Meet MindShare’s Founder, Kent Lewis, & Why You Should Attend February’s Event!

Written on February 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm, by Shannon

The new year is well under way with one successful event under our belt. Jenna Cooper of Gratia PR gave a fabulous presentation on learning to present to an audience of any size. Looking forward, we have Kent Lewis, President and CEO of Anvil and Founder of pdxMindShare, presenting on February 17th. You will be able to learn “Building Your Brand on Social Media in 15 Minutes Daily” for his career-focused workshop. Following his presentation, attendees have the opportunity to network with dozens of Portland professionals. These events are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and EVERYONE is invited. You do not need to RSVP. Just show up and be ready to learn a little and meet some lasting connections that have the potential to help you on your career endeavors. All of our events are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Trader Vic’s in downtown Portland. The workshop begins at 4:30PM and networking at 5:30PM. You can come for both components or both! Reach out to Shannon if you have any questions!

Now, please meet Kent Lewis and why you should attend February 17th’s event in his own words:

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Scorpio that enjoys time with the family and visits to Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. When I’m not driving sales and marketing efforts for Anvil, teaching at PSU or networking at MindShare events, I’m volunteering my time with SMART and Entrepreneurs’ Organization. I’m a big fan of the Pacific NW, Portland food and the Oregon Coast.

What will you be covering in your presentation?
I will help individuals with limited bandwidth create a compelling social media presence that will help them grow personally and professionally.

Why should Portland professionals attend?
Anyone interested in increasing their visibility or credibility within their network or a specific community online will benefit from the strategies and tactics outlined in this workshop.

What are the top 3 takeaways for attendees?
The primary takeaways from this presentation will include 1) Managing multiple social media profiles doesn’t require a meaningful amount of time, yet can maximize reach. 2) Creating sufficient volumes of content can take time, but done intelligently, will yield significant reach and value. 3) A small investment in research can yield great insights that direct content strategies that maximize engagement.

Can’t make this event? No sweat! We will periscope the event (Look out for the link to do so!) or you can catch us on March 16th for our next event with Chris Bartell who will teach us about unleashing the Super Powers inside us.

pdxMindShare’s October Presentation on LinkedIn with Vicki Lind

Written on October 21, 2015 at 6:52 pm, by Shannon

Tonight we had the pleasure of hosting first time speaker Vicki Lind as well as her colleague Ursala Garbrecht of Vicki Lind and Associates. They presented on LinkedIn and how best to make a user’s profile optimized with the proper keywords, how to develop a great summary and the best way to make use of your connections so you get noticed by decision-makers. Everyone in attendance took away some great advice, and the presentation is below if you missed it or want to take another look.

Our last regular event of 2015 will take place on November 18th, at our favorite place, Trader Vic’s, and will feature Jen Anderson. Jen is a career strategist, author and speaker, and her topic will be “Plant Yourself Where You Will Bloom.” She will help attendees find a career that is both personally and financially fulfilling. After the workshop, attendees have the opportunity to network with other Portland professionals. As always, our events are free, no RSVP required and everyone is welcome!

Additionally, we will co-host our annual Holiday Networking Event with SEMpdx at Spirit of 77 on December 8th. This is a free event, but please RSVP here.

Please feel free to reach out with and questions to shannon@anvilemdia.com, and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events! 

pdxMindShare’s October Career-Focused Workshop on LinkedIn from pdxMindshare

September Wrap-Up & Fall Events

Written on September 22, 2015 at 12:28 pm, by Shannon

In September, we had first-time speaker Danielle Baker from the Science of People present at our monthly workshop and she was nothing short of fabulous! Her topic on the power of body language gave attendees great information regardless if they were happily employed or on the hunt for a new position as it focused on how to have meaningful interactions with those around us, encouraged us to think about how well we listen and how and where we make eye contact or focus our attention during conversation. One fun fact learned was that showing your hands in conversation is quite important as it’s the first thing that people notice that will help us establish trust. So, don’t keep them in your pockets or under a table! It was also encouraging to know that much of the information she shared was based on scientific data. At the end of the night, all of us in attendance took away some great tips to help us feel more confident in our daily conversations as well as in some of our most important meetings like the dreaded interview. We hope to see her at one of our events in 2016!

Upcoming Events!
Please save the date for the final events in 2015 and we hope to see you all soon (October & November events will be held at  Trader Vic’s!):

Mark your calendars! We hope to see you then and please remember these are FREE events and everyone is welcome. Reach out to Shannon if you have any questions! 

Meet Danielle, pdxMindShare’s September Speaker on The Power of Body Language

Written on September 9, 2015 at 10:42 am, by Shannon

It’s hard to believe September is already here, but we are excited to welcome everyone to our event next week, Tuesday, September 15th,  as we haven’t seen you all since July!  We are also looking forward to welcoming Danielle Baker to speak at our career-focused workshop on the power of body language and how to harness this very powerful nonverbal form of communication. After the workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to network with dozens of Portland professionals and potential employers. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend. Each month, we see new faces as well as those we’ve seen many times before. The workshop kicks off at 4:30PM at Trader Vic’s in NW Portland.

Now, without further ado, please meet Danielle Baker from the Science of People who will present at September’s workshop:

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a native Floridian, but after living in the Pacific NW for the last 2 years, I now call Portland home. My background is in Accounting, but after a few years in the field, I realized that working with people is my passion. I love hiking, trying new food and am only slightly obsessed with my 2 cats. 

 2. What will you be covering in your presentation?
In my presentation, I will teach you about the power of nonverbal communication. I will give you actionable tips to feel more confident and to have better relationships including how to appear more trustworthy, the right type of eye contact for every setting and the single best thing to do before your “next big thing”. 

3. Why should Portland professionals attend?
Portland professionals should attend this presentation because every single one of us wants the secret sauce to better interactions with the people around us– colleagues, family and friends. And the secret lies in our nonverbal communication, the how we say something behind the what we say. Professionals will learn strategies to improve the impression they give to others as well as learn how to perceive the intentions of the people around them. 

4. What are the top 3 takeaways for attendees?

  • Become the most memorable person in the room without even saying a word
  • Recognize your own nonverbal “bad habits” and take action to improve your first impression
  • Gain powerful insight into using body language to both show and feel increased levels of confidence 

The Three Golden Rules of Networking on Social Media

Written on August 27, 2015 at 9:31 am, by Shannon

pdxMindShare’s founder, Kent Lewis, has been involved with social media for quite some time now and has mastered the fundamentals of how to behave online when trying to network and make professional connections. Although social media has evolved quite a bit over the years, these are tried and true methods are worth considering as they have not changed much at all! The full article is here on LinkedIn.

Meet Jason, a Movie Director & pdxMindShare’s July Speaker

Written on July 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm, by Shannon

Our July pdxMindShare event takes place next week, Wednesday, July 15th, back at our favorite spot: Trader Vic’s. We are truly excited to have a movie director, Jason Satterlund of Big Puddle Films, present to our group and bring a unique perspective on how to make yourself memorable. He makes movies and wants those who see them to remember them fondly and refer them to others just like we want people we meet to remember us and refer us to others. And that is what he is going to do: help us tell our stories in a way that others will remember us and hopefully think of us for job openings, business opportunities and more. Jason will kick off around 4:30PM and you’ll have the opportunity to network with dozens of Portland professionals afterwards. Additionally, if you can’t make it to the event, you can check our Facebook page or Twitter feed for a link to watch Jason speak virtually through Periscope. The link will become available when the presentation begins. This event is completely free, everyone is welcome and no RSVP is required. 

Please take a moment to meet Jason and see why you should attend Wednesday’s event. We hope to see you there!

Meet Jason Satterlund:


Tell us a little about yourself:
I am Jason Satterlund and I have been directing films for 25 years. I have directed feature films, commercials, music videos and documentaries in the United States and in 28 countries. There is nothing I love more than telling stories and moving an audience with emotion. It is the greatest job in the world. 

 I currently reside in Portland, Oregon but I work all over the world. Not only do I direct, but I speak and teach at events to train future film makers, inspire students, and help business owners build better companies.

What will you be covering in your presentation?
There is nothing more potent than the power of story. I will teach people how to create their own stories so that their job applications are more than just facts on a page.

Why should Portland professionals attend?
Because I have worked all over the world, I have learned what people remember and respect. I haven’t spent my entire life in Portland so I have a unique background that you won’t often hear from a Portland speaker. Also, how often will a movie director speak to a group like this!?

 What are the top 3 takeaways for attendees?

  • Attendees will learn what makes them hirable, beyond their basic skill set and experience.
  • They will learn how to find a purpose so that their job won’t just be about money, but will ultimately make the world a better place.
  • They will learn how to tell their own story and be remembered.
     

Here is a look at some of his work, and you can check out even more at Big Puddle Films:

DreamPath’s Presentation from June’s pdxMindShare Event

Written on June 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm, by Shannon

Last night at Trader Vic’s in downtown Portland, we had the honor of having DreamPath founders Balki & Balaji present. Having been in jobs they didn’t like themselves, they took matters in their own hands and developed software to help people find dream employers based on the interests of the person looking for a job. There was a great turnout, and we saw lots of new faces in the crowd last night as we learned how to use this job searching tool and got to networking after the workshop. You can learn more about it below and there is a special offer for the MindShare community as well.

Please join us on July 15th for our next event with Jason Satterlund. He’s a local film director with Big Puddle Films and his workshop, “What’s So Great About You“, will teach you how to make a memorable impression by discovering what makes you uniquely you, developing narrative stories about your unique skills, and learning how to naturally weave your stories into conversations. Everyone is welcome and it’s free. No RSVP required. 

Learn to Find Your Dream Job with Your Dream Employer with DreamPath from pdxMindshare

Meet DreamPath Founders & June’s pdxMindShare Speakers

Written on June 10, 2015 at 5:58 pm, by Shannon

Next week, Wednesday, June17th, we will host our monthly career-focused workshop and networking event at Trader Vic’s in downtown Portland. Each month we bring in expert speakers to help professionals in the area reach their career objectives. Whether it’s to get a promotion, a new job or change careers, our goal is to give attendees ideas and tools to use to help them reach their goals faster and more gracefully. All our workshops are followed by networking where there is the potential to connect with dozens of other Portland professionals and even potential employers looking to hire. Last month, we had over 60 people in attendance! This month, we are bringing in DreamPath founders Balki and Balaji to present on “Learn How to Land a Job at Your Dream Company.” They really took being unhappy in a job to a new level by developing software to help people find their dream job at their dream company.

Please take a moment, and meet our June speakers through our blog, and hopefully we’ll see you again or meet you in person on the 17th! The workshop begins at 4:30PM and networking follows at 5:30PM. This event is free and everyone is welcome. No RSVP required. Trader Vic’s does offer a fabulous happy hour you can partake in!

About Balki & Balaji:

 Tell us a little about yourself:
We (Balki and Balaji) are co-founders of a software company, DreamPath.  We worked together for several years at a large financial services company.  A couple years ago I was suffering in a job that I didn’t enjoy much. I was so motivated to find a new career that I paid a career coach $1800 for advice and direction. And that investment was worth every penny! You know why? Not because he got me my dream job at a small software company, but because the coach taught me the most valuable career lesson of all:

“Focus, follow and “connect” with a small number of companies that he would love to work for – don’t just chase every job as it is posted on a job board!”

That powerful idea stuck with me even after his corporate career search ended.

Balaji also went through a similar experience. So when Balaji and I decided to start a company together we knew exactly what they needed to create:

A software tool that focused on helping career-seekers find a career at their dream companies.

 What will you be covering in your presentation?
Tonight we will be covering an interesting and often overlooked area of job search: Targeting, and focusing exclusively on your dream companies.

When I worked with the career coach, the entire strategy focused on identifying just a handful of companies (20 to be precise) and taking every action to appeal to those dream companies.

We will stick to this powerful philosophy in our session as well and take it to the next level.

We will look at how to identify and target dream companies, research those companies like a pro, make the right connections with thought-leaders and finally highlighting your profile to make you a #1 candidate at those dream companies.

Why should Portland professionals attend?
When you are in a job search mode, it’s quite easy to get mired in the details and lose that focus.  This session will help Portland professionals get back in the groove and focus on just those important elements of a fulfilling career.  Not to mention learn some strategies that you have not seen anywhere else so far.

What are the top 3 takeaways for attendees?

  1. Target just a handful of companies that match your values (12-20 companies is ideal)
  2. Obsessively focus all your career activities towards those companies, decision-makers and industry influencers
  3. Create stunning, relevant online profiles that showcase your interest in that company, your expertise that matches their needs and your willingness to go above & beyond.

May’s pdxMindShare Presentation on How to Get Your Groove Back

Written on May 21, 2015 at 11:04 am, by Shannon

We held our monthly career-focused workshop and networking event at Trader Vic’s on May 20th. With standing room only, attendees came out to learn to get back into their groove with the very energizing and motivating Dawn Montefusco, also known as ZigZag. To get into the groove means to smoothly interact, maintain or improve relations with business associates, a person or a situation, or to have passion about doing something and feel motivated to get it done and her presentation focused on how to do that. Afterwards, the crowd networked and great connections were made as well as some folks meeting potential employers.

If you want to take a look at Dawn’s presentation, you can find it below. And don’t miss our June event featuring the founders of DreamPath. This highly interactive session will enable you to research companies you want to work for and use that as a starting point for your career search. The team will do live research on some popular companies and job roles to provide better insight into your own dream companies! 

Meet Dawn, Ms. ZigZag, our May pdxMindShare Speaker

Written on May 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm, by Shannon

Next week, Wednesday, May 20th to be exact, we will host our monthly career-focused workshop and networking event at Trader Vic’s in downtown Portland. Each month we bring in expert speakers to help professionals in the area reach their career objectives. Whether it’s to get a promotion, a new job or change careers, our goal is to give attendees ideas and tools to use to help them reach their goals faster and more gracefully. All our workshops are followed by networking where there is the potential to connect with dozens of other Portland professionals and even potential employers looking to hire. This month, we are bringing in Dawn Montefusco to present on “How to Get Your Business Groove Back.” If you are feeling stuck or in a funk, this will be a great workshop to attend. As a writer, coach and speaker, with lots of energy, she’ll motivate you and inspire you to improve your game!

Please take a moment, and meet our May speaker through our blog, and hopefully we’ll see you again or meet you in person on the 20th! The workshop begins at 4:30PM and networking follows at 5:30PM.

About Dawn:

Tell us a little about yourself:
Life Coach. Writer. Blogger. Speaker. Poet. I have an extensive background in writing, coaching, speaking, and marketing. My keenest talent is helping people take the stress out of the discovery and creation process and find clear ways to get to the next level of success. Whether it’s focusing on life coaching, writing books or finishing projects, I help people rediscover their true purpose and get the job done. I have an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University and I’m a certified life coach though Erickson College. I also have an extensive background in social media and marketing. You can learn more about me at www.dawnmontefusco.com. I also have an advice column at www.askzigzag.com.

Why is my nickname ZigZag?
ZigZag (or ZeeZee, or just Zee) is a nickname that became my middle name. (No, my parents are not hippies and I’m not named after the rolling papers.)  The name stuck ten years ago due to going to Burning Man. It became apparent that I am an “extrovert that is tenaciously reclusive.” I zig and I zag. I’m quiet and I’m ferociously verbose. I’m a logical thinker and I’m a creative wildcat. A few years later I discovered the term ‘zigzag-thinking’. The purpose of zigzag-thinking is to produce good brainstorming from both left and right sides of the brain to create as many new ideas as possible. It is the brainchild of creative thinking, which focuses on what could be instead of what is.

What will you be covering in your presentation? 
In this presentation I will help professionals identity the best way to get their mojo back if they are feeling stuck. We’ve all heard about comfort zones, but comfort zones are really just stories we tell ourselves. People get stuck in their stories. This is true in business as well as any area of life. Once you remove the story that is holding you back you’ll see endless possibility. That’s a big idea to swallow, but it’s true. The trick is to align your thoughts, feelings and actions, remove the unwanted story and take a few small risks to create immediate results.

Sometimes people don’t even realize their groove is gone because they’ve gotten so used to being a certain way. This presentation is based on the simplicity of how to identify a blind spot, move through it, and get back in action to reach new levels of success.

Why should Portland professionals attend?
Portland is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Population growth can either be exciting or overwhelming depending on your business perspective. Overwhelm is another source of losing your groove. People write stories that they can’t handle more, but that’s not true. We are all meant to be prosperous. Learning how to embrace change and keep up with the times is key for Portland Professionals.

What are the top 3 takeaways for attendees?

  • Attendees will be able to identify one area of their professional life where they feel they have lost their groove or could be doing better. From there they will learn one action step to improve their game.
  • Attendees will learn how different parts of their life can determine their ability to thrive. It’s not just about business. Personal health, mental health, family, and friends all influence success.
  • Everyone will look taller. It sounds weird but it’s true. A motivated crowd breeds shared confidence. People leave with wider smiles, better posture and are excited to take new action steps towards their business goals.