Master Class - How to Make Networking an Art not an Accident

  • 08 Nov 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers Airport/FGCU 16450 Corporate Commerce Way Fort Myers, Fl 33913


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Facilitator Vern Schellenger

Wednesday November 8, 2017 | 8:30 AM to Noon

Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers Airport/FGCU

When faced with an opportunity to attend a Networking event, do you…..

  • Immediately break out in hives at the thought of engaging with strangers.
  • Become excited and RSVP, “Yes, count me in!”
  • Stay home and caulk the bathroom tub.

As social beings, everything we do depends on our relationships with others.  Yet many times, we struggle to truly connect and form real relationships. When done properly, the art and practice of networking can help:

  • Enhance our lives
  • Increase our capacity to solve problems
  • Help us perform better
  • v  Advance our careers

Don’t miss this special Master Class presented by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association for Talent Development and featuring Vern Schellenger, Principal Consultant with Contacts Count. 

Vern is an experienced talent development professional and respected speaker.  He earned a Masters in Leadership and Change from George Washington University. Previous roles include senior leadership positions with Dunkin Donuts, the American Chemistry Council, Lee Hecht Harrison, and the American Bankers Association.

Contacts Count has been working with individuals and organizations for over 25 years. They focus on researching, writing, and training in the “how to” of networking. Networking is not about talking and taking.  It’s about teaching and giving.

You’ll leave this session able to:

  • Communicate your expertise to others more effectively
  • Understand the 6 Stages of Relationships and tap into this process to build trust and cultivate new relationships
  • Rate the strength of existing relationships and create a roadmap to bolster them
  • Ask questions that help turn strangers into advocates
  • Learn techniques to better remember names

Program Cost of $99 Includes:

  • Continental breakfast buffet
  • Program materials
  • Practical, actionable tools and strategies to improve your networking skills
  • A copy of the book Make Your Contacts Count by Lynne Waymon & Anne Baber (co-founders of Contacts Count)
  • Invitation to Contacts Counts News, a worldwide electronic newsletter
  • This program has been pre-approved for 3 hours of HRCI and SHRM credits.


Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers Airport/FGCU

16450 Corporate Commerce Way, Fort Myers, Fl 33913
Phone: 239 210-7300

Directions:  I-75 Exit 128 Alico Road East - Proceed approximately one block then turn onto Interstate Commerce (adjacent to the entrance of Gulf Coast Town Center Mall). Make a right on Corporate Commerce Way, the Fort Myers Florida Hotels is on the left.

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