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Networking With Confidence

  • May 6, 2014 · 9:00 AM
  • Valencia Gardens

Networking is the #1 way that out-of-work professionals achieve career success. Two weeks ago, Eric Waisman showed us how to be more comfortable meeting new people. Last week, George Parrish extolled the virtues of and his love of networking. This week we conclude our networking triple play by going deep into crafting what we will say.

The old "elevator pitch" doesn't really work, and it never has. It's inauthentic and awkward for both parties.

What Does Work?

The first step should be to build rapport. We should not begin by trying to sell ourselves, or by hinting at, or by stating a request. We will learn how to craft the opening and the elaboration in a way that creates a dialog. 

When you learn this simple strategy, you'll feel comfortable approaching any group and you'll be able to facilitate discussions that help you and the others get to know each other rapidly to determine mutual interests and potential for further meetings. You'll also learn how to disengage gracefully from a group once you've made the connections that make sense.

Join us this Tuesday!

About Our Speaker

Dan Rink has facilitated hundreds of workshops on job search, career management, knowledge strategies, and communication skills. He has also coached a wide range of managers and professionals through career transitions and entrepreneurial issues. Throughout his career, Dan has taught managers, professionals, and executives how to enhance their productivity and retain their flexibility in a rapidly changing world.

Program Schedule

We begin networking at 900am. The program begins at 915am and finishes by 1100am. You are invited to stay and network with the speaker and your peers up to 1130am.

$1.00 – $2.00 donation requested.

Mass Transit and 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. Street parking is not advised. The program lasts longer than the meters, plus the cost of Hoff Street Garage is less than feeding the meters.

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

    Dan's presentation showed how easy it is to be yourself while reaching out to new people. The people I met were great and shared valuable knowledge, making my upcoming move to the Bay that much more pleasant. Thank you all!

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • Lauren

    Dan had a lot of useful information, and I will have to use those tips in the future. I run a meetup for "Let's Network and Find Jobs!" We are partnering with JVS to have a meetup today at 3PM. Here is a link: Join us!

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • Betty L.

    Dan had a lot of informative tips on how to make the conversation more casual. I agree that the "elevator pitch" can be awkward and by making this easier comes across as more genuine that could be beneficial to both parties. Also met some great people!

    1 · May 7, 2014

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