Cut through the networking noise and start building the powerful, real relationships needed to succeed in our digital world
If you think of networking as schmoozing at boring cocktail parties or scrolling through LinkedIn for new contacts to add, think again. In the social media age, you need a modern roadmap for creating and cultivating meaningful connections to stand out from the crowd and achieve any of your goals, no matter how big or small.
In Build Your Dream Network, acclaimed business columnist and networking expert J. Kelly Hoey offers a fresh new approach to mastering this timeworn skill in a world where everyone is posting, liking, and friending fast and furiously, but many are failing to leverage their connections successfully. Hoey presents innovative strategies for forming strong relationships—the genuine, mutually beneficial, long-lasting kind—using all of the social tools at your disposal. She also reveals creative and surprisingly simple ways to harness the power of your network to accomplish any ambition, from landing your dream job or a coveted account or client to successfully crowdfunding a new business venture. Build Your Dream Network will help you:
- Determine the most effective ways to connect with others so you don’t clutter your calendar with dead-end coffee dates and informational interviews
- Synchronize IRL networking efforts with your digital outreach
- Turn “closed door” conversations into strong personal relationships and business opportunities
- Eliminate FOMO by keeping your networking efforts focused
Packed with infographics, flowcharts, and encouraging advice, Build Your Dream Network shows how small adjustments in your daily routine, generosity, and goal-focused efforts are all it takes to set you apart and ignite the powerful connections that will lead to major opportunities for success.
About the Author
J. KELLY HOEY is a writer, investor, connector and networking expert, lauded everywhere from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25 Smartest Women On Twitter”). A columnist for Inc.com, she’s appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, and her clients include The New Yorker, Coca-Cola, PBS, L’Oréal, Capital One, and Dove. Connect with her at jkellyhoey.co or find her on Twitter (@jkhoey).
“Build Your Dream Network offers seriously good advice for people who want to network in a manner that's genuine and effective. I wish I had it thirty years ago.”
—Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects
“A smart, modern guide to networking etiquette for readers at any stage in their careers.” —Library Journal
“An easy-to-use guide to the art of networking in the ‘new economy’…. Kelly marvelously succeeds in instilling in her readers the attitude that whether one is attempting to secure a job, find a publisher, or finance a new business venture, tapping into the right network is the answer.” —Publishers Weekly
“I wish I had a copy of this for every person who has networked into my inbox to ask for assistance in advancing their business or career the wrong way. I'd hit them over the head with Kelly’s book...then make them read it! Build Your Dream Network will help you avoid concussions and connect with people who can help you get to where you want to be. "
—Alison Levine, author of New York Times bestseller, On The Edge
“Anything worth doing requires a team of champions and supporters—and this book is the essential guide for how to cultivate that team long before you need it.”
—Marci Alboher, VP, Encore.org and author, The Encore Career Handbook
“To define Kelly Hoey as a connector would be a major understatement. She’s a super-connector because people know she gets things done.”
—Tara Hunt, digital marketing executive and author of The Power of Social Networking
“Kelly has a profound ability to build strong networks, but more powerful than that, she understands when and how to activate a network, and how to leverage connections to build value.”
—Elizabeth Talerman, CEO, Managing Partner, Nucleus
“You will learn that your networks are how you make your ideas mighty enough to dent the world.”
—Nilofer Merchant, award-winning entrepreneur, TED speaker, and author of The Power of Onlyness
"Build Your Dream Network is a great new guide that paves the way for you to harness the power of relationships and reap the rewards of networking. An absolute must-read."
—Porter Gale, keynote speaker, advisor, and author of Your Network Is Your Net Worth
“A savvy, fun and engaging bible for intelligent and authentic 21st century interaction….Rich with insights from key experts, this will fast track you towards building successful, meaningful and long lasting relationships with people that matter. Highly recommended!”
—Dr. Sue Black, OBE, author of Saving Bletchley Park
“How does someone without ‘connections’ become a must-know influencer? Kelly Hoey shares the new rules for transforming from outsider status to the name everyone keeps hearing about—giving passionate innovators and trailblazers the opportunity to truly change the world. Brilliant tips that are essential in the new economy!”
—Ophira Edut, The AstroTwins, www.astrostyle.com