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Networking Powerhouse Class (SF) - Work the Room Like a Pro

Module # 2 - Making Friends Fast

This series features to same class in San Francisco and San Jose. This meetup listing is for San Francisco. For the San Jose class, click here.

Often at networking events, it's difficult to jump in and out of conversations with ease. Often we feel awkward and clumsy breaking off conversations too early. So much so, that we end up only talking to one or two people.

In this class you will learn how to read body language to jump into conversations, as well as tips for when and how to leave, so you can meet as many people as possible. You will practice privately in the room and then live at Green Drinks.

Class will be lead by networking and PR speaker Lisa Ann Pinkerton, founder of Women in Cleantech & Sustainability.

  • 4:00pm-6:00pm - Networking lesson
  • 6:15-6:30pm - Travel to Green Drinks location
  • 6:30-8:30pm - Live practice

Due to the high level of instruction, the fee for these classes is $25 online/$30 at the door.

A bulk price of 5 classes for $100 is also available. Please contact [masked] to take advantage of the bulk price.

About the Facilitator:

Lisa Ann Pinkerton is an award-winning former NPR/PBS journalist, consultant to national and international technology organizations, a keynote speaker and a skilled facilitator/moderator. She specializes in topics related to clean technology, renewable energy, public relations, social media, networking and the rise of women in leadership.
Meeting planners enjoy working with Lisa Ann because her energetic delivery and dynamic personality make events lively and memorable.


About the Networking Powerhouse Series

Have you ever felt awkward, frustrated or just plain scared about networking? I have. On a summer night, in 2009 I sat in my parked car on a street in San Francisco attempting to gather up the courage to go into a networking event and talk to total strangers. I was terrified, stubborn and resistant. I started the car twice to leave. Only to turn it off, knowing I had to go meet new people if I wanted to succeed in my dreams.
After psyching myself up for 20 minutes, I finally walked into the event. I spent the next few hours hopelessly attempting to connect with people who didn’t care who I was or the value I had to give.  I stumbled over my words, endured uncomfortable silences and felt simply miserable.

It was that night that vowed to never let that happen to me again. I learned all I could about networking skills, reading books and watching videos. I attended 2-3 events a week until I felt fully confident and comfortable at events.
Today, I can walk into a room and tell you exactly who the highest leverage people are. I can jump in and out of conversations with ease and keep conversations going long after the event is over.

From speaking to WCS members, a lack of confidence in networking skills is a main hindrance to their success in the field. That I why I have organized a monthly networking series, exclusive to WCS, is a way for you to learn these same skills in a controlled, safe environment first, then at a live cleantech networking setting that same night. 
You will learn the same techniques, tactics and tricks that the pros use to make networking, easy, fun and most of all effective. I’ve studied many networking masters and distilled the main points down for you.


  • For most sessions we will practice a module privately, then walk as a group to a cleantech networking happy hour where we can practice the skill that was taught.
  • Classes will be from 4:00pm-6:15pm with networking starting around 6:30pm.
  • San Francisco, 1st Tuesday of each month @ EEFG 3rd and Mission
  • San Jose, 1st Friday of each month @ Fairmont Hotel downtown San Jose


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  • Marcia

    I did not realize how much more comfortable I could feel networking until this workshop. Thanks so much Lisa Ann!

    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Katie

    I'm at the door. Am I too late?

    May 7, 2013

  • Amy

    Stuck at door

    May 7, 2013

  • Katie

    Got stuck at work. Driving up from San Jose. Running a little late.

    May 7, 2013

  • Amy

    If I have not attended session 1, can I join session 2?

    May 7, 2013

    • Lisa A.

      Yes, of course! Each module is interchangable and I ill go over what we covered in the first class.

      May 7, 2013

    • Amy

      great thanks!

      May 7, 2013

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