Sunday, October 16, 2011

Top 7 must read books on Networking

 Alert! I have a new 2012 update to this post here.

I know. This post is long overdue.
The networking enthusiast not sharing books on connecting.
So here we go! My top seven ( kind of )

My number one, the g o-to book is "Work the Pond" because:
- It's all about the social science of connecting
- It
's the most approachable of all the books
- Canadian culture content (90% networking books are American)
I have personally bought over 50 copies over the years to give away.

2) Business cards to business relationships
- Another Canadian author, more business focused
- Goes back to the basics of business networking
- Every business person should own this book

3) Susan RoAne has written a dozen + books, 7 best sellers on the topic of networking. She tackles every subject from the mind to manner to application - I count her as the international champion of connection! Pick one that works for you!

4) Smart Networking - This book is not just great and very strategic (includes how to make a long and short term networking plan ) it's a quick read.
- If you're looking for a job pronto, buy this book
- If you work a lot and don't have time, buy this book

5) I call them the dynamic duo. Keith Ferrazzi's international best seller "Never Eat Alone" and his confession/apology and solid follow up "Whose got your back" - together they make the best business read on networking that I can actually say was as much enjoyment as it was work. Best read on how to network in social settings and how to create your own networking board!

6) As the flying lizards once said "Money, that's what I want". If money's your bag - rainmaking is your task and this book was like a football playbook. So strategic, so methodical, it was referred to me by a lawyer and I consult it often. (speaking of football I wrote a whole post on a football fan queen of "connecting" , don't miss it )
7) INTROVERTS. I know you have suffered under the tyranny of "Type A" jerks your whole career. This book will help you survive and maybe...thrive

Now, I've personally read over 50 books on networking and the science of connecting, this blog was born out of books like:

- Fascinate
- Convince them in 90 secon
- The Connectors
- Turn small talk into big deals
- Enchantment
- Winning Body Language

And many more....

I'm not trying to make any money, I just want to help people connect and find their passionate success instead of another soul crushing 9 - 5 job.

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