Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) - Friday, Oct 8

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by a workshop. The facilitator for this week will be Marilyn Johnson. We will devote the first hour, from 10 to 11 AM to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads.

Please arrive early, so we can make every effort to start on time. In the second hour, we will conduct a workshop on Elevator Speeches. Here is how it will be done:

Elevator Speeches:

We will break out into small groups of 6 - 8 people and use the classrooms. Each person will give his / her one-minute elevator speech and receive comments from the rest of the group. This should take 20 - 25 minutes. Then we will gather back into large hall, and based on the comments received earlier, each person will have the option of giving the *improved* elevator speech. This will be excellent practice for when the "real" event occurs.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

October 8, 2010 - Workshop on Elevator Speeches
October 22, 2010 - Helen Hamilton
November 5, 2010 - Bill Bean
November 19, 2010 - Joellyn Schwerdlin "Overcoming Negative Self-Talk Which Sabotages Job Search Success"
December 3, 2010 -
December 17, 2010 - Workshop

General Information:

The networking group meets in Hopkinton, at St. John the Evangelist Church parish hall. The meeting occurs, from 10 to 12 noon, and will meet every other Friday. The parish hall has a capacity for 250 people and there is plenty of parking spaces in the parking lot and on the street. Around the perimeter of the parish hall are rooms to allow us to have focused network groups or for any other purpose we need. We chose every other Friday to allow everyone to attend the Acton Networking Group or any other networking group, if they wanted, on the Friday we do not meet.

We will maintain our close affiliation with Acton Networkers by using the same list-server to share information between the groups. Any e-mails specific to the Hopkinton Networking Group (HNG) will be indicated in the subject line either by "Hopkinton Networking Group" or "HNG"; this way anyone attending these meetings will know the e-mail is intended for them.

We will follow the following agenda items:
Landings (with doughnuts)
New member introductions
Needs and Leads
Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
Skills and Value Statement
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Your title
Your target companies
Geography of search
Name and e-mail address

If anyone wants to join our team, please let one of us know; we could always use the extra help and input for ideas.

Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. Colella's Supermarket is on the right at the third traffic light. The first street after the third traffic light is Church Street, take a right turn. The church is on the right. Go around to the left of the parking lot and go into the side entrance of the parish hall.

Depending upon where you live, perhaps you may want to use Mapquest for a more direct route. The address of the church is:
St. John the Evangelist
20 Church Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Marilyn Johnson
Gil Krispien
Mario Tardif
Denise Zazzera

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