Why read about networking? Well there are many reasons. Learning from the masters is always a good start for those of you who are always open to advice. One thing to remember is, there is always room for improvement - so even if you find yourself the master networker, then just know - there is always something left to learn.
In no special order, here are some ol' favorites to add to your reading list this 2015:
Breakthrough Networking: Building Relationships that Last by Lillian D. Bjorseth
This book focuses on the long-term nurturing of your network. It guides you through the process from meeting new people to establishing them as close and valued contacts within your inner circle. Like many of the best career guides, Bjorseth has corporate experience herself, so she knows what she’s talking about.
CLICK: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships by George Fraser
If the word ‘networking’ fills you with dread and you just find the whole concept too 'much', this book is for you. In it, George Fraser explains how he prefers the term ‘connecting’ to ‘networking’ and encourages us to be sincere. Each chapter is packed with practical, ‘takeaway’ advice.
Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected
by Devora Zack
Self proclaimed introvert Devora Zack is a successful consultant that shoves aside the pre-notion that to be successful at networking, you must be an extrovert. Or at least learn how to fake it. This book is great for those who have always felt like they have had to push themselves to network and to let you know that introverts too, can make quality connections and networks.
Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi
The secret, master networker Keith Ferrazzi claims, is in reaching out to other people. As Ferrazzi discovered early in life, what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships—so that everyone wins.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
An oldie and evergreen read. Since it's release in 1936, this book has sold more than 15 million copies. Carnegie motivates you to get on our there and network. Go after the job you want...and get it! Take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you! Applicable in all parts of business life, this is a great one to read over and over again.