I’m excited to share a short promo video I (finally) had created for my book, “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Making the Most Out of Any Networking Event.”
I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think. Better late than never, right?!Read More
Wishing you and yours…
Joy & Love & Peace & Happiness during this holiday season and throughout 2015!
These days it seems as though practically everyone I meet wants to be thought of as a “Super Connector.” And believe it or not, I never set out to become such a thing myself. However, I have been told time and time again that I am one, so I’ve decided to just go with it and own the designation.
In that spirit, and since I’m here to show you how to make your connections matter and that anything IS possible, I thought I’d share an October podcast interview I did with Tom Libelt of Smart Brand Marketing titled, “How to Become a Super Connector with Sandy Jones-Kaminski.”
Take a listen to this 20 min discussion and see if you don’t come away with a few new ideas for developing the skills needed to become a real connector, super or otherwise.
Interested in more mind-blowing learning content like this? Sign up for Making Connections Matter invites HERE.Read More
It’s true. Two great books, together at last and just in time for Class of 2014 gift giving!
When Maria Shriver’s daughter, Katherine, graduated from college she took her Mom’s advice. Sort of. Instead of trying to jump into the traditional job market, she decided to “pause” and keep herself semi-occupied by collecting “been there, done that” stories and writing a book.
With the title, I Just Graduated … Now What?: Honest Answers from Those Who Have Been There, and the fact that the word “networking” gets frequent mention after one graduates, you just know that it will be a great pairing with my own book, I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event. So get your gifting on and order copies of these inspiring and motivating books for your class of 2014 graduate via the link below!
About Katherine’s latest book:
Drawing on the stories and real-life experiences of more than thirty contributors including Anderson Cooper, Eva Longoria, Blake Mycoskie of TOMS shoes, Lauren Bush Lauren, and Andy Cohen, this guide for recent and soon-to-be graduates will help them find success and fulfillment in their work, relationships, and lives. In it you’ll find some surprising advice for graduates, including answers to questions like:
• How do I find my first job in a tough economy?
• How do I decide between a career that pays well and one that I’m passionate about?
• How do I balance work with friends, relationships, and family?
• Should I take a “gap year” before starting my first job?
• What should I do about my student loan debt?
More via her bio on Amazon:
Katherine Schwarzenegger, twenty-four, is an author, activist, and entrepreneur. A recent graduate of the University of Southern California, Katherine is a clear, sound voice for her generation. She hopes this new book will offer the direction needed to help young graduates navigate through the unknown with just a little less stress and a little more certainty. Throughout her process, Katherine has learned that there is no right way to figure out the next steps in your life, just your way.Read More
I don’t get over to Goodreads all that often, but I found a wonderful surprise when I followed an incoming link to my site from Goodreads this morning.
Not sure how I missed this, but back in Dec of 2012 a woman named Roxanne (I swear, I don’t know her!) wrote this insightful review of my book about networking:
I came across this book by accident when I was browsing through the library. I picked it up and read it through in one sitting. It provided a welcome re-introduction to networking that I didn’t realize I needed. As I was reading, I realized a few things: I was not taking networking seriously, I was not networking with the proper mindset, and I was not maintaining the connections I do have. Now I’m in a situation where I’m in the job market and I do not have the network I need to find my next job.
This book gave me easy to follow rules so that I can start building a network. As a very introverted person, I avoid any kind of networking event. I appreciated that the author acknowledges that introversion/shyness is a common reason why people don’t network, but gives practical, easy-to-follow advice on how to get around these barriers.
The book presents the idea that networking should be about paying it forward and looking at making contacts from the perspective of how I can help this new contact, rather than how can this contact help me. It is a novel approach to me and one that has completely changed how I view networking. Before I read this book, I honestly felt that networking was a very selfish and phoney endeavor of which I had little interest in participating. I love the pay it forward approach and the idea has changed how I view meeting new people and even making small talk. I also learned how to prepare for a networking event, something I didn’t know how to do prior to reading this book. There are pointers to improve a LinkedIn profile. I also enjoyed reading about some of the etiquette required to properly fostering and maintain connections.
I also have to give marks to this book for presenting all of the information in a very concise and easy to read format. The author refrains from using a lot of business jargon that normally turns me off reading professional development books. She also draws on her own network to add real world examples to the content. I appreciated the links to blogs about networking.
To me, the only drawback of this book is that I think it’s too short! I would have appreciated if the author had elaborated more on some topics. That said, I also think the reduced length gives the book wider appeal. If it was longer it might not appeal to novice networkers like me. The author also provides links to further reading throughout the book for those interested. I did follow the links and read further on my own and felt the suggested links were quality choices.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is new to networking or resists networking. I would also recommend this book to people who feel like they don’t need to network. When I had a job I felt like I didn’t need to network. Now I’m out looking for a new job and I don’t have the network I need. I wish I’d found this book sooner.
Thank you, Roxanne! You definitely made my day.Read More