(PRWEB) June 2, 2005
Dozens of experts - including best-selling authors, millionaire marketers, highly respected consultants, coaches and business owners - reveal how they personally use networking to achieve success in a new ebook titled "Networkaholics Revealed! True Confessions from People Who Networked Their Way to Success (And How You Can Do the Same)." But while they all agree networking is essential, they disagree on how it should be done.
"This actually a good thing," said the ebook's author, Bonnie Lowe. "It's not a typical 'how-to-network' book that tells you to attend mixers, hand out business cards and give elevator speeches. If you're an introvert, that type of advice could actually scare you away from networking!"
According to Lowe and her 49 collaborators, networking is vital to success, but it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. ItÂs customizable, adaptable, and totally personal; something you make uniquely yours, based on your own personality and preferences.
One of the "Networkaholics" featured in the ebook is Diane Darling, CEO of Effective Networking, Inc. and best-selling author of "The Networking Survival Guide.Â
"To say Diane knows how to network is like saying Lance Armstrong knows how to ride a bike," Lowe said. "So I was quite surprised when she told me sheÂs somewhat of an introvert."
ÂI fall into the ÂintrovertÂ side of the Myers-Briggs personality test,Â Darling said. ÂMany people are shocked about that. I get my energy from being quiet, being alone. But IÂm very friendly, and I think people confuse ÂfriendlyÂ and Âextrovert.Â
ÂDifferent people have different styles. One size does not fit all. Some people, like former President Bill Clinton, love to work a crowd; that energizes them. Other people, like Bill Belichick, Head Coach of the New England Patriots, are very low key.
ÂStyles are different. Find your own style. In the beginning, try a lot of different things. If events arenÂt your thing, find ways to do one-on-one networking. Find something that works for you,Â Darling said.
According to "Networkaholic" Dan Williams, founder of The Networking Community, ÂThe networking silver bullet is to find a way to provide people information that is useful and educational, and relevant to what they want. A great way to build a relationship with them is through an electronic newsletter. I developed a newsletter to keep people informed about different networking trends. I can stay in touch with a whole bunch of people, very cost effectively, and without having to physically be there with them."
While many of the contributors to this ebook advocate and teach the 'traditional' model of networking (meeting people and exchanging information face-to-face), others tell how they do their best networking without leaving their office.
"If you cringe at the thought of networking, this book will be incredibly enlightening," Lowe said. "It will change your perceptions, your beliefs, your distain, your phobias and your misconceptions about what networking is.
"And if you already love networking, youÂll nod your head in recognition and agreement when reading many of the tips in this ebook. Every aspect of networking is covered in a variet of ways," Lowe said, "from setting goals before going to an event, to organizing your contacts and following up with everyone you meet. But even if youÂve been networking for years, I guarantee you will learn something new from the 'Networkaholics' and their stories."
Bob Burg, best-selling author of "Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales," said "Bonnie Lowe has put together a compendium of the best thoughts and strategies on networking to be found anywhere.
ÂWhile highlighting the major principle involved in successful and profitable networking--giving--she has tapped into the minds and wisdom of some of the worldÂs top pros in this very important area of business and life.
ÂWhile anyone desiring to learn the skills of effective networking should read (and study) this book, I believe those already well-versed in this area will also find nuggets of gold and a ton of ÂAh-Has!Â along the way."
For more information about "Networkaholics Revealed," visit http://www.Networkaholics-Revealed.com.
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