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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Lillian Bjorseth gives you more than just "tired and true" networking tips. What's more, the author helps you understand how and why networking works in both business and interpersonal relationships, and provides real insight about interacting with one another. Her background and experience in personal and corporate communications is quite apparent in the knowledge and advice she shares with the reader through the pages of "Breakthrough Networking." I picked up quite a few new ideas and have used them to build my own network of contacts increase my client base and expand my market. No matter what business you're in, this book can help you uncover new business and customers. Bjorseth's book should be right up there on the bookshelf with all your other business reference books!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2002
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The techniques in this book were business saving. I have read several books on networking but I found them all repetative and unexciting. Lillain D. Bjorseth finds a new and novel approach to marketing that is smart and efective. The other book that I depend on for my business was Guerrilla PR Wired by Michael Levine. That book showed me everything I needed to successfully promote my business and with Breakthrough Networking I find I have confidence and business savy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Breakthrough Networking provides practical ways to effectively network your business. Just discovering your networking style is priceless. Lillian Bjorseth introduces us to Networking Bingo which is a very effective way to get every type of personality involved in networking. Building lasting relationships is a must and this book shows you how!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
What an incredible book! I couldn't put it down. As the President/CEO of EmpowerMag.com, I get 5-6 books a week and usually only have time to scan through them. But, Breakthrough Networking I could not put down! The information Lillian offers is so practical and so helpful, she has earned the title as "The Queen of Networking."
I am honored that Lillian Bjorseth is coming to the ePages of EmpowerMag.com in October with The Queen of Networking column.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2003
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Now in an newly updated and expanded second edition, Breakthrough Networking: Building Relationships That Last by syndicated columnist Lillian D. Bjorseth is a truly "user friendly" guide to building networking skills in order to control one's own career path and uncover bright future prospects in an era where corporate cradle-to-grave job security is a thing of the past. From presenting the best possible personal image; to staying in touch; to engaging in ice-breaking activities; to dealing with gender-specific discrepancies, and a great deal more, Breakthrough Networking is particularly recommended reading for aspiring and practicing free-lancers in any vocational category or job level.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
In todays business world,their is so much information and clutter. I was finding very diffcult to reach new customers. I began to look into networking and Ms Bjorseth book was suggested to me. The book provided a roadmap for me and now have found networking has increased mybusiness by 30%
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 1998
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Lillian Bjorseth is committed to helping others help themselves through her book. This is a quick, easy read which covers core topics that all business professionals should know. There is no question that a professional in any industry must master the skill of networking and creating mutually beneficial relationships. Lillian shows key strategies to creating these networks. Read her book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2003
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Breakthrough Networking is an excellent starting point for all professionals who seriously wish to improve their interpersonal and networking skills. Ms. Bjorseth covers all the bases in this interesting book. I particularly found enlightening her sections on Learning Your Networking Style, Impression Management and What Body Language Says.
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Reviewed by Bette Daoust for Reader Views (10/06)

"Breakthrough Networking: Building Relationships That Last," by Lillian Bjorseth, addresses problems that many people have with meeting people, building relationships, and projecting a professional image. In an era where cradle-to-grave job security is a thing of the past, it is beneficial to continue building relationships throughout your career.

"Breakthrough Networking" makes it easy for anyone to network. Bjorseth discusses different networking styles, and through a series of questions about everything from appearance to desktops to office enhancements, the reader can establish his or her own networking personality type. Bjorseth addresses each networking style separately, listing strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for improvement. This personalized approach helps the reader understand how to effectively communicate with other networking styles.

In addition to networking styles, "Breakthrough Networking" also examines the effects of the personal and printed images. Bjorseth explores the positive and negative connotations of different colors, gender-specific discrepancies, and even the importance of seating arrangements.

Another valuable tool is Bjorseth's insight on setting networking goals. She includes checklists of questions to help readers refine their target market and networking strategies. Also included are suggestions on how to find groups to join in order to build a networking pool and how to get more specific results from those suggestions.

Bjorseth also includes a section of ice-breaking activities, games, and workshop exercises to flex the networking muscles such as "Networking Bingo" and "Networking Poker."

"Breakthrough Networking: Building Relationships That Last" is a guide to networking and building relationships from which anyone, regardless of profession, will benefit.

Received book free of charge.
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Format: Paperback
The best thing I can say about this book is that after reading through it quickly initially, I have over the past few weeks dipped into it on a regular basis while preparing for my next network or business meeting. It is a very useful tool for anyone serious about networking (and who is not in this environment?)
Bjorseth provides good solid commonsense ideas on how to be an effective networker.
Her comments on VBC (that's Verbal Business Card) to you and me have helped me craft a much tighter, more impactful verbal pitch. The author makes it very clear that networking is not something to be taken lightly. Good networking results come from being prepared in what you say, how you say it and how you plan to say it.
Way better than most networking books I've read.
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