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Networking Awesomely (The Least You Need to Know) [Kindle Edition]

Colin Wright
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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“Colin takes a look at effective networking techniques that are equal parts entertaining and practical. He not only shows how to network awesomely but points out many of the common pitfalls that people make by “networking douchebaggedly” [and I thought all the variations of douchebag had been uses up]. Colin employs the help of countless other bloggers to weigh in with their thoughts on networking & the result is something nothing short of remarkable. Well done Colin!” – Joel Runyon | Blog Of Impossible Things

“Honestly? Networking Awesomely defied my expectations. I went in expecting a comprehensive manual on the intricacies of business networking, but came out feeling like I’d just read an enthusiastic how-to guide on life. Looking beyond the networking terminology, what you’ve crafted here reads like a pretty slick primer on just being awesome – being the kind of person who can captive a room and establish lasting friendships everywhere he goes. Those are the kind of goals most people shoot for, and certainly something I myself aspire to, so it’s delightful to see the means and the method laid out so easily on the page. Hell, you make it all sound so easy. No coincidence, then, that easy might be the best word for it.

Boiled down, the book is just easy – easy to read, easy to digest, and easy to enjoy, the combination of which makes for an inspiring piece of work. I want to go out and meet people. I want to cultivate this vast network of friends from all over the world, and maybe this is the first time I realized that goal is absolutely within my grasp.” – Matt Madeiro | Three New Leaves

“The thing that strikes me the most about Networking Awesomely is how the title doesn’t even come close to doing this eBook justice; its scope spans far greater than just networking. Networking Awesomely is a powerful collection of human psychological and sociological insights that Colin applies in a practical manner, showing readers how to leverage such truths in a way that will essentially get people places they want to go. And isn’t that what we all want? To reach our goals in the shortest amount of time, and in the best way possible? From this perspective, Colin’s book is actually about something far greater than networking–it’s about getting out there and learning how to become a mover and a shaker in order to proactively take control over your life. From advice to tips to tricks to personal stories from other kings and queens of networking, Colin’s eBook is definitely a must-read for anyone looking to get up out of their seat and make things happen. Hell, I’m jealous I didn’t write the thing.” – Ash Ambirge | The Middle Finger Project

In this ebook, I propose a new kind of networking strategy: one that involves creating much stronger bonds, better social habits, a more fulfilling approach to life and a more valuable network. I’ll give you tips, tricks, philosophies and stories that will help you become a better networker.

Not only that, but I’ve convinced 26 of the people who’s networking skills I respect the most (from all different walks of life, industries and lifestyles) to share their own experiences and advice.

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About the Author

Colin Wright is the author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler behind the blog ExileLifestyle.com, where he writes for an audience of nearly 2 million readers, on topics ranging from philosophy to publishing, long-term travel to all-in entrepreneurship. He also speaks and teaches workshops internationally, generally on work/lifestyle-balance, the business of being a creative person, branding, modern publishing, and how to do what you love for for a living.

At 24, Colin was running a successful branding studio in Los Angeles and living the 'American Dream,' when he decided that dream wasn't all it was cracked up to be. After scaling down his business and getting rid of everything he owned that wouldn't fit into a carry-on bag, he hit the road and began a lifestyle focused on new experiences and novel perspectives. For over four years, he's moved to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers.

Colin has been featured in an interviewed by hundreds of TV shows, magazines, newspapers, podcasts, blogs, and other media around the world. He's written both fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, and is probably one of the biggest book geeks you'll ever meet.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2506 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ebookling (April 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TH0XI4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,974 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite primer to networking February 11, 2012
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I'm known as a connector/networker and have read a lot of books on the subject but often feel dissatisfied. I don't work in a corporate environment, nor do I want to connect in a way that makes me feel uncomfortable.

Colin focuses on friendships first and being valuable. It's not gor everyone, but it's a way of networking that will resonate with most people. It pretty much describes my own approach - something I've been struggling to articulate.

He also covers the very real issues you will face when you combine work and friendship, such as sex and excessive drinking. This is the type of advice that can really help your career in the long term, and it's available for less then $1.

Loved it - brilliant work!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please... June 13, 2012
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Did I really just buy a book that told me to party more so I can make more friends / "connections"... Really? Now I know why this guy is wealthy... I feel like I've been pickpocketed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Rose
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Basically, a guide to the author's unconventional/modern/gen Y view on networking, business, and related topics.

There was some interesting points, and I think it's worth the 99 cents for the author's energetic perspective on life and business alone. I found myself wondering at a few stages whether it was worth the time to read it, though... at times it all just came across a bit self congratulatory, repetitive, and/or obvious. Some savage editing might have condensed the valuable points and made the whole thing a bit more worthwhile.

I think that young people really interested in business, self promotion and personal branding will find this a moderately entertaining and worthwhile read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not for introverts January 23, 2013
By Ana
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This book was written from an extrovert`s perspective, and for extroverts. As an introverted person, I feel uneasy with making best friends with people that I just met, or even with inviting some one for coffee. Therefore, most of the advice in this book does not apply to myself.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern take on networking with many great contributors December 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed the fresh perspectives in this book. It was great to read tips from many other interesting networkers other than Colin, too.

Well-written and includes just about everything you need to now about networking in our modern world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read March 17, 2014
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Colin presents a lot of great points that are easy to digest and simple to understand. I would totally recommend this to someone looking to build their network.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful insight August 10, 2013
By Cris
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Like all the endorsing stories about people from all different areas of life and their way of networking.
I like how it tries to discern real useful networking from the "corporate" soulless networking that I've always hated that is only small necessary talk just to convince people to take your business cards and then annoy them with phone calls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed June 2, 2013
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Everything I've ever previously read about networking was all about getting around a room throwing out as many of your business cards as possible. As someone who is shy, no wonder I hated the thought of networking, and was only willing to buy this book because of the reduced price. In retrospect I'd have been willing to pay the previous full price or close to it. I was quite surprised to find myself enjoying reading a book about networking - I had given up on any material about networking being of any use to me.

The approach of this book feels very different to my previous reading about networking.

The author focuses a great deal on building genuine relationships and avoids a friendship-pushing approach. There is also quite a bit of material on building your "personal brand" that somehow manages to not sound fake and image-obsessed but more like being mindful about how others see you. He devotes a lot of space to communication and self-presentation that feels like an analytical breakdown of how networking situations operate and what "output" to expect given certain "input".

I appreciated the specifics about social interactions, even if some of it did irritate me. For example, the author discusses how being a picky eater can make a bad impression. I like eating most things, but I have allergies to common restaurant ingredients. The author didn't discuss allergies, but for me the thought followed anyway, and I didn't like the thought that avoiding things that make me unwell can make a bad impression. Except that it can - quite few people don't take allergies seriously and classify the person as a picky eater, which in turn looks bad. So maybe I shouldn't fault the author for basically saying it like it is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
Colin's ebook on Networking is presented naturally without sounding sleazy.
This is something that anyone can pick up, and become more comfortable with networking in a manner... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Daven M Bhatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Good on Process, Lacking on Examples
The book's strong points lie in its ability to encourage and motivate a reader to become more active in their networking as well as its ability to clearly define a plan of action. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ImNotMad_Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Colin Wright: My Role Model
It may be the fact that we are similar in age, or circumstance as I perceive it, or simply that I can truly relate to and understand (however hard it may be sometimes) the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars The only book on networking you'll need
I hadn't read any books on networking prior to reading this and subsequently I don't intend on doing so. I'm an avid reader of Colin Wright and really dig his personal brand. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jordan Ayres
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomely Honest Read!
Colin has an ability to recognize the truth about some of life's more challenging situations, aka meeting people when you feel awkward about it; and as a result he is able to write... Read more
Published 18 months ago by TML Writes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips, a bit long
First of all, this was a great read and I highly recommend checking it out.

The way of networking presented is not for everyone - but even the most reclusive person... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Stephen Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Grrrreat and entertaining networking guide !
I first bought this networking guide in its PDF form. Since I liked it soo much, I had to buy it for my Kindle as well. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mars Dorian
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Colin Wright is an author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler. He moves to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers, and is the co-founder of Asymmetrical Press.

Colin has been featured through his work and interviews on hundreds of TV stations, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and podcasts, worldwide.

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