‘Ello, Guv’nah! Pink Slip Party Updates, News, Jobs and More for 2/28/2013
So we met the Governor yesterday.
No, not the guy from The Walking Dead…although you can rest assured we made every joke we could think of in that vein. No, you know, they “one tough nerd” guy – Snyder.
Kind of a last minute thing erupted, and so Bob and I drove out to Lansing to do another MEDC Shifting Gears event with our 10 Commandments of Networking schtick…
It was nice meeting him and everything, but I do have to call him out on one key point: he walked into the room and there was a slide with Admiral Ackbar up on the screen, and he completely ignored it without making a single comment.
Kinda have to question his “nerd” status…
…but we’ll double back on that momentarily.
First thing’s first: our next event.
A Pink Slip Party.
St Andrews Hall
Wednesday (let me stress that – it’s a WEDNESDAY) March 13, 2013.
5pm start time.
The good folks over at Arrow Strategies (http://www.arrowstrategies.com) and Brightwing (http://www.gobrightwing.com) are even taking a few extra steps themselves to make sure that this event goes over the top by sponsoring an open bar to kick off the night right. And it looks like iTalent (http://italent-llc.com/) is going to bring something to the table as well to make sure you remember the evening.
It’s shaping up to be one hell of a night.
So do yourself a favor. You can check out the details here on our site at http://www.ITintheD.org/index.php/event/pink-slip-party-march-2013/, and you can read the story on CBS Local Detroit’s website about it here: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/
Now we can double back on Governor Snyder and his alleged “nerd” status.
It’s been a bit since we went and did a Shifting Gears event, and so Bob shot a note off to our contact there, who replied that she hadn’t bothered to ask us to come out to the one currently taking place since we’ve got so much going on and didn’t want to bother us but if we can possibly make time to get out there it’d be great because the Governor’s going to be stopping by and it would be…
Yeah, we stopped thinking and just kind of went into “Yes, we’re there, let’s clear calendars and do this” mode.
So off we went to Lansing yesterday, and as we in the middle of discussing Commandment II: Beware of False Prophets from our 10 Commandments of Networking (which, please tell me that you’ve read the 10 Commandments of Networking over at http://www.ITintheD.org/index.php/2697/the-new-and-improved-10-commandments-of-networking/ before…if not, go read it immediately), and Governor Snyder walks in.
Now, Commandment II gets into events that are out there that, in our not so humble opinion…suck. Or are looking to take advantage of you. Or are just looking to make a quick buck (or twenty) off of you and have no interest in whether you get anything out of it or not…
In other words: the “IT’S A TRAP!” events we warn you about.
Nothing. No reaction from him at all.
I’m calling his “nerd” status into question. That’s right, I said it.
But it all seriousness…seems like a good guy. Genuinely seemed to care and be concerned about the Shifting Gears participants and what they were getting out of the event. In fact, laughably, we’re halfway convinced he thought Bob and I were running the thing because we happened to be up front speaking at the time and made it a point to ask us to keep him in the loop with status updates on how people were doing…
Sure…we’ll…get… right… on… that?
Anyway, so yes, we met and shook hands with the Governor, and somehow managed to not do anything that would cause his security guy to tackle us to the floor and beat us senseless.
I know, I was kind of surprised after the fact about that as well.
Now to see if we can get him to come down to the Pink Slip Party…
On the blog entries front, we’ve got a nice recap of our event last week at Falling Down Beer Company posted out at http://www.ITintheD.org/index.php/5039/so-we-drank-a-brewery-out-of-a-beer-last-night/, Don’t Be That Guy: Circular Recommendation Guys is out at http://www.ITintheD.org/index.php/911/circular-recommendations-guys/, and The Dating Corollary: The Awkward Proposal Moment is over at http://www.ITintheD.org/index.php/4128/the-dating-corollary-the-awkward-proposal-moment/
– Yahoo and working from home: http://lnkd.in/KWX_rt
– Recommendations, endorsements, and gaming the system: http://lnkd.in/gc2PTx
– Credit bureaus would like access to your professional network to judge your stability http://lnkd.in/_b2dtE
– Looking for a testing/QA meetup? http://lnkd.in/ZXBjky
– Last week’s event: http://lnkd.in/4vh6Vy
On the jobs front, there are about 80 sitting in the LinkedIn group’s “job discussions” area right now. Check those out at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?careerDiscussion=&gid=91763
So keep the Pink Slip Party in mind – http://www.ITintheD.org/index.php/event/pink-slip-party-march-2013/ – and remember, it’s on a Wednesday and not a Thursday like usual – and we’ll catch you next week.
And if you’re looking for something to do this Sunday night, come join us out at Rochester Mills in Rochester Hills starting at 7pm for a night of comedy, beer, and laughter. Bob’s DJ’ing, we’ll be drinking and laughing. Details available by clicking here.
Bob, Dave and Jeff
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