Wednesday, November 2, 2016

HNG Meeting November 4, 2016; Agenda: Speaker on "Power Networking"

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by speaker, Eric Ross. The facilitator for this week will be Pat Rosenthal. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs and 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, Eric will talk about "Power Networking."

Power Networking

A relationship-referral process to build your professional network Most professional and executive jobs are found through networking; indeed, most professional jobs are never advertised and can only be accessed directly in the “hidden job” market. Further, networking becomes truly essential to many executives-in-transition in the current market, as many companies auto-screen out longer-term unemployed executive applicants. This presentation will give attendees all the tools necessary to develop extensive networks that access the hidden job market and that will pay continuing dividends throughout one’s career. Attendees will learn a comprehensive step-by-step process that starts with people they already know and generates a continuing source of new and valued professional contacts. Through networking, many of these contacts become “helpers” in the job search and often become life-long professional or personal friends. Networking in a job search is truly relationship marketing of oneself in his/her target market. The presentation will give all attendees a thorough overview of the total person-to-person networking process. 

Key Benefits of Attending – Attendees will:
• Gain an understanding of the true purpose and value of networking
• Become exposed to key tools to be used in the process
• Learn how to start the “power” networking practice
• Understand how to effectively leverage existing contacts
• Learn key things never to do when networking
• Understand the different kinds of potential contacts
• Learn effective ways to outreach to networking referrals
• Learn ways to truly differentiate oneself
• Understand how to conduct a meeting with a networking contact
• Learn how to optimize the results of a networking meeting
• Understand how power networking can continue to generate new contacts

Eric Ross

Eric Ross is often acknowledged as New England’s master networker. Eric is an accomplished senior business executive who has successfully walked-the-walk
of job transition, through networking. He has held a number of senior operations and general management positions in the manufacturing, renewable energy, and
service industries. As a commissioned officer, he also served in leadership roles in U.S.A.F. manufacturing, industrial management, and logistics operations. His
presentations on networking have been given at outplacement firms, to numerous networking groups, and to professional associations and alumni groups (such as
the Harvard Business School Boston Association, Tufts Alumni Association, and the Career Services group of the Boston Chapter of Financial Executives International), all with rave reviews. Eric landed his most recent position, Chief Operating Officer of New England Renewable Energy Systems, in Holbrook, MA, through the networking approach and methods explained in his Power Networking presentation.

Recap of HNG Meeting of October 21, 2016

Our 177th meeting had 29 people, this is 7 more than the previous meeting; eight signed the New Member list. Emilia Gordon
was our facilitator. There were eight introduction speeches.

One landing:
Katherine Wong Starting at Clark Shoes in Waltham on November 1st as a Senior Planning Analyst

We had a speaker, Bill Lippincott, who conducted a Job Interview Workshop.
This comprised the following:
Interviewing soup to nuts form the hiring managers perspective. Bill Lippincott a veteran hiring manager and job search coach taught us interviewing tips to put you on the hiring manager's radar. Brought resumes as Bill did one mock interview. Best place to learn how to interview is practice in a safe place!!

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

November 18, 2016 Bob Gaughan TBD

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
Pat Rosenthal
Bill Wilson

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