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How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits [Kindle Edition]

Judy Robinett
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Create a personal "power grid" of influence to spark professional and personal success

"Other people have the answers, deals, money, access, power, and influence you need to get what you want in this world. To achieve any goal, you need other people to help you do it." -- JUDY ROBINETT

As anyone in business knows, strategic planning is critical to achieving long-term success. In How to Be a Power Connector, super-networker Judy Robinett argues that strategic relationship planning should be your top priority.

When you combine your specific skills and talents with a clear, workable path for creating and managing your relationships, nothing will stop you from meeting your goals. With high-value connections, you'll tap into a dynamic "power grid" of influence guaranteed to accelerate your personal and professional success.

Robinett uses her decades of experience connecting the world's highest achievers with one another to help you build high-value relationships. She reveals all the secrets of her trade, including proven ways to:

  • Find and enter the best network "ecosystem" to meet your goals
  • Reach even the most unreachable people quickly and effectively
  • Get anyone's contact information within 30 seconds
  • Create a "3-D connection" that adds value to multiple people at the same time
  • Access key infl uencers through industry and community events
  • Subtly seed conversation with information about interests and needs
  • Use social media to your best advantage

Robinett has based her methods on solid research proving that social groups begin to break up when they become larger than 150 people, and that 50 members is the optimal size for group communication. As such, she has developed what she calls the "5+50+100" method: contact your top 5 connections daily, your Key 50 weekly, and your Vital 100 monthly. this is your power grid, and it will work wonders for your career.

Nothing will stop you when you learn How to Be a Power Connector.


"Unlike many books in this genre, this one is written by a woman who has lived it.. . . Judy Robinett offers guidance on how to form authentic relationships that bring mutual benefits." -- ADAM GRANT, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

"How to Be a Power Connector is like an MBA in networking: an advanced course in finding and developing quality relationships with the people who can make the biggest difference in your professional success." -- IVAN MISNER, founder and chairman of BNI

"Talk about power! Follow Judy Robinett's logical, straightforward, and helpfully detailed advice, and you can be a 'Power Connector' yourself! Great ideas, well presented, with no ‘wasted space’ in her argument!" -- DON PEPPERS, coauthor of Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage

"Absolutely brilliant. A step-by-step guide to building a network that will be both invaluable to you and just as valuable to those whose lives you will now have the opportunity to touch. I can't imagine a more powerful book for one who truly desires to be a Power Connector." -- BOB BURG, coauthor of The Go-Giver and author of Adversaries into Allies

"In the C-Suite or in your personal life everything comes down to the quality of your relationships. Judy's book helps you attract and maintain the relationships that will get you what you want most. Be a super connector now!" -- JEFFREY HAYZLETT, TV host and bestselling author of Running the Gauntlet

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About the Author

JUDY ROBINETT is a business thought leader, powerful speaker, and one of the nation's leading experts on helping leaders develop strategic business relationships. Known as "the woman with the titanium digital rolodex," and labeled by Forbes and the New York Times as "a new breed of power connector," she has served as the CEO of public and private companies and in executive roles at some of the top corporations in the world and helped entrepreneurs and businesses to access millions of dollars in funding.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and applicable right away April 30, 2014
I don't think of myself as a natural connector. All of the things you are supposed to do (cocktail parties, Chamber of Commerce...) seem way too much annoyance with way too little payoff.
And yet, when I look at how I got my jobs, found a house to buy... I was connected into the opportunity by someone I knew. So I have seen the value of connecting, even if the ways I have been told to connect seem ineffective.
Judy Robinett solves this issue with her amazing book. She gives a personal story and immediately applicable tools to make the connections everyone needs in a way which seems both efficient and effective.
For me, this book can be a breakthrough in changing my thinking about meeting the people I need to meet. I haven't seen anything like this before. Brava!
Leo Hopf
Author of Rethink, Reinvent, Reposition
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll be gifting this book to my network May 6, 2014
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You know a book is a standout when, while reading, you find yourself constructing a list of people you plan to gift it to. How to Be a Power Connector is a game changer that both inspires and educates the reader to master what I believe to be one of the most undervalued and intimidating aspects of business; networking. Like the book’s author, I never saw myself as a networker, but have been fortunate to work with some great networker/connector types over the course of my career. Networking is now centric to all that I do and I can say with confidence that How to Be a Power Connector has earned itself a permanent place on my desk. I have numerous sales and business development centric portfolio companies, not to mention former and current colleagues, friends, and family members who I will be sending this book to over the coming weeks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You MUST buy this book... April 30, 2014
By KNelson
Format:Kindle Edition
As an avid business connector and relational expert, I was curious about what I would learn from Judy's book...I COULD not put this book down. Judy identified what I am unconsciously competent at...and then puts a checklist to it. Absolutely incredible. Buy this will learn the inside scoop of how to build great relationships and turn relationships into revenue!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THe perfect graduation gift! May 5, 2014
This book is not just one more business advice book. In fact, it's valuable for anyone from college students and faculty members to community activists, as well as to business people from aspiring entrepreneurs to those at all levels of the corporate ladder. The author subverts the notion that networking is limited to a special subset of high powered people who are looking out for their next step forward; instead it proves that everyone who is determined can add meaningful value to others which is the secret of a powerful connector. The author emphasizes that behind every connection lies the question, "How can I help." And this book is a powerful step by step guide to creating a meaningful network of connections. It deals with every imaginable objection from "I'm shy" to "I have nothing to offer" with very specific steps and anecdotes for developing networks; it even offers links to downloadable forms for readers to use as they create their own networks. For those higher ups who already understand the value of networking, author Judy Robinett adds "heart" and "random acts of kindness" to the networking proposition with her valuable suggestion to "give two favors" before asking for anything. If you're a bit daunted by how much time the author devotes to networking, since she is clearly as good as it gets, you will still come away with some valuable smaller steps you can take to improve your connecting quotient. Among other takeaways, the author generously shares her network by including the names and positions of many shakers within her network as well as the books and organizations they are part of. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book is a must read for anyone interested in learning the art of building authentic, powerful, and profitable relationships. The author’s system is elegant, easy to understand, and equally easy to execute. The book walks you through the stages of relationship building and provides powerful strategies for generating extensive value through those relationships. I was so impressed with the win-win nature of this book that I immediately recommended it to all of my business associates. Living in an intensely connected world, this book should be an essential addition to everyone’s personal library.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
If you think you are not made for networking, the author explains why it is necessary to make an effort and how you too can overcome your inhibitions and build a thriving network to advance your career and help others.
She helps you think strategically and form relationships with high-value individuals. She discusses how you should nurture these important relationships and become a problem-solver in your network.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullseye! June 26, 2014
Loved it!
Judy Robinett has translated her own pathway to success into a trail that just about any of us can follow.
Concise and thorough, Judy speaks plainly and from the heart to lay out a practical framework for developing a powerful network of allies and friends.
Numerous quotes and real-world success stories from her own life and those of other high achievers give her ideas weight and make for a great read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I originally bought this book to help someone else out who's having trouble finding the right connections to sell products. Read more
Published 15 minutes ago by H. Lichtenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that you MUST read!!!!
I think for the first time I read a book that will help you to create a system that allow you to add value to your network. It gives you a step-by-step process. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Gulmue
5.0 out of 5 stars Buying and reading this is a no brainer...
This was a valuable read because it introduced me to more effective ways to manage and add value to the people in my life. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Rohan Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Game changer
This book was exactly what I needed to take my business to the next level. I only wish there were more tips on what I could do as I connect with my top 50 on a weekly basis. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Christopher Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What You Want and Need to Know About Networking
Judy is obviously one of the top experts in the field of networking, and it shows here in How to Be a Power Connector. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Cale
5.0 out of 5 stars 10X YOUR REACH AND IMPACT
Judy - Within a week of reading your book, I applied these simple techniques to Power Connect with incredibly high-level professionals for our guest interviews on the Get Rich... Read more
Published 20 days ago by John Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm So Thankful This Book Exhists
This is the maybe the best book I have ever read on the subject or building relationships that produce powerful change in the world.
Published 21 days ago by Fordk
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book! Highly Recommended!
I came across Judy's book in the Inc's "Top 10 Business Books of 2014" list last week, and I immediately downloaded the audiobook, giddy with excitement, as I have been... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Nishant Saxena
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy to recommend Judy's book and it will be a ...
Judy has very practical ideas to build a rock solid network with a purpose. These strategies helped me see some of the mistakes I was making and helped me correct them in a short... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Loni S., SAHM
5.0 out of 5 stars I've always hated networking because I viewed it as a way for ...
This book will change your life. I've always hated networking because I viewed it as a way for people to use other people in a bad way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yellow Lab Owner
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More About the Author

Judy Robinett is the author of How to Be a Power Connector: The 5-50-150 Rule, to be released by McGraw-Hill in May, 2014. Robinett is a business thought leader who is known as "the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex." She has been profiled in Forbes, Venture Beat, Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek as a sterling example of the new breed of "super connectors" who use their experience and networks to accelerate growth and enhance profitability.

In her more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader, Robinett has served as the CEO of both public and private companies and in management positions at Fortune 500 companies. She has been on the advisory boards of Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California; Pereg Ventures, a venture capital firm based in New York; Springboard Enterprises based in Washington, DC; and Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) accelerators based in New York.

She was the managing director of Golden Seeds Angel Network (the third most active angel investment group and one of the largest in the U.S.); the CEO of publicly traded Medical Discoveries; and she served on the faculty of Goldman Sachs's 10,000 Small Businesses program.

She was a member of the Department of Commerce team that defined performance criteria for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Performance Excellence in Healthcare, for which she received an award from President Bill Clinton.

Robinett has given over 300 speeches worldwide for audiences at MIT, BIO-Europe, CalPoly, AT&T, Westinghouse, and the Department of Energy.

She is the coauthor of a chapter in Crowdfunding for Dummies by Sherwood Neiss, Jason W. Best, and Zak Cassady-Dorion (Wiley, 2013).

Robinett lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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