The Networkers’s Reading List
Successful people are readers. When you get into a reading habit you grow personally and professionally. I would begin reading the following books if you are serious about becoming a Networking Maven:
1. Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton. This book is designed to teach you how to discover your natural talents. Read the first three chapters then take the personality test, which will give you insight on your natural strengths. Mr. Buckingham does a great job explaining how your brain works and how your strengths are developed, then challenges you to spend the rest of your life working and developing those strengths. To build a strong network, you must do it by leveraging your strengths and natural talents. This book is your beginning to a new level in your life.
2. Getting Things Done by David Allen. You must be organized if you plan to make networking a regular habit and to be successful at it. David focuses on the power of making lists and working those lists in the right context. This book is a game changer if you want to be effective in your life and at expanding your network. There is no better book out there, in my opinion, that helps you make some basic changes to get your life on track. He rolls out an awesome three day cleansing program and then provides you with an outstanding system to help you hit the “reset button” and to manage your life in a much more effective way. Doesn’t that sound good?
3. Today Matters by John Maxwell. John is one of my favorite authors and I believe this is the best book out of the 73 books he has authored to date. If the Getting Things Done book is the how, this book by John Maxwell, is the why. John artfully lays out why your actions TODAY are the most important of your life and why it is critical to make quality decisions in your life and then how to manage those decisions on a daily basis, so you can achieve unparalleled success in your life. A networker has to be organized and focused, on a daily basis. This book helps you with that focus.
4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This is a classic, but relevant book on how to properly relate with people. If your goal is to build the best network you can, then you have to relatable. This book teaches you how to be relatable. It is a must read for anyone that plans to make networking a part of their daily habit and with aspirations to take it to the top level. In fact, if you plan to be a success in life, you must learn to play well with others. Get this great book and start learning how to win in life.
5. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. This is the networkers playbook. Keith teaches you how to build a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors. He teaches how to build great success one relationship at a time. I read this book six years ago and is the primary reason I made a decision and commitment to purposefully build a strong network. I am so grateful for this book and use it as a continual reference, so will you.
Make it a habit to read at least 15 minutes a day. Read from the book list, mark them up with notes and highlights, even think about recording yourself reading some of your favorite chapters and listen to the chapters while on the road. That’s right, create your own book on tape and take your life to a new level. The bottom line, make reading a habit, and start today!