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Business Networking Tips – An A to Z Guide

Clinton White HouseThe Bill Clinton Guide to Networking – in this post, I share what I learned working in the Clinton White House from one of the most talented networkers of all time (no matter what side of the aisle you are on), Bill Clinton.


  • The most powerful and effective networking techniques Bill Clinton used in the Oval Office
  • Clinton’s strategy for using handwritten notes
  • how to make other people feel invested in your success by soliciting their input

how to network, networking strategies, customer relationship manager, customer relationship management definition, customer relationship management systemHow to Network Effectively Using Follow-Up’s – sending follow-ups to people you meet is one of the best things you can do to broaden your network. I show you how to manage follow-ups over time in a way that is easy and pain-free.

Key Points:

  • the two free features you can use to turbo-charge networking
  • a “shortcut” that will quickly accelerate the effectiveness of your LinkedIn networking
  • how to automate your follow-ups

how-to-network-at-an-eventHow to Network At an Event – going to face-to-face networking events is one of the most effective strategies for growing your business and advancing your career. Even in today’s social media-obsessed day and age, getting out from behind the laptop and meeting people in person is crucially important.

Key points:

  • you must have a positive attitude going into a ace-to-face networking event
  • research other attendees in advance so you make the most effective use of your time & know who to talk to
  • set a goal for each networking event of a certain number of business cards collected, people met, or follow up appointments set.

If you want to know how to network for business, copy politicians.How to Network for Business – some of the most skilled networkers are politicians, whose careers live and die on the strength of their network. That’s why you can learn a lot about how to network for business by studying politicians.

Key points:

  • put together a networking list of 50+ people who you want to get to know.
  • ditch the “me first” attitude and make friends first.
  • when networking, be yourself. Don’t be a watered-down, sanitized version of yourself.
  • deepen relationships with people who you are networking with by asking about their families

Recommended Reading

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (referral link)
    • The Impact Equation by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith (referral link)