***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hi, all... I've been a watchful lurker here for awhile, and I'm delighted with the exchange that has been going on here. You all amaze me with your knowledge and analyses of this phenomenon known in all its permutations: "networking, social networking, wasting time, quantity-not-quality" , etc..... I'm a professional networker and entrepreneur; eg, I'm a longtime executive search pro/"headhunter", and my own skills have been honed over the course of almost 3 full decades. I started utilizing my skills- in fact - before people called "it" networking. (My own great-grandmother was asked to speak at the Chicago World's Fair - the Women's Pavillion - in 1890. Her topic? Networking.) It's worked very well for me. I'm so far "gone" that I get kudos for being a "connector" - whatever that means. I'm (hopefully) about to spend a good part of the summer in Hydrabad, India - instructing, coaching, mentoring a bunch of "raw", Indian IT recruiters with the in's and out's of my fine profession. In fact, what I'll be teaching them will be the fine skills of relationship building....all of which results in their being good "community builders" and/or "network builders". I'd appreciate any and all suggestions for simple (non-academic) books to take along with me. The four concepts I teach are (simplistically): 1. social capital theory and relevance 2. network analysis and management 3. value proposition for "brand you" 4. steps to take for relationship building The question: are there any suggestions for books that you would make on any or all of these essential topics? Thanks much for your help and ideas on this..and please keep up your conversation! Your studies are fascinating to me. Erika Hanson Brown, ConnectoringR Facilitator and Your Host STELLARBIZT and STELLARBIZWOMANTGlobal RoundTables Created by Stellar Connections LLC Denver, CO USA 303.780.9111 skype contact: "erika.hanson.brown" <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask] <http://www.stellarbiz.com> www.stellarbiz.com "Leadership requires getting people to follow you - and that demands an awareness of and focus on those you're leading, a commitment to building their trust, and delivering a vision that inspires.." To be taken off of this private email list for any reason, just hit reply with "unsubscribe" in the subject line. Your email will be deleted permanently from my list. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.