Best Books for Building a Network

Three Networking Books You Need to Read

Last month, I recommended the book “Superconnector” to help you learn how to network. This month, I have a few more tools to help you develop and cultivate better professional relationships.

The first book is “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” Susan Cain is a frequent speaker at many HR conferences. I love how she explains the way people give and receive energy, communicate with one another, and recharge their batteries. It’s a book that will help you understand yourself and others better, which will make you a better networker.

The second book is “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. It’s an oldie but goodie, and I love how Ferrazzi tells stories and offers advice from experts who have influential networks and successful careers. The theme of the book is timeless. It’s all about generosity.

The final book I recommend is “Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact” by Dr. Nick Morgan. What makes someone delightful at a cocktail party? Storytelling! Dr. Morgan teaches his readers how to be epic storytellers in both intimate settings and large rooms. If it works for professional speakers like David Meerman Scott and Sally Hogshead, it will work for you.

Those are three reads to help you improve your professional networking skills. One more tip? I love it when people ask me what I’m reading. Be ready to ask someone what she’s reading and have a fun and interesting book title on the tip of your tongue.

We loved “Feminist Fight Club” for its irreverent and unapologetic take on women at work. What are you reading?

Good luck at your next networking event. Please give us a recommendation for your favorite networking books on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

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