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The Value of Networking - 20 Years of Lessons They Don't Teach At School or Work

  • Sep 17, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Welcome back George ParrishSuper Networker, easily SFPCN’s most popular speaker. Consistently, George inspires us to develop networks that work.

Could networking be a secret formula for career advancement? Could it be the next rung on your ladder? How much better would it be if your very own definition of "success" could also be revealed and refined from that same activity of meeting other professionals, decision makers and corporate executives?

Take advantage of the opportunity this week to practice some of George Parrish's tips with an exercise to get us out of our comfort zone. In an interactive session that will have you testing and refining your networking skills immediately, George delivers an engaging career (and life) retrospective that will give you a fresh perspective on the value of networking. He will share valuable lessons and tips that could only come from a journey of more than 20 years, transitioning from arts, education and the corporate world.

George's message will highlight the need to get out of your comfort zone as you learn to incorporate these practices:

• The 25% - 75% Dilemma
• Finding your Passion – Important or Not So Important
• Approach and "break the ice" with total strangers
• Gain access to and GET the attention of C-level Executives
• Assess the number and types of events that can grow your list of connections

From this presentation, members will:

• get back in touch with networking and learn some new tips.
• have a chance to discuss and practice networking in the room.
• discuss ways to put some of these tips into action in their lives.
• view networking as a lifestyle.

Arrive ready for an interactive session that will have you testing and refining your networking skills immediately.

Presenter Biography

George Parrish has successfully sold software and IT solutions to clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to many small and medium-sized businesses during a career spanning more than 20 years. His product portfolio has included ERP, Enterprise Content Management (ECM), mainframe, Telecom, and check processing software as well as hardware solutions. More recently he has been working with entrepreneurs, writers, and public speakers in the media communications industry: assisting with business planning, exposing them to VC capitalization, and helping launch their projects in the marketplace. George believes that tales of overnight stardom are best left in Hollywood while those intent on lasting success keep on networking.

Program Schedule

We begin networking at 900am. The program begins at 930am and finishes by 1100am. You are welcome to stay and network with the speaker and your peers up to 1130am.

$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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting, great people! Thank you so much to Amy Lightholder for recruiting me (wish we would have had more time to chat Amy!).

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was my first SFPCN meet-up and found it to be extremely valuable. I'll definitely be back!

    September 17, 2013

  • Habib L.

    Another Great Session with lots of value and take aways.

    September 17, 2013

  • Beth B V.

    Terrific! What a boost!

    September 17, 2013

  • Neil M.

    Georges point of view and lessons learned were very energizing for me. Thanks!

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Leslie B.

    Inspirational and invigorating! Exactly what I needed to hear and do today.

    September 17, 2013

  • John H.

    Tough day yesterday: slept in. I'm sure it'll be great!

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this one. I have an interview tomorrow and I have a temp. job next week! See you in October. :)

    September 16, 2013

  • Mike B.

    I've seen George Parrish speak and he's definitely, as Mark Sackett at the Art of Active Networking has said, "The godfather of networking." Definitely good insight.

    September 9, 2013

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