Advanced Networking Group Intensives are highly interactive, dynamic, small-group seminars of 40 people. Click an image for detailed information. Or jump to FAQ below.
Is This For Me?
Are you searching for a job and already know that networking is the most important thing you can do-- but don't do it? Do you know you need to tell a better professional story when you interview or talk to other people? Do you need an actual step-by-step networking process that's made for a job search? Then these might be for you! Click an image for detailed information.
Commonly Asked Questions
Forty people is juust large enough to feel (and sound!) like a real-world networking event. (Does personally meeting 40 people in just a few hours seem like a lot to you?)
At the same time, 40 people is small enough to feel like a personal learning environment. As networking is interpersonal, small groups facilitate learning.
If you have already read The 20-Minute Networking Meeting, then you are aware of the many, many examples and stories throughout the book. This was intentional, when Marcia Ballinger and I wrote the 20MNM material. Understanding why or how something works is key to understanding anything.
This is also how Group Intensives work— with the explanations of why and what for. Getting and understanding of why networking works the way it does, translates quickly to longer, deeper connections with those you meet and get to know – even those who start as complete strangers to you.
In a word, everywhere. Sometimes it’s not possible to drive a long way for important things. Intensives are held on all sides of the Twin Cities (and out of state). Registration information will always show upcoming events and locations. If you would like Nathan to speak or give a webinar in your area, you can contact him here.
Every Group Intensive is different, but all are interactive. Click on an image for detailed information.
If you’re this far down the page, that could be one sign. But here’s a couple of definitions.
An extrovert recharges and gets their energy when around others or groups of people.
An introvert, by contrast, recharges and gets their energy when they have had a sufficient amount of time to self-reflect.
You can come, too!
If you have read it, then some of the terminology will be familiar to you. However, as Group Intensives are more hands-on, interpersonal seminars, it is not necessary to have read The 20-Minute Networking Meeting!
Yes, I do! I have been involved in the Executive Recruitment industry for around 14 years as of this writing. But I’m a little different than much of the industry. I’m not a recruiter. I’m the guy who finds the candidates for the recruiters to recruit. So I’m the guy you would send your resume to. I’m the person who reviews your LinkedIn profile, and the person who would put your resume into the database.
My recruitment experience started with two different global firms when I was living in Los Angeles mid 2000s. When I moved to Minnesota, I continued to work for one of those firms. I was eventually recruited to another firm, where I met my co-author of The 20-Minute Networking Meeting books. (Yaaay!) Marcia and I still work together from time to time, and you can find me on her company website, Ballinger|Leafblad website.
Combined with my writing background and multitude of professional experiences, I have a rare and unique insight from not just a recruiting and hiring perspective, but from a job-search perspective as well. See a shortlist of such experiences in the tab below.
A question I am frequently asked is who I work with as a coach. I work with literally everybody, from college graduates to senior corporate executives. I even work with a few foundation-sponsored cohorts, and in the non-business realm, artists, including New York City playwrights, and even Hollywood producers and known celebrities.
Here’s Some Background.
My very first career, which spanned 20 years, was in the arts, as a professional actor and writer in New York City and Los Angeles. (Which explains why I still coach such people.) As such, I maintained a second job at all times to support myself. This means I’ve worn many, many hats over those 30+ years in the working world, which enables me to work, by experience, with just about anybody. Because in the end, the best way about career development and job search is the same for nearly everyone.
Here’s a (very) shortlist of some professional experiences I’ve had up til this point. I’ve been in the working world since a young man.
Busboy. (My very first job, at age 9.)
Lifeguard. (Professional Rescuer certified. Nearly 10 years in 2 states, year-round. I was a competitive swimmer growing up, from age 9 til age 18, year-round. 100 Free was my event, if you’d like to know.)
Swimming Instructor. (Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certified. Professional Rescuer certified (one step beneath paramedic). Nearly 10 years in 2 states, year-round, and instructed over 1,000 adults and children over that time.)
Daycare. (My mom ran a private daycare center in our home, which I grew up in, and later helped with as I grew older. I had helped raise nearly a dozen children by the time I left for college.)
Waiter. (I wasn’t great at this one, but I learned a ton. Not an easy job, folks. Always tip your server.)
Personal Trainer. (My dad got me into weight-lifting, and I was an athlete growing up. I got certified to train others through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and trained clients in NYC.
Bartender. (In a rather rough biker bar. What an experience. I’ll tell you about it.)
Executive Assistant. (Over 10 years of experience, and as senior as they come. Worked in the Executive Offices of Goldman Sachs; L’Oreal; Rockerfeller Brothers Fund, among a long list of other organizations that run from finance to religion. Was part of the Goldman Exec Admin team when the company went public.)
Professional actor. (Formally trained actor; BFA Theatre, emphasis Acting. 10 years in NYC, 5 years in Hollywood. Voting member of the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG-AFTRA) union. Member of Actor’s Equity (AEA), stage union. Principal and starring roles in film, tv, and stage. Over 125 episodes in daytime serial [soap opera] television.)
Playwright. (I still write short plays for DiscoveryOnstage, a multi-media kids’ Summer Acting camp in Los Angeles, California. You can see them here: DiscoverOnstage)
Screenwriter. (I still edit the works of a few Hollywood writers.)
Published writer, Nationally recognized. (Three career, and one audiobook which make up The 20-Minute Networking Meeting series. Two novels, not yet in print.)
Theatre instructor. (Adults and kids. Lawyers and other professionals, too, to help with speaking presence and team work.)
Non-Profit Board Member. (Development Committee; Governance Committee; Board Secretary; Executive Committee; Vice Chair. I’ve led the search for Executive Director and Managing Director roles for two internationally known arts non-profits.)
Retained Executive Search. My responsibility is to research candidates for the recruiters to recruit. (Over 14 years in this realm at the regional, national, and global levels. Everything from non-profit to energy; oil and gas fracking; high-tech; med-device; electronics, steel and manufacturing industries to name a few.)