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Networking Fundamentals [Kindle Edition]

Colin Wright
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The first edition of this book was titled Networking Awesomely, in part because I thought networking was awesome, in part because I was very excited to be publishing a book. Truth be told, it was all I could do to keep myself from adding an exclamation point to an already enthusiastic moniker.

Now, a little older, a little wiser, and with far more books under my belt, I’ve returned to rewrite this title. The aim was to share essentially the same ideas, but present them in a less repetitive, more concise and digestible fashion. I also wanted to publish something with superior editing and formatting, and a reduction in verbiage.

Despite the change in name, presentation, and words I use to describe the concepts, I still believe the ideas presented in the following pages are awesome and worth sharing. They were revelatory to me as I picked them up over the years, and I still receive a large number of emails and in-person thanks when on tour from readers who gleaned helpful tidbits, and sometimes grand umbrella-concepts, that helped them grok what it is to build healthy, helpful, and long-lasting relationships with other people.

I hope you find some value in these ideas, too.

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About the Author

Colin Wright is the author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler behind the blog, 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: 943 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press (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: #268,742 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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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8 of 11 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars What You Need To Know July 4, 2014
By Lauryn
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Colin's writing is fantastic because it is very personable and makes you want to keep reading. This book is especially helpful for college students who are just starting to network because it has some great tips.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A millennial's approach to networking... June 20, 2014
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As the millennial generation is beginning to flood our workforce the way we manage, market, work and even networking is rapidly changing. This book offers a fresh perspective on networking and how to approach it with more meaning. For those of us still struggling with the networking piece of our career Wright outlines a more natural way of developing these skills. Some of his advice is classic, common sense stuff (I.e. don't get drunk), but still a good reminder. Overall, very good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful read
This book caused me to be more introspective in my business pursuits. I have always been uncomfortable with networking, but Colin's perspective has shed a new light in the concept. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fundimentals & Good Reminders
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kevin Post
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
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.
Published 14 months ago by Pat Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed
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. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 on April 11, 2013 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 on February 7, 2013 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 on December 20, 2012 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 on December 4, 2012 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 on October 8, 2012 by TML Writes
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More About the Author

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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