THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

JUNE 29. 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 26


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

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LinkedIn - An Overview (FREE Webinar)
Monday, June 29, 2009 12:00pm - 12:30pm.

LinkedIn - An Overview (FREE Webinar)
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 8:00am - 8:30am.

Jumpstart: Masterfully Working a Room - Networking at Events @ the Bagel Bin
Wednesday, July 01, 11:00am - 1:pm.

Creating Marketing Gravity the Million Dollar Consultant Way
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

The Three Deadly Sins of Interpersonal Communication
Thursday, July 02, 2009 7:45am - 9:30am.

LinkedIn 103 - Search People, Research Companies and Process Introductions @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, July 02, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

LinkedIn 102 - Growing Your Network & Managing Communications @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, July 09, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

KICK START YOUR JOB SEARCH
Monday, July 13, 2009 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, July 15, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

USING REFERENCE USA FOR JOB SEARCHING AND SMALL BUSINESS
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

LinkedIn 104 - Groups, Answers, Jobs & More (LinkedIn 103 is NOT a prerequisite) @ the Bagel Bin
Thursday, July 16, 11:30am - 1:30pm.

Effective Communications Presentation by Ernest Hicks
Thursday, July 16, 2009 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

WHERE ARE THE JOBS AND WHAT ARE EMPLOYERS LOOKING FOR TODAY
Monday, July 20, 2009 7:00pm - 8:30pm.


Job Postings

Hidden jobs are welcomed for sharing at jobs@augustgroup.org. If the job your neighbor, friend or family shared with you is not right for you, it might be perfect for an August Group colleague.  This is a great place for practicing "give to get." With 1600 members, what can happen here when members own the content?

We welcome volunteers to coordinate the job postings on a weekly basis. Employers and members submit jobs that must be readied for inclusion in the newsletter.  A lack of help means fewer jobs get posted in a timely manner. Why not be the first one to see new postings.


New Job Postings this week

  • Install DSL Self Install Kit & Netopia 4686XL w/ Possible DMARC EXT

Previously posted jobs

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Words of Wisdom

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  • "Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die".
    ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • "Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty".
    ~ Louis D. Brandeis

  • "If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace".
    ~ Hamilton Fish


Weekly Columns

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Book Reviews and Good Reads

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Feature Articles

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August Group Members in the news

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Weekly Columns

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This article is compliments of Sue Schnorr, Exclusive Contacts Count Associate in NY.

The Art of Conventioneering

Get Ready, Get Set, Go

by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon

What's so tough about going to a convention? It's easy. You send in your registration fee and go. You assume you'll get something out of it. Your organization also assumes that you'll come back from Miami with something besides a suntan.

But what you actually gain from a conference depends on the tactics you use to get the most out of the experience, conference planners say.

"I don't think delegates give enough thought to what they want to accomplish," says Bob Stewart, executive vice president for the Association of Diesel Specialists.

People go to conventions for information, inspiration, and interaction. Meeting planners can almost guarantee that attendees will get the first two items on the list from the speakers and the sessions. But, it's much harder for the planners to make sure that attendees make contact on more than a superficial level.

One attendee described a miserable moment: "I was standing in line at the coffee shop waiting to get a seat for lunch. In line with me were people who were attending the same conference, and nobody was talking. We might as well have been back at the office, sitting at our desks. I waited for somebody to say hello. Then I realized I felt like a wallflower at the eighth grade dance. It was an awful feeling. I didn't like it. And what's more, I knew that I wasn't getting as much out of being at the conference as I could."

There's an art to conventioneering. Here are some tips on what to do before you go, once you're there , and afterward to get the most out of the experience. Take charge of getting the interaction you came for.

Before You Go

Plan ahead. Unfortunately, people spend lots of time picking and packing their convention wardrobes, but very little time thinking about how to get the most out of meeting so many!

Make a list. Jot down questions you have, problems you want to solve, jobs you'd like to investigate (if you're job hunting or even just thinking of job hunting in the future), leaders and speakers you admire and want to meet, and people whose jobs are similar to yours, so you can swap experiences. Use your own needs to create your own conference agenda of What You Want To Get.

"Meet with your staff," suggests Stewart. "Review the relationships you have with the suppliers you'll see at the conference. Are there any problems? Have them in mind when you see the people from a particular company across the table at lunch or in their booth at the trade show." The trade show exhibitors often are better prepared than delegates, Stewart believes. They will be trying to sell, establish new business relationships, find new distributors, cultivate current customers and expand the business they are doing with them, and solve problems…

Read more at http://www.training-insights.com/insights.htm


Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon are principals of Contacts Count, a nationwide consulting and training firm that specializes in business and professional networking, and career development. They are co-authors of six books. The most recent is Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success (2007, AMACOM). Fortune 500 companies license their training programs. Visit them at www.ContactsCount.com and www.FireProofYourCareer.com.

Sue Schnorr is President of Training Insights, Inc., a firm that specializes in soft skills training. She is also the exclusive Associate for Contacts Count in NY. She can be reached at sue@training-insights.com http://www.training-insights.com/insights.htm www.contactscount.com/sueschnorr.html.


Contributed by Greg Taylor, aka Sir Linksalot, LinkedIn Evangelist and Managing Partner of Excelsior Search Partners

This week's LinkedIn Tip - Creating, Managing and Tracking LinkedIn Events

LinkedIn has recently added Events as a feature enhancement. You'll note the feature when visiting your LinkedIn home page along the right hand side of the page. Become a user of this feature and you'll be able to post an event, find events of interest and more. Read the complete article to learn more about this feature and its many benefits.


Greg is the Founder of The August Group, a recruiter and entrepreneur offering a myriad for services to employers and professionals including coaching and consulting.  He can be reached at 585-785-8600 or gtaylor@excelsiorsp.com


Contributed by Hannah Morgan, Training Specialist at RochesterWorks

More Great Blogs

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on recent topics about networking.

Hannah composes her blog outside of work hours as a personal passion to assist those in career transition.


Book Reviews and Good Reads

Other Offerings - Share Yours
Got a book you'd like to share with others and lead in discussion? It's a great way to contribute, add value and get known. Provide the story line on the book and submit it to Greg Taylor at gtaylor@excelsiorsp.com for discussion, coordination and promotion.



Feature Articles

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"Make a Clean Impression - Hygiene, It Matters"
by Lynne Perry

HYGIENE

For the 2nd time in as many months I have "landed" a client simply because I have a great smile. Not that I have a brilliant smile or a models smile or even photogenic smile, I just have a "great" smile. What trumped my smile over the competitor? My teeth were clean. My breath was fresh. I didn't have brown nicotine or tea or coffee stains making my teeth look like something out of "The Crypt".

Wow. Is that all it takes?

Although this goes without saying for many people, personal hygiene is one of the most important things to think about when getting ready for an interview. However, personal hygiene does not come naturally to some people or does not play as big a part in their day to day life.

You don't have to spend thousands on your teeth. Though if they are seriously unattractive, you might want to spend a couple of hundred. Consider it an investment in your potential. I use pretty simple stuff to retain those pearly whites - a whitening rinse, a plaque rinse before I brush, a whitening toothpaste, floss regularly and when those high doses of coffee start to show stains start to take hold? A few days of 10-minute Crest White Strips takes them out.

But it's not just about teeth!

You know where I'm going - and I think it's an important topic. Hard to believe, but some people just don't know they should where clean, fresh clothes, DEODORANT! (Oy Gevalt!), bathe or shower before an interview, wash your face, clean you nails (I myself have been repulsed and disregarded people who were probably perfectly capable just because the line of grime under their nails was so unpalatable), have clean hair...

It all seems so simple and basic. But it's not, for many.

Go nuts with it! Feel free to quote me, too. ;-)