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Networking Powerhouse Class - Maximizing Conferences

November 5 Class - Maximizing Conferences

Networking at conferences take you away from the office for days, torture your feet and often feels like finding a needle in a haystack. How do you maximize your efforts to make sure you meet the most important, highest leveraged people who can help you meet your career or business goals? What tactics can you use to tour exhibit booths without wasting your time? How do you get yourself invited to the after-show parties where all the real business is done?

In this class, networking and PR speaker Lisa Ann Pinkerton (Founder of Technica Communications and Women in Cleantech & Sustainability) will cover her tips and tricks for rocking it at a conference, including how to make yourself known to your peers, demonstrate intelligence and domain expertise and carry your networking on long after the event it over.

  • 5:00pm-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.
  • San Francisco, 1st Tuesday of each month @ EEFG 3rd and Mission
  • 5:00-6:30pm
  • Live Networking 6:30pm-8:30pm


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  • Pat C.

    These networking classes are always so useful, full of advice, not only on how to network but also the tools we can use when networking online and of course the hands on practice after class are the best way to reaffirm what we just learned! I highly recommend them.

    November 10, 2013

  • Nancy W.

    Really excellent class. I look forward to making use of what I learned at the next conference I attend!

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • SF U.

    I am sorry to miss this particular meeting but I have a conflict I cannot reschedule. I will make the next one.

    November 4, 2013

  • Nikki P.

    This is a great idea, Lisa Ann! I remember meeting you in 2009 and never felt the terror or resistance you felt in your body. Way to use those energies to your advantage!

    October 24, 2013

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