Posts Tagged "seattle"

Please pick my brain…for a fee!

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For the next 6 weeks, and for 2 days out of each week, I’m offering friends of friends and/or my Seattle contacts a 50 minute career search or biz dev strategy session for only $50.


Why 50-4-50? Because over the past (almost) 5 years, as many of your know, or have personally experienced, I have acquired a considerable amount of social capital in, and knowledge of the Puget Sound market. So, for a few personal as well as professional reasons, I want to share what I can with those that need it before July 1st.

And, just in case you need further convincing of the value I can offer, below you’ll find what a few people have had to say:

“Sandy is generous, outgoing and incredibly knowledgeable about social networking and tackling the ever-challenging job search. After a one hour of meeting with her, I was left with tons of fabulous job search ideas, networking tips of the trade, and a list of new groups and forums that I had not uncovered on my own despite months of searching. Sandy gave me the extra motivation and knowledge I needed to hit the ground running.”

Service Category: Career Coach, Networking Strategist

Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

Jennifer Deakin Noseworthy, Product Marketer (for hire)

“As a new professional in Seattle, Sandy has been an incredible resource in connecting me to the right business partners based on my needs. She has an uncanny ability to quickly assess situations and effectively come up with smart strategic solutions. I recommend her as a great asset to any organization.”

Julie Goldthwait, VP of Marketing, (fka Jobster)

I’m only offering this coaching on Tuesdays (in Seattle) and Thursdays (on Mercer Island) during the weeks of May 17 through June 25 only and will provide 50 minutes of focused, one-on-one networking strategy coaching (for job search or biz lead gen) as well as connections/introductions on a personalized and pre-paid via PayPal only basis (they take all credit cards – link below).

To insure you get your preferred slot, please PAY IN ADVANCE via PayPal (non-refundable if less than 24 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise, 50% refund) – by JUST CLICKING HERE.

After you’ve paid for your slot, please contact Emma at to schedule your session. Be sure to include your name, email, cell phone number, and your top 3 time slot choices from the list below.

Lastly, if you’ve ever rec’d coaching or advice from me in the past for free, please consider doing a pay-it-forward and share this offer with anyone you think could benefit from 50 minutes of my insights and access to my brain matter. :) Thanks for your support!

Slots are available: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please indicate your top 3 time slot choices from the following list:

  • Morning: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00
  • Afternoon: 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00
  • Evening: 5:00, 6:00

Not in Seattle? Remote consults are available for $75…again, pre-pay via PayPal (see link above) and then contact Emma ( to schedule your one-on-one conference call.

Sandy p.s. More testimonials can be found HERE.

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Quality vs quantity focused networking?

Posted by in Career, networking, pay it forward

Regardless of an actual increase in the number of “jobs filled” in WA state occurring for the first time in a very long time (according to Jan 2010 stats), I’m amazed by the proliferation of events, sites, programs, webinars, groups and individuals out there offering to provide opportunities for connecting you or teaching you how to connect with that ideal person/class/company/recruiter/connector/coach/guru/innovator or expert that can land you that elusive new job.  It’s mind boggling to me, and especially in such a relatively small metro area like Seattle! How do you choose where you’ll focus and/or spend your precious energy and time? What factors go into saying “yes” to an invite, meeting or writing a check?

And, if you take the leap, which do you practice and/or prefer? bella domain networking Quality-oriented connecting opportunities or skills development programs OR quantity-focused groups or events? Please share your comments here or on Facebook and you’ll help me figure out which resources out there I should support and/or refer people to, and, just as importantly, which to avoid if you’re a quality and relationship-focused connector like me. I’m going to include some of the data in an upcoming white paper I’m working on as well as in my next book. Thanks all!

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What I’m up to this summer

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I’ve been a little off the map this summer because I’ve been happily very busy helping my friend Aaron Fairchild over at G2B VenturesG2B _Ventures_Logo in Seattle kick things up a notch. Earlier this year, Aaron and his team launched the Efficient Real Estate Fund, and, so far, they’re doing quite well, and I’m having a great time working with these super smart and FUN folks (OMG – humor in Seattle?! who knew?!).

It’s been awesome to have been able to bring loads to the party these past few months and I’m looking forward to being able to contribute more throughout the next few months. If you’d like to learn about what we’re up to at G2B, just check out the video that I was able to secure for them. It was produced by Realty Times and based on a Ken Harney piece that was first published as an article.

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Be the change…

Posted by in pay it forward, pif party

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” I keep thinking about this great quote from Mahatma Ghandi because of the unexpected, but definitely welcome,  attention my on hiatus Pay It Forward (PIF) parties have received this past week.pif_logo1

Like many of you, I typically see Ghandi’s brilliant piece of wisdom in email signatures or on Facebook pages at least once a week. And, while I couldn’t agree with it more, I realize that it’s sometimes much easier to complain than effect a change.  What I recognized in the now two instances of interest in PIF parties, however, was the overwhelming desire to do things a little differently in the networking arena and these people actually doing something about it.

One woman in NJ reached out because she is “in transition” (btw, wish we could all agree that this euphemism for “looking for your next thing” is a dated term and should probably disappear from job search vernacular), and wanted to find a creative way to get access to my How to Have a PIF Party book without spending any serious cash.  Her intention is to host a few of her own PIF parties, and her creative, but not doable “ask” motivated me to be very pay-it-forward minded and suggest a compromise. She’s now sending me a check for just the shipping and handling and I’m happily sending her a slightly less-than-perfect proof copy of the booklet.

The other instance came from a woman that I was introduced to through a mutual contact. When we met over coffee a few weeks ago it turned out she had purchased the booklet already (thank you Melissa!), and wanted to pick my brain about hosting her own PIF party. Well, I willingly obliged and she just sent me an invite to the PIF mixer she’s hosting on Seattle’s eastside later this month for a whole bunch of her contacts. Sweet!

BTW, this activity points to success as I’d define it regarding my experiment with hosting PIF parties at the end of ’07 and throughout ’08.  My hope was that I’d ultimately receive an invitation to at least one other PIF party hosted by someone following my example, and better late than never, right? :-)

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Outside perspectives are good for Seattle

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Great summary in Xconomy Seattle of Brad Feld’s (Foundry Group, Mobius Venture Capital, and TechStars) take on whether the VC model is broken or not. Brad recently gave what appears to have been an insightful and well attended talk here in Seattle, and is someone I know of from my days in the Bay Area. He was an investor in many of my then startup client companies when I was there from ’98-’02.

I’m really sorry I was unable to attend this event because he’s a super smart guy with a knack for picking winners. I also enjoyed reading this recap post about his presentation because I was reminded of what a straight-shooter sounds like (miss that) and because we’ve had Boulder on the brain for some time now.

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