Wednesday, August 31, 2016

HNG Meeting - Sep 2 - Sixty-second Introduction Practice Session

An apology to those who attended the HNG meeting on Friday, August 19th. I received an indication there was disappointment that there were no tables setup when everyone arrived. There is a simple explanation: I came in early and setup the greeting table with the nametags, New Member sign-in sheet, and the money jar. This was followed up by making the coffee, the hot water urn, and the table setup for the coffee cups, sugar, milk, lemonade, and napkins. This was then followed up by setting up the snack table with the cookies and napkins. I then setup the projector screen, the projector, the lectern with microphones and the sound system to make sure everything was alright for the facilitator and the speaker. I lastly had to setup the hall with the tables and chairs; however, since the tables were in the storage classroom and not easily accessible to remove by myself, I had only one alternative and that was to just setup the 40 chairs with no assistance. Since I was under a serious time constraint and had to leave as early as I could to help my daughter, this was all I could do. I will do my utmost to make sure the tables are setup for the next meeting so as to accommodate those who have grown accustomed to having them.

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by either a speaker or Sixty-second Elevator Speech Practice Session. The facilitator for this week will be Ronaldo Lu. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Important Note: Please make a serious, concerted effort to arrive before 10:00 AM. We are going to start the meeting on time at 10:00 AM. In the second hour, we will have either a speaker, which I am trying to arrange because our scheduled speaker cancelled to handle a family issue, or a Sixty-second Elevator Introduction Practice Session.

Speaker and Topic

Unknown at this time because arrangements are being made as of this writing to acquire a replacement speaker.


Sixty-second Introduction Practice Session

This will be our Plan-B in the event a speaker could not be scheduled. We do not have individual introductions as often as we should simply because it is not a popular event, and the attendance suffers, yet it is one of the most important things we should do. We have had many new people give their introduction speeches during the past few months, and it is time for the new people to know who the rest of us are. I sincerely hope everyone who has attended the meetings thus far will attend this event to support our group.

Recap of HNG Meeting of August 19, 2016

Our 173rd meeting had 35 people, this is 5 more than the previous meeting; nine signed the New Member list. Emilia Gordon was our facilitator. There were eight introduction speeches.

We had a speaker, Hannah David, who talked about "Risk Management - Job Search." She was very good.
This comprised the following:
The forecasting and evaluation of job search risks together with the identification of procedures to avoid or minimize or reduce their impact.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

September 2, 2016 TBD
September 16, 2016 Kristen Beyer

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 the first and third Friday of the month. 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 the first and third 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:
* Welcome
* Landings (with doughnuts)
* Announcements
* New member introductions
* Needs and Leads
* Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group
* Cleanup

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
* Name
* 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. CVS 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:
Emilia Gordon
Gil Krispien
Ronaldo Lu
Bill Wilson

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