Few professional activities are as nerve-wracking as networking. There’s the paralyzing prospect of entering a room full of strangers. The awkward introductions and stilted small talk. The concern that “networking” means you have to exploit others for personal gain – or might appear that way.
It’s no wonder so many talented professionals eschew networking altogether. That’s why it’s time to reclaim networking, and why I wrote the e-book Stand Out Networking: A Simple and Authentic Way to Meet People on Your Own Terms.
Networking doesn’t have to be the province of users and takers; networking done right is nothing like the stereotype. It’s not about making shallow, insincere connections and filling your wallet with business cards. Instead, the real goal is to turn brief encounters into mutually-beneficial and lasting friendships—in both your personal and professional life.
Drawing on my own experience and that of experts like psychologist Robert Cialdini and authors Judy Robinett and Keith Ferrazzi, I share insights on how to be a good networker, including concrete tips on how to:
– Turn initial small talk into meaningful exchanges
– Unlock the power of social media as a networking tool
– Transform casual online contacts into real-world connections
– Make the most of conferences
– Set a schedule for keeping in regular touch with your network
– Repair and strengthen troubled relationships
– Create your own events and become a connector
Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, and whether you currently relish or loathe making new connections, my goal is to teach you the strategies you need to make networking fun, joyful, and enriching. Order yours today at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.