Windmill Networking by Neal Schaffer
Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn: An Unofficial, Step-by-Step Guide to Creating & Implementing Your LinkedIn Brand - Social Networking in a Web 2.0 World

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Social networking guru Neal Schaffer’s Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn is the most comprehensive book on maximizing the potential for professional and personal networking through LinkedIn. It goes beyond the “business” genre to expand upon the world of social media marketing, branding, and today’s critical focus on career management. It clarifies the functionality of LinkedIn and how to “plug into the Windmill Network” to maximize our presence and leverage the potential to grow our networks to thousands of global connections. Schaffer offers a unique view of all phases of social media and networking, providing a direct route to developing objectives and creating brands. This book’s focus on Windmill Networking and LinkedIn is vast: creating business, gaining subject matter expertise, finding a job, expanding a network, learning online social networking etiquette, and developing a branded profile. This book generates strategies, goals, and success.

"A primer on the social network LinkedIn and an introduction to Windmill Networking. LinkedIn is a popular social networking site used mainly to establish professional connections and explore career opportunities and advancement. With 50 million users, it has far fewer members than other services like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter—but, as
Schaffer notes, “LinkedIn is by far the biggest social networking site that caters to the professional demographic.” After returning from years working abroad in Asia,
Schaffer ... developed the concept of “Windmill Networking,” which involves building up networks of trusted connections, helping others out and reaping the rewards of these connections and favors. The book is a catalog of the basic and advanced functionalities of the LinkedIn network and an explication of—and recruitment tool for—the Windmill
Networking technique. Schaffer’s exhaustive guidebook covers everything from self-branding and establishing connections to joining groups and updating one’s status."

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Neal Schaffer is recognized as a leader in helping businesses and professionals embrace and strategically leverage the potential of social media. An author, speaker, and social media strategy consultant, Neal has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, Yahoo!, and the American Express Open Forum. A graduate of Amherst College, he is also fluent in Chinese and Japanese and currently resides in Irvine, California, where he proudly serves on the marketing committee for the United Way of Orange County.Neal's first book, "Windmill Networking: Maximizing LinkedIn," was a recipient of multiple industry awards and continues to be one of the best-selling books in its genre. In 2011, Neal will publish his second book, "Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing," and is currently working on his third book, tentatively titled "Windmill Networking: Maximizing Twitter."As President of Windmills Marketing, a social media strategy consulting practice, Neal has led social media strategy creation, educational workshops, and implementation coaching for a range of B2B and B2C companies including a Fortune 50 software company, a multi-billion dollar nutritional supplements enterprise, and a popular Mexican-American musician.Neal is also a frequent social media conference speaker and is passionate about educating his audience with concrete takeaways and compelling, customized content to help them truly maximize social media. Neal has spoken at nearly 100 events worldwide.
Published September 29, 2009 by BookSurge Publishing. 384 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Computers & Technology.

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Ultimately, the book suffers from an identity crisis–is it a business networking book (replete with terms like “Trusted Network of Advisors” or admonishments to “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty”) or a book about making the most of a social network?

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