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EaRN Work Search Roundtable: helping you sustain your career!



These sessions make them the longest, continuously meeting job clubs and support groups in West Michigan–-8000+ people have attended sessions–-at two locations on different days of the week.  The sessions are open to the public and provide ongoing networking, support, group problem solving, and coaching for individuals during periods of work search and career transition. 


Several TV and radio stations as well as The Grand Rapids Press reported on these weekly events during the past decade, including WOOD-TV 8.  Since the fall of 2001 these events have met weekly for two hours at local sites in metro Grand Rapids. 


A third weekly event on Tuesdays merged with the Thursday one (see below) in April 2014 to relocate it to downtown Grand Rapids, giving more and easier access the the event throughout the West Michigan region.  The Wednesday events in Ada have been meeting every other week since the fall of 2010.


You can join our Meetup group here:


Those who participate in Roundtables and the NetWork 2 NetWork events can also join the LinkedIn group, NetWork 2 NewWork (NW2NW).


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=> WEDNESDAY every other week, 9:30-11:30 am EaRN Affiliate St Robert of Newminster Parish, 6477 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, Michigan.  The meeting is in the Parish Adult Lounge. See their site or call them,, (616) 676-9111 for more information, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Bill Weitzel, LMSW, (6one6) 446-1873 (c), weitzelwj (at)


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=> THURSDAY every week, 9:00-11:00 am, at EaRN Affiliate Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Grand Rapids, 47 Jefferson SE (except major holidays on Thursdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks, and when New Year’s is a Thursday).  For more information, contact Westminster, (6one6) 456-one456, or email beckyw(a) Their website is


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Other resources include:

Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341 (east off Northland Drive) provides one-on-one coaching and counsel (by appointment)  for those in work search transition. More information is available at their website,, or contact their EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Jeff Geshel, (6one6) 866-3556, jeff (at)


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The EaRN ministry continues to focus on “helping people find work and stay employable”, and look for churches, interested individuals, and non-profits interested in learning how to develop, launch and facilitate EaRN ministry which could include a Work Search Roundtable.  More information about EaRN can be found at, or contact Ken (6one6) 528-zero443, ksoper (at)

“Tricking Out and Driving Your LinkedIn Profile for Career Security” Wednesday, May 20, 2015 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Presentation 1: “Trick Out Your LinkedIn Ride: Get Comfortable with LinkedIn’s Controls”, by Dennis Raven, TEE (Technology Explainer Extraordinaire)

– Still frustrated understanding all the “instrumentation and options” available on your LinkedIn dashboard? Dennis will help you see how to get your profile complete and use the editing functions to develop your “All-Star” profile.  He’s promised to make available his 10-page “quick start operator’s manual” with us to take home.

Presentation 2: “Driving My ‘Tricked Out’ Profile:  Hitting the Highway to Your Preferred Career Future”, with LinkedIn Panel / Forum and interactive table discussions

– Have a story to share about how LinkedIn has helped you network, sustain your career and give back to your community in the spirit of “do for others as you would have them do for you”?  A panel and interactive working groups will collaborate in sharing our stories and strategies, then gather all the ideas together to share.  The session includes helping us hear others’ stories for more effective mutually beneficial networking.


In addition, there will be the opportunity to get a professionally done LinkedIn "headshot" at the event for a modest donation.  It'll be a nice photo--the photographer has exhibited at ArtPrize the last few years.  This photo opportunity is going to become a regular feature at future NetWork 2 NewWork events.



"Mastering the Fraternal Twins for Success--Networking & Consultative Sales"


NetWork 2 NewWork, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids (one and a half blocks south of Fulton)


Join us to learn and practice these two essential skills and how to weave them together for 21st century success. 


Master Salesperson Chet Trybus, faculty member at Ferris State University's College of Business, will lead the evening's practical skill building activities. Chet's students give him rave reviews, frequently feeding back that his practical, "rapid" approach to teaching the sales discipline has transformed their outlook and propelled their careers forward, with a number earning six-figure salaries early in their careers. Chet's one of the reasons FSU's  College of Business sales skills programs ranks among the Top North American Sales Universities by The Sales Education Foundation (


Check-in and networking:   5:00 to 5:30 pm


Program with Chet Trybus:  5:30 to 7:00 pm


Networking continues:  7:00 to 8:00 pm


Door prize drawing: 7:55 pm


Invite friends to join us--they'll be glad you did!





Networking and Sales, they're related!


In March 2013, Adam Grant, a faculty member at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, interviewed Daniel Pink, author of the then just published To Sell Is Human.  Grant asked Pink to explain why we are all in sales.  Here's Pink's response (edited for brevity):  


If you look at the labor data, 1 in 9 people in the economy today make a living selling stuff.... But I had an instinct about those other 8 in 9. My research found that those other 8 in 9 are people who are nominally in sales….They are spending an enormous amount of their time in what I call non-sales selling. They're selling. They're convincing you to make an exchange, that is, "give me something you have in exchange for something that I have."


But it's not denominated in dollars. It's denominated in time; it's denominated in attention; it's denominated in effort. If you look at how white-collar workers are spending their time -- whether they are in traditional sales or in some other kind of function -- a lot of their time and efforts are spent convincing, persuading, cajoling and influencing people. The truth is that when you tell people you're in sales, a lot of people don't like it very much at all.


[And] what's interesting is why people don't want to be in sales. Because they have this association that sales is sleazy, slimy, smarmy, low-brow, low-rent. It's about hoodwinkery and sleaze-baggery and all those other great words that we use to describe it. You know something is awesome when there are so many different synonyms to describe how duplicitous it is. My view is that this is a very outdated form of sales, in all its dimensions.