Meeting Information
Networking: Why Talking To Strangers is Good for You
Tuesday October 10, 2023
8:15am - 9:15am US/Pacific GMT-7:00
via Zoom

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Hank will talk about how Covid hurt networking and as a result many people have lost their networking skills.
He will outline the benefits of networking and provides tips and suggestions on how to improve your networking skills.
Hank, a well-practiced networker extraordinaire with a high-energy, engaging style of speaking, will discuss the advantages and real-life benefits of networking, and the need to re-establish our networking skills as we learn to live in the new normal of the post-pandemic world.

By the end of the discussion, we will have a much better understanding of: 
 • What exactly did the Covid pandemic do to kill our networking skills?
 • What do we consciously need to do to rebuild those skills?
 • Things to do, and not do, in networking.
 • What kinds of opportunities come to networkers - opportunities that elude non-networkers?
 • Whom should I be networking with?
 • Is "personal branding" something I should be concerned about?
 • What are some tips for keeping my networking alive and sharp?

Hank Blank founded and runs Blank and Associates. The firm's core competencies include advertising, public relations, social networking and digital solutions. He has conducted over 25 marketing and advertising agency reviews for clients, and assists agencies with new business development. In his own words, he has been "employed by my Network for over 20 years."
Hank is from Toronto. His early advertising career focused on major global brands. He started his career on the McDonald’s advertising account at the DDB Needham firm in Toronto. He then worked at J. Walter Thompson in Toronto and Chicago for ten years, working on brands like Burger King, Labatt’s, Campbell Soup and Kellogg’s. Hank then managed the $50 million Domino’s Pizza Account at Ross Roy. He then joined Townsend and O’Leary, where he was named Executive Vice President and Partner, in charge of such accounts as CENTURY 21, Subway, and other accounts.
Hank opened his own firm in 2001, Blank & Associates. He has provided marketing and advertising services to a wide range of clients including Jenny Craig, Jacuzzi, Toyo Tires, Raley's Supermarkets, The Irvine Company, The Habit Burger, The UPS Store.
Beyond his direct work with client companies, Hank has spoken to over 25 chapters of the American Marketing Association and the American Advertising Federation (AAF), and has been the featured speaker at multiple AAF district conferences.
Hank has a BA and MA in History from Ontario's Western University. He is also one of the founders of Orange County's Laguna Niguel Connections networking group, and Canadian Expats.

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For meeting information, please contact:

Don Nesbit

(949) 933-9293
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