Summary of Networlding

Building Relationships and Opportunities for Success

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Networlding book summary
If networking strikes you as superficial and shallow, try networlding instead — building a circle of people who share similar values and purposes, and who help each other because they want to.


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Tired of schmoozing at cheesy networking functions? Would you rather strangle that next contact than give him your business card? Authors Melissa Giovagnoli and Jocelyn Carter-Miller offer a better way to do business. They advise you to build relationships for long-term mutual gain, not short-term self-interest. This shouldn’t be a revolutionary concept. But, as the authors persuasively argue, business relationships often suffer due to narrow, short-term thinking. While the authors occasionally repeat themselves, the writing is lively and full of concrete examples that can help you develop deeper business relationships. getAbstract recommends it to anyone who wants to develop more meaningful, productive connections for fun, profit and purpose.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What networlding is
  • Why networlding demands hard work, open communication and honesty
  • Which seven steps you can take to improve your networlding technique


Networking by Networlding
You already know about networking. It’s a process not unlike a mass mailing: You hand out your business card to everyone you meet in hopes that you’ll strike up a lucrative relationship. Many times, networking leads to stress and fatigue. The line separating our...
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About the Authors

Melissa Giovagnoli co-authored The Power of Two and Make Your Connections Count. She is the founder of, an online community for socially responsible businesspeople. Jocelyn Carter-Miller has been an executive and vice president and chief marketing officer of Motorola. She has an accounting degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Both authors live in Illinois.

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