The best 57 Networking books

Networking is a crucial skill in our interconnected world, impacting career opportunities and personal connections. Our book list on networking presents a diverse selection of insightful reads that delve deep into the art of building and leveraging relationships.

Discover practical tips, proven strategies, and real-life examples in our collection. Ready to enhance your networking skills and cultivate valuable connections? Dive into these empowering titles now!

The best 57 Networking books
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Networking Books: Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Start-up of You

Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
4.4 (185 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

Never Eat Alone

Keith Ferrazzi
And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
4.3 (297 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Give and Take by Adam Grant

Give and Take

Adam Grant
A Revolutionary Approach to Success
4.4 (360 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Click by Rom and Ori Brafman


Rom and Ori Brafman
4.1 (103 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

Trust Agents

Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust
3.9 (9 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis

Secrets of Dynamic Communication

Ken Davis
Prepare with focus, deliver with clarity, speak with power
4.1 (79 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Coffee Lunch Coffee by Alana Muller

Coffee Lunch Coffee

Alana Muller
A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking
4.0 (118 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Becoming the Boss by Lindsey Pollak

Becoming the Boss

Lindsey Pollak
New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders
3.6 (44 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: The Career Playbook by James M. Citrin

The Career Playbook

James M. Citrin
Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional
3.9 (72 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Mastermind Dinners by Jayson Gaignard

Mastermind Dinners

Jayson Gaignard
Build Lifelong Relationships by Connecting Experts, Influencers and Linchpins
3.8 (28 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Strategic Connections by Anne Baber, Lynne Waymon, André Alphonso and Jim Wylde

Strategic Connections

Anne Baber, Lynne Waymon, André Alphonso and Jim Wylde
The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative World
3.9 (90 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Brief by Joseph McCormack


Joseph McCormack
Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less
4.4 (151 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Tom Rath
3.9 (151 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders

Love is the Killer App

Tim Sanders
How to Win Business and Influence Friends
4.3 (33 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: How to Be a Power Connector by Judy Robinett

How to Be a Power Connector

Judy Robinett
The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits
4.2 (60 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Stretch by Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick


Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick
How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace
3.8 (79 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

Smarter Faster Better

Charles Duhigg
The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
4.1 (428 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Radical Collaboration by James W. Tamm and Ronald J. Luyet

Radical Collaboration

James W. Tamm and Ronald J. Luyet
Five Essential Skills to Overcome Defensiveness and Build Successful Relationships
4.0 (70 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Stretch by Scott Sonenshein


Scott Sonenshein
Unlock The Power of Less and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined
4.0 (39 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes

How to Talk to Anyone

Leil Lowndes
92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
4.1 (3,499 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Communicate to Influence by Ben Decker & Kelly Decker

Communicate to Influence

Ben Decker & Kelly Decker
How to Inspire Your Audience to Action
4.2 (180 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Friend of a Friend by David Burkus

Friend of a Friend

David Burkus
Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career
4.3 (75 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

The Art of Gathering

Priya Parker
How We Meet and Why It Matters
4.4 (191 ratings)
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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.

Networking Books: Five Stars by Carmine Gallo

Five Stars

Carmine Gallo
The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great
4.5 (145 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Reach Out by Molly Beck

Reach Out

Molly Beck
The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence
4.1 (29 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: The New Rules of Work by Alexandra Cavoulacos & Kathryn Minshew

The New Rules of Work

Alexandra Cavoulacos & Kathryn Minshew
The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career
4.4 (44 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: The Proximity Principle by Ken Coleman

The Proximity Principle

Ken Coleman
The Proven Strategy That Will Lead to a Career You Love
4.2 (77 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide by Jane Finkle

The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide

Jane Finkle
From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving and Moving on Up
4.2 (143 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Business Chemistry by Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg

Business Chemistry

Kim Christfort and Suzanne Vickberg
Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships
4.2 (50 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: The Bullseye Principle by David Lewis and G. Riley Mills

The Bullseye Principle

David Lewis and G. Riley Mills
Mastering Intention-Based Communication to Collaborate, Execute, and Succeed
4.2 (180 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Future Fit by Andrea Clarke

Future Fit

Andrea Clarke
How to Stay Relevant and Competitive in the Future of Work
4.4 (123 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Mastering the Game by Sharon E. Jones with Sudheer R. Poluru

Mastering the Game

Sharon E. Jones with Sudheer R. Poluru
Strategies for Career Success
4.0 (71 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: The Squiggly Career by Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis

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 (246 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: The Serendipity Mindset by Christian Busch

The Serendipity Mindset

Christian Busch
The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck
4.3 (247 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: You're Invited by Jon Levy

You're Invited

Jon Levy
The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence
4.5 (286 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Digital Body Language by Erica Dhawan

Digital Body Language

Erica Dhawan
How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance
4.4 (246 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Social Chemistry by Marissa King

Social Chemistry

Marissa King
Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection
4.3 (122 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: The Lost Art of Connecting by Susan McPherson

The Lost Art of Connecting

Susan McPherson
The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships
4.3 (90 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: The Power of Choice by Michael C. Hyter

The Power of Choice

Michael C. Hyter
Embracing Efficacy to Drive Your Career
4.3 (170 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Strategize to Win by Carla A. Harris

Strategize to Win

Carla A. Harris
The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career
4.2 (105 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Cues by Vanessa Van Edwards


Vanessa Van Edwards
Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication
4.5 (588 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott

Fierce Conversations

Susan Scott
Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time
3.7 (514 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: How to Work with (Almost) Anyone by Michael Bungay Stanier

How to Work with (Almost) Anyone

Michael Bungay Stanier
Five Questions for Building the Best Possible Relationships
4.0 (70 ratings)
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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

Networking Books: How to Be a People Magnet by Leil Lowndes

How to Be a People Magnet

Leil Lowndes
Finding Friends – and Lovers – and Keeping Them for Life
4.4 (424 ratings)
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What's How to Be a People Magnet about?

How to Be a People Magnet (2001) offers specific techniques for attracting friendships and romantic partners by overcoming social anxieties. Though ostensibly focused on the socially awkward, it will resonate with even the most confident extrovert who is seeking stronger connections with those around them.

Who should read How to Be a People Magnet?

  • Those looking to overcome shyness and social anxiety
  • People hoping to improve their friendships and relationships
  • Individuals wanting to become more likable and magnetic

Networking Books: Leading from the Middle by Scott Mautz

Leading from the Middle

Scott Mautz
A Playbook for Managers to Influence Up, Down, and Across the Organization
3.6 (50 ratings)
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What's Leading from the Middle about?

Leading from the Middle (2021) unveils the transformative power of middle leadership, connecting top tiers to the operational core. You’ll gain actionable insights on fostering adaptability, influence, and compromise to infuse your teams with engagement and purpose. It’s your route to navigating organizational change, resolving conflicts, and building a growth-oriented culture effortlessly.

Who should read Leading from the Middle?

  • Aspiring middle managers seeking organizational influence
  • Executives desiring enhanced interdepartmental synergy
  • Team leaders aiming for elevated group engagement

Networking Books: Relational Intelligence by Dharius Daniels

Relational Intelligence

Dharius Daniels
The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want
3.5 (113 ratings)
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What's Relational Intelligence about?

Relational Intelligence (2020) is a roadmap to help you navigate the intricacies of human relationships with wisdom. It delves into the art of categorizing, evaluating, and realigning relationships, offering tools and insights for fostering connections that are both meaningful and beneficial. With a touch of humor and a plethora of practical advice, it turns the often daunting task of relationship management into an achievable and even enjoyable endeavor.

Who should read Relational Intelligence?

  • Individuals who desire deeper relationships
  • Spiritual seekers looking for social harmony
  • Leaders navigating team dynamics

Networking Books: Relationships at Work by Rachel B. Simon

Relationships at Work

Rachel B. Simon
How to Authentically Network within Your Company
3.6 (23 ratings)
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What's Relationships at Work about?

Relationships at Work (2023) is an actionable guide on how to authentically build professional connections within the company. It provides practical tips on networking, from introducing yourself when you first start a job to sustaining ties when transitioning roles. 

Who should read Relationships at Work?

  • Professionals seeking to build connections
  • Introverts looking to network more effectively 
  • Anyone wanting to improve their work relationships

Networking Books: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John C. Maxwell

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

John C. Maxwell
What the Most Effective People Do Differently
4.0 (210 ratings)
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What's Everyone Communicates, Few Connect about?

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect (2010) examines the common barriers that prevent authentic connection in communication. It provides practical strategies anyone can use to become better at connecting with others in both personal and professional relationships.

Who should read Everyone Communicates, Few Connect?

  • Leaders, managers, and business professionals looking for more effective communication strategies
  • Educators and parents seeking deeper connections at home and at school 
  • Anyone craving better communication for closer relationships, thriving teams, or energized communities

Networking Books: Power Questions by Andrew Sobel & Jerold Panas

Power Questions

Andrew Sobel & Jerold Panas
Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others
4.2 (377 ratings)
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What's Power Questions about?

Power Questions (2012) equips you with strategic questions to transform conversations, redefine problems, and forge deep connections in both professional and personal realms. It presents real-life dialogues with CEOs and influential figures, each demonstrating the impact of incisive questions – and teaches you to harness questioning as a tool for influence, understanding, and meaningful engagement.

Who should read Power Questions?

  • Business leaders seeking deeper client connections
  • Sales professionals aiming to enhance customer engagement
  • Personal development enthusiasts seeking insightful questioning techniques

Networking Books: The Communication Code by Jeremie Kubicek & Steve Cockram

The Communication Code

Jeremie Kubicek & Steve Cockram
Unlocking Every Relationship, One Conversation at a Time
4.1 (255 ratings)
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What's The Communication Code about?

The Communication Code (2023) introduces five conversation code words: celebrate, care, clarify, collaborate, and critique. Together, they allow you to understand people’s true needs and intentions within any dialogue so you can apply the appropriate communication strategy and build deeper interpersonal connections – both in your personal and professional life.

Who should read The Communication Code?

  • Business leaders and managers
  • Individuals hoping to enrich their personal relationships
  • Those in roles involving counseling, mediation, and conflict resolution

Networking Books: Indivisible by Denise Hamilton


Denise Hamilton
How to Forge Our Differences Into a Stronger Future
3.3 (178 ratings)
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What's Indivisible about?

Indivisible (2024) explores the power of reevaluating the myths and narratives that shape our identities and beliefs, advocating for a truth-based inclusivity for societal unity. 

Who should read Indivisible?

  • Activists and community organizers
  • Social scientists
  • People interested in history

Networking Books: Quick Confidence by Selena Rezvani

Quick Confidence

Selena Rezvani
Be Authentic, Boost Connections, and Make Bold Bets on Yourself
4.0 (47 ratings)
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What's Quick Confidence about?

Quick Confidence (2023) is a highly useful primer on how to move through the world with more self-assurance and determination. It provides tips that are useful for team managers, executives and self-employed entrepreneurs alike. This is advice that anyone can use to make better first impressions and stronger connections.

Who should read Quick Confidence?

  • Anyone looking to get their mojo back
  • People who want to be more effective in meetings
  • Managers who want to build better workplaces

Networking Books: SEO 2024 by Adam Clarke

SEO 2024

Adam Clarke
Learn search engine optimization with smart internet marketing strategies
4.0 (15 ratings)
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What's SEO 2024 about?

SEO 2024 (2024) is an indispensable resource for anyone looking to improve their online visibility and drive more traffic to their site. It breaks down the complexities of search engine optimization (SEO) into easy-to-understand concepts and actionable strategies, providing the tools to outrank competitors and attract customers.

Who should read SEO 2024?

  • Startups seeking cost-effective ways to grow their online presence
  • Small business owners looking to improve their online visibility and attract more customers
  • Website owners and bloggers aiming to increase their organic traffic and search engine rankings

Networking Books: How to Walk into a Room by Emily P. Freeman

How to Walk into a Room

Emily P. Freeman
The Art of Knowing When to Stay and When to Walk Away
3.8 (241 ratings)
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What's How to Walk into a Room about?

How to Walk Into a Room (2024) talks about the big decisions in life and how to make them. Learn how to assess your life, make a plan on how to change things that aren’t working for you, and put that plan into action. 

Who should read How to Walk into a Room?

  • Anyone facing a pivotal moment in their life
  • Procrastinators looking to make a big move
  • People looking for a push forward in life

Networking Books: Stop Checking Your Likes by Susie Moore

Stop Checking Your Likes

Susie Moore
Shake Off the Need for Approval and Live an Incredible Life
4.4 (115 ratings)
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What's Stop Checking Your Likes about?

Stop Checking Your Likes (2020) is a practical guidebook focused on liberating individuals from the constraints of external approval. It offers actionable advice and mindset shifts to foster a life filled with confidence, joy, and ease, encouraging readers to pursue their desires without hesitation, regardless of their current struggles with self-doubt.

Who should read Stop Checking Your Likes?

  • Individuals seeking freedom from external validation and approval
  • Anyone wanting practical advice on boosting self-confidence
  • Readers looking for actionable personal and professional growth strategies

Networking Books: Linked by Omar Garriott & Jeremy Schifeling


Omar Garriott & Jeremy Schifeling
Conquer LinkedIn. Get Your Dream Job. Own Your Future.
4.5 (4 ratings)
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What's Linked about?

Linked (2022) offers practical advice on how to use LinkedIn effectively for career development. It provides strategic tips on optimizing profiles, engaging with the right networks, and unlocking new job opportunities through the platform. The guide emphasizes the importance of a well-curated online presence in today’s digital job market.

Who should read Linked?

  • Job seekers looking to enhance online profiles
  • College students preparing for the job market
  • Professionals interested in expanding their networks

What's Why You Need to Start Network Marketing about?

Why You Need to Start Network Marketing by Keith Schreiter explores the potential of network marketing as a lucrative business opportunity. The book delves into the benefits of building a network marketing business, such as passive income and personal development. It provides practical tips and strategies for success in the industry, making a compelling case for why network marketing could be the right path for you.

Who should read Why You Need to Start Network Marketing?

  • Individuals who want to achieve financial freedom and create passive income

  • Entrepreneurs looking to expand their business and build a strong network

  • People who are open-minded and willing to learn new skills and strategies

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What's the best Networking book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Start-up of You as the ultimate read on Networking.

What are the Top 10 Networking books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
  • Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
  • Click by Rom and Ori Brafman
  • Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
  • Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis
  • Coffee Lunch Coffee by Alana Muller
  • Becoming the Boss by Lindsey Pollak
  • The Career Playbook by James M. Citrin
  • Mastermind Dinners by Jayson Gaignard

Who are the top Networking book authors?

When it comes to Networking, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
  • Keith Ferrazzi
  • Adam Grant
  • Rom and Ori Brafman
  • Chris Brogan and Julien Smith