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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.

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  • File Size: 943 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press (April 19, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 19, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TH0XI4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jade Craven on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sage Lawson on August 27, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ana on January 23, 2013
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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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Will Anderson on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cris on August 10, 2013
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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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By Amazon Customer on 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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I downloaded Networking Fundamentals because I enjoy Colin's work and wanted to read his thoughts and advice on networking. For the price of $0.99 you'll receive a lot of helpful advice from someone who has a lot of networking experience. It isn't "Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferrazzi in regards to depth but Colin still gives the reader great fundimentals for those starting out and good reminders for those who have a bit more networking experience. Some of the advice can be a bit obvious but not so much to others.

This book is for those wanting to support and inspirational entrepreneur. If you need a refresher on priorities and a good point of view on social circles & networking this is for you. Common it's only 99 cents!

This book is not for those with "know it all" attitudes or those not willing to give his advice a try. Those who take "I'm a very shy introvert and don't ever want to change that" to heart will be wasting their time.
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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. It goes without saying that Colin has a unique style of writing and outlook on marketing and it really shines through in this book. Networking is simple (like most things in life) but it isn't easy; this book outlines some great pieces of advice and thoughts on 'networking awesomely' and making the process easier. And it's $1.23 (77p)-money better spent than spending money on the 'conventional' ways of networking.

Furthermore, it wasn't until I started writing and set up my blog that I realised we're all in the business of marketing and networking. Networking doesn't just apply to business, it applies to your every day social interactions. Why wouldn't you want to get better at that?
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