Hosted by the ETP Network, the dinner was held at Mia's Restaurant, 1214 Route 37 East, Toms River, NJ. Although informal, the atmosphere was decidedly electric as ETP Network members exchanged comments and ideas with Alba, drawing on his extensive experience with social networking, relationship science, and publishing. Dinner attendees included a diverse group of business owners, information technology and human resource professionals.
As part of the of the ETP Network’s mission of teaching members to develop trusted relationships, Rod Colón, CEO and Founder of ETP Network, kicked off a lively discussion by posing the question "Jason, how can we help you?" For those who take networking seriously, this is the kind of question that triggers great conversation and this evening turned out to be no exception. For Alba, it was a unique opportunity to view first-hand the leadership machinery of the ETP Network while providing members with some top-notch ideas for future collaborative projects.
"We hear of think tanks in Washington, DC strategizing the world's issues. This dinner was the first think tank session discussing the future of the CEO of ME, Incorporated with networking leaders, led by master networker Jason Alba", said Colón.
When good, solid, reciprocal networking is on full display, humor is generally not far behind. As participants engaged each other on a variety of topics, business cards made their way onto the table, and Alba’s card brought on the guffaws in grand style. His JibberJobber.com business card caught attendees off-guard when they viewed its reverse side: a pink slip containing the words he uttered to the manager who let him go only a few years earlier: “Thanks for everything. Goodbye.”
Social Networking A Hot Topic
Many networking professionals have begun to associate the name ‘Jason Alba’ with social networking, social networking web sites, and the technology that drives them. As such, Alba is in high demand as a speaker and makes regular contributions to networking communities all over the world in the form of numerous blogs, instructional videos, and what he describes as “CEO Training Webinars.”
"We were inspired by Jason's command of today's relationship-
"Jason Alba is the creative guru of practical business networking for the real world. His commentary at our dinner meeting was insightful and provided new ideas that we can use now to enrich our networking experience. I appreciated his success stories about networking tools in the public domain, like LinkedIn, Twitter and JibberJobber. Jason, thanks for a fun and informative evening," said Sam Anson, ETP Network member and Business Developer for Technosphere, Inc. located in Bergenfield, NJ.
"I was very charged up after the meeting. This dinner helped me to see an important principle in action which was the power of asking questions. It not only helped to drive the conversation but was a vehicle to clearly understand how you can help others in the group. This dinner really left me wanting more of this type of event. Maybe it was so great because we had powerhouse people that weren't sitting on the side lines" said Thomas E. Kenny, ETP Network Event Leader and software engineer.
ETP Network member and Human Resources Management Consultant Keith Bogen commented "Dinner with Jason Alba and the ETP team was networking nirvana! For me who is relatively recent in the game, so to speak, it was a tremendous pleasure and honor to sit among the true gurus of professional networking ... what a tremendous evening - thank you to all!"
Jason Alba summed it up well with "Thanks a ton for the awesome opportunity to meet all of you in person and spend the evening with you."
About Empowering Today's Professionals (ETP) Network www.etpetwork.com
The mission of the ETP Network is to provide each member with an empowered career/business plan that leverages a powerful “trusted network.” ETP Network member services provide members with programs tailored to the professional and their ME, Inc. business. Key to a successful career management program is accomplishing the 5 ETP Goals (Ideal Job/Business, Career Backup Plan, Trusted Personal Network, Multiple Sources of Income, Assume Leadership Roles).
JibberJobber.com was designed by Jason Alba during his first real job search beginning in January, 2006. After having a successful career in IT and business strategy, Jason found himself in the job market, which was supposedly a "job seeker's market." JibberJobber is a job search tool, a networking tool, but more importantly, a personal relationship manager that allows you to do everything necessary to manage a job search and optimize your network relationships - for the duration of your career!
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