OCTOBER 12, 2009


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Federal Jobs Webinar on The Ins and Outs of Applying for a Federal Job
Tuesday, October 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Eyes on the Future Networking Event @ St. John Fisher
Friday, October 16, 7:00am - 11:00am.

Networking at 50+: Yes You Can! @ the Fairport Library
Friday, October 16, 9:30am - 11:30am.

Have you been effected by a Layoff or Downsizing Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, October 19, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, October 21, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

2009 National Veterans Job Expo @ RMSC 
Thursday, October 22, 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

Planning for a Successful Retirement Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, October 26, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Jumpstart: Prioritizing and Productively Tracking Your Contacts @ The Bagel Bin
Wednesday, October 28, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Social Media for Job Hunters @ the Fairport Library
Thursday, October 29, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Interviewing at 50+: How to Counteract the Age Factor @ the Fairport Library
Friday, October 30, 9:30am - 11:30am.

Making Career Decisions Easily @ Fairport Library
Monday, November 02, 7:00pm -8:30pm.

DR Networking on the Road
Tuesday, November 03, 5:30pm - 730pm.

Jumpstart: Creating Powerful Marketing Plans @ The Bagel Bin
Wednesday, November 04, 11:00aam - 1:00pm.

Rochester Works 1st Annual Career Conference @ Doubletree Inn
Tuesday, November 10, 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Resume Review @ the Fairport Library
Monday, November 16, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, November 18, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

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This article is compliments of Sue Schnorr, Exclusive Contacts Count Associate in NY.

The Name Game

By Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon

Do you feel like a dummy when you can't remember names? You’re not alone. Ninety-seven percent of the people in our workshops admit they are terrible at “the name game.”

There’s a reason people aren’t able to remember names. The next time you're at a business or social event, watch people introduce themselves and count how many seconds this vital activity takes. Almost everyone zips through the exchange in less than six seconds!

You can do a lot in six seconds. Send a fax. Blow out the candles on your birthday cake. Buy a lottery ticket. But one thing you can't do in six seconds is teach someone your name and learn hers or his.

So slow down. Linger longer. Don't sabotage your greetings by saying to yourself, "I never can remember names." Instead, set a goal. Say, "I'm going to learn the names of five people I meet today." Imagine that you meet a newcomer at the next Chamber of Commerce event. Challenge yourself to remember his name long enough to introduce him to someone else. If you remember it for three minutes, then you'll probably have it for 30 minutes . . . or perhaps forever.

To learn someone's name

Repeat it. If the other person says her name first, repeat her first name in your greeting. Say "Hi, Theresa. It's good to meet you." Ask about her name or comment on it. You might ask about the spelling: "Do you spell Theresa with an "h"? Focusing on the spelling is a good idea, because 77 percent of us are visual learners. That means we learn best when we see something spelled out in our mind’s eye.

Ask separately for the last name. Say, "Tell me your last name again." Notice that your conversation partner will say the last name clearly and crisply, rather than mooshing it into the first name.

To teach your name

Give your first name twice. Say, "I'm Leo. Leo Torvette." (This is the Forrest Gump Rule. Remember how he said, “I’m Forrest, Forrest Gump.”)

Say both your names clearly and distinctly. Take a tiny breath in between. Don't run them together.

Provide a way for people to remember your name. Say, "It's like Corvette but with a "T."

If people are wearing name tags, use them as visual aids. Look at your partner’s. Point to your own, when you say your name.

Often people say this about the name exchange: "Oh, I just rush through that part to get on to the good stuff." But, in networking, names are "the good stuff." Unless you learn someone's name and teach that person yours, you can't really expect to begin a relationship. So, abandon the six-second ritual. Be smart.

This article is brought to you, compliments of Sue Schnorr,
President, Training Insights, Inc.
Associate, Contacts Count
70 Linden Oaks, 3rd floor
Rochester, NY 14625
585-442-3443  /

Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon are principals of Contacts Count, a nationwide consulting and training firm that specializes in business and professional networking, and career development. They are co-authors of six books. The most recent is Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success (2007, AMACOM). Fortune 500 companies license their training programs. Visit them at and

Contributed by Hannah Morgan, Training Specialist at RochesterWorks

Social Networks Are About Sharing and Giving Back

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on recent topics about social networking.

Hannah composes her blog outside of work hours as a personal passion to assist those in career transition.

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