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Brilliant Networking: What the Best Networkers Know, Say and Do [Paperback]

Steven D'Souza
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9 Nov 2007

For many people, networking is an important aspect of their job, but despite this, few are actually taught how to do it effectively.

This book is packed full of tried and tested techniques and secrets from some of the UK’s most successful networkers. It contains useful tools, anecdotes and real life examples of people who have used networking to secure their dream jobs, make career moves, grow their business or even find their life partner.

Whether you are:

- Searching for that lucrative new client

- Planning on how to get that dream job

- Looking for creative ways to resolve a crisis

- Wanting to raise your profile at work or in social circles

- Desiring the courage to speak to the person you badly want to, but daren’t

- Determined to get that coveted promotion and make more money

Your success lies in your ability to network, and Brilliant Network is your guide to success.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (9 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273714848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273714842
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A brilliant network is essential for personal and professional success.


Whether you are going after your dream job, branching out and starting your own business or you simply want to meet new people, Brilliant Networking is your stepping stone to raising your profile in all aspects of life.Packed full of tips and techniques from the most successful networkers around, you’ll find everything you need to network confidently and effectively.


  • Get the vision and motivation of a brilliant networker
  • Learn the art of networking conversation
  • Successfully build and maintain your network


'After reading this book you'll want to say YES to any netowrking opportunity.'

John Bird MBE, Founder of The Big Issue

About the Author

Steven D’ Souza

Steven D'Souza is currently Vice President, Leadership and Talent Management, in a top-tier international investment bank. He has spoken at conferences and events throughout the world on subjects as wide as diversity, networking and organisational effectiveness. He is an experienced coach and trainer and skilled at connecting people to assist them in achieving their goals. Steven is also author of the bestselling book Made in Britain, which was sponsored for schools throughout the UK to inspire positive role models. He currently lives in London.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 4 Mar 2009
There really is not much to say about this book that has not been said already. It's a very good book, covers the subject matter well and is great value for money. I have taken the advice and put it into practice. And as such have far more confidence and my networking is going great guns, it also seems to have had a positive effect out side of networking, which is great also.

Purchase with confidence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about networking 19 Jun 2008
The ability to network is a very important business skill. To some people networking comes naturally, for others it is a skill they somehow have to acquire and it can take a lot of effort and perseverance. This book is excellent in that it not only aids the natural networkers but also those who require an extra boost to get them going.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book in this solid series. Covers all the networking basics plus extras you wouldn't think of. Very handy in job hunting/career development. In terms of careers books I'd rate it as one of the best along with "What Colour is Your Parachute?" "Brilliant CV" "Brilliant Interview" and "How to Handle Your Recruitment Consultant".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good practical, step-by-step guide 30 Nov 2009
Networking is one of those skills that everyone talks about but I suspect so few people do well, so this book is very welcome. Taking the reader step-by-step through networking (which is a concept that has always terrified me), this is by far the best book on networking I've come across (and I have read a few).

The 'Brilliant' series of books are always very clearly laid out (I prefer the look of them to the very similar 'Dummies' books), so the advice is easy to flick through and navigate. The tone of the book is generally right, with the right level of advice without stepping over the line and patronising the reader.

I still don't enjoy networking, but at least I now feel that I am moderately capable and competent at it now. It is probably one of the most up-to-date books on networking too, with a chapter about online networking, which is conspicuously absent from many of the other networking books I've come across.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as people say 17 Oct 2010
By Sam
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This books is certainly not bad, it describes some basis around netowkring and gives some good advice, but is not as great as most of the previous reviews claim. It tells valuable advice in a structured manner but is nothing new, I am sure everybody knows most of these things anyway. Buy this book to structre your knowledge but do not have greate expectations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and informative 8 Mar 2009
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As the table of contents accessible on this page will show, this book takes the reader along the whole process and every step involved to achieve a successful networking habit. It is full of good ideas and suggestions to put into practice to begin with, to move on, and to take stock of what has been previously achieved in terms of networking.

The book proposes very practical actions to follow up and act on to improve one's networking skills and habits. As there is almost 20% of the book length taken by full blank pages, the reader will find plenty of room to scribble down and collect personal thoughts and ideas within the book without having to grab an additional notebook. A good way to keep things organised and information together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Networking- Steven D'Souza 27 Jun 2008
loved it!!!!!!!!! I recommended it to all my friends and family's members. The writing is flawless and it is writing in a way that any kind of readers can appreciate it. Your book was for me a revelation as it enables me for the first time to go to conferences without knowing anyone and feel comfortable to talk to people. In the past, I only went to conferences or registered to societies with friends. So many thanks for the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I highly recommend this book! This is a wonderful book on how to understand and enjoy networking. Brilliant Networking explains in a happy and clear way how networking is about sharing information, creating new fulfilling relationships, and how really networking is at its best about connecting with other. It does this is a practical and accessible way -reconceptualising networking in a broad holistic way that includes, amongst other things, using the internet effectively, looking at your own thought patterns and some really east and effective tips. Visually it is very easy to access a top tip, example, idea or resource very quickly.

Yet above all, perhaps why I really like this book is because it reminded me what life is about -about connecting with people, ideas and that feeling that you are part of something bigger than yourself!

This book deals head on with the most common disease today -that feeling that we are alone, separate, and unconnected. It quickly dispels all the ugly myths that surround networking -networking is manipulative, etc. and quickly starts to offer hope to anyone embarking on networking and more importantly offers practical tools to transcend any blocks that might be stopping you from forming meaningful relationships in your life.

Buy and read this book! It will help you make the changes that you want in your life. Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not good
I really don't think that this book is that grate I think it would be ok if you were really bad at it not if you want to improve
Published on 14 April 2012 by savino
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers the basics of networking well
This is a great basic primer on networking - and well worth a read. It covers pretty much all of the basics of networking such as networking strategy, working the room and... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2011 by Hj Townsend
4.0 out of 5 stars Book provides great understanding of the basics, and sometimes it is...
I am a student and bought this book to develop my early networking skills, as I predict I will be doing alot of networking for the next couple of years. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2010 by skk
5.0 out of 5 stars This will dispel your networking fears and give you confidence!
I have been recently improving my business skills in recent months by reading lots of different books - and this is one of the best! Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2010 by Mr. N. J. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZIN!!!
Published on 22 Oct 2010 by Hami
5.0 out of 5 stars Expert networking tips from a real master
I run a cross sector partnership where relationships are at the hub of everything. This book speaks powerfully about how to connect, not just to get that one-off sale, but about... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2010 by Miss M
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for very one
This book is a must for everyone - why? because at some level we all network be it professional or personal. The book manages to demystify the 'art' networking. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2010 by Mr. Bj Haria
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I run a networking group, but found this a really brilliant book with lots of fresh ideas and a great price too. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2010 by D. Meeroff
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful tips even for experienced networkers
I've run a networking group for small business people for three years but still found that this book had a lot to teach me. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by E. Bygrave
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldnt put the book down Simply Great!!
This is simply a great book about networking which is easy to read and makes you feel good about networking. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by Mr. K. D. Rowan
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