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46 REVIEW Brilliant Networking Do you want to be a Brilliant Networker? ‘Networking is the essential skill for personal and career success!’ A simple title, a simple style of writing….but what a brilliant book! ‘Brilliant Networking’, by Steven D’Souza (Prentice Hall) is a no-nonsense guide to how to get the most out of networking. However the book is truly much more than that. Reviewed by Colette Machado ‘Brilliant Networking’ opens with lively examples of typical networkers that we are all familiar with at networking events ie. the chatterbox, the ‘if I don’t find you interesting within five minutes of me talking to you I’m moving on’ networker. Other areas covered in the book include finding and maintaining your network, social networking, the art of conversation, your business card, first impressions, sharing information – everything that you would need to know to improve your networking skills for long-term success. ‘Brilliant Networking’ could transform its reader into a first-class networker overnight, I believe. That’s how powerful the book is. There is so much useful information displayed in a very simple interesting easy-to-read format that even the most experienced networker would benefit from reading it. There are case studies, tips, and tasks for the reader to complete….the book is simply great. Definitely a book worth investing in – and what’s more 100% of its royalties will go to charity. A fantastic read! COMPETITION Engage has 5 copies of ‘Brilliant Networking’ to be won by five readers. Simply answer the following question: Which social networking site did Michael Birch found? Email your answer to steven@ brilliantnetworking.net The first 5 correct entries received by 31 May 2008 will win a free copy of the book. Steven D’Souza is currently Vice President, Leadership and Talent Management, for an international investment bank. He is an experienced coach and trainer and is also the author of the bestselling book ‘Made in Britain’, which was sponsored for schools throughout the UK to inspire positive role models. Book is available on www.amazon.co.uk and www.brilliantnetworking.net engage | uk ISSUE SIX 2008