"Connect the Dots: Turn Strangers into Meaningful Network Relationships" by Sapna Malhotra

If you hate networking, want to optimize your networking opportunities, or simply don't know how to network then this book is for you! I'm bringing the fun and ease back into networking. Somewhere in the recent past, networking became an almost meaningless mechanical exchange of handshakes, business cards, and no authentic value. The rise of loneliness, depression, social anxiety, all indicate that people find it harder to authentically connect with others. And while networking is an essential life skill, it's not taught in schools. This book reveals the techniques that will have you networking with ease as you build meaningful relationships. Meeting strangers is intimidating at the best of times, and then trying to make small talk on top of that?! But I share many of the techniques that management consultants use. I even explain how introverts can say nothing and still be seen as the best conversationalist in the room! Who doesn’t want to meet interesting, inspiring people? There is no shortage of reasons to put ourselves out there. This book provides you with the tools and the process for networking in person – and on social media. You'll discover: - easy and fun ice-breakers, - how to introduce yourself that makes you more intriguing - how to follow-up with contacts - The etiquette of networking - how to start building relationships that will create more opportunities Get ready to start networking with ease – and have fun doing it!

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