Confident Presence for Networking – Virtual or In-Person

    September 23, 2020
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Zoom meeting


    SagePresence is returning to St. Louis in a virtual setting after their highly successful program in 2019.  SagePresence is a nationally recognized consulting team that empowers firms in the A/E/C industry to communicate in a compelling and persuasive way.

    Many of us have a sense that we should be networking more than we currently are, or maybe more effectively than we currently are. It seems that most, if not all, of the most successful people we know have succeeded not just because of what they knew, but also because of who they knew, or maybe more importantly, who knew them.

    So we understand that networking is important and valuable, but it’s easy to get stopped right out of the gate when we try. We get hung up around questions like:

    • How do you start a conversation with someone you don’t know?
    • How do you talk about yourself?
    • How is a networking conversation supposed to go, anyway?


    Sometimes you give it a try and it seems to go okay, but it’s hard to know how to measure success. Other times it can be painful. Often it’s a wash. All of this uncertainty can add up to feelings of discomfort or awkwardness or anxiety, which tend to get in the way of doing well, and can keep us from even trying in the first place.

    Confident Presence For Networking is a fun and interactive presentation where SagePresence will give us:

    • A game-changing new understanding of what the challenge of networking is all about.
    • A whole new level of comfort and ability around networking.
    • An ability to lead productive networking conversations with anyone, anywhere.
    • Recommendations on how to maintain energy in the virtual space.
    • An understanding of the difference between virtual and in-person networking.


    From start to finish, this is a session designed to help us get clear on what we want when we network and what gets in our way of experiencing that, and then quickly and efficiently takes care of those barriers, replacing awkwardness with ease, uncertainty with clarity, and anxiety with excitement.

    About the Coach

    Pete Machalek - Founding Principal, Business Development, Facilitator, Coach

    Pete Machalek is a consultant and skill-builder who specializes in helping business professionals move forward, build business, and work more effectively and productively with each other.  He is a speaker, a coach, a trainer and a facilitator with a passion for helping people living self-designed lives in synergy with others, both personally and professionally.  In 2001, Pete and his partner co-founded SagePresence around their backgrounds in film, from which they cultivated a unique expertise in storytelling and facilitating performances that truly speak to audiences. Throughout its history, SagePresence has helped thousands of clients generate confident and influential "stage presence" to tell powerful stories everywhere from the networking floor to the presenter's stage, ultimately leading to professional advancement and client organizations winning over $4 billion in new business.

    2 CPSM CEUs and 2 PDHs are available for this program.

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    9 – 11 a.m.

    Member:  $20
    Non-Member: $30
    CPSM:  $15

    Please RSVP by Friday, September 18, 2020


    $20.00 Member ticket

    $15.00 CPSM Ticket

    $30.00 Non-member ticket

    Substitution Policy
    Any substitution to a Member exclusive event will be charged a $100 fee.

    Walk-in Policy
    To ensure we can comfortably accommodate all attendees, anyone who registers after the deadline will be charged an additional $10 walk-in fee.

    Cancellation/Refund Policy
    Cancellations made 48-hours/2 days prior to the event will be fully refunded. Due to our commitment with the meeting facility for food and beverage quantities, all other cancellations or no-shows will be invoiced for the full cost of the event. In the event the registrant is unable to attend, another individual from their firm can attend and the attendee will be expected to pay-at-the-door any applicable cost difference (ie: member vs non-member).

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