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"Sandy Jones-Kaminski is the Supreme Queen of Networking, and has lots to teeth the rest of us about how to network professionally in a truly effective way that also makes one's personal life richer, more meaningful and more fun. Buy her book, read it and then put her lessons to work to make you wealthy in contacts, opportunity, colleagues, and friends. Sandy's insight and philosophy help you understand how to approach networking in a fresh new way." Susannah Malarkey, Executive Director, Technology Alliance, Seattle

"If you want a great read with awesome advice on networking, then this book is a must on your shelf. Sandy offers a truckload of practical `how to' strategies, tips, insights, best practices and example to illustrate her points. Her pay-it-forward approach is a revolutionary idea I found especially intriguing. If you're struggling for ways to expand your professional contacts and relationships, you'll find lots of answers in the pages of this excellent book." Alan Collins, Author of Unwritten HR Rules and former Vice President of Human Resources at PepsiCo

"This book is a unique and thoughtful approach to making you realize that networking is a part of everyday life. Sandy really simplifies the act of networking and makes it easy and actionable for anyone. It's the perfect quick for any college student or recent grad to learn the basics on how to approach and be successful in networking--and have fun doing it!" Julie Ahn Goldthwait, former Vice President & General Manager, MonsterTRAK

"When it comes to networking, Sandy's book nails it. She breaks the entire concept of networking down into a series of easily digestible parts and then sprinkles in her own hard-won insights over how to build relationships that matter." Matt Youngquist, President & Founder, Career Horizons, LLC

About the Author

Sandy Jones-Kaminski is a self-described networking enthusiast and accomplished communications and business development professional.  She is also a former HR industry exec and recent VP of Networking for one of the largest chapters of the American Marketing Association and a former Chicago Greeter.

Sandy knows how to make meaningful connections, cultivate relationships, host some great networking events, and create what she refers to as good "social capital." She shares her professional insights on effective networking via webinars, one-on-one coaching, workshops and by facilitating in-person networking events called Pay It Forward Parties. Sandy believes that beyond self-promotion, networking builds community and creates healthier and stronger business environments. And when she's not speaking or writing about networking, she helps clients grow their ventures via successful business development and publicity programs and effective communications strategies. Since 2002, she's been the founder and principal consultant of Bella Domain, LLC. You can invite Sandy to speak to your group and find her Speaker's page on her site belladomain.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Happy About (October 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600051669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600051661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

As a self-described "networking enthusiast," and someone that knows how to make meaningful connections and cultivate relationships, my friends all said it was only a matter of time before I started writing about this quasi hobby of mine. It also helps that I'm fairly adept at hosting great parties and facilitating productive networking events. And then there's the fact that I've been a writer since the second grade when I won a feature in the school newspaper for a haiku I wrote about spring.

Why the focus on networking? Because connections matter to business development and opportunity creation (my day job), and the whole point of networking is to connect with others by exchanging info, contacts and experience. I believe that beyond self-promotion, networking builds community and creates healthier and stronger business environments. I also believe that just like leadership and management skills, networking skills can be learned which is why I wrote, "I'm at a Networking Event--Now What???" This was my first published book, but definitely not my last. Here's one of my favorite book reviews:

The best tips are after the networking event in chapter 6. There are examples of how to write an email to make introductions to people who have a common interest, yet do not know each other. This has worked four times for me in the space of two weeks. The best part is that once you have made the introduction, then it is up to them to make it work. This is part of Sandy's "pay it forward" attitude throughout the book." - Jim S.

Today, when I'm not writing about networking as a columnist for WomenEntrepreneur.com or hosting webinars about it, I help my clients grow their businesses by designing and delivering engaging social media strategies and successful business development and publicity programs. Since 2002, I've been a business consultant and coach.

I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area, by way of Seattle this time around (last time it was by way of my hometown of Chicago, IL). I lived in San Francisco 10 years ago after I'd set my sights on living here so I could spend my weekends hugging the nearby redwood trees and during the week work almost exclusively within the innovative and invigorating start up culture that permeates the region. I'm thrilled to be back in the Bay Area and love exploring everything this part of the country has to offer with my husband and creative partner, Keith Kaminski.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey P. Tucker on November 7, 2009
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I just finished reading "I'm at a Networking Event - Now What?" and I have to say, wow, what a book. I network a lot anyway but this little gem showed me how to network better.

Now I know what to do when someone tells me what they are looking for and how I can help them. Because paying it forward is what life is all about now.

If you're a job seeker and you're struggling with social anxiety to enter a room of strangers, read Sandy Jones-Kaminski's terrific book to turn them into your new best friends and allies.

I'd write a longer review but I have an event to go to so I can practice what I learned!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Collins on November 7, 2009
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If you want a great read with awesome advice on networking, then this book is a must on your book shelf.

Sandy offers a truck load of practical "how to" strategies, tips, insights, best practices and examples to illustrate her points.

Her pay-it-forward approach is a revolutionary idea I found especially intriguing.

If you're struggling for ways to expand your professional contacts and relationships, you'll find lots of answers in the pages of this excellent book.

--Alan Collins, former VP HR at PepsiCo & author of "Unwritten HR Rules"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria Beghe on November 11, 2009
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This book is like having your own private networking coach or mentor, and could make for a thoughtful gift for folks you know that

are new to networking, have been scared off from networking events or just aren't used to taking a more relaxed approach to turning

everyday events into "connecting events."

Fun to read, filled with practical & applicable advice, this book is a great addition to your library of EFFECTIVE books related to

building your skill base & broadening your horizons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Hardin on December 1, 2009
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Just read this book and am very impressed with the practical advice that it offers. Sandy does a great job of pointing out tactics that work to make the most of networking situations. She also points out that just about every interaction with others is a networking event. By approaching your day-to-day this way you are casting a wide net. The other thing I really like about this book is that it doesn't just point the reader to online networking sites where friends are easy to come by but hard to leverage. Sandy points out the importance of real world, quality networking interactions over online quantity interactions. All-in-all I think this book will help anyone who wants to be more connected to explore new possibilities in their career or other areas they might be interested in but just don't know the right people yet. I would highly recommend it for someone who is currently unemployed and needs to find a new career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2009
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I have been unemployed for a few months and have been trying to think of new ways to go about my job search. I know in these times the best way to get a job is to network. Networking always makes me a little uncomfortable but this book gave me a lot of good tools to aid me in my networking endeavours.

I also love the "pay it forward" approach Sandy talks about. I love the quote "The idea is to make a conscious effort to increase the goodness of your corner of the world, and networking situations are the ideal environments in which to give it a go." This is so true! Not only are networking events places that you might be able to help your own situation, but you may also be able to help others during the process.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jimsmith41 on January 21, 2010
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For an introvert like myself, this book has been a godsend. Instead of being a wall flower, this book gives you practical advice on what to do at a networking event. I am able to go to these events and come back with four GOOD contacts instead of 20 meaningless business cards.
The best tips are after the networking event in chapter 6. There are examples of how to write an email to make introductions to people who have a common interest, yet do not know each other. This has worked four times for me in the space of two weeks. The best part is that once you have made the introduction, then it is up to them to make it work. This is pat of Sandy's "pay it forward" attitude throughout the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenn Aubert on January 4, 2015
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This is a great read for anyone who wants to really network and come from a place of service. This concise, no-nonsense book helps you prepare for an event (hint: you don't just show up without a plan), navigate the event itself (no looking over other people's shoulders while they talk to you), and great tips on how to appropriately follow up (yes you have to follow up). She even gives great examples of follow-up emails as well as how to introduce people you are connecting. The last chapter explains how she created, and how you can create too, your own Pay It Forward networking events which is a brilliant idea to create meaningful networking events with like-minded, mindful folks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Anderson on November 20, 2009
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I am one of those people who would rather do almost anything than walk into a room filled with people I do not know in an attempt to "network." This book is filled with practical tips that break down the process of networking into manageable steps. The author's insights helped me see that networking is an everyday part of life. The book also described how offering to help others first is an excellent way to build a quality network. As a result of this book, I now have new tools and can see many new possibilities for successful networking. I am actually looking forward to the next event I attend so that I can start putting these great ideas into practice!
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