NAPW Jacksonville Local Chapter Discussed Plans for October Charity Event, Head Inspirational Talk, and Learned Tricks to ‘Unlocking the Salesperson Within’

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National Association of Professional Women Jacksonville Local Chapter discussed its plans for upcoming Corks & Forks charity event. Members and guests also heard from two guest speakers, Magazine Publisher Trudy Pascucci and Salesperson Extraordinaire, Ron Palmer.

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’The power of one and the power of many can work for you’ and ‘We’ve come a long way, baby’ are two of the quotes Trudy shared with the group to send a message that as women, we can do anything.

Members and guests of the Jacksonville Local Chapter gathered on August 13th for a professional networking meeting. Members and guests benefited from two enthusiastic guest speakers, Trudy Pascucci and Ron Palmer, and received updates on the upcoming October charity event, Corks & Forks.

The Jacksonville Chapter, lead by Chapter President Jenni Edwards, , Chapter Secretary Leah Zimmer, and Chapter VP of Charitable Acts Shana Herrin, is organizing Corks & Forks, a charity event to benefit the local organization Project Strengthening Our Students (SOS). The event will be held Thursday October 11that 6:30pm.

Jenni opened the meeting by welcoming the 24 members and guests to the monthly networking event. She briefly spoke about the Chapter’s upcoming charity event.

“I urge all Chapter members to get involved in the Corks & Forks charity event,” said Jenni. “I want to remind everyone that the September 10th Chapter meeting will focus on the event, which benefits the organization, Strengthening Our Students (SOS).”

The President then invited Leah to take the floor and speak about the charity event in more detail. Leah told the crowd that Parkway Properties has generously donated the use of the lobby of the Wells Fargo Center, located at 1 Independent Drive, Jacksonville. A number of local businesses have already donated materials and services to the cause. A spreadsheet is posted on the Jacksonville Chapter Facebook page so Chapter members can easily see what is needed and let others know what donations they have already secured.

“This is a large undertaking for the Jacksonville Local Chapter, especially due to the time frame, so any help from Chapter members is appreciated,” said Leah.

Chapter member Ella Fitzgerald set up a website ( for the event to assist with organization, event promotion, and serve as a venue for community members to purchase tickets.

Leah also brought the printed tickets to hand out to everyone. Chapter members were urged to take as many tickets as they needed, but reminded they must be sure to sign them out with Leah, Jenni, or Shana. Leah then turned over the floor to the first guest speaker of the evening, Trudy Pascucci, Publisher at Shades of Pink Magazine.

“’The power of one and the power of many can work for you’ and ‘We’ve come a long way, baby’ are two of the quotes Trudy shared with the group to send a message that as women, we can do anything!” said Jenni.

Trudy shared words of inspiration and encouragement with members and guests and her presentation was both enthusiastic and informative. She told the crowd that by embracing simple concepts such as taking a journey in faith, using talents for good, and helping others simply because it is the right thing to do, anyone can lead a successful, fulfilling life.

“I hope to instill in those present the belief that the power of many begins with the power of one,” Trudy told the crowd.

Members and guests gave Trudy an enthusiastic round of applause and then Trudy turned the floor over to Ron Palmer of Tech Touch Training Systems.

Ron spent more than 21 years in the automotive industry, where he gained much of the sales knowledge he possesses today. He believes that everyone has the ability to ‘sell it!’

“One of the keys to letting that ability shine through is to quickly create rapport because ‘If you don’t start right, you can’t end right!’” said Ron in his presentation.

He pointed out that if people don’t trust you, they lie to you and that just wastes everyone’s time. Ron told the crowd that the biggest factor in establishing a relationship from the beginning is body language. Being conscious of simple actions, such as avoiding your pockets, standing up straight, or shaking hands with a firm grip, portrays an air of confidence. Ron shared a tip that he feels is one of the most important things you can do when meeting someone for the first time: Shut everything off in your mind, but them. To accomplish this, Ron advised that when he meets someone, he shakes that person’s hand and doesn’t stop until he has consciously determined the color of his or her eyes. Once he has done this, he grins.

“And it is impossible for them not to grin back!” he said.

The main point Ron wanted to get across is that although it can seem impossible to be good at sales, everyone can do it. No matter your job title or your industry, you already sell it every day, he told members and guests.

The meeting came to a close with a round of applause for Ron and for Trudy. Jenni once again thanked everyone for coming.

“Well-behaved women rarely make history,” she said, “so get out there and shake things up!”

NAPW Jacksonville Local Chapter’s upcoming meeting will be held Monday, September 10th at 6:30pm at Stellar (Brick Building on Property), 2900 Hartley Road in Jacksonville.

NAPW Jacksonville Local Chapter’s upcoming meeting will be held on Monday, September 10th at 6:30pm at Stellar (Brick Building on Property), 2900 Hartley Road in Jacksonville.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

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