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Out With the Old and In With the New – December 6

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Program Description

With 2011 rolling out its final act and 2012 primping itself up for its debut the SFPCN community took the opportunity to assess where we were, where we are and where do we want to go. We engaged the voice of the membership to better gauge how we can do better in serving the job seeker in 2012.

Our primary goal was to raise the effectiveness of the SFPCN product to meet the changing economy and job hiring environment. Another goal was to pull together the membership and share what we have learned in the past year.

Our goals for this session were to:

  • Brainstorm strategies for being more effective as a job transition community.
  • Foster community and relationship building
  • Empower ourselves by sharing our own expertise
  • Aggregate and share group knowledge and experience.

SFPCN organizer Jim Dowling led the session.

What We Did on December 6


Jim asked us to form up as partners and share our achievements for the year. Here is a partial list of what we came up with:

  • Learned the value of networking while being a better networker.
  • Invested time in education, both formal and informal.
  • Created value in life.
  • Took contrary actions to expand possibilities.

Room for Improvement in Our Lives

Next, we discussed areas that need improvement in our lives. These are some of those areas:

  • Organize – get better organized.
  • Focus – get more focused.
  • Clear – be more clear on goals and life’s path.
  • Progress – make more progress and acknowledge progress made.
  • Release – practice letting go of egotistical and entitlement mindsets.
  • Accepting – recognize and flow with life’s cycles.

Room for Improvement in SFPCN

Jim then asked, “What can we improve in SFPCN to help the group deliver to its members?” We raised these points:

  • Schedule more social networking events.
  • Make the social events more informal and include venues outside of San Francisco.
  • Get members to use the program reviews to learn the value of each program.
  • Create subgroups to nurture and expand on common interests among members.
  • Discover what members can give back to the group and give them room give back.


Jim drew an analogy of looking for the lights of the runway through our discussion.

See what’s in front of you, look at the patterns in your life, and decide where you want to land, because landing is your choice.

Everyone contributed to the discussion. We learned about our achievements, needs for improvement, and how we can improve SFPCN.

Thank you for participating and making SFPCN a community!


Written by George Main

December 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Posted in Networking, Teams

Speak Your Values and Value

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What are the key 7 ways to communicate your values and value in a job interview and in your daily career?

Learn the key ways to communicate your values and value at an interview or on the job. Some are more obvious than others. But all are important to increasing your success and happiness.

Anthony Hogan, professional speaker, workshop trainer and communications coach, will identify the 7 tools and teach you how to maximize your success in planting your message with right tool. Come to Anthony’s program at San Francisco Professional Career Network and learn on December 13, 2011 beginning at 9AM.

You will leave the program with the Vocal Ivolution one-page guide to remind you of the 7 tools and tips on how to practice and use them each day.

Anthony will demonstrate each tool and give you the techniques to put them to work for you!

Anthony Hogan, Our Presenter

Anthony Hogan

Anthony Hogan, President of Ivolution Communications, specializes in personal communications and simulation education. He has worked with the US Department of State Ambassadors, Fortune 500 businesses, San Francisco executives and entrepreneurs, million dollar sales teams as well as students, teachers and professors on five continents. Ivolution Communications provides speaking and communications coaching via Vocal Ivolution, communications and leadership workshops through Ivolve Training, and the global networking through Model UN and Simulation Education.

Anthony is a graduate in International Affairs from George Mason University. He has connected with people and businesses in 18 countries and delivered keynote speeches in Bolivia, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Taiwan. For six years, he managed grants and advised governmental, educational and civic organizations as the Director of the DC Program for the United Nations Education Foundation. He has delivered speeches and trainings for over 100 business, NGOs, professional associations, businesses, and educational institutions, including the Nedbank of South Africa, Mighty Leaf Tea, Deloitte Consulting, Stanford University, Sprim Advanced Life Sciences, US Department of State, the United Nations, National Geographic Society, Rotary International, and the Ministry of Education in the Dominican Republic.

You will find more about Anthony Hogan and Ivolution Communications at his web at 

Anthony knows public speaking, and he knows how to communicate values and value.

Program Schedule

We begin networking at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. sharp and will run 1.5 hours. We finish the program by 11 a.m.

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Written by George Main

December 7, 2011 at 12:27 am

Posted in Uncategorized

It’s An Inside Job: What Works in Today’s Market

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Our Program

Many of you want to know just what does it take to get a job in today’s marketplace. Who are the people that are finding success and how are they doing it? This week’s SFPCN presenter, Dr Beth Milwid, has helped more than 60 individuals find new positions over the past two years. On Tuesday she will share with the SFPCN community just how they did it.

Dr. Beth’s goal is to avoid repeating what you’ve already heard about the mechanics of a job search and spell out instead the lesser known dynamics she believes make the difference in landing a job today. As a psychologist, Dr. Beth will focus on mastering the subtle person-to-person interactions (face-to-face, on the phone, and online) that make or break a job search.

Dr. Beth Milwid

Presenter’s Biography

Dr. Beth Milwid is a psychologist and management consultant with over 20 years of experience. She specializes in career development, strategic communications, employee training, and executive coaching. She served as a training manager at Apple Computer and senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. Her clients have ranged from companies including US Airways, Charles Schwab, and the Tom Peters Group to nonprofits such as the Stanford Medical School and Marin Interfaith Council.  Dr. Beth has also worked as a career consultant at two outplacement firms, Valerie Frederickson & Company in Silicon Valley and Drake Beam Morin in San Francisco. During the past two years, she helped 60 individuals who lost their jobs find new opportunities. These clients included engineers, attorneys, college counselors, administrative assistants, sales managers, and loan officers living throughout the United States. Dr. Beth conducted a national research project on women’s careers and published a book, Working With Men, the first oral history account of American women in business. Her research was featured on the cover of Savvy magazine and book syndicated in 13 newspapers. Dr. Beth appeared on Larry King, Good Morning, America, NRP, and CNN, and spoke at conferences and universities across the country.  Dr. Beth Milwid graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stanford University. She was awarded a Coro Foundation Fellowship in Public Affairs and received a PhD in Social/Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley

My Program Summary and Comments

What works for you in today’s market

  • Precision – focus on the details without obsession.
  • Timing – be prompt beginning with acknowledging through wrapping up.
  •  Subtlety – be adept at understanding and using subtle communications and body language
  • Perseverance –  keep at it.

Beth emphasized showing your humane side. For example, her favorite way to start a formal speech in front of a new audience is,

Let me tell you how I prepared for this talk.

Beth spoke about the psychology and social interaction of the job search.

  1. Observe people in new ways.
  2. Get the inside scoop on an employer (interviewer, founder, current CEO), learn their values, and answer the question, “What problems can I solve?”
  3. Strategize each step using Outcome Thinking.
  4. Learn updated job skills.
  5. Manage stress daily.

Outcome thinking is figuring where you want to be and then drawing up in reverse order the steps to that goal.

What the person that hires you really wants from you:

  • Connection
  • Competence
  • Humor
  • Easy to work with

It’s all about their needs, not your, because self interest is at the employer’s core. Can you answer their question,

Will my life be better if you are in it?

People will remember how you made them feel after they forget what you said.


Resumes are about the future using facts from your past. Adding to the last element to William Zinsser’s Keys to Better Writing, Beth says the better resume has:

  • Brevity
  • Clarity
  • Simplicity
  • Humane
  • Integrity – is it true?

Building a good resume

  • Lead with a summary
  • Create work pictures
  • Get interviewed and create the draft from that interview
  • Edit until you are proud

Basics of good messaging

  • Write clearly
  • Use the right media
  • Get your message received
  • Is your message understood as intended?

Keeping human nature in mind in an electronic world

  • Electronic media has many recipients: are you writing to them all?
  • People are diverse and different from you: are you taking that into consideration?
  • One negative person can derail your project: are you rounding your edges?
  • Your job is to make work easier: does your communication do that?
  • Every interaction counts: does this one?

Think about how Apple’s Clement Mok makes communication count,

We punctuate with white space.

Dressing for the interview

  • Solid color clothing – no patterns
  • Carry a thin portfolio – no bulging
  • Get a haircut
  • Display a regal posture – no rounding
  • Show lots of white space – avoid too much type

Your voice

  • Keep the pace slow
  • Enunciate clearly
  • Keep a friendly tone, avoid abrupt speech
  • Keep the reception clear, don’t fade out

Your language

  • Use word pictures – if they can see it, they will remember it, avoid noun stacks
  • Use specific nouns – no pronouns, use the name of people and things
  • Straight talk – no jargon
  • Be inclusive, not exclusive

Start a presentation with an image – “Imagine this …..”

Brief introductions

Sequence your important points by answering these questions in your mind:

  • So what?
  • What?
  •  Why?

Get to the point. Modern communications begins with the point, while the storyteller ends with the point.

Creating a great elevator pitch

To create your personal pitch, use this tool from the Harvard Business School.

Interview tips

For tips on how to interview, go to this link from Beth’s blog.


Dr. Beth Milwid share with us her lifetime of valuable knowledge and experience. I’ve written down some of that knowledge. You can go to her website and learn more.

Written by George Main

December 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

How to THINK INK! Publish Your Expertise to Get Hired

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Do peers and employers look at you as an expert? Experts get hired and rehired, quoted and consulted. It’s time to show your expertise. How? Get published!

Learn ways to THINK INK as you share your brilliance through different types of articles that run in newspapers and magazines, blogs, e-zines and journals.

Craig Harrison, a book author, prolific article writer, and professional speaker, will help you identify how and where to put your message in print, discuss different formats for sharing your expertise, and lead you through a process to generate article and column ideas to showcase your skill-set and experience.

Writing Requires Planning – Your Homework

You will benefit by doing homework before attending Craig’s program. In preparation for THINK INK, please come with answers to these questions:

  •  What am I an expert at? What is my depth of knowledge?
  • Who is my target market, i.e. who do I want to hire me, who am I selling to, who do I want to know me?
  • What do my target market members read?
  • Do I have reports, papers, blog entries, or other content I can cull for future articles? If yes, list them!

Craig will lead you through your answers and show you how you can get published – published as an expert!

Craig Harrison, Our Presenter

Craig has written for magazines, newspapers and journals, and has been written about in everything from comic strips to Playgirl magazine. As a result, he’s gotten full-fee speeches, consulting contracts and even a few literary dates.

Sharpen your pencils and come learn from the man who’s been interviewed by 60 Minutes, profiled in the Wall Street Journal, and quoted by the Financial Times of London …

 the man with the golden pen,


Craig Harrison.

For more about Craig visit

Read some of his articles here:

For more information on Craig’s program, location, date, time, and to RSVP please use this link!

Written by George Main

November 18, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Find Your Job in the SF Business Times

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How many ways can you read a newspaper to find your next job? If you had one Bay Area newspaper to read to find work, what newspaper would that be?

The San Francisco Business Times is a print and online newspaper reporting on business in San Francisco, Oakland, the East Bay and Marin. Its experienced business reporters cover healthcare, biotech, banking, insurance, real estate, law, government, finance, green business, and technology. If it’s Bay Area business, you’ll likely read about it in the Times.

Do you know how to read this resource to your advantage in your job search and career change?

You will after attending our next program. Jud Walsh will re-introduce you to the Times as a job hunt resource, explain the sections of the newspaper, and demonstrate with a newspaper in hand how you can look beyond the newspaper print to the world of possibilities behind every business transaction.

About our Speaker  

Jud Walsh is the Director of Business Development for the San Francisco Business Times. He has been with the publication for five years and is considered to be the face of the Business Times in the Bay Area market place.

Facilitating workshops for job seekers is one of the main focuses Jud has at the Business Times: He has presented at transition service companies throughout the Bay Area including organizations such as Lee Hecht Harrison, Robert Half International, Right Management and DBM. He also speaks regularly at branch offices of the state-run Employment Development Department (E.D.D.) including Experience Unlimited and East Bay Works One-Stops. Jud also speaks at colleges and universities throughout the Bay Area including SF State, Mills College, St. Mary’s College and Stanford.

In addition to Jud’s responsibilities at the SF Business Times he also volunteers with a number of job-transition groups including the SF Job Forum and CPC’s Job Connections. He also facilitates monthly meetings for the San Francisco chapter of Executives Network, a national peer-to-peer network for executives in career transition.

Jud lives in Marin and has been a long-time volunteer with Young Life/Marin. He also enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and appreciates the tremendous beauty and splendor that Northern California has to offer.

Program Schedule

We begin networking at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. sharp and will run 1.5 hours. We finish the program by 11 a.m.

$1.00 donation requested.

Mass Transit / Parking

Please note that Valencia Gardens’ parking is restricted to its residents. Parking within its lot by non-residents will result in your vehicle being towed at your own expense.

The 16th & Mission Street BART stop is two blocks from our location, while the Market & Church Street MUNI stop is four blocks away. Inexpensive parking can be found at the Hoff Street Garage, 42 Hoff Street, San Francisco.

Tweet Our Program

Do you like our programs and want to get the word out to grow your circles of influence? Tweet this to get known:

Learn how to read the SF Business Times to find your next job when Jud Walsh presents at #SFPCN

Written by George Main

October 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Second Annual Community Career Resources Fair at Valencia Gardens, October 27

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SFPCN is a community organization. The mission each SFPCN member shares with our community is to help in the job search and career transition. But we need support to do this work.

Valencia Gardens and Mission Housing Development Corporation provide the space we use on Tuesday mornings. Each year to give back we co-sponsor a Community Career Resources Fair for the local residents.

The Fair provides job opportunities and the knowledge needed to get jobs. Our Second Annual Fair is a collaborative effort by the folks at SFPCN, Valencia Gardens, Mission Housing Development Corporation, and the San Francisco Housing Authority.

Can you help local residents looking for a new job or career? We need your help as a concierge at the Fair answering questions: what’s at the Fair, where are the booths, when and where are the breakout sessions, and where can I apply for a job right now? It takes an open hand to find an open hand in life – theirs and yours.

Participating in the Second Annual Fair on October 27 will be:

  • Arriba Juntos
  • Asian Neighborhood Design Employment Training Center
  • Bank on SF
  • Home Depot
  • Jewish Vocational Services
  • Laborer’s Training and Retraining Trust of Northern California
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Mayor’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development
  • Mission Hiring Hall
  • SFO Commission
  • SFO Office of Employment & Community Partnerships
  • Toastmasters of the Bay Area
  • Tool Works
  • Year-Up

More participating employers and providers will be there! Orientation for concierges begins at 12:30 p.m., doors open to the public at 1 p.m., and the Fair serves the community until 4 p.m.

Please contact a member of the Organizing Committee to volunteer to be a concierge at the Fair. Our names and direct email links appear at our website at Thank you!

SFPCN Fair Organizing Committee

Jim Dowling

George Main

Kathy Lee

Larke Brost

Written by George Main

October 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Posted in Job Search, Networking

Improv Skills that Get You a Job, October 25, SFPCN

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You’re thinking, “Improv is great fun, but I need a job.  I need to learn how to better network and handle interviews. Life is serious business!”  

On the subject of serious business there is no more respected voice in the money world than the Wall Street Journal. The Journal published,No Joke: Learning Improv Can Help in Any Field.”  The article identified five key skills that improv can help improve: Better Listening, More Flexibility, Knowing Yourself, Paying Attention to Body Language, and Finding Common Ground.

This week we featured SFPCN member Ann Feehan to bring her improv ability to SFPCN. Ann  lead a series of improv exercises that were playful and engaging while also expanding the ability to listen, to be present, and to better engage with others. She showed that you can embrace and enhance your storytelling skills that add to your ability to stand out.

How can improv skills help a job hunter?

  • Fine tune your active listening skills so that you are able to create meaningful conversations while networking or in a job interview.
  • Keep you present and aware of subtle “offers” of the other person.
  • Practice the soft skills that you need in networking and interviewing.

Job hunters are trained in responding to behavioral interview questions with a PAR story (Problem, Action, Result).  With improv you can practice having a better sense of when to go into more detail or when to move on to the “action” of your story. Improv uses reincorporation to refer back to  earlier themes  so that you you can create a compelling, memorable impression.

While you can be told what to do, or read what to do, the only way you actually can make those soft skills your own is through practice.

Presenter’s Biography

Ann Feehan has been practicing improv for twenty years, coaching improv for nine and has been the Coordinator of Laughing Stock, BATS Improv’s free improv classes for people with life-threatening illnesses.  Ann teaches a weekly drop in improv class at Voice One in San Francisco open to both performers and non-performers.  Ann was the assistant editor for The Playbook, a handbook of over 370 improv games for performers.

Ann is a member of the Applied Improv Network, an organization with international members of consultants, trainers, coaches, facilitators, performers and academics. Improv’s application is used in facilitating creativity and innovation, conflict resolution, leadership, coaching, effective strategies, team development and storytelling. Visit AIN at

My Comments on the Program

Ann lead the group through eight exercises that I will describe as follows:

Introductory Improv – The ten new members to SFPCN stood in line and each delivered one word to complete the thought, “I want ….

Introduce Your New Partner – Everyone formed up in groups of two, discovered three things the each partnership shared in common, and then introduced their partner to the group using one of the element the partnership shares in common.

Do You Want a Glass of Water – Everyone reformed into new groups of two, asked the partner as if at a job interview if s/he wanted a glass of water, and noted the reply, which came as a yes or no with explanation. Everyone was divided up into groups of “Yes, I want water,” “No, I don’t,” and Equivocators.

Yes and No Questions – Another two-partner exercise during which partners exchanged simple requests to do something (Do you want to ride bikes with me?) replied to with a “yes” or a “no” with explanation. Ann told us to talk about how we felt when give and receiving the “yes” and the “no” responses.

Mafioso Story – Five volunteers told a story one word at a time with a mafioso accent.

Western Twang Story – Five volunteers told a story one word at a time with a Western accent.

True Story – We reformed into two person partnerships and told our partner an exciting personal story with the partner interrupting to ask for more details, more color, move-on, and what’s the moral.

Circle Wisdom – The group formed in a large circle and began speaking one word at a time, stopping to chant as a group, “Yes, yes, yes” when the group heard a completed expression of wisdom.

We learned that improv is more than fun. Improv helps you to listen and be present in the conversation, share control in the conversation, and trust that organized thought will develop through the cooperation of the participants. People feel better and listen more closely to “yes” responses, so think thrice before saying “no” to any offer of a glass of water. Employers will remember our job interview PAR stories if we pepper them with lively details, color, and lessons learned instead of canned recitations. Trust that a constructive conversation will evolve from the back-and-forth at your job interview if the interviewer values cooperation at the workplace.

Thank you, Ann, for a terrific program!

Written by George Main

October 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm