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J. Kelly Hoey

Networking expert and author of Build Your Dream Network

  • About J. Kelly Hoey

    J. Kelly Hoey is a networking expert, who has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (“1 of the 10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City’s Startup Scene”). She has been voted as one of the top five global thought leaders and influencers on CRM by Think360. A frequent speaker at leadership conferences, Hoey helps businesses and professionals leverage their formal and informal social networks.

    Today, everyone is posting, liking, and friending at break-neck speed, but how these connections can be turned into opportunities for success is a question left largely unanswered. With chapters that borrow from design-thinking and easy-to-understand infographics and flowcharts, Hoey’s book, Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World, shows how small changes in anyone’s daily routine can lead to big opportunities. Build Your Dream Network examines the most effective ways to connect without committing to endless rounds of informational interviews and informal coffee meetings. Hoey looks at how IRL networking can be synchronized with digital outreach and how FOMO can be eliminated by keeping networking efforts focused.

    Hoey’s career story is one transformation, and can only be explained by her creatively simple ways to tap into networks, then maintain those valuable connections. After a successful career in corporate law, Hoey leapt into the world of entrepreneurship and startups. Now this writer and speaker, is a limited partner in two venture capital funds, collaborates frequently with the Canadian Digital Media Network, contributes to publications such as Forbes and guest hosts a popular business podcast.

    Visit J. Kelly Hoey’s Company Reads page to learn how her lessons from networking show how to forge strong connections with coworkers and clients alike.

  • Speaking Topics

    Minimalist’s Guide to Networking

    Networking today can be as demanding and time-intensive as in the IRL pre-LinkedIn era. But there is a smarter approach to this essential career-building activity (other than scheduling endless one-on-one coffee dates, or the Zoom video-conferencing equivalent, and magically hoping to transform awkward small-talk into meaningful business connections). In this interactive keynote, J. Kelly Hoey reframes networking for our current moment, in which distance is the name of the game, and, in the process, helps declutter overcommitted to-do lists. She reveals how everyday activities (called “micro-networking”) come together to create powerful network building opportunities. Hoey also shares how to powerfully reduce networking anxiety by focusing on things like the quality of overlooked social interactions, when to step back from long-standing commitments, and how to revive dormant connections. She then leaves attendees with a 30-day action plan to put her concrete suggestions into immediate practice.

    Networking to Where You Want to Go: Building the Relationships YOU Need to Succeed

    Career success is not a question of luck! Launching a career without a preexisting network of insider connections can be challenging, but not insurmountable. Rather than feeling lost, relying on serendipity, or pursuing a haphazard path to success, college students and new career professionals need insights on how to develop a personalized, intentional, and focused network-building strategy. Among the digital connections that young professionals nurture on social media, the passion projects and side hustles they pursue, and the career guidance they seek, the truth is that the very tools for success are right in front of them; they just need to learn how to leverage these tools. In this talk, J. Kelly Hoey dismantles networking misconceptions, opening her audience's eyes to the opportunities they already have before them and detailing how best to focus their career networking efforts.

    Networks Women Need

    Have you played it safe with your career in the old boys’ club—but dream about a network of like-minded women who support your ambitions? Are you thinking about taking a courageous leap with your career, business, or life, but lacking the support network to make the transition? The path to success is paved by networking and the explosion of women’s networks rival those of their male counterparts. There is no reason for women to lag behind with all these diverse networking opportunities at their disposal. In this motivating talk, J. Kelly Hoey focuses on the unique opportunities women have today to create proactive and focused networks, as well as strategies for leveraging all the powerful networking tools at their disposal.

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    Praise for Build Your Dream Network

    Gone are the days of filing business cards away in a Rolodex. With today's average job tenure lasting less than five years, people are relying on their networks for new job leads more than ever. But how do you build your network in the digital age? Columnist and investor Hoey guides readers through the answer. Networking isn't confined to the workplace (instead, think weddings or subway cars). With the help of the Internet, it also doesn't need to start face to face. Hoey provides examples of digital networking, suggesting ways to connect through various platforms, nurturing those relationships, and taking them offline. Her advice also includes being selective with networking and committee obligations and how to know when to pass on an opportunity. Interspersed with the easy-to-grasp advice are peer interviews that add depth to the guidance, many times proving that a quick conversation about a simple idea can launch a career or life-changing decision when the right people are around. VERDICT A smart, modern guide to networking etiquette for readers at any stage in their careers.

    Library Journal

    To define Kelly Hoey as a connector would be a major understatement. She’s a super-connector because people know she gets things done.

    Tara Hunt, digital marketing executive and author of The Power of Social Networking

    I wish I had a copy of this for every person who has networked into my inbox to ask for assistance in advancing their business or career the wrong way. I’d hit them over the head with Kelly’s book…then make them read it! Build Your Dream Network will help you avoid concussions and connect with people who can help you get to where you want to be.

    Alison Levine, author of New York Times bestseller, On The Edge

    An easy-to-use guide to the art of networking in the ‘new economy’…. Kelly marvelously succeeds in instilling in her readers the attitude that whether one is attempting to secure a job, find a publisher, or finance a new business venture, tapping into the right network is the answer.

    Publishers Weekly
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