There is a special, highly-sought after skill required for everyone in job transition: get comfortable with introducing yourself to a complete stranger, sound genuine, personable and interesting, all in 30 seconds or less. Success is when they learn enough about you and your background to be intrigued – and they hope you’ll keep talking to get to know you even better. The questions on your listener’s mind are: “Why should I meet you? Do I trust you? Why should I connect you to my network? Why would I hire you?” among many others. There are several descriptions for this important life skill: elevator pitch, personal commercial, unique value proposition, personal introduction or branding statement. It all comes down to changing your perspective from “this is a memorized me” to “this is a unique and memorable me” so you can “wow” a brand new acquaintance.
Led by two seasoned sales and leadership professionals, Dave Telep and Claire Edmondson, this workshop allows you the opportunity to practice and present YOUR 30-second commercial and get “on-the-spot” feedback on what they liked, and what they’d recommend you improve going forward. We understand this may feel uncomfortable for some people to “practice” in public – but perhaps it’s better to practice with your peers than with a Hiring Manager? We’ll have a tool you can use to put together your “value prop” and we’ll encourage a group coaching effort as well. To ensure everyone’s participation, we’d like to limit the introductions to 30 seconds each, followed by feedback from each Coach for 30 seconds each. We’ll be efficient AND effective.
Join us for our first-ever “Spot Coaching” event – our goal for the session is for each one of you to gain greater confidence and establish instant credibility with your future networking interactions.
David Telep is a Human Resources Business Development Director with Salo, LLC based in Minneapolis. He is engaged in building relationships with clients and consultants to help strategize and solve complex company and organizational challenges. He actively participates in interviewing and assessing talent and expertise to best match the client’s desired outcomes and drive productivity.
Prior to Salo, David was the SVP, Human Resources for Element Fleet Management where he guided the business and the HR function through M&A activities and the integration of several corporate cultures. He focused on driving a unified environment that values employee engagement and performance, while ensuring that the Company has the right organizations in place to deliver on a vision for growth and commitment to customers. The role at Element followed 20 years of HR leadership positions at General Electric. While with GE, David held roles in several industry segments, including: commercial leasing, energy finance, aviation finance, retail finance, corporate treasury and headquarters operations. David is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
Throughout his career, David has been active in his community. He is Board Chair and former Treasurer for The Lift Garage in Minneapolis, coach’s youth soccer, and actively volunteers with Feed My Starving Children, Boy Scouts of America, and with his church community.
Claire Edmondson is the Vice President of Client Solutions for CPI Twin Cities, responsible for consulting with corporate clients on their workforce strategy and coaching on career and leadership solutions. She was most recently Principal Consultant for Key Leader Resources (KLR), where she led a team of consultants delivering career and leadership development programs. Claire served as the primary relationship manager for all client relationships, project managed program deliveries, and expanded the company’s consulting and coaching offerings.
Prior to KLR, Claire was the Director of Strategic Accounts for Linkage, a global leadership consulting firm, where she focused on advancing women leaders and developing high potentials. Before that, she was Vice President, Business Development Consultant for Right Management. During her tenure as Director of Business Development for the Seabury Group, a global investment management and human capital consulting firm (sold to Accenture), she was part of (3) new company branding efforts, and responsible for leading new business efforts for the Practice Areas of Leadership, Selection, Executive Compensation, and Workforce Analytics.
For nearly 15 years, Claire has consulted in HR, Career Management, and Leadership Development, and worked with clients around the globe to deliver hundreds of assessments, coaching, and leadership training programs. She has built her reputation on delivering business insights combined with outstanding service. Claire’s background lends her a broad range of corporate industry exposure to draw upon, along with her experience as an entrepreneur and executive leader.
Read more about Claire here.