“….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.
“I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???
A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event“
by Sandy Jones-Kaminski
Need help to expand your business perspectives? Find employment? Make contact with that one person that can open doors for you? Are you connecting with the right people? Are you or the people you work with somewhat challenged when it comes to networking at events?
Everyone knows the feeling – you get to an event and, not knowing who to talk to or where to turn, you start to freeze up. Read my book to find the remedy for networking stage fright as well as how not to feel sleazy when you’re trying to “network” at events. It offers a compendium of stories, advice, and resources for how to network easily and effectively!
I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???, the #1 ranked book on the Inc.com 2010 Holiday Gift Guide: My Business Books Wishlist, illustrates that today’s social networking environments practically demand that you have at least some knowledge of effective networking best practices in order to achieve the results most of us are looking for.
Through this book you will learn how to make quality connections, cultivate relationships, expand your circle of influence through networking events, and create good “social capital.” You’ll also find information on networking tools and technology that will promote new contacts and connections.
Feedback on the book:
“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 K. on Amazon
“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 straight forward 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.
“For an introvert like myself, this book has been a godsend. Instead of being a wall flower, 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.
“If you want a great read with awesome advice on networking, then this book is a must on your book shelf. Sandy offers a truck load 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”
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 (on-line 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.
About the Author:
Sandy Jones-Kaminski is a self-described networking enthusiast and accomplished marketing communications and business development professional. She’s also a former HR industry exec and VP of Networking for one of the largest chapters of the American Marketing Association as well as a former 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 professional insights on social selling, LinkedIn strategy, personal branding and effective networking via webinars, one-on-one coaching, 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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