Date: December 13th, 2018


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30 on Thursday Webinar Series

Crafting Your Elevator Speech – Preparing for Opportunity

Educational Objectives:
• Create a memorable first impression
• Quickly tell your story by way of a value statement

Program Description
If you can’t explain what you do in a few words, how will anyone know what value you can bring to the table. Stop struggling to describe the value statement for your business at networking events and meetings, and learn how to grab people’s attention quickly. In this session, you will create a 5-10 second statement, often called an Elevator Speech. You will also learn how to expand your comments in situations where you are given more time (up to 2 minutes) to describe what value you provide.

About John
John is a nationally recognized senior executive with over thirty-five years of progressive, global experience in business, information technology, management consulting, business process optimization, technology transformation, and applying technology solutions to critical business problems.

John is the President and Founder of Rethinking IT, a firm that helps clients take the mystery out of making technology related decisions. He is the former Chief Value Officer of NET(net) Inc. where he worked with Private Equity clients to reduce run rates on M&A activities post-merger. John served for 10 years as Chief Information Officer of SmithBucklin Corporation the world's largest association management company. John also held senior IT management positions at CNA Insurance Companies, and Continental Bank. During his career, John has led a number of critical technology initiatives, including the implementation of multiple ERP systems, Web sites, and he negotiated a number of high value supplier agreements that were critical to meeting clients' needs for leveraging technology investments.

John earned his B.S. degree in Communications from Southern Illinois University, and an M.S in Computer Science from DePaul University. John was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2006 by Computerworld Magazine, and in 2002, the Windy City Chapter of AITP selected John to receive their CIO of the Year award. John is on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapters of the Society for Information Management (SIM), The Association of IT Professionals (AITP) and DePaul’s Leadership Council. He is a frequent speaker at industry events on topics such as negotiations, leadership and running IT as a business. John is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University, where he teaches graduate level courses in IT Strategy, Social Media, Negotiation, Leadership and Project Management.


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