Networking Resources for Choices Conference

by Jennifer Miller on March 10, 2011

in Communication, Personal Effectiveness

Today I facilitated a break-out session on the topic of networking at the Choices Conference in Lansing, Michigan.  Many thanks to Paul McConaughy for introducting me to the Michigan Nutrition Network , the organization sponsoring the conference. While preparing for the session, I revisited some of my favorite books on creating connections. I also found several great new resources.

I provided this link to the conference attendees as a way of extending their learning beyond our 90 minutes together. (If you’re a Choices participant reading this— hello! Thanks for attending my session.)

Here’s a round-up of blog posts and books that you might want to check out to further your quest of creating a healthy network.

My blog posts on networking:

What Savvy Networkers Know

What’s Your Networking Style?

Networking Inside The Company Walls

Books on Networking:

Make Your Contacts Count – by Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon. I first read this book many years ago. It’s been revised and reissued and is one of the most comprehensive, pragmatic treatments of the topic of networking that I’ve seen.

Networking Like a Pro – by Ivan Misner. This one is for very serious networkers—people willing to make it a daily part of their lives. It’s written by the founder of BNI, which bills itself as the “world’s largest business networking organization”. If you’ve ever struggled at going to public networking events, Chapter 11, “Joining the Crowd” is worth the price of the book.

The Networking Survival Guide – by Diane Darling. Full of excellent graphics, humorous anecdotes and lots of worksheets and charts, this is a great resource for people wondering, “how do I get started?”

The Ripple Effect – by Steve Harper. This book is less about the mechanics of networking and more about the go-give mindset needed to create what Harper calls “positive ripples”. I loved that imagery and really enjoyed the message of the book.

Updated 3-11-11:

Roy Atkinson’s podcast on making the most of your conference experience.  Roy is a senior writer at HDI, an IT member services organization. He’s knows networking and has a fantastic sense of humor to boot. Give his podcast a listen.

What other resources can you recommend on creating positive professional connections? Add them in the comments box. I’d love to hear from you!

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Jacquie LaFay March 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Thank you for posting your resources Jennifer. I truly enjoyed your session at the conference. I have already shared a great deal of tips and information learned from your session with a couple of my colleagues.

Jennifer March 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm


Thanks for stopping by The People Equation– and for your help with my index card activity yesterday!

So very glad that my information was useful to you!

All the best to you.

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