Networking in the 21st Century: Why Your Network Sucks And What To Do About It

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"Networking — everybody has to do it, nobody has a good definition of what it is, and most people dread it. David Fisher is here to school you on what networking really is, what it can do for you, and how to make the most of it. Spoiler alert: He's going to make networking sound like a lot of fun! This book banishes the glad-handing stereotypes and will increase your confidence AND your influence."
-Daniel H. Pink, author of TO SELL IS HUMAN

"David uses a humorous, down-to-earth, and conversational approach to unpack the best practices for networking. I've been in this space for 10 years and I learned a thing or two!"
-Alexandra Levit, author of Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success and They Don't Teach Corporate in College

"You're looking at a book that will make you way more efficient at meeting the people you need to be successful. These answers to the questions that plague professionals around networking are direct, easy to follow, and easy to execute."
-Jason Seiden, entrepreneur and author of Super Staying Power: What You Need to Become Valuable and Resilient at Work

No matter what your goals, who you know is as important as what you know. In the 21st century, networking is a combination of sales, marketing, relationship-building, and career management. It's the difference between those who get by and those who are getting ahead!

This book is for anyone who realizes that their professional success hinges on the network they create. No matter what your job title or position, your ability to connect with others is the key to finding the resources you need to achieve success.

Whether you are a born introvert or a natural "people-person," this book will help build your skills and confidence. Robust, effective networks don't happen by accident. If you are ready to bring your network into the 21st century–let's go! Learn how to:

-Share your personal brand so that your network will opt-in to you.
-Move past the mental obstacles that hold back most professionals.
-Use new technology to strengthen your relationships without spending extra time.
-And more…

Product Details

  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RockStar Publishing (January 19, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2015
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A practical view of networking and connecting in modern times.

 on July 26, 2017
By Ricky Olson
I enjoyed learning that having a large network of casual contacts is actually very beneficial. Plus, I appreciated how David explains a practical approach to balancing casual contacts and making deeper connections.

Nice Quick Read For Any Entrepreneur or Business Professional Looking to Sharpen Their Networking Skills!

 on January 20, 2015
By Philip Nowak
Whether you consider yourself to be a shy novice or an extroverted people person, D. Fish’s new book will help you take your networking game to the next level and keep it there.

Finally! A guide to networking that makes sense!

 on January 20, 2015
By cmd436, professional actress and entrepreneur
I was fortunate enough to be given an ARC of this book, and within reading the very first chapter, my perspective on networking changed entirely. I had previously equated networking with going into battle… Me against the masses… Always bracing myself for an uphill fight. Needless to say, this point of view often made my networking opportunities less than enjoyable. I knew there had to be a better way to approach networking and in turn, do it effectively. David’s book gives us that better way. It not only makes networking an accessible, viable option for those of us looking to improve our businesses, it also provides a much needed definition of the concept. There are no “secrets” left unrevealed and no gray areas in which to be lost. Networking in the 21st Century deftly guides us through the nuts and bolts of today’s networking culture and gives us the shared vocabulary we need to go out and expand our networks with confidence. This is a must-read for any entrepreneur or business-oriented professional.

This was a great networking book that blends standard

 on July 5, 2016
By Tara
This was a great networking book that blends standard, tried & true networking that’s been around forever with fantastic new information that your mentors probably didn’t tell you about. There’s useful information regardless your age or business.

Overall David have a humous voice which I found to be very down-to-earth and made this read easy and enjoyable

 on January 20, 2015
By BennyP
“Networking in the 21st Century” gave me a grounded perspective on what networking is and how I can tackle it in the tech enabled world we live in. I grew up on the brink of social media and understand it’s importance. I also understand the benefit of having authentic 1:1 relationships. This book explained the much needed balance between in-person and online. I now have concrete ways to utilize technology in an effort to build meaningful relationships.

Where was this Book when I needed it?

 on January 20, 2015
By Kindle Customer
While reading an Advance Review Copy of “Networking in the 21st Century.” I kept thinking, “Gee, I wish I had this book at the beginning of my career” when I really could have used it. The term “networking” wasn’t part of the parlance when I started practicing law, and when the word did start coming up in seemingly every other conversation, it was somehow assumed that everyone just knew what it was and how to do it. Finally, a book that actually does tell us how and why to do it. Effectively. Clearly written, with a very approachable style, this book gives shape and form to the generally nebulous concept of networking. Neither rigid nor overly-technical,this book can (and should) be used as a guidebook for any professional who is serious about growing his or her business. In fact, I believe it should be required reading in business schools, law schools and institutes of continuing education for any profession where connecting with people in a meaningful way can’t be just an afterthought.

Easily digestible information and a great read.

 on January 20, 2015
By Rachel Pridgen
If you’re like me and see more awkward networking than you can count and would rather maximize your time at networking events to be intentional with every encounter, then this book is for you! The title alone says it all–my network is not as fulfilling as it should be and I knew something was missing. This book breaks down why any network isn’t as strong as you want it to be and then guides you through building it back up again. Whether you’re a beginner at networking or trying to shake up your approach, this book is the perfect blend of practical and theoretical.

Great books, like great classes

 on January 21, 2015
By Brian J. Miller
Great books, like great classes, are ones that take nebulous concepts and clarify them. The book leaves the reader thinking “I never thought about it that way.” Fisher’s book takes the somewhat hazy concept of networking and applies historical examples, psychological research and every day anecdotes to paint a clear picture of a great networking system. After reading the book, I had a sound foundation in why networking makes people uncomfortable, what to do about it and how to improve my activities. This book is a great read, very easy to digest and thoroughly entertaining.

You need to read this book and learn the teachings of Dave Fisher

 on October 24, 2017
By Pia
All of Dave Fisher’s book are practical and accessible. His books are engaging and take the fear out of moving your career, networking, selling, etc. to the next level. The only thing that surpasses his books is having Dave present in person. This past weekend we had Dave present to our professional alumnae organization and provided a copy of book as well. It was an outstanding event that everyone found very worthwhile.

Networking isn’t just for sales!

 on January 20, 2015
By Erin Rose
When given an advance copy of D Fish’s book, I honestly had my doubts on applicability for me. I’m just an average business professional, not in sales, and it seems that most networking publications I find are slanted more towards sales. Of course, knowing D. Fish, I should have known better, and his book didn’t let me down!

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