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“….Sandy’s book is outstanding. It’s one of those books that brings together a bunch of well-known information and comes up with a new conclusion that feels much better than what I thought previously and completely demystifies what was a very intimidating event.” – Steve P.
“As a natural introvert, I found this book to be super insightful with easy and practical tips to use when put into a networking situation. Whether networking comes naturally to you or not, this book has lots of great ideas to use. I definitely recommend reading.” – Theresa Irvine, recruiter, and coach
“This is a must-have book for any professional. Period. There is so much value in networking (on and offline) that it’s impossible to avoid these events. What used to be a dread can be an enjoyable experience after reading Sandy’s book. As a goal-oriented person, I enjoyed having things to accomplish while I am there!” – Kindle Customer
“I’m at a Networking Event: Now What???” is a book that should be required reading for every business, big or small. Sandy Jones-Kaminski’s tips and tricks can be applied from boardroom to bar room, formally or informally. The book is useful to Extroverts and Introverts (like me!) alike, giving solid advice and for us wallflower-types, a plan of action with concrete steps that have been proven by wallflowers that came before us. Sandy’s personable style shines through in this book and like having a conversation with her – you’re awed by how much you’ve learned and can put to use in such a short time period.” – The Amusing Muse
“Anyone who has heard Sandy Jones-Kaminski speak knows that she is an advocate for building relationships. This is at the heart of “I’m at a Networking Event. Now what?”. The author inspires a return to connecting over common interests — by finding them and being interested in the other person first. And the “Pay It Forward” parties are a great idea. This is an excellent gift for the high school or college graduate.” – Mary Trigiani
“I’ve been networking for my business for nearly 20 years, and still came away with tips and ideas from Sandy’s book that I found smart and useful. From her suggestions for conversation “opening” questions, to language around offers to help others first, to looking at the online activities of 3 current contacts–and reaching out to them to offer encouragement, to helpful samples of post-event follow up and introductions (“just wanted to connect two people I respect a lot, hoping it helps everybody in the long run”), to how to host a PIF party … All are offered clearly, easy to follow, that most people can easily say “Yes, I can do that!” Very encouraging.” – Nina Kaufman, Kaufman Law PLLC
“Sandy has done a great job of reminding me that networking is not actually as awful as I often think. Even the dreaded “networking event” can be a great place to meet and help others, and it is possible to attend an event with an agenda without being a jerk. The book provides some clear steps for improving your networking style, and is a great resource for college grads, jobseekers and anyone else looking to brush up on their skills.” – Shannon M.
“There’s a gem of a book out entitled “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???” It’s a very straightforward primer on how to prepare for networking events, make the most out of your time there, and then follow-up appropriately. In my opinion, it’s perfect for a number of audiences:
1. Recent grads
2. Socially awkward types
3. Folks who’ve been in the same job for eons but are now back on the hunt – their skills have gone rusty!”
– Sima D.
“Sandy’s no-nonsense presentation of fundamental networking skills is an entertaining read to give all of us new at this confidence with a “Can-Do” attitude. She also cites numerous references in her book that will continue to be valuable to every social situation in life. Her book belongs in my library right next to the “One Minute Manager” and “60 Seconds and You’re Hired.” – Marty R.
“Thanks to the fresh perspective on networking in your book, I am looking forward to the event Friday night at the NW Women’s Show.” – Shari S.
“This is a great book for learning how to network properly! I love the pay-it-forward approach where I’m in it to help others! I highly recommend it for building your relationship skills.” – Flora
“For an introvert like myself, this book has been a godsend. Instead of being a wallflower, this book gives you practical advice on what to do at a networking event. I am able to go to these events and come back with four GOOD contacts instead of 20 meaningless business cards.
The best tips are after the networking event in chapter 6. There are examples of how to write an email to make introductions to people who have a common interest, yet do not know each other. This has worked four times for me in the space of two weeks. The best part is that once you have made the introduction, then it is up to them to make it work. This is part of Sandy’s “pay it forward” attitude throughout the book.” – Jim S.
Undeterred by challenge, inspired by opportunity, and energized by collectivism, Sandy knows of whence she speaks in connecting the art of networking to the science of linkage theory: she’s ‘been there / done that.’ And no one knows how to do it better…from making the entrance to working the room to managing the postscript. – Barron E.
“If you want a great read with awesome advice on networking, then this book is a must on your bookshelf. Sandy offers a truckload of practical “how to” strategies, tips, insights, best practices and examples to illustrate her points. Her pay-it-forward approach is a revolutionary idea I found especially intriguing. If you’re struggling for ways to expand your professional contacts and relationships, you’ll find lots of answers in the pages of this excellent book.” – Alan Collins, former VP HR at PepsiCo & author of “Unwritten HR Rules”
About the book: For some, this book will serve solely as a reminder, but for many, it will offer valuable new insights on what to do, and just as importantly, what not to do while you’re out there working hard to maintain good standing within your social networks (online or otherwise), and striving to grow and nurture your own invaluable social capital.
You’ll also learn why you might want to consider becoming a “pay it forward” focused person, as well as how to be more memorable. By the end of the book, you should feel empowered to take matters into your own hands and approach networking with a plan to achieve your goals. And, until you get your copy, please feel free to read some endorsements for this book HERE.
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About the Author:
Sandy Jones-Kaminski is a self-described networking enthusiast and accomplished marketing communications and business development professional. She is also a former HR industry exec and VP of Networking for one of the largest chapters of the American Marketing Association and from 2003-2005, a volunteer Chicago Greeter. Sandy knows how to make connections matter, cultivate relationships, host some great networking events, and create what she refers to as good “social capital.” She shares her practical advice and professional insights on personal branding, leveraging LinkedIn and effective networking via webinars, one-on-one coaching, keynote presentations, workshops and by facilitating in-person networking events called Pay It Forward Parties. Sandy believes that beyond self-promotion, networking builds community and creates healthier and stronger business environments.
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