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Best Books: 13 Books To Read To Master Professional Networking

Here are 13 books that will make you better at networking (and might also make you a better person). Each of the books on this list is suggested by industry leaders in either business, PR or marketing.

#1 Little Miracles

[This book] is an easy read but provides a wealth of knowledge on how to maximize your time networking and turn those chance encounters into profitable relationships.

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Contributors: Gina Estrada from Estrada+Associates

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#2 The Start-up of You

Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, talks in Chapter 4: It Takes A Network about how relationship building is the lifeblood for career and business building. The man should know something about this since LinkedIn is one of the essential tools for connecting and nurturing relationships.

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Contributors: Patrick Lynch from Southeast CMP an OI Global Partners company

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#3 Quiet

We all hear that networking is a great tool to advance your career. Introversion can be problematic for the 35% of the adult population which self-identifies as being introverted. This definitive book on introverts helps to provide great insights on how introverts can still effectively network, grow relationships, and become more extroverted when the situation calls for it.

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Contributors: Patrick Lynch from Southeast CMP an OI Global Partners company

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#4 Networking Success

Full of valuable examples and ideas, the first half of this book introduces business development and networking concepts as it sets the stage for the second half which presents the β€œsecret” unfair advantages to networking success. It also explains quite a few techniques that have really worked for me out in the field.

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Contributors: Nikki Stone from EZinsurance.com

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#5 Never Eat Alone

This book is a must for anyone looking to break out of the same old networking routine. Going to networking events and trade shows is only the first step... true networking is about getting out of your comfort zone and developing real relationships. This book taught me the value of developing a network that wasn't made up of people I wanted to buy from me, it was about connecting with people, learning about their needs, and how I could help them today or in the future.

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Contributors: Mike Wolfe from Delgado Stone Distributors

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#6 Small Talk Hacks

Many people feel intimidated or out-of-place during networking events and social situations. What should you say? How should you behave? Far too many people, especially introverts, become incredibly awkward and aren't able to build meaningful relationships.

This book provides step-by-step strategies on how to break through the fear, create a stellar first impression as well as how to followup after the networking event to deepen the relationship.

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Contributors: Akash Karia from Akash Karia Consulting

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#7 Networking on Purpose

[This book is] a quick read, and completely digestible, but the strategies she gives are very valuable and very deep. It gives any professional, experienced or not, the tools they need to go out and transform their effort from just showing up to an event for the appetizers into one with purposeful intent, and an effort which adds value to people’s lives.

She shows you how to get over any fear of networking you might have, how to approach other professionals, and how not to be β€œsalesy” and get completely ignored when you do get in front of people.

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Contributors: J. Colin Petersen from J - I.T. Outsource

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  1. This is a great book, especially if you are new to networking. You’ll learn what to do as well as what not to do and why. A must read!

#8 Give & Take

Not your typical networking book. Really enjoyable insights by Adam Grant that are applicable to business, specifically networking, where after reading this book you are more inclined to give than to receive.

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Contributors: Mike Molitoris from Flagship Wealth Management Group, L.L.C.

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#9 NetworkAbility

[This book] is an extremely practical, tested guide to business networking which explains the big picture clearly and then breaks it down into practical steps, including a 70 Days to Networking Ability game plan. The material was developed working with major professional service firms like KPMG and DLA Piper, and has also been applied by many small business owners and MBA students.

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Contributors: Andy Bass from BassClusker

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#10 How to Win Friends and Influence People

A great book, that is a classic and has so many valuable lessons is Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends & Influence People it helps you develop Techniques in Handling People, ways to make people like you, win people to your way of thinking, great points on being a Leader.

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Contributors: Alex Babayev from Aral Properties, LLC

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#11 Social Intelligence

Social Intelligence is all about the science behind positive and negative interactions, and how they affect you physically. If you are interested in the complete dynamic of social intelligence this book is helpful. Besides getting into the scientific nitty gritty it also helps you become aware of social norms and improve your methods of interacting.

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Contributors: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

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#12 Productive Relationships

From the author: [This book] has numerous ideas including a section just on Networking that readers should find useful. The strategies that relate to body language, and other dynamics that help move a relationship along, definitely apply to networking as well whether it's in person, over the phone, or through text messages or emails.

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Contributors: Jan Yager from DrJanYager

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#13 The Charisma Myth

Charisma you either have it or you don’t right? Wrong. In her book, Caban declares that charisma rather than being something you’re born with is actually just a skill you can learn. The book includes instructional stories, science and tools all to help you become that charismatic superstar that’s always been in you.

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Contributors: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

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