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Networking Is a Contact Sport: How Staying Connected and Serving Others Will Help You Grow Your Business, Expand Your Influence -- or Even Land Your Next Job Kindle Edition
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Bob Costas, Broadcaster
Joe Sweeney’s networking skills helped to significantly increase my off-the-field income.”
Brett Favre, Three-time NFL MVP and Future NFL Hall of Famer
Joe Sweeney is right. Networking is one of the most crucial aspects of being successful in any workplace. Cultivating personal and business relationships both inside and outside of your workplace will lead to more contacts and greater opportunities.”
Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball
Joe has taught me the value of having a wingman’ in your life. I thank God and my Guardian Angel for protecting me, and having Joe watching out for me during my time in Milwaukee was a blessing, too.”
The Most Rev. Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York City
Joe Sweeney has grasped what it means to network in both the black and the white environment. If you follow the advice in Networking Is a Contact Sport, it will help you to transcend racial differences and succeed in any work situation.”
Ulice Payne, Businessman; Entrepreneur; and former President of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club
When you think about it, life is all about relationships, both personal and professional ones. But relationships don't just happen by themselves. Many have to be pursued, and that's where Joe's book, Networking Is a Contact Sport, comes into play. A great read that proves that networking is hard work but well worth the while."
Bill Perez, Former CEO of S.C. Johnson & Son, Nike, Inc., and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
I teach Joe Sweeney’s networking philosophy to all four thousand of our employees. I am reminded every day that they work. The Joe Sweeney way works.”
Bob Trunzo, Chief Operating Officer, CUNA Mutual Insurance
Broadcasting is a people business. Contacts, sources, connections, relationshipsthat’s networking, and that’s where Joe’s expertise has helped me.”
John Anderson, ESPN SportsCenter Anchor
Joe Sweeney has shown that no matter your background, there are universal keys to successful networking.”
Virgis Colbert, Retired Executive Vice President, Miller Brewing Company; voted Top 50 Executives in America” by Ebony and Fortune magazines
Joe’s networking advice has helped me in recruiting for decades.”
Barry Alvarez, Athletic Director and former Head Football Coach at the University of Wisconsin
The concepts in Networking Is a Contact Sport have helped me in my post-Olympic years.”
Bonnie Blair, Five-time Olympic Gold Medal Speed Skater
"Networking Is a Contact Sport speaks volumes for the value of connecting with others. Joe Sweeney’s principles will enhance your relationships, your business, your career, and your life."
Robin Yount, Two-time Major League Baseball MVP
Practicing the networking skills that Joe Sweeney teaches in this book will give anyone from any walk of life the abilities they need to find their own personal success.”
Bo Ryan, Head Basketball Coach at the University of Wisconsin
Joe Sweeney taught me the networking skills necessary for me to succeed in the business world after my football career. Networking Is a Contact Sport details the lessons I learned from Joe as he helped me succeed both on and off the gridiron.”
LeRoy Butler, Former Green Bay Packer All-Pro Safety and Entrepreneur
Everything I know about the world of networking stems from Joe Sweeney’s philosophynetworking truly is a place where you go to give, not to get. Joe’s networking advice has helped us here at OneCoach.”
John Assaraf, President and CEO of OneCoach and New York Times bestselling author of The Answer
Joe Sweeney’s networking ability helped put a spotlight on all Wisconsin sports.”
Gov. Tommy Thompson, Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Governor of Wisconsin
There aren’t many people who have the heart and mind of Joe Sweeney, and there are even fewer who have his integrity. The ultimate coach, Joe wants everybody to win.”
Lesley Visser, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster and first female NFL analyst on TV
On the field or off the field, networking is a place where you go to give, not to get. If you follow the guidelines in Networking Is a Contact Sport, you will find success, regardless if you are a beginning entrepreneur or a CEO.”
Dan Jansen, Olympic Gold Medal Speed Skater
I preach Joe Sweeney’s networking advice to all of my employees. I know that if they practice his rules of networking in our work environment, then our company will continue to enjoy success.”
John Shiely, Chairman of Briggs & Stratton
Joe has nailed it! If I had met Joe when we were selling millions of copies of For Dummies books, I would have signed him to write Networking for Dummies. In this book, Joe gives you a gift that keeps on giving. Apply his principles and watch your business grow.”
John Kilcullen, Creator and Publisher of the For Dummies Series
The concepts in Networking Is a Contact Sport have helped Kohl’s Department Store become a national powerhouse in the retailing industry.”
Larry Montgomery, Retired Chairman and CEO of Kohl’s Department Store
Joe gives new and valuable insight to many of the concepts I offered up in my New York Times bestseller Never Eat Alone. Networking Is a Contact Sport is an outstanding tool for any person who wants to become a master networker.”
Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight
About the Author
For 28 years, Joe has built a career by combining his love of business and his passion for sports. Joe brings an extensive background in hands-on business experience. Joe has owned and operated four manufacturing companies and has more than three decades experience in the business and sports worlds. Prior to acquiring an equity position in Corporate Financial Advisors, a middle-market investment banking firm, Joe founded and was president of SMG, a sports management firm that specializes in assisting and representing coaches and athletes including three-time MVP, Brett Favre. Joe was also president of the Wisconsin Sports Authority and serves or has served on 23 boards of directors.
Joe received his BA from St. Mary's College and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
He has used his 28 years of business experience as a master networker in the sports and business worlds.
Mike Yorkey is the author, editor, or collaborator of more than seventy books. He lives in the San Diego area with his wife, Nicole.
- ASIN : B0042JSRSW
- Publisher : BenBella Books (October 5, 2010)
- Publication date : October 5, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 2727 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 258 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #866,321 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So would I recommend the book? If you can get it from your library, sure. I don't think it's worth spending money on, though.
Top reviews from other countries
"If you've been laid off, I'll describe how networking can get you back on your feet, and if you're a woman, I'll show you how you can network even if you're not playing in corporate golf outing." Um, why am I not playing in the corporate golf outing?
On the subject of the economy, "I've counseled a lot of depressed men the last couple of years and..." The author is not a counselor. The context is that men have been affected by the economic downturn thru job loss etc.
There are many more examples indicating that men are the ones who have the careers, while women are wives and mothers. All of his examples of actual scenarios of networking situations feature men. Women show up as secretaries and assistants.
Later in the book he launches into explanations on how men are different from women. He seems to patronizingly suggest that women actually are better at networking because of our biological attributes towards being supportive etc, but golly, what is a guy to do?
And I never did read how to network even though I as a woman naturally wouldn't be golfing in the corporate outing.
For someone who counsels his readers to keep up with current events, he certainly hasn't done the same, unless he's getting his news from The Donna Reed Show.
To be fair, I stopped reading halfway through. So this review only pertains to the first half of the book. The reading experience was just too annoying. It was obvious that the author did not intend this book for me. And it's a shame because every other aspect of the book is useful and delightful.
You might wonder why I couldn't just read the book, keep what's useful, and ignore the rest. I tried. And I did gather many great tidbits that I will put to use.... that is, if I can get all this typing done before I have to go make coffee for my boss.