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President's Message

Another fine year is coming to the end, and we all know what that means.  In our personal lives, it means holidays and time spent with family and loved ones.  As HR professionals -- especially California HR professionals -- it means a new year and the customary deluge of laws we must be able to understand, incorporate and explain.  That means it’s PIHRA Legal Update time.  The 2015 dates and locations are in, so put one of the following dates on your calendar:
 
January 13, 2015 - Pasadena Convention Center
January 15, 2015 - Riverside Convention Center
January 22, 2015 - Costa Mesa Hilton
 
For longer than most of you have been in our profession, the PIHRA Legal Update has meant one very full day of the most knowledgeable presenters available and the best information about employment law.  Don’t miss this year’s opportunity; go now to www.pihra.org/legalupdate and reserve your spot.

When we talk about PIHRA, we speak of our mission of networking, learning and advocacy.  This month, I’d like to talk about the first leg of that mission, networking.  In his book Never Eat Alone and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, Keith Ferrazzi, a keynote speaker at one of our recent California HR Conferences, wrote of six ways to avoid being what he refers to as a “Networking Jerk.”  It’s #5 that I want to share and discuss.

Be transparent:
 
“I am what I am,” the cartoon character Popeye used to say. In the information age, openness -- whether it concerns your intentions, the information you provide, or even your admiration -- has become a valuable tool and much-sought-after attribute.  People respond with trust when they know you’re dealing straight with them.  At a conference, when I run into someone I’ve been dying to meet, I don’t hide my enthusiasm.  “It’s a pleasure to finally be meeting you.  I’ve admired you for quite some time and I’ve been thinking how beneficial it might be if we could meet one another.”  Coy games may work in a bar, but not when you’re looking to establish a deeper, meaningful connection.”
 
Most of us have had similar experiences.  The key is to always be ourselves, regardless of the situation.  If we practice this, we’ll all be more successful HR professionals.
 
Have a great month!!!
 
Wayne L. Munyer, PHR
2013-14 Volunteer President

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