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Alana Muller

A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking

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Coffee Lunch Coffee by Alana Muller is a networking guidebook that teaches readers how to build relationships and find career opportunities through intentional networking. It provides easy-to-follow steps and real-life examples to help readers master the art of networking.

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    Networking is a necessary skill to have in order to succeed and goes beyond collecting business cards.

    No matter what industry we work in, networking is an essential skill to possess. In fact, in our fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment, we don’t have the luxury of avoiding it!

    Far from merely an opportunity to collect business cards, networking is about establishing relationships and helping people.

    For example, author and columnist Arianna Huffington once attended an event at a woman’s home in New York City to talk and discuss the challenges women face in the workplace. After her talk, she gave her private email address to everyone in the room. Doing so enabled her to continue the conversation she had started with all the attendees far beyond the meeting.

    To be effective networkers, we must be interested in the people we are talking to, not just in seeing what the other person can do for us. In the long term, helping others offers benefits to both our professional and personal lives.

    Networking is not about the quantity of contacts, but the quality of our relations. It is a skill we need to succeed in life. It acts as a safety net in our evolving work environments and helps us move forward in our jobs.

    We may not all be natural-born professional networkers, but there are tips and tricks that anyone can learn in order to hone these beneficial skills.

    These tips include: making sure you have a 30-second elevator speech where you can quickly and easily introduce who you are and what you do; knowing what resources you can use to network (sites such as and; how to tell your story to really connect with others and how to build your portfolio.

    Getting a good grasp of these techniques can make your career satisfying and challenging.

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    What is Coffee Lunch Coffee about?

    Coffee Lunch Coffee (2012) is a practical guide to networking. Using her personal and professional experience, along with tips and exercises, author Alana Muller demonstrates how to develop networking skills and build lasting relationships that can help us in our personal and professional lives. A must-have for anyone who wants to succeed professionally.

    Coffee Lunch Coffee Review

    Coffee Lunch Coffee (2012) is a practical and valuable book that provides a roadmap for building meaningful professional relationships. Here's why you should read it:

    • It offers easy-to-follow networking strategies that are actionable and effective in expanding your professional circle.
    • Featuring inspiring anecdotes and real-life examples, the book demonstrates how building strong connections can lead to career opportunities.
    • By emphasizing the importance of intentional networking, Coffee Lunch Coffee shows readers how to make networking a natural part of their everyday routine.

    Best quote from Coffee Lunch Coffee

    Networking is part art, part science.

    —Alana Muller
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    Who should read Coffee Lunch Coffee?

    • Anyone who wants to change jobs
    • College graduates looking to find a job
    • Start-ups wanting to increase their number of clients

    About the Author

    Alana Muller is the author and creator of the blog Coffee Lunch Coffee ( and is president of Kauffman FastTrac, a not-for-profit educational organization which helps and trains entrepreneurs. Alana holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, frequently runs business workshops and has contributed to and The Huffington Post.

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    What is the main message of Coffee Lunch Coffee?

    The main message of Coffee Lunch Coffee is the importance of networking and building relationships in your professional life.

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    Is Coffee Lunch Coffee a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Coffee Lunch Coffee is worth reading for its practical advice on networking and relationship-building. It provides actionable tips to enhance your professional life.

    Who is the author of Coffee Lunch Coffee?

    The author of Coffee Lunch Coffee is Alana Muller.

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