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Archive for 2015

Program Recap: Introverts networking. Sound like an oxymoron? Think again…

Do you dread the thought of networking? Have you ever walked into an event not knowing a soul and immediately have the urge to walk right back out? If you’re an introvert these probably ring true. Tim Klabunde, CPSM, author of Network Like An Introvert, led our Chapter and other local A/E/C organizations through seven principles that will give you a new perspective on what it means to network.

Principle 1 – Consistency. Networking is not about making a sale. It’s …Read More »

Ready to take your SMPS membership to the next level?

The Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking members to fill the following open board positions for the Research Triangle Chapter’s 2015-2016 year. If you are interested in nominating someone or yourself, please email Amy Burlin ( the following information in PDF or Word format.
Personal Data: Nominee’s name, title, and company

Statement of Eligibility: Include nominee’s credentials and accolades within SMPS and their career.
Views and Special Interests: You may also include a statement outlining the nominee’s views on current Chapter issues and special …Read More »

Program Recap: Diversity = Innovation

Diversity. It’s something we associate with MWBE, MBE, SWUC, SWaM and other acronyms, but is that really what it’s all about in the A/E/C industry? Certainly not according to our February program panelists. Diversity goes beyond race and culture. It includes people with different backgrounds, skills, attitudes and experiences, all bringing fresh ideas and perceptions to project teams. Diverse organizations and teams encourage and harness these differences to better innovate to meet the ever-changing trends of the built environment and …Read More »

WakeMed North Hospital – Less like a hospital, more like a spa

We had a great turn out for the WakeMed North New Women’s Hospital yesterday. Before the tour, folks gathered in the lobby area for some networking; many were commenting on how bright and sunny the space was! To start, a brief overview and background was given by Architect and Project Manager, Rob Anastes of BBH Design and Construction Project Manager, Missy Warren of Brasfield & Gorrie. A very technical and complicated addition, the new WakeMed North will be transformed into …Read More »

The power of storytelling. It’s not what you do, but the experience you provide.

Ryan Suydam, co-founder of the Client Feedback Tool, gave a great presentation on how and why we should sell our services through storytelling. Ryan started off with a great tip – “Write down the ideas that you reject. If you write down only what you agree with, you’re not learning anything.” What a great point! It’s much easier to filter the information you agree with; why not challenge your brain with new ideas and ways of thinking? This also ties …Read More »

Spreading Holiday Cheer and Kicking off the New Year!

December was a month of fun and fellowship for our Chapter. Our Holiday Social was held at Natty Greene’s Brewing Company in downtown Raleigh. Despite the rainy weather we had a great turn out – over 70 people in attendance! Guests enjoyed networking over holiday beverages and a spread of delicious appetizers. Raffle items donated by chapter members were given away throughout the evening, ranging from gifts cards, to wine, to baskets chockfull of goodies. We also held an accessories …Read More »