The best 43 Networking books

Start-up of You

Start-up of You

Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
4.4 (142 ratings)

What's Start-up of You about?

The Start-Up of You (2012) is a guide to how you can leverage strategies used by start-ups in your own career: being adaptable, building relationships and pursuing breakout opportunities.

In a world where entire industries are being ravaged by global competition and traditional career paths are fast becoming dead-ends, everyone needs to hustle like an entrepreneur.

Who should read Start-up of You?

  • Anyone who wants to understand what the right career is for them and how to achieve it
  • Professionals who are considering a career or industry change
  • Professionals who want to leverage their network more effectively

Give and Take

Give and Take

Adam Grant
A Revolutionary Approach to Success
4.4 (283 ratings)

What's Give and Take about?

Give and Take offers a breath of fresh air to traditional theories of what it takes to be successful. Backed by ground-breaking research, Give and Take demonstrates how giving more to others, rather than competing against them, may be the secret to profound success and fulfillment.

Who should read Give and Take?

  • Anyone who wants to understand how those who give become so successful
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to influence others without being domineering
  • Anyone who suffers from burnout by giving too much to others

Never Eat Alone

Never Eat Alone

Keith Ferrazzi
And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
4.4 (249 ratings)

What's Never Eat Alone about?

In Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi, a successful businessman and marketing expert, takes us through the secrets to successful networking. He focuses on building lasting relationships rather than merely exchanging business cards, which seems to be many people’s idea of networking today. He summarizes his findings in a system of tried and tested methods. 

Who should read Never Eat Alone?

  • Anyone who wants to know what really constitutes good networking
  • Anyone who wants to know how to best achieve their goals
  • Anyone with a general interest in career advice and soft skills

Trust Agents

Trust Agents

Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust
3.8 (6 ratings)

What's Trust Agents about?

Trust Agents describes how anyone can use the web to become a trust agent – meaning someone who is well-versed in the tools of the web and who is very influential and trusted because of this.

Who should read Trust Agents?

  • Anyone who wants to understand what successful marketing looks like in the internet age
  • Anyone who wants to greatly expand their influence



Rom and Ori Brafman
4.1 (82 ratings)

What's Click about?

Click (2010) delves into the miraculous topic of quick-set intimacy and explores what’s at work when we’re instantly drawn to some person or thing. It examines how and why clicking makes our life more meaningful and outlines the (very ordinary) factors that can make such “magical” connections more likely.

Who should read Click?

  • Anyone who has always wondered about the hidden dynamics of love at first sight
  • Anyone striving to establish more meaningful relationships in their everyday life
  • Anyone working with teams and trying to enable them to perform better

Secrets of Dynamic Communication

Secrets of Dynamic Communication

Ken Davis
Prepare with focus, deliver with clarity, speak with power
4.0 (64 ratings)

What's Secrets of Dynamic Communication about?

Secrets of Dynamic Communication explains how to prepare and present a speech effectively. Through the author’s own SCORRE-method, we are guided through the six key components of a successful speech: subject, central theme, objective, rationale, resources and evaluation.

Who should read Secrets of Dynamic Communication?

  • Students and teachers
  • Pastors, executives and coaches
  • Anyone who wants to master public speaking

Coffee Lunch Coffee

Coffee Lunch Coffee

Alana Muller
A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking
4.0 (95 ratings)

What's 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.

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

Becoming the Boss

Becoming the Boss

Lindsey Pollak
New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders
3.6 (35 ratings)

What's Becoming the Boss about?

Becoming the Boss presents the potential hurdles for leaders in our modern era and some useful tips on how to tackle them. Pollak explains some fundamental principles that will help anyone to, not only become a leader, but to excel in their new role. Pollak also summarizes some new best practices for managing employees and advises on professional networking and personal growth.

Who should read Becoming the Boss?

  • Anyone interested in startups
  • Young people in leadership roles
  • Anyone studying business

The Career Playbook

The Career Playbook

James M. Citrin
Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional
3.9 (66 ratings)

What's The Career Playbook about?

The Career Playbook (2015) is based on interviews with top professionals as well as a survey of thousands of graduates and young professionals. It offers valuable advice for launching and building a strong career; by acquiring the right skills, building the right network and presenting yourself well, you’ll be on your way in no time.

Who should read The Career Playbook?

  • People hoping to launch their career
  • Seekers of new job experience and skills
  • Those wanting to stand out among other job candidates

Mastermind Dinners

Mastermind Dinners

Jayson Gaignard
Build Lifelong Relationships by Connecting Experts, Influencers and Linchpins
3.9 (26 ratings)

What's Mastermind Dinners about?

In Mastermind Dinners (2015), author Jayson Gaignard introduces an innovative way to build networks that last, by inviting influencers and high-level executives to dinner. As a mastermind dinner host, you open up a whole new world of networking possibilities through gathering interesting people around a table to share a meal and connect meaningfully with each other.

Who should read Mastermind Dinners?

  • Entrepreneurs looking for new ways to network
  • Business owners wanting to expand their industry contacts
  • Conference organizers looking to create off-site events

Strategic Connections

Strategic Connections

Anne Baber, Lynne Waymon, André Alphonso and Jim Wylde
The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative World
3.9 (67 ratings)

What's Strategic Connections about?

Strategic Connections (2015) offers practical tips on developing the skills to become an effective networker. In an increasingly connected world, networking has never been more important. Find out which skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the new collaborative workplace.

Who should read Strategic Connections?

  • Anyone who wants to improve their networking skills
  • Good networkers who want to keep expanding their contacts
  • Skeptical professionals who think networking isn’t important for their field



Joseph McCormack
Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less
4.5 (92 ratings)

What's Brief about?

Brief (2014) is a guide to having more impact and influence by saying less. These blinks show the reader the power of brevity in the information age, explain the barriers to being brief and give helpful instructions on how to improve your communication while saving your own time and everybody else’s.

Who should read Brief?

  • Anyone interested in improving their communication skills
  • Those wanting to grab the attention of others
  • Business leaders whose ideas need to stand out

StrengthsFinder 2.0

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Tom Rath
4.0 (137 ratings)

What's StrengthsFinder 2.0 about?

In StrengthsFinder 2.0 (2007) you’ll learn how to identify your skills and develop them to your advantage. Tom Rath presents a powerful framework to both cultivate your potential and match your strengths to your profession.

Who should read StrengthsFinder 2.0?

  • People unsure of which field to work in
  • Anyone who wants to better understand their co-workers
  • Employers who want to better harness their employees’ potential

Love is the Killer App

Love is the Killer App

Tim Sanders
How to Win Business and Influence Friends
4.3 (29 ratings)

What's Love is the Killer App about?

Love Is the Killer App (2003) is a guide to career success in changing times. The secret? Love and compassion. These blinks explain how love – in the business sense – can help you be smart, generous and compassionate while achieving your goals in both life and work.

Who should read Love is the Killer App?

  • Anybody struggling with workplace relationships
  • People who want to know how practicing interpersonal abilities can boost their careers
  • Managers and team leaders searching for strategies to ignite synergistic energy

How to Be a Power Connector

How to Be a Power Connector

Judy Robinett
The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits
4.2 (46 ratings)

What's How to Be a Power Connector about?

How to Be a Power Connector (2014) offers a hands-on introduction to networking in the modern business world. By laying out the theory behind strong networking and providing practical tips for turning theory into practice, this book sets you on your way to achieving your career goals.

Who should read How to Be a Power Connector?

  • Anyone who wants to build a better network
  • People who want to climb the career ladder
  • Those wanting to improve their business relationships



Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick
How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace
3.9 (69 ratings)

What's Stretch about?

Stretch (2015) is about the art of growing your career in ways that will make you an in-demand force in an increasingly unpredictable economy. There’s very little you can take for granted in these chaotic times, but there are reliable methods you can use today to help ensure work for you tomorrow. No one wants to be left behind. Be proactive and make yourself indispensable no matter what the future has in store.

Who should read Stretch?

  • Anyone preparing for the future
  • Entrepreneurs who want to be more adaptable
  • Unemployed people hoping to find new purpose in their work

Smarter Faster Better

Smarter Faster Better

Charles Duhigg
The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
4.1 (397 ratings)

What's Smarter Faster Better about?

Smarter Faster Better (2016) combines personal stories and business research to show that being productive isn’t just about managing your to-do list, but about making the right choices and maintaining the right mindset. These blinks offer advice on how to stay motivated, keep yourself on track and work in teams effectively to maximize your creativity, productivity and success.

Who should read Smarter Faster Better?

  • Leaders looking to motivate a team
  • Business people who want to energize a company or employees
  • Anyone with a serious, long-term goal

Radical Collaboration

Radical Collaboration

James W. Tamm and Ronald J. Luyet
Five Essential Skills to Overcome Defensiveness and Build Successful Relationships
4.1 (56 ratings)

What's Radical Collaboration about?

Radical Collaboration (2004) offers invaluable methods to help you build effective and high-functioning collaborative relationships, as well as strategies to manage any kind of conflict that you might run into. At the heart of these methods are five skills that can turn anyone into a better teammate and turn any organization into an efficient and productive partnership.

Who should read Radical Collaboration?

  • Business leaders
  • Managers and teammates
  • Readers interested in becoming better collaborators



Scott Sonenshein
Unlock The Power of Less and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined
4.1 (37 ratings)

What's Stretch about?

Stretch (2017) is your guide to discovering your true creative potential. These blinks will teach you how to identify the resources, both internal and external, that you need to unlock new possibilities, reach for the stars and excel at life.  

Who should read Stretch?

  • Entrepreneurs in search of new strategic approaches
  • People who think that more is always better
  • Business people stuck in a creative rut

Communicate to Influence

Communicate to Influence

Ben Decker & Kelly Decker
How to Inspire Your Audience to Action
4.1 (151 ratings)

What's Communicate to Influence about?

Communicate to Influence (2015) is a detailed guide to being an effective communicator. This covers everything from choosing the right voice to knowing how to structure and deliver your message. Gain a better understanding of the pitfalls of public speaking so that you know what to avoid, and discover some fantastic tools that will help turn your information dump into an inspiring call to action.

Who should read Communicate to Influence?

  • CEOs, managers and anyone in a leadership role
  • University students who want to improve their public speaking skills
  • Anyone who wants to be better at pitching ideas

Friend of a Friend

Friend of a Friend

David Burkus
Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career
4.3 (62 ratings)

What's Friend of a Friend about?

Friend of a Friend (2018) shows how networks around us can be put to use and taken advantage of. Networking is, of course, a crucial skill for professional success – but networks themselves go even deeper and aren’t just about making new contacts. Innovation, career development and business success all have their part to play, too.

Who should read Friend of a Friend?

  • Students of business and management
  • Ambitious professionals
  • Frustrated workers stuck in dead-end jobs

The Art of Gathering

The Art of Gathering

Priya Parker
How We Meet and Why It Matters
4.4 (161 ratings)

What's The Art of Gathering about?

In The Art of Gathering (2018), Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives – from business meetings to dinner parties – are lackluster, routine and lacking in purpose. Parker sets out a bold new approach to gathering that focuses on distinctiveness, purpose and real human connection, and shows how simple steps can invigorate any gathering of people.

Who should read The Art of Gathering?

  • Anyone who’d like to create better, more impactful parties or events
  • People interested in how to use gatherings to make real human connections.

How to Talk to Anyone

How to Talk to Anyone

Leil Lowndes
92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
4.2 (2,315 ratings)

What's How to Talk to Anyone about?

How To Talk to Anyone (1998) is an indispensable guide to improving your conversations and becoming more graceful and effective in your social interactions – no matter the situation. Leil Lowndes offers readers a treasure trove of techniques and tips that will help any socially awkward individual gain more confidence in workplace environments, meetings, their private lives and at parties.

Who should read How to Talk to Anyone?

  • Businesspeople who want fantastic working relationships
  • Readers looking for better ways to communicate with their partners
  • Awkward folk who’d like to improve their social skills

Five Stars

Five Stars

Carmine Gallo
The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great
4.6 (118 ratings)

What's Five Stars about?

Five Stars (2018) provides a practical guide to improving your communication skills. Drawing on examples from both scientific research and great communicators throughout history, these blinks explore how you can get people to listen to, understand and support your ideas by communicating them in the best possible way.

Who should read Five Stars?

  • Anyone hoping to brush up on their communication skills
  • Entrepreneurs looking for tips on how to promote their brand
  • Team leaders looking for new ways to motivate their employees

Reach Out

Reach Out

Molly Beck
The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence
4.3 (24 ratings)

What's Reach Out about?

Reach Out (2017) by Molly Beck is a simple manual that helps you further your career goals through reaching out to people and expanding your network. In this book, Beck leads the reader through the dos and don’ts of reaching out, providing helpful examples of how to best make use of this strategy.

Who should read Reach Out?

  • Anyone who wants to kick-start their career
  • Those looking to expand the network of people they know

The New Rules of Work

The New Rules of Work

Alexandra Cavoulacos & Kathryn Minshew
The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career
4.5 (40 ratings)

What's The New Rules of Work about?

The New Rules of Work (2017) is the definitive handbook for navigating the modern workplace. Authors Cavoulacos and Minshew recognize that the way we work has changed in tandem with the advancement of technology and that the way we think about career paths has evolved accordingly. Modern workers expect a job to do more than just pay the bills – work has to be fulfilling, too. Their New Rules will help you discover the career that fits you best and give you the tools to succeed in the modern job market – from application to promotion.

Who should read The New Rules of Work?

  • Students and graduates still unsure of their career path
  • Anybody stuck in a career rut
  • Employees who started their careers under the “old rules” looking to understand the current landscape

The Proximity Principle

The Proximity Principle

Ken Coleman
The Proven Strategy That Will Lead to a Career You Love
4.2 (64 ratings)

What's The Proximity Principle about?

The Proximity Principle (2019) presents a proven plan for landing your dream job and turning your career dial from humdrum to awesome. Every bit as actionable as it is original, Ken Coleman’s strategy dispenses with shopworn myths about résumés and networking events and tells it like it is. At the heart of his argument is a simple but effective equation: get to know the right people and put yourself in the right places, and the opportunities will start presenting themselves. 

Who should read The Proximity Principle?

  • The work-weary 
  • Self-starters looking for inspiration
  • Anyone who loves true stories

The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide

The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide

Jane Finkle
From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving and Moving on Up
4.3 (123 ratings)

What's The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide about?

The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide (2019) is a toolkit for reserved, less assertive people who wish to gain confidence and progress their careers. Its practical, supportive advice will help introverts draw on their strengths in order to not only hold their own, but flourish in the workplace.

Who should read The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide?

  • Introverts navigating a career change
  • Shy employees wanting to network more confidently
  • Modest people whose achievements tend to go unnoticed

Business Chemistry

Business Chemistry

Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg
Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships
4.2 (48 ratings)

What's Business Chemistry about?

Business Chemistry (2018) examines the tensions and pitfalls involved in our working relationships. Packed with tips and tricks for clicking with even the most challenging coworkers, these blinks are your essential guide to making meaningful workplace connections. 

Who should read Business Chemistry?

  • Stressed-out workers struggling with their boss
  • Team leaders seeking fresh insights
  • Psychology buffs looking for a new perspective

The Bullseye Principle

The Bullseye Principle

David Lewis and G. Riley Mills
Mastering Intention-Based Communication to Collaborate, Execute, and Succeed
4.2 (137 ratings)

What's The Bullseye Principle about?

The Bullseye Principle (2018) is a practical guide to confident, clear communication in contemporary business settings. Covering everything from personal branding to inspiring others and running meetings effectively, these blinks will show you how to deliver your lines with style and win over your audience.

Who should read The Bullseye Principle?

  • Leaders looking to find their voice
  • Public speakers with stage fright 
  • Interviewers and interviewees

Future Fit

Future Fit

Andrea Clarke
How to Stay Relevant and Competitive in the Future of Work
4.5 (113 ratings)

What's Future Fit about?

Future Fit (2019) is a guide to remaining relevant and employable in the future. As technological change and new employment models shape the workplace in often unpredictable ways, we risk being left behind if we don’t keep up. This book provides key insights into what the employees and leaders of the future must do to stay ahead.

Who should read Future Fit?

  • Those keen to prepare themselves for the future
  • CEOs and leaders looking for a head start
  • Anyone interested in tech, business, and science

Mastering the Game

Mastering the Game

Sharon E. Jones with Sudheer R. Poluru
Strategies for Career Success
4.2 (56 ratings)

What's Mastering the Game about?

Mastering the Game (2018) aims to level the playing field for women and people of color in the world of business – the traditional purview of white men. This book lays bare the unwritten rules of the game and outlines strategies diverse professionals can use to get unstuck at work.

Who should read Mastering the Game?

  • People who have felt marginalized at work
  • Social activists who want to create a fairer and more inclusive world
  • Allies who want to be even more empathetic

The Squiggly Career

The Squiggly Career

Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis
Ditch the Ladder, Embrace Opportunity and Carve Your Own Path Through the Squiggly World of Work
4.5 (184 ratings)

What's The Squiggly Career about?

The Squiggly Career (2020) covers research and tips on how to best navigate a career full of frequent transitions and modern-day challenges. If we learn to identify our own strengths, values, goals, and motivations, we can apply them more often at work – and notice when they’re being neglected. The authors reveal how to network by helping others, the merits of starting a side project, and how to make the most of the newfound control we have over our careers.

Who should read The Squiggly Career?

  • Job-hoppers looking for direction
  • College grads wondering what the next step is 
  • Anyone seeking insight into the new job market

The Serendipity Mindset

The Serendipity Mindset

Christian Busch
The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck
4.3 (220 ratings)

What's The Serendipity Mindset about?

The Serendipity Mindset (2020) offers a practical guide to welcoming more positive and fortuitous outcomes in your life. It explains how subtle shifts in your attitude and perception can lead to dramatic differences in your ability to persevere and get positive results.

Who should read The Serendipity Mindset?

  • People eager for more “luck” in their lives
  • Managers and executives who want to create a better company culture
  • Anyone who’d like to get the most out of life

You're Invited

You're Invited

Jon Levy
The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence
4.5 (283 ratings)

What's You're Invited about?

You’re Invited (2021) is your guide to creating connections and building communities around what personally matters most. It reveals the key things you need to know about behavioral psychology in order to design events that best fit your business and values – and shows how you can make a real difference in the world.

Who should read You're Invited?

  • Business leaders looking to create a more supportive company culture
  • Introverts craving connection without the social pressure
  • Social justice activists looking to increase engagement

Digital Body Language

Digital Body Language

Erica Dhawan
How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance
4.4 (226 ratings)

What's Digital Body Language about?

Digital Body Language (2021) is your rulebook to clear online communication. Combining cutting-edge research with personal know-how, it demystifies the digital signals that so often stand in for traditional body language.

Who should read Digital Body Language?

  • Leaders and employees seeking more streamlined digital collaborations
  • Virtual workers who want to improve their online tone and clarity
  • Anyone who’s struggled to convey what they really mean from behind a screen

Social Chemistry

Social Chemistry

Marissa King
Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection
4.3 (120 ratings)

What's Social Chemistry about?

Social Chemistry (2020) is a fresh research-based approach to something that many professionals regard as a necessary evil: networking. The author demystifies how we network and explains the different networking modes available to us. The result is a convincing argument for the transformative power of good networking.

Who should read Social Chemistry?

  • Anyone who hates the idea of traditional networking events
  • Professionals who are inundated with business cards but can’t leverage their networks
  • Everyone who’s wanted to connect with a stranger but wasn’t quite sure how to do it

The Lost Art of Connecting

The Lost Art of Connecting

Susan McPherson
The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships
4.3 (79 ratings)

What's The Lost Art of Connecting about?

The Lost Art of Connection (2021) is about building more authentic relationships at work and in life. It shows how professional networking doesn’t always have to be transactional, and offers the three-step Gather, Ask, Do method for building meaningful relationships and breaking down the technological barriers to deeper human connection.

Who should read The Lost Art of Connecting?

  • Professionals who want to expand their network
  • People who want to improve their interpersonal skills
  • Anyone who wants to deepen their relationships with others

The Power of Choice

The Power of Choice

Michael C. Hyter
Embracing Efficacy to Drive Your Career
4.3 (168 ratings)

What's The Power of Choice about?

The Power of Choice (2020) is a guide for professionals who are underrepresented in their fields or who are struggling to fit into their workplace cultures. Drawing on a practical set of principles, it shows how anyone can navigate setbacks at work by embracing personal responsibility. It also includes tips on how to improve self-confidence and mobilize professional relationships for long-term career growth.

Who should read The Power of Choice?

  • Professionals with underrepresented identities and backgrounds
  • Managers and leaders seeking to become more influential
  • Career-driven individuals who are interested in self-improvement

Strategize to Win

Strategize to Win

Carla A. Harris
The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career
4.3 (71 ratings)

What's Strategize to Win about?

Strategize to Win (2014) is a step-by-step guide for early to mid-level employees trying to plot a successful career trajectory in the modern workplace. It reimagines the professional life cycle as a marathon – where everyone takes responsibility to acquire the skills and experiences that prepare them for multiple roles, with each role treated as a natural progression toward their dream job.

Who should read Strategize to Win?

  • Anyone at the start of their professional career
  • Midlife professionals trying to reassess and transform their careers
  • Professionals trying to start over and change their career trajectory



Vanessa Van Edwards
Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication
4.5 (501 ratings)

What's Cues about?

Cues (2022) is about the signals we send unconsciously and how they affect the way others perceive us. The book is geared toward improving your professional life by managing the cues you send and responding appropriately to the ones you receive. 

Who should read Cues?

  • Professionals looking to achieve their goals
  • Those interested in the science of communication
  • People who want to improve their professional relationships

Fierce Conversations

Fierce Conversations

Susan Scott
Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time
3.6 (459 ratings)

What's Fierce Conversations about?

Fierce Conversations (2002) is a practical guide to having authentic, powerful conversations that can change the trajectory of your life. It uses anecdotes, practical techniques, and assignments to illustrate how conversations are the cornerstone of relationships.

Who should read Fierce Conversations?

  • Managers, people leaders, and employers
  • People looking to improve their communication skills
  • Anyone trying to repair a relationship

How to Work with (Almost) Anyone

How to Work with (Almost) Anyone

Michael Bungay Stanier
Five Questions for Building the Best Possible Relationships
3.9 (37 ratings)

What's How to Work with (Almost) Anyone about?

How to Work with (Almost) Anyone (2023) is a compelling guide to mastering workplace dynamics and nurturing professional relationships. It shows how you can enable more effective collaboration by facilitating open dialogue, nurturing curiosity, and fostering trust.

Who should read How to Work with (Almost) Anyone?

  • Leaders who manage projects or coordinate teams
  • Employees who want to boost their workplace relationships
  • Young adults learning to interact with varying personalities in academic and professional environments

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