Today I received a fantastic newsletter from the Ottawa Public Library that showcases books on business networking prepared by OPL Business Librarians. Also included are useful tips about networking.

Check out the Ottawa Business Services multiple lists or their list of business networking books.

Give and Take  Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success / Grant, Adam 2013

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

Using his own pioneering research as Wharton’s youngest tenured professor, Adam Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Combining evidence with stories, Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common.
Also available as a downloadable ebook

Business Etiquette for Dummies  Business Etiquette for Dummies / Thomas, Stefan downloadable eBook 2014

Grow your business, build your career, find more customers, and build a valuable support network of likeminded business people. Business Networking For Dummies shows you how to get the most out of networking – both online and offline.

You’ll learn to use business networking to grow and develop your business; find the right platform or platforms to build your own network and ‘assemble your crowd’; pitch yourself and your business with confidence; get the most out of face-to-face networking events; connect your ‘real life’ and online networking; measure your networking success; and follow up with new contacts successfully.


The Essentials of Business Etiquette The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to Greet, Eat, and Tweet your Way to Success / Pachter, Barbara 2013

Online or offline, it’s all about how you present yourself.  The Essentials of Business Etiquette offers 101 tips for improving professional behavior in any business situation, covering such topics as establishing rapport, maintaining a professional image, using social media, and gaining a competitive advantage.


Web Resources – Business Networking

Advice from Experts:

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) guides
6 strategies for improving your business networking skills

Business Articles 

How to start a conversation with strangers at a networking event  Globe & Mail, April 2015

Shy? These small talk tips will help you network in 2015  Financial Post, January 2015

Blogs by Business Coaches

Top 3 Tips for Networking  De Groote School of Business, April 2015
Offline Networking: An Essential for Entrepreneurs  Startup Nation
Network to Grow Your Business CanadaOne
25 LinkedIn Facts And Statistics You Need To Share  Using social media to start the business relationship B2C Community, December 2014
Business Networking: tips and techniques for networking events and networking websites
Get Out From Behind Your Computer: Networking In Person Heats Up Again  Nancy Fox, soft-skills trainer (includes a useful slide presentation)