Building Connections in the Public Interest
Professional Development Group
Live Wednesdays 2-3pm PST
Get weekly live guidance from a professional coach in a safe, shared online environment.
About the Group
This group is for professionals in public service (government, military, education, or non-profit organizations) who want to improve their ability to develop professional connections that will open new opportunities now or in the future. Between half and three-quarters of all jobs are found through personal connections. But job hunters and career changers still rely on job boards, online postings, and other non-human resources. Why? Maybe it’s because they think you have to be outgoing and extroverted to develop a professional network. You don’t. Or maybe because “networking” has a reputation for being phony, manipulative, and inauthentic. It doesn’t have to be. Or perhaps it’s just that they haven’t developed the skills and knowledge to network effectively, and they don’t know how to get them. You can.
In this Professional Development group, members will learn a practical process for growing their professional network, create actionable steps to start doing so, and write measurable goals for their plans. In the group meetings, members will receive feedback, encouragement, and tips for growing their professional network as a regular habit, not just a job search tactic. So even if you’re not currently looking for a new job or career, this group can provide invaluable guidance that will help you identify new opportunities to grow, develop, and advance in your current situation.
We meet each Wednesday at 2PM PST for one hour.
Group topics can differ from week to week but can include any of the following:
- What is a professional network? Why is it important?
- How do you grow your professional reputation? Do you know what it is?
- What do you want to get from making new connections?
- Why would someone want to connect with you? What value do you offer?
- Where do you start making connections? How?
- How do you nurture connections? How do you renew them if they’ve lapsed?
- What’s the one question you always ask when making new connections?
About the Coach
Mark Crouter is leadership and career coach with extensive background in public service (military, government, and non-profit consulting). He provides strengths-based development and performance coaching to employees and teams in support of their professional and career development.
Mark is a Professional Certified Coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation. He is also a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and holds a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Mark especially enjoys working with people with diverse backgrounds to help them understand, represent, and apply the unique talents and strengths they bring to their work. As an experienced manager and leader himself, his passion is helping each individual to create impactful, meaningful careers that will enable them to grow, flourish, and achieve their full potential.
“I wanted to take a quick minute to say a very big THANK YOU for all of your insight, help, guidance, and support these past few months. I’ve found the…program to be exceptionally valuable and your coaching to be thought-provoking and insightful.”Linsey W.
“You have a real gift in your ability to listen and understand, and your feedback and coaching has been a game-changer for me.”Tom M.
“I cannot thank you enough for all the time and dedication you put into coaching me. I have walked away with a lot of valuable lessons that I know will help me in the future.”Megan M.
“After our sessions last year, I feel like I have ownership over my own career path again and I definitely have you to thank for helping me get there.”Kelly M.
“Overall, my biggest takeaway from the mentoring was gaining the tools to uncover how my interests, career anchors, etc. can impact [our] work. Again, thank you for following up and thank you for your mentorship and expertise.”Jason B.