Networking is a Contact Sport: How Staying Connected and Serving Others Will Help You Grow Your Business, Expand Your Influence -- or Even Land Your Next Job

Networking is a Contact Sport: How Staying Connected and Serving Others Will Help You Grow Your Business, Expand Your Influence -- or Even Land Your Next Job

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Networking is a Contact Sport: How Staying Connected and Serving Others Will Help You Grow Your Business, Expand Your Influence -- or Even Land Your Next Job by Joe Sweeney


How did Joe Sweeney...

...get Bob Costas to come to Milwaukee (in the middle of winter)?
...become the “wingman” to the archbishop of New York City?
...take Brett Favre’s off-the-field income from $65,000 to more than $4 million?

The answer is simple. Networking.

In this New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestseller, master networker Joe Sweeney shares his networking secrets from a long and successful career as a business owner, sports agent and executive and investment banking consultant. His first secret: master networkers are focused on giving, not getting.

With today’s difficult economy and uncertain workplace, networking has never been more important. Sweeney’s simple but effective 5/10/15 networking plan will give you a leg up in the current job market, help you stay employed, or, if you’ve been laid off, find your next job. The cliché that who you know is more important than what you know has never been truer. Sweeney illustrates his insights with dozens of helpful examples from his own life (along with a few fascinating insider sports stories).

With special sections on networking for women and minorities, insights into the usefulness (and handicaps) of social networking sites, how to get (and why you need) a wingman and profiles of other master networkers, Networking Is a Contact Sport is a practical and essential guide for anyone who wants to get ahead in today’s economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936661176
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 325,601
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joe Sweeney is a businessman, entrepreneur, former sports agent, investment banker and author.

For 28 years, Joe has built a career by combining his love of business and his passion for sports. Joe brings an extensive background in hands-on business experience. Joe has owned and operated four manufacturing companies and has more than three decades experience in the business and sports worlds. Prior to acquiring an equity position in Corporate Financial Advisors, a middle-market investment banking firm, Joe founded and was president of SMG, a sports management firm that specializes in assisting and representing coaches and athletes including three-time MVP, Brett Favre. Joe was also president of the Wisconsin Sports Authority and serves or has served on 23 boards of directors.
Joe received his BA from St. Mary's College and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

He has used his 28 years of business experience as a master networker in the sports and business worlds.

Mike Yorkey is the author, editor, or collaborator of more than seventy books. He lives in the San Diego area with his wife, Nicole.

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shoprdoc More than 1 year ago
This is a great book which deserves a place on the bookshelf next to "How to Win Friends and Influence People". As a female physician who struggles a bit in the social arena, I wish someone would have given me this information sooner, saving me some angst over the years. The underlying message of the book is about making positive communication changes and emphasizing important life skills. These tenants are presented in a highly approachable and easy to understand manner. Knowledge gained in several of the book chapters including "Search for Significance", "Art of Networking" and "Working a Room" makes the investment of purchasing and reading this book a bargain. Joe Sweeney's life anecdotes make for an interesting and entertaining read. Here's hoping someday I will have a "wing-man or woman" like Joe! Highly Recommend!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe Sweeney shares his networking experiences in warm, personal stories that show how the process works. Reading and using the steps outlined in this book will allow you to network on a new, higher level. It is a must read for professionals.
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I haven't yet finished this book by Joe Sweeney, but I have been greatly enjoying it, thus far. I'm currently unemployed, and a shy, tentative networker at times. That may be one reason why I am still unemployed. But I'm gradually shedding the shyness, more and more. This book by Mr. Sweeney doesn't fail to inspire and motivate! I love the stories and tips. I am working through enlisting his techniques, and in becoming better at this "sport (it really is a "contact sport" -- his title is ingenious)." I have recommended this book to lots of people already, and would highly recommend it to everyone, regadless of employment status. If I could give it 10 stars, I would. Buy it!!! :-) You won't be sorry. When I can, I plan to buy copies to give as gifts, as I do with other books that have so positively impacted my life.
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CSENYC More than 1 year ago
I'm in a business in which I have to develop clients- this book gives some practical steps about how to network. Some of them- such as clipping articles from the paper and mailing them to the person mentioned in them- seem hokey, but some seem practical (have 5 contacts, 10 letters/emails and 15 phone calls a day).
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DownHomeGeorgia More than 1 year ago
This book was highly recommended to me and I do love this book. It's worth buying, but it's a high price (maybe for the paperback??). For an ebook I liked Michael Patrick's Blueprint for Billionaires.