Meeting Simon Phillips, author of The Complete Guide to Professional Networking

Simon is a professional and personal development specialist. Based in the UK he regularly speaks at conferences, seminars and events around the world. So far, he’s authored four books: Time Management 24/7, Business Wise, Sustaining Lean Healthcare Programmes and Mastering Time 24/7: how to work less, deliver more and live a Great life! His latest book is called The Complete Guide to Professional Networking and it’s my great pleasure to say hello to him today.

The Review

the complete guide to professional networkingBefore I write my review it’s important for readers to know that I first came across Simes when a mutual friend said ‘we must meet and chat’. We did, and as a result I provided a small amount of input into his new book, The Complete Guide to Networking, along with a host of other business networkers.

If you talk to anyone who owns or manages a small business they will probably tell you that the majority of their sales come from people who have been referred to them, people who have bought before and people they have good solid relationships with. The question for every new business then is ‘how can you develop the relationships that get you referral business on a regular basis?’ And the answer is ‘networking’.

Whether it’s online in the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter; or in the real world ultimately it’s people that buy products and services and therefore it’s people we need to meet and connect with. What Simon’s book does is take the wisdom of the crowd, in this instance from a whole panoply of networking experts across many different fields and present in a way that makes sense to someone starting out for the first time. That said, their are loads of hints and tips for the old hand too. I learnt all sorts of things when I read it for the first time such as how to really connect with people in the room and give myself the present of my presence. Even now I’m dipping in and out on a regular basis to remind myself of things I could do.

If you are starting a small business, if you are an author starting out on book promotion or even if you need to find out more about clients for your employer then I’d suggest you spend some time with this book.


The Simon Phillips Interview

simon phillipsWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I used to be “Simes the DJ” at University!

How did you choose a title for your book?

The snappy title for the book was selected by the Publisher. I wanted it to be called “Mastering Networking” but the market research suggested that the market liked its titles more formal than that. I still think it’s a mouthful but the publishers have been great, so I’m definitely not complaining.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

I think, my fellow Welshman, Michael Sheen, is a great actor – he’d need to grow a few inches taller though!

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

With this book, it was just “time”. I gave a commitment to write the book in a few months and then life got in the way! First my Mum suffered a brain aneurism which was extremely frightening but, thankfully, now an almost forgotten incident. Then I had to make a dramatic change to my working activities which effectively meant writing the book in the margins. Lots of late night sessions and lots of caffeine!

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

I’d probably have two: (i) Break it down into manageable chunks (I had drafted the Index before I sent the proposal to the publishers) and (ii) Tell people what you are doing. They will not only keep you to task but offer lots of encouragement along the way.

How do you remain sane while working?


Where do you find your inspiration?

I love audiobooks. Being able to learn from some of the greatest writers and thinkers whilst stuck in a traffic jam is fantastic. Similarly, hearing speakers live is another consistently inspiring environment for me. I definitely have an auditory preference when it comes to learning.

Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?

I think the TED channel on the web is fantastic. I particularly like to listen to the ordinary people that have been actively making a difference in their communities and are given a voice to share their story with everyone.

What is your favourite TV moment of all time?

As a lifelong Arsenal fan, probably watching the 1979 FA Cup Final when we beat Manchester United 3-2. The winning goal was one of those last gasp efforts and it was the first time I had seen my side win anything!!

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Coffee – usually instant – although it’s always Latte if someone else is making it for me! J

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?

What body? 😉


Where can I find out more about Simon and his book?

You can find The Complete Guide to Professional Networking in Kindle and paperback format here:

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