The Society of Professional Consultants

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SPC Events

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Constant Contact Headquarters, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451
    Register

    How to Present Technical Information so People Will Understand, Care, and Remember

    The SPC and WEST are partnering to bring you this workshop. Please note this workshop will be held on a Thursday evening, not our usual Monday evening.

    Technical presenters need more than public speaking training to keep an audience’s attention. If you explain complex concepts to people outside your field of expertise, you’ve learned snazzy slides and polished prose aren’t enough to keep your audience engaged.

    In this session, you will learn a proven process to structure your technical talk so your audience understands, cares, and remembers. You'll also get access to a planning worksheet you can use to make your presentations memorable and understandable.

    Attend this workshop to:

    • Hear how to capture and keep your audience’s attention by using the three “cons”
    • Find out how to make your “big idea” remembered, repeated, and retweeted
    • Learn how to use business storytelling principles instead of boring bullet slides
    • Discover techniques that make your technical topic easier to understand

    About Our Speaker

    Rick Pollak is the owner and Chief Explanation Officer of Presentation Medic, a company that specializes in curing boring technical presentations. He is also the operations and membership director of the SPC. Before starting his consulting business, he spent 35 years at Motorola, explaining complex wireless communications networks to non-technical audiences.

    Rick has been a featured speaker at technology conferences in the U.S. and Canada. He’s coached speakers for TEDx events and been a guest lecturer at Boston-area universities. Rick is an accomplished jazz musician (keyboard and guitar) who believes that structure and story are the keys to helping people remember songs and speeches.


    • Friday, May 04, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Panera Bread, 130 Providence Highway (Walpole Mall), East Walpole, MA

    Once again, SPC has expanded its unstructured networking channels. This time, we’re headed south to lovely Walpole. Specifically, the Panera Bread on the south side of Walpole Mall on May 4. 

    Here's how it works: RSVP on meetup.com, then just show up, buy yourself some lunch and gather ‘round the virtual fire! You don't need to be an SPC member to attend.

    We've picked 1:00 p.m. on a Friday as our start time to avoid the lunch rush and let people take as much time as they feel they can afford. 

    Natalia Olive, a member of the SPC Board, has volunteered to anchor this gathering. She will have a table sign with the SPC logo. RSVP here, and we will see you there!

    • Friday, May 11, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Rebecca's Cafe, 8 New England Executive Park (800 District Ave), Burlington, MA

    SPC members have long expressed an interest in an additional channel for unstructured networking and just plain schmoozing about their business triumphs and trials. We launched our Meetups a while back, and have received very positive feedback from those participating ... and so we’re pleased to announce our next Burlington Lunchtime Meetup, to be held Friday, May 11, at 1:00 p.m. 

    For those who haven't yet participated,there is no registration fee and you don't have to be a member to attend. Please register on Meetup so we can push tables together for everyone. When you arrive, find yourself something appealing to nosh on, settle at the cash register, and join the group.

    We’ve picked 1:00 p.m. on a Friday as our start time to avoid the crush and let people take as much time as they feel they can afford…and maybe start a new conversation they can pick up later!


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Past events

Friday, April 13, 2018 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - Burlington - members and non-members
Friday, April 06, 2018 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - Walpole - members and non-members
Monday, March 26, 2018 Dinner Meeting – Reusing Your Intellectual Property - Write It Once and Use It Again … and Again… and Again
Friday, March 09, 2018 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - Burlington - members and non-members
Friday, March 02, 2018 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - Walpole - members and non-members
Monday, February 26, 2018 Dinner Meeting – Five Steps to Bust Through Procrastination and Overwhelm
Friday, February 09, 2018 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - Burlington - members and non-members
Friday, February 02, 2018 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - Walpole - members and non-members
Monday, January 22, 2018 Dinner Meeting – Tax Reform: Key Provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Friday, January 12, 2018 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - Burlington - members and non-members
Friday, January 05, 2018 **CANCELLED** SPC Lunchtime Meetup - Walpole - members and non-members
Monday, December 18, 2017 Dinner Meeting and Panel Discussion – If I Knew That Could Go Wrong, I Would Have...
Friday, December 08, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, December 01, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, November 13, 2017 Dinner Meeting – How to Create Memorable Experiences for your Clients so They Will Hire and Rehire You
Friday, November 10, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, October 27, 2017 SPC Cambridge Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, October 16, 2017 Dinner Meeting – How Consultants Can Thrive in the Face of Adversity
Friday, October 13, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, September 29, 2017 SPC Cambridge Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, September 18, 2017 Dinner Meeting – Getting Across the Finish Line With Your Sales Prospects
Friday, September 08, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, August 25, 2017 SPC Cambridge Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, August 14, 2017 Dinner Meeting & BBQ – Our Favorite Tech Toys – Not So Strictly Business
Friday, August 11, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, July 28, 2017 SPC Cambridge Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, July 14, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, June 23, 2017 SPC Cambridge Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, June 19, 2017 Dinner Meeting – Pricing Your Professional Services
Friday, June 09, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, May 26, 2017 SPC Cambridge Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, May 15, 2017 Dinner Meeting – How Strong Is Your Marketing Foundation?
Friday, May 12, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, April 28, 2017 SPC Cambridge Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, April 24, 2017 Dinner Meeting – Jump-Starting Your Consulting Business: Lessons from a Seasoned Independent Consultant and Realtor
Friday, April 14, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, March 24, 2017 SPC Cambridge Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, March 20, 2017 Dinner Meeting – Career Possibilities: A Joint Event – SPC and WEST
Friday, March 10, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, February 27, 2017 Dinner Meeting – So You Want to Write a Book? How to Write Right
Friday, February 24, 2017 SPC Cambridge Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, February 10, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, January 27, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, January 23, 2017 Dinner Meeting – New England’s Regional Economy in 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, December 12, 2016 Dinner Meeting – All the World’s a Stage: Become a Featured Player
Friday, December 09, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, November 14, 2016 Dinner Meeting: The 1-2 Punch! Writing and Speaking to Advance Your Consulting Practice
Friday, November 11, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, October 17, 2016 Dinner Meeting: Negotiation Skills for Consultants: How to Close Sales and Maintain Client Relationships
Friday, October 14, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, September 19, 2016 Dinner Meeting: Building Relationships vs. Being Perceived as a Predator: Sales Prospecting in the Trenches
Friday, September 09, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Friday, August 12, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, August 08, 2016 Dinner Meeting: Instilling and Overcoming Resistance to Influence: How to Get Prospective Clients to Say Yes to You and No to Your Competitors
Friday, July 08, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, June 20, 2016 Dinner Meeting: Thanks for the Feedback - Getting Your Clients to Tell You What You Need to Hear
Friday, June 10, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, May 16, 2016 Dinner Meeting: Learning to Write More Effective Emails to Build Your Client Base
Friday, May 13, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, April 11, 2016 Dinner Meeting: Using Your Empathy Skills to Close More Deals
Friday, April 08, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, March 21, 2016 Dinner Meeting: Networking for Introverts
Friday, March 11, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, February 22, 2016 Dinner Meeting: Elevator Pitch Tips for Consultants
Friday, February 12, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, January 25, 2016 Dinner Meeting: Tax Update – Winning the Tax Waiting Game
Friday, January 08, 2016 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, December 14, 2015 Dinner Meeting: Coming Back From Failures, Setbacks, and Mistakes
Friday, December 11, 2015 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, November 16, 2015 Dinner Meeting: Rebirth of the Salesman (and Saleswoman)
Friday, November 13, 2015 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, October 19, 2015 Dinner Meeting: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs – What Makes Them Different?
Friday, October 09, 2015 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members
Monday, September 21, 2015 Dinner Meeting: How You Can Build Your Business Through Referrals
Friday, September 11, 2015 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members this month
Friday, August 14, 2015 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members this month
Monday, August 03, 2015 Dinner Meeting: Tech Toys
Friday, July 10, 2015 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members this month
Monday, June 15, 2015 Dinner Meeting: Word of Mouth Marketing
Friday, June 12, 2015 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members this month
Monday, May 18, 2015 Dinner Meeting: What You Can Do To Make A Good Website Better
Friday, May 08, 2015 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members this month
Monday, April 27, 2015 Dinner Meeting - The Networking Pyramids: Networking That Really Works
Friday, April 10, 2015 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members this month
Monday, March 16, 2015 Dinner Meeting - Building Blocks for New Consultants: What It Takes to Make It on Your Own
Friday, March 13, 2015 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members this month
Monday, February 23, 2015 Dinner Meeting - Learn to Harness the Power of E-mail Marketing
Friday, January 09, 2015 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members and non-members this month
Monday, December 15, 2014 Dinner Meeting: What You Can Do to Drum Up New Business Now
Friday, December 12, 2014 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members only this month
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 Breakfast of Champions: Creating Financial Security for Consultants: 7 Issues You Can Address Right Now
Monday, November 17, 2014 Dinner Meeting: How You Surrender Your Power to Your Prospects - and How You Can Stop Doing It
Friday, November 14, 2014 SPC Lunchtime Meetup - members only this month
Monday, October 20, 2014 Dinner Meeting - Creating Financial Security for Consultants: 7 Issues You Can Address Right Now
Friday, October 10, 2014 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members - Non-members also invited this month!
Monday, September 15, 2014 Dinner Meeting: Relevance - Key to a Successful AdWords Campaign
Friday, September 12, 2014 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Breakfast of Champions: How to Have All the Business You Want
Monday, August 11, 2014 Summer Barbecue and Panel Discussion: Life After Consulting: Phasing Out When the Time is Right
Monday, June 16, 2014 Dinner Meeting: Does My Computer Work Have to Hurt? ... Strategies to Reduce the Physical Impact of Computer Use
Friday, June 13, 2014 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members
Monday, May 19, 2014 Dinner Meeting: Use Speaking to Powerfully Get Clients
Friday, May 09, 2014 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members
Monday, April 28, 2014 Dinner Meeting: How to Have All the Business You Want
Friday, April 11, 2014 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members
Monday, March 17, 2014 Dinner Meeting: Effective Time Management - The Power of Focus
Friday, March 14, 2014 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members
Monday, February 24, 2014 Dinner Meeting: People Analytics - What can new tools and techniques teach us about organizations, and how will future developments change the way companies are managed?
Friday, February 14, 2014 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members (and non-members!)
Monday, January 27, 2014 Dinner Meeting: Panel Discussion - The Year Ahead: What Consultants Should Look for in 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members!
Monday, December 16, 2013 Dinner Meeting: Holiday Party - Celebrating Our Successes
Friday, December 13, 2013 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members!
Monday, November 18, 2013 Dinner Meeting: What You Need Most in Your Financial Toolkit to Enable Your Business Success
Friday, November 08, 2013 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members!
Monday, October 21, 2013 Dinner Meeting: Understanding Your Personal Style and Its Impact to Your Clients
Friday, October 11, 2013 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members!
Monday, September 16, 2013 Dinner Meeting: Rebirth of the Salesman (and Saleswoman)
Friday, September 13, 2013 Lunchtime Meetup for SPC members!
Monday, August 19, 2013 Summer Barbecue and Meeting
Monday, June 17, 2013 Dinner Meeting: Beyond Your Own Limits!
Friday, June 14, 2013 Lunchtime Meetup: New for SPC members!
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 Breakfast of Champions: Reputation, Relevance and Revenue in the Digital Age
Monday, May 20, 2013 Dinner Meeting: "That Should Only Take Ten Minutes!"
Monday, April 22, 2013 Dinner Meeting: COLD CALLING DOESN’T WORK ANY MORE! (Only if you don't know how to do it.)
Monday, March 18, 2013 Dinner Meeting: Getting Things Done - The Art of Stress Free Productivity
Monday, February 25, 2013 Dinner Meeting: Reputation, Relevance and Revenue in the Digital Age
Monday, January 14, 2013 Dinner Meeting: 10 Things You Can Do To Jump Start Your Consulting Practice and Make 2013 Your Best Year Yet
Monday, December 17, 2012 Dinner Meeting: What I Do to Get Business - Panel Discussion
Monday, November 26, 2012 Dinner Meeting: Backstage with the Professional Speaker - How to Capture an Audience of Any Size and Use Speaking to Generate Tons of Business
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 Breakfast of Champions: What You Need to Know About Networking Now
Monday, October 15, 2012 Dinner Meeting: What You Need to Know About Networking Now
Monday, September 24, 2012 Social Media - The What, The Why, And The ROI
Monday, August 13, 2012 SPC's Annual Summer Barbecue and Panel Discussion
Monday, June 18, 2012 Dinner Meeting: Putting PR to Work: 10 Best Practices to Get Media Attention
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 Breakfast of Champions: How to Talk to a President
Monday, May 21, 2012 Dinner Meeting: How to Talk to a President
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 Breakfast of Champions: Transforming Challenging Conversations - Cancelled
Monday, April 23, 2012 Dinner Meeting: Transforming Challenging Conversations
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 Breakfast of Champions: Difficult Conversations for Consultants - How to Discuss What Matters Most
Monday, March 19, 2012 Dinner Meeting: Difficult Conversations for Consultants
Monday, February 27, 2012 Dinner Meeting: Reusing Your Intellectual Property - Write It Once and Use It Again … and Again… and Again
Thursday, January 26, 2012 Alan Weiss - Half-Day Seminar
Monday, December 19, 2011 Dinner Meeting: Successfully Selling Customer Experience to the C-Level
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 Breakfast of Champions: Make Your Elevator Pitch Come Alive!
Monday, November 14, 2011 Dinner Meeting: 7 Keys to Success in Negotiation: A Framework for Creating Value in Every Deal
Monday, October 17, 2011 Dinner Meeting: What Every Consultant Should Know About Marketing Themselves (But Most Don't)
Monday, September 26, 2011 Half-Day Seminar: Consulting as a Career - What You Need to be Successful
Monday, September 19, 2011 Dinner Meeting: Present With Impact
Monday, August 15, 2011 We hope you're enjoying summer. We're taking our summer break, so there will be no meeting in August - see you in September!
Monday, July 18, 2011 Dinner Meeting: Celebrating Our Independence - Annual Barbecue and Panel Discussion
Monday, June 20, 2011 Dinner Meeting: Getting Published, Getting Interviewed and Building your Credibility
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 CANCELED - Breakfast of Champions: Inventing/Reinventing Yourself - Building Your Personal Brand
Monday, May 16, 2011 Dinner Meeting: Present With Impact
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 Breakfast of Champions: Making Your Ideas Theirs - Advanced Communication Strategies
Monday, April 25, 2011 Dinner Meeting: Making Your Ideas Theirs - Advanced Communication Strategies
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 Breakfast of Champions: Professionals Who Sell Services Break the Rules and Win More Business
Monday, March 21, 2011 Dinner Meeting: More Time For You - Breaking the Cycle of Too Much to Do and No Time to Do It
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 Breakfast of Champions: Unleash Your Social Media Potential - Make It Work For You!
Monday, February 28, 2011 Dinner Meeting: Unleash Your Social Media Potential - Make It Work for You!
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 Breakfast of Champions: The Fear to Overcome and the Skill to Develop in a Struggling Economy
Friday, January 28, 2011 Mentoring Program: Collaborate for Excellence!
Monday, January 24, 2011 Dinner Meeting: The Fear to Overcome and the Skill to Develop in a Struggling Economy
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