We know that not everyone loves attending meetings, or is particularly comfortable taking center stage and talking about themselves. This is why we carefully moderate each of our EN | Workgroups so that everyone gets a chance to share their objectives clearly and reap the rewards of a dynamic peer network.
Preparation is always a good thing, and it’s true of an Executives Network | Workgroup, as well. Part of preparation is being specific - with a focus on the type of work you want to do, and the type of organization you seek to become affiliated with. The more you know about what you want, the more focused your presentation to the group can be. Because with focus comes feedback and references that fall within your parameters.
To Be Specific is Terrific. To Be Vague is the Plague.
Those who come to a meeting and announce they’d like to work “in a growth industry with a great company” haven’t given the group much to work with. A better approach would be to have considered the size and location of your ideal company, the specific industry you want to work in, management level, compensation, and any other parameters that will help your peers help you.
The counterpoint here is a feeling of “limiting yourself” by focusing too succinctly on your best case scenario. The trick is to strike a balance between what you’d like, what would be ideal, and what won’t work for you, and then sharing these factors with the group so they’ll know it when they see it. And then, they can tell you about it.
Remember, this isn’t a job interview – that comes later, when one our members points you in the direction of a great opportunity that meets your needs – it’s a support network, and to get the most out of it, your peers need an unfiltered vision for your future.
As soon as we start talking you’ll know you’re in the right place. No guest speakers, no tutorials, no fluff. Just an efficient exchange of information among peers, moderated by professionals to keep things on track and in context.
"Strong network connections from all members of the group. Sincere support group eager to help with connections. Spirit of collaboration in the search as opposed to competition, even with like-skilled individuals. Nice mix of some social networking as well as efficiently run meetings." - Marcia, IT Director