Getting the Most Out of WIC – Part 3: Monthly Meetings

Many of our members and affiliates know WIC through our virtual offerings: our community, member and off-topic lists, our teleseminars and webinars, etc.

For those of you who haven’t been to one of our regular monthly meetings, here’s a big secret. You’re missing out on one of the best features of WIC.

Monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, alternating between Quadrus in Menlo Park and Michael’s @ Shoreline in Mountain View, every month except December, when we have our annual gala holiday party at a location to be announced. Check the website for the schedule.

Some people come to these meetings for our outstanding selection of speakers, which in the past has included such favorites as Million Dollar Consultant Alan Weiss, speaking dynamo Patricia Fripp, marketing maven Robert Middleton, speakers on a wide variety of topics like closing business (an important focus!), as well as panels of experts on blogging and social media, corporate clients, and trends in consulting. Then there’s our special Members-Only June meeting, which focuses on the results of our annual Consultant Compensation survey. We always have a capacity crowd for that one.

Others come for the great networking and connection with the WIC community that happens at each meeting. We have both informal and formal networking time, which gives you a chance to meet new people in the WIC community and reconnect with old friends and colleagues.

Still others come for our well-known Silent Auctions, where we offer you the chance to bid on a variety of fun and creative prizes, including food and goodie baskets and unique services. This year we’ll be holding two Silent Auction events: April, at Quadrus, and September, at Michael’s.

WIC members have the option to buy a discounted annual meal pass, which includes 11 dinners, or to pay for only the events they want to attend. Affiliates and guests can purchase a seat for any of our events, except the members-only compensation survey meeting in June and the holiday party in December.

Because I feel so strongly about the value of our monthly meetings, I’m making a special offer to non-WIC members. If you are not already a WIC member and you have not attended a monthly meeting, I’d like to invite you to attend one meeting as my guest.

To take advantage of this offer, email me at and tell me which meeting you’d like to attend. June and December meetings are available to members only, so you may want to choose to attendĀ  in April and May so that you can consider joining WIC before June.

Hope to see all of you at a WIC meeting soon. Our upcoming speakers are exciting. Check out the website for more details!

About Linda Popky

Linda J. Popky, a past president of WIC and the founder and president of Silicon Valley-based Leverage2Market Associates, helps organizations be heard above the noise. She is the author of the recently released book Marketing Above the Noise: Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing That Matters. Connect with her on Twitter at @popky

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