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I'm the founder of The Networking Retreat and, if you've found this page, you'll see that I've written a few books on networking too.
If you need to improve your business networking skills, your social media skills, or your communications and sales skills, then I promise my books have something to offer you.
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Grow your business, build your career, find more customers, and build a valuable support network of likeminded business people.
Networking is a crucial skill for all professionals and business owners. Quite simply, it’s a fast and effective way to build your business or career - and excellent networking skills will set you apart from the competition. Business Networking For Dummies shows you how to get the most out of networking - both online and offline.
With Business Networking For Dummies, you’ll learn to:
- Use business networking to grow and develop your business
- Find the right platform or platforms to build your own network and ‘assemble your crowd’
- Pitch yourself and your business with confidence
- Get the most out of face-to-face networking events - including valuable tips on presentation skills and sound bites!
- Join up your ‘real life’ and online networking
- Measure your networking success
- Follow up with new contacts successfully
“This is a cornerstone book for anyone involved in running a smaller business and wishing to deploy networking as an enquiry source. It is clear, concise and provides a complete education for succeeding in, what is for some, a difficult environment."
Ben Kench, Leading UK sales trainer and business growth specialist
"I’ve read this entire book from start to finish and so should you because, when you know what you’re doing, business networking does work, and by following the blueprint that Stef has set down for you: first you’ll learn, then you’ll earn.”
Brad Burton, Managing Director, 4Networking Ltd.
*You don’t need to be a super salesperson
*You don’t need to start with a massive ready-made list
*You don’t need to have all the answers from day one
What you do need is an understanding of the simple techniques you can use to build a network of like-minded people around you and, in this easy-to-read book, best-selling authors Wes Linden and Stefan Thomas join forces to show you how to do just that.
This book will show you those proven methods which, not only have Wes and Stefan used themselves in business with significant success, but have shown tens of thousands of people around the world how to do the same.
Even if you never attend a business networking event in your life, the lessons within will still help you enhance your reputation so that your business can thrive in any environment. Wes and Stefan have done this for themselves, and have the muddy boots to show for it. Avoid the traps and learn the simple ways to build your network and your business.
“It is great to read a book which finally helps network marketers really understand the many networking skills that can be learned from effective and thoughtful referral marketing.”
Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer of BNI Worldwide
“These networking kings have cracked the formula of how to get business networking to work for network marketers - it’s essential reading!”
Brad Burton, Founder of 4Networking
“So many skills for business success crammed in here, whether you go to formal networking or simply within your circle of influence. This book will become a classic!”
Natalie Heeley, Network Marketing Leader
“How do you find new people to speak to once you’ve exhausted your family and friends? In this book, Wes and Stefan will teach you the best ways to network your business to success.”
Tom ‘Big Al’ Schreiter, Network Marketing Legend
"Whether you are shy and unassuming, or a gregarious, outgoing person, you’ll learn a lot from this book. It is a 'Master Class' on networking.”
Randy Gage, Author of the New York Times bestsellers, Risky Is the New Safe and Mad Genius
“Wes and Stefan have put together one of the most complete guides to networking that I have ever read. Some consider networking ‘old-school’ but the truth is, those with a large network of solid professionals and business people have the largest circle of influence. And circle of influence will make or break any business. This easy to read book, in my opinion, is THE GUIDE TO MODERN NETWORKING. It digs into some of the simple, but mostly overlooked, idiosyncrasies of networking, including your approach, what to do and not to do, what to wear, how to prepare and even what to bring with you! This is must read for the professional networker. Thanks for writing this book Wes and Stefan!”
Jordan Adler, Author of the Best-Selling book ‘Beach Money’
“Stefan has mastered the art of effective networking in a traditional business setting. Wes has mastered building a network marketing business.
So, I’m excited to see a book that combines their skills and knowledge to help network marketers generate greater results when it comes to expanding their influence in whatever environment they’re looking to grow their business.”
Barry ‘The Book’ Phillips, Founder of KnowledgeisKing.co.uk
Networking is something that many of us dread and try to avoid at all costs. But no longer the sole remit of sales people, it has become a vital business skill for us all. Expected to negotiate effectively through our careers, social lives and online presence, networking 24/7 has become a real challenge. Many experts believe that you need to be super confident or a brilliant presenter in order to network to the best of your ability but networking has changed.
Let Stefan Thomas show you how to take a fresh look at Networking 2.0 and teach you how networking is no longer just something we do with other people and it's no longer an activity, it's a new way of thinking and acting. Instant Networking will show you how to build networking into all that you do, whether you're self-employed, fresh out of education and ready to take on the world or just ready to make your presence known.
Learn how to:
- Combine networking, social media, marketing, and sales skills to give a full picture of how to network effectively
- Explore how to establish your personal brand
- Build networking into your existing day-to-day activities
- Deal with the key challenges people face at networking events