THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 07, 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 49


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

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Upcoming Events

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The upcoming events calendar are listed as a service to newsletter readers to summarize the non August Group Events. Dates/Times/Places do change so please verify the event by visiting the August Group Website Calendar before attending an event.


Eastman Kodak/Nexpress Benefits Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, December 07, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Venture Creations Open House @ RIT
Tuesday, December 08, 2:00pm - 5:00pm.

Free Networking Event @ Doubletree Inn
Tuesday, December 08, 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

Professionally Speaking Toastmasters Meeting
Coopervision in Fairport at Woodcliff Drive
Tuesday, December 08, 6:30pm - 9:00pm.

STRATEGIC NETWORKING SKILLS WEBINAR
Wednesday, December 09, 12:00pm – 1:00pm.
(Q & A from 1:00 – 1:30)

IEE Speed Networking & Holiday Party @ Daisy Flour Mill
Wednesday, December 09, 5:30pm - 8:00pm.

Layoff or Downsizing Educational Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Thursday, December 10, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Retirement Planning and Income Educational Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, December 14, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, December 16, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

A Toast To Your Retirement Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Thursday, December 17, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Bragging Rights @ Fairport Library
Monday, January 04, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

The Best Guide for Job Search: Your Marketing Plan @ Fairport Library
Thursday, January 07, 6:30pm - 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

Previously posted jobs

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Links to share

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Words of Wisdom

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  • "There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."
    ~ Erma Bombeck

  • "Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree."
    ~ Charlotte Carpenter

  • "Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."
    ~ Washington Irving


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Book Reviews and Good Reads

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August Group Members in the news

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

The Name Game

by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon

Do you feel like a dummy when you can't remember names? You’re not alone. Ninety-seven percent of the people in our workshops admit they are terrible at “the name game.”

There’s a reason people aren’t able to remember names. The next time you're at a business or social event, watch people introduce themselves and count how many seconds this vital activity takes. Almost everyone zips through the exchange in less than six seconds!

You can do a lot in six seconds. Send a fax. Blow out the candles on your birthday cake. Buy a lottery ticket. But one thing you can't do in six seconds is teach someone your name and learn hers or his.

So slow down. Linger longer. Don't sabotage your greetings by saying to yourself, "I never can remember names." Instead, set a goal. Say, "I'm going to learn the names of five people I meet today." Imagine that you meet a newcomer at the next Chamber of Commerce event. Challenge yourself to remember his name long enough to introduce him to someone else. If you remember it for three minutes, then you'll probably have it for 30 minutes . . . or perhaps forever.

To learn someone's name:

Repeat it. If the other person says her name first, repeat her first name in your greeting. Say "Hi, Theresa. It's good to meet you." Ask about her name or comment on it. You might ask about the spelling: "Do you spell Theresa with an "h"? Focusing on the spelling is a good idea, because 77 percent of us are visual learners. That means we learn best when we see something spelled out in our mind’s eye.

Ask separately for the last name. Say, "Tell me your last name again." Notice that your conversation partner will say the last name clearly and crisply, rather than mooshing it into the first name.

To teach your name:

Give your first name twice. Say, "I'm Leo. Leo Torvette." (This is the Forrest Gump Rule. Remember how he said, “I’m Forrest, Forrest Gump.”)

Say both your names clearly and distinctly. Take a tiny breath in between. Don't run them together.

Provide a way for people to remember your name. Say, "It's like Corvette but with a "T."

If people are wearing name tags, use them as visual aids. Look at your partner’s. Point to your own, when you say your name.

Often people say this about the name exchange: "Oh, I just rush through that part to get on to the good stuff." But, in networking, names are "the good stuff." Unless you learn someone's name and teach that person yours, you can't really expect to begin a relationship. So, abandon the six-second ritual. Be smart.

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

Site: www.training-insights.com

Blog: www.AllLearningMatters.com

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"Our training insights deliver results!"

This free article is provided to you, compliments of Sue Schnorr,
President, Training Insights, Inc.
Associate, Contacts Count
70 Linden Oaks, 3rd floor
Rochester, NY 14625
585-442-3443
www.training-insights.com  / www.contactscount.com/sueschnorr.html


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. Put the tools of networking to work in the service of business goals. Visit www.ContactsCount.com and www.FireProofYourCareer.com 301-589-8633.


Contributed by Hannah Morgan, Training Specialist at RochesterWorks

Summary Sunday

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on recent topics about your job search.

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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Tweet with TAG - Follow @TheAugustGroup on Twitter

The undertaking has new life with a new volunteer as Arthur Catalanello has stepped forward to tweet events, news, undertakings, volunteer opportunities, networking events, etc. If you wish to tweet and be re-tweeted connect with @TheAugustGroup on Twitter.


Job Fair Success

Over twenty companies participated in the Career Fair held at MCC in conjunction with MCC Workforce Development and Rochester Works. We thank the Co-Chairs Sharon Bastian, Suzy Ahrens, France Macdonald, Mark Graupman and Betsy Henner for their efforts leading. Look forward to a report next week in greater detail and perhaps some photos too along with the mention of other key contributors to the event.