Networking:
 “I will carry my business card to my grave.”

  • June 18, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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The two takeaways from nearly every SFPCN presentation are that “networking” and “branding” are the keys to success in getting a new job or making the successful career transition.

Our speaker this week, Ajay Bam, is passionate about teaching and inspiring others to be entrepreneurial. He will discuss how smart networking and relationship building in business and in life led to his success as a serial techpreneur, educator and innovator.

We will learn about:

  • Building our personal brand and how to leverage it in the context of networking
  • Effective online channel strategies for networking
  • Investing in building our network as a “pay forward” strategy.

Join us this Tuesday for another enlightening presentation.

About Our Speaker

Ajay Bam is a proven serial entrepreneur, innovator, educator and an accomplished global product management executive. He is the lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley.

He is also co-founder and CEO of Produk.me, a product relationship management company that captures post-purchase product usage behavior and consumer interactions to power brands and e-tailers with analytics for product development, engagement, retention and upsell.

Ajay holds an MBA from Babson College, a Master's degree in software engineering Magna Cum Laude from East Tennessee State University, & BS with Honors in Computer Science from University of Mumbai, India.

Learn more about Ajay and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Program Schedule

We begin networking at 9:00 am. The program begins at 9:30 am and finishes by 11:00 am. You are welcome to stay and network with the speaker and your peers up to 11:30 am.

$2.00 donation requested.

Mass Transit / Parking

The BART 16th & Mission station is a short two block walk from our location. The MUNI Market & Church Street station is four blocks away.

Inexpensive parking can be found at the Hoff Street Garage, 42 Hoff Street, San Francisco.

Valencia Gardens' parking is restricted to its residents. Parking within its lot by non residents will result in your vehicle being towed at your expense.

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  • Peter F.

    Ajay did a great job, and I was impressed by the level of mentoring he receives on the various facets of his career path and by the his admonishments to think in the long term. I know for me, the effort of finding work is so consuming and exhausting, that with the enormous sigh of relief that happens at the point of landing a position, the support structures I've built can fall away. Ajay gave a timely reminder that vetted connections are still crucial assets doing the good times; and the level of connectedness could well make the difference between the times falling back into the bad or staying in the good. Ajay's very presence at SFPCN exemplifies his ongoing commitment to paying it forward.

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lory, Yes! These 3 points were very useful to me too and I plan to implement them. It was a great presentation. Many thanks to the organizers.

    June 19, 2013

  • Lory H.

    Excellent presentation! Several members came up to me afterwards, to express how much they liked it. Of the many presentations and workshops on networking that I have sat through, I found this to be one of the most useful. Though I am aware of the basic concepts and requirements of networking, the way Ajay presented them; in an organized, practical and amusing manner, made them seem more immediately applicable. The details that were particularly useful to me, which I plan to implement are: Make sure that my brand is consistent, have a strategy and objective before starting the networking process and attending a networking event, have several people in mind to target and be ready with amusing and positive lead-ins before entering a room at a networking event, and recruit a mentor.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Lowell

    The presenter was to notch. Only reason I didn't give it a five is because some of the advice was 101 level.

    June 18, 2013

  • Neil M.

    As I mentioned, the Commonwealth Club has a program tomorrow (Wednesday) evening right up our alley. "Your Network Is Your Net Worth", a conversation with Porter Gale. The moderator is Guy Kawasaki, Founder, Alltop.com; Author; Formerly Chief Evangelist, Apple. I've seen Guy speak, and he's worth following as well on LinkedIn. Here's the link:

    http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2013-06-19/your-network-your-net-worth

    Check-in opens at 6, the talk starts at 6:30, and there is a reception at 7:30. Commonwealth Club talks often sell out, so you would need to order tickets online to make sure you can get in. $21.49 for non-members (including fee), and $12.00 for members.

    Their location is 595 Market St., second floor (there is a short escalator right in the lobby). They are very close to the Montgomery Muni/BART station. For further directions & parking: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/contact-us/directions-parking

    Commonwealth Club home: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/

    June 18, 2013

    • Neil M.

      Let me add, if you have a student ID, this only costs $7

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some good suggestions from today's speaker. Hope to see some of you at the Commonwealth Club event tomorrow evening.

    June 18, 2013

  • Vanessa L.

    Ajay provided excellent easy to use tips to break the ice anywhere and start a conversation. Thank you for the great examples.

    June 18, 2013

  • Beth B V.

    Always good to have another point of view and to be reminded that the process can work.

    June 18, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Lively, interesting. Lots of good tips for improving networking skills.

    June 18, 2013

  • Neil M.

    I want to thank Ajay for his perspective in his program today. I think we all need to adopt the entrepreneurial spirit if not the focus and ambition. Ajay gave some great personal examples of what he does, and the mistakes he's made and seen others make.

    Develop closer relationships and seek a mentor to guide you and avoid the ruts in the road. And above all, pay it forward.

    Neil

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • ruth g.

    Great presentation full of real experiences!

    June 18, 2013

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