Ignite your Career

Ignite your Career

How to Combine Social Media with Face-to-Face Networking


John Gilroy

Director of Marketing and Business Development
BLT Global Ventures LLC

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Program

Everyone knows that face-to-face networking can assist in job transition, keeping up with industry trends, and helping others find jobs. This presentation will give you the practical down-to-earth tools to accomplish those goals.

John Gilroy will present four topics. He will start off by addressing the main fears people have with face-to-face networking. He will show you how to handle reactions like “I have nothing to say,” and “The only time I hear from Bill is when he wants something.”

There may be more than five pillars to networking, John will present the five that are the most obvious. He will elucidate upon recognizing a networking opportunity, how to approach a stranger, the “next steps” in an informal business conversation, and what to do when you get home with a handful of business cards.

The next section will be a hands-on exercise in face-to-face networking. John will facilitate a ten minute exercise where audience members will meet new people and test out recommended language to use in an approach.

After this mini-workshop. John will show you ten ways to improve your LinkedIn profile. He will start with the photo and proceed methodically to the company page. LinkedIn has 320 million members and is a perfect foil for fact-to-face networking. Audience members will be provided with worksheets they can use as a basis for improving their profile.

The final block of information will be a list of what not to do in a face-to-face networking event. During this section, John will give humorous examples of networking mistakes he has made.

After a recapitulation of the major points, John will tell a motivational story, turn to the moderator and take questions from the audience.

Event Location

Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA, 22042

Agenda and Cost:
Corporate table for 10: $550
Chapter Members: $45
Non-members: $55
Walkins: $60
5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:00 PM - PMIWDC Members Only Book Club Meeting
5:30 PM - PM Tools
5:30 - Networking Reception & Cash Bar
6:15 - New Member Meet & Greet
7:00 - Dinner & Cash Bar
7:45 - Guest Speaker
9:00 - Adjourn
PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Presentation Archive: 
Presentation Slides: Ignite your Career

About the Speakers

John Gilroy

BLT Global Ventures LLC
Director of Marketing and Business Development

John Gilroy has been involved in the tech community in Washington, D.C. for over twenty years.  He has been on WAMU 88.5 FM as one of The Computer Guys since 1991. Also, he has conducted 390 interviews on Federal News Radio. In addition to his 218 blog posts, he has written 523 columns for The Washington Post.  In 2014, John won the Tropaia Award for outstanding faculty at Georgetown University.  His day job is leading the social media marketing team at BLT. 

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