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Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide For Master Networking (Shawnee Mission, KS: Alana Muller Enterprises, LLC, 2012)

Learn How To Build A “Network of Supportive Relationships”

Truth be told, I’m not a fan of the word “networking”. However, I’m a huge fan of what the word represents and how vitally important the process of building relationships is for our social lives, for our careers, and for our businesses. I’m also a long-time fan of the idea that the activity of connecting with others should always be done from a win-win perspective.

These reasons, and others, are why I’m recommending this excellent book written by consultant, speaker, and coach, Alana Muller. Alana is a person who walks the talk. Her thinking aligns with mine, and she is always looking for ways to help the folks who she’s connected with. I like her, I like her approach and I like this book. 

If you’re serious about learning how to reach out to others and build what I like to call a “network of supportive relationships”, this book should be on your reading list. Alana’s blog is also a great resource.

Note: Sometimes I get pushback from engineers around this topic. This is a real shame because relationships are key to doing remarkable engineering. This is something Professor James Trevelyan speaks directly to in his new book, The Making of An Expert Engineer. I’ll be blogging more about it in the future.

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