma at networking events?

This week's Professional Career Network presenter knows the feeling. Paula Moran has built and crossed the bridge from high school physics teacher to corporate instructional designer. On Tuesday she will teach us her tricks in how she made her transition one calculated step at a time.

Paula will share her story and lead the group through a workshop that will show you how to keep people's attention by concisely communicating your relevance in your new field; save time by using targeted networking strategies to find the right people and groups to communicate your relevance; and learn how to harness informational interviews as a bi-directional means of communication.

Participants will walk away with:
-a greater sense of why they are relevant in their new field
-a relevancy statement to prime their elevator pitch
-where to start their targeted networking strategy
-effective informational interview questions that convey their relevancy into a new field

Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!


Presenter Biography


To borrow a term from IT, Paula Moran is a "full stack" educator. She researches, designs, facilitates, and evaluates tailored educational solutions. She specializes in making technical training engaging and effective. With a background in teaching physics she can make dry content captivating.

Paula recently relocated to San Francisco from Washington, DC and is working as an instructional designer, facilitator, and project manager. She blogs about L&D and project management at www.paulamoran.com

Program Schedule

We begin networking at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. sharp and will run 1.5 hours. We finish the program by 11:15 a.m. $1.00 donation requested.

Mass Transit / Parking

Please note that Valencia Gardens' parking is restricted to its residents. Parking within its lot by non-residents will result in your vehicle being towed at your own expense. The 16th & Mission Street BART stop is two blocks from our location, while the Market & Church Street MUNI stop is four blocks away. Inexpensive parking can be found at the Hoff Street Garage, 42 Hoff Street, San Francisco.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for a great workshop with useful hands-on advice!

    March 5, 2013

  • Lukas P.

    For someone who loathes writing about himself, workshopping a relevance statement was a really effective way to articulate my value add in networking and job searching.

    March 5, 2013

  • Rose H.

    Sorry I couldn't make this meetup! I'll be share to attend the next one!!!

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    full of useful information for really anybody. I am excited to update my twitter and linkedin to reflect my more relevant relevance statement! THANKS!

    March 5, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Can't make this SFPCN meeting as I have a potential phone interview coming up. Would like to make the next one though.

    March 5, 2013

  • Eckhart B.

    Sorry for late notice.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to make this one

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a one-day substitute teaching assignment come up so I can't attend. Looks like a good presentation.

    March 4, 2013

  • Paula

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. If you are one of those people who likes to print out slides ahead of time they are now available at https://paulamoran.squarespace.com/work-samples/. The file links can be found below the heading "face to face Training." Copies of the worksheet will be available at the meetup.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Susan H.

    Attending Ingenius @ EWeek talk by Tina Seelig Tues. night. If you call & can get a tx (free), meet me for a free ride as I'm driving.

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    on the West Coast for 2 months doing a market study for e Belgian manufacturer of pro speakers.

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to attend this. Is anyone willing to carpool from the East Bay, Berkeley area?

    February 28, 2013

    • Mike B.

      Hi Sami. I'm based in Berkeley but drive only to BART. Are you planning on driving to SF? If so, the Mission District location where 390 Valencia St is located at does not have the best parking situation (unless a nearby garage is selected).

      February 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the heads up. If I go, I too will likely take BART.

      March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    February 28, 2013

  • John H.

    Always looking for new ways to promote my services: I would see everyone there, but I found I have a doctor's appt.

    February 28, 2013

  • Eric R.

    I Enjoyed coming to the Meetup with George Parrish as guest speaker tonight. I look forward to attending this gathering on Tuesday,

    February 27, 2013

  • John H.

    Always looking for new ways to promote my services: I'll see everyone there.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward to it!

    February 27, 2013

  • Glenn S.

    Looking forward to it.

    February 27, 2013

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