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How to Build an Awesome Professional Network: How to meet new people and build relationships with business networking [Kindle Edition]

Mike Fishbein
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Book Description

After realizing the massive importance of building a strong professional network, I began scouring the web, Amazon, and bookstores for resources. I found there were resources on related topics, such as interpersonal communication, but not many great resources on business networking specifically.

I began asking everyone I know who has had a successful career, built a successful business, or simply knows a lot of people for their advice on how to build a professional network. After compiling the best advice I received, studying every relevant book and resource I could find, experimenting, and practicing, I learned a lot about how to effectively make new contacts and build relationships.

I'm extremely excited to be sharing everything I've learned along the way in this book!

For better or for worse, what you know, what you can do, or even your credentials, are often not as important as who you know. Your relationships can often be even more important than your qualifications! People prefer to do business with people they like and trust.

Your relationships and professional network are extremely valuable in growing your business or developing your career. Whether it's forming partnerships for your company, finding a new job, acquiring clients, fundraising, seeking mentors, or recruiting talent for your company, your relationships can have an extreme positive or negative impact on your success. Your professional network can also be an amazing source for knowledge, information, expertise, and advice.

For people who hate networking, it can seem like a chore. I hated networking too when I first started. After realizing how important it was, meeting some amazing people, and benefiting tremendously from it, I began to truly enjoy it. Networking doesn't have to be a dry exercise the way you may picture it if you don't make it so.

I've compiled all of my lessons learned over years of practice study in to this book! I've written it to be completely thorough, yet to-the-point enough as to not waste your time. It's a combination of core philosophies as well as actionable tips and techniques. The philosophies and tactics I describe in this book have benefited my career tremendously.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The RIGHT way to network! October 7, 2013
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really solid Kindle book on how to network properly. i dont know how many times people i know as well as myself made some of these networking mistakes. easy to correct... and watch your network grow. there IS a right way to network... and Mike lays out a gameplan on how to do it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaks Networking Down Into Manageable Parts October 4, 2013
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Networking can be intimidating. This book is filled with easy, actionable suggestions on how to create and expand your professional network. One easy tip from the book: Say "YES" to invitations! The power of "YES" should not be undervalued.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let This Be Your Networking Bible! October 15, 2013
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Mike fabulously outlines a strategy for becoming a master networker. Whether you've been networking for years or have yet to start, this book will help you navigate the sometimes awkward waters of making worthwhile connections. As a somewhat experienced networker myself, I learned many new strategies and tips that I can't wait to start applying. Grab this book and get started!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great networking manual October 4, 2013
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Mike put together a great manual here, and not only outlines the "how", but importantly touches on the need for "intentionality". Coming up with the endgame of your networking efforts is up to you, but understanding the "why" of the mechanics of getting there is covered well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent May 27, 2014
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A very thin book, took me about an hour to read. Some good ideas and perspective for someone who does not have a clue about networking. Quite repetitive and redundant. Hindsight: I should have spent my money elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars W.R. Samuels October 4, 2013
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Easily one of the best books on how to build a network and maintain that network. There's a lot of advice out there on the subject--this book distills it for you in a practical and enjoyable manner. Definite thumbs up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips! October 7, 2013
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This book really opens the doors and provides a clear and concise step by step process to build a successful network.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actionable guide for a daunting topic October 4, 2013
By Doron
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Mike lives and breathes the insights in this book so it's coming from well earned experience. Nothing fluffy or confusing. Great read on taking actionable steps towards a stronger professional network and benefiting from all that comes with it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's good
Mike's work is very helpful to me as an entrepreneur. I met him through a free 30 minute consult on Check him out on quora too. It's good stuff
Published 1 month ago by DavidHestrin
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good advice on how to build and maintain a great ...
Very good advice on how to build and maintain a great professional network. But, there are a lot of typos which made understanding his points difficult at times.
Published 3 months ago by Nizar Sedki
3.0 out of 5 stars Networking for newbies
There are some nice ideas in this book, but the analysis of efficient networking strategies is not thorough enough. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Irina
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, usable advice
Good, usable advice. The same information was cut/paste into multiple sections several times, probably so that the reader can read only a section and get all fo the information... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marty Scholes
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read I highly recommend it.
Mike is a very prolific on the NYC startup scene and his advice is always spot on. Even though I've been in startups for years, Mike always manages to teach me new things (in his... Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars not a good read
Compared to other networking books such as Never Eat Alone, this one was a bit weaker in its tips and layout. Found typos and repetitive statements, especially toward the end.
Published 7 months ago by M. Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Good articulation of both the "why" and the "how" of networking
Really helpful introduction to the principles behind networking. Many seem obvious when articulated, but that's precisely the point; it's not like networking is rocket science,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robert B. Weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and actionable
Great advice from clearly hard earned experience. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking to grow their network!
Published 13 months ago by Nathaniel Ginsburg
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pointers, some repetitiveness
As I flipped the pages, I found a lot of useful and wonderful information and reminders, even as a long time connector/ networker myself. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable practical guidance for job-seeking or upward mobility
This publication provides the reader with real hands-on advice about how to find - or create - a job in the business world. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Diana Launse
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Mike Fishbein is the Founder of, an online school for startups. Previously, Mike was a founding member of a venture studio and corporate innovation company. There he helped launch multiple consumer technology products and advised some of the world's largest companies on new product innovation. Mike has written books on customer development, networking, and content marketing. His writing has been featured in Huffington Post,, and more. You can learn more about him at


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