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Active networking

“I want to thank you personally for your presentation on Active Networking at PSA SE this week. It was just what we needed, a bit of movement rather than being passive recipients.

I have been involved with several of your networking activities and always find them valuable to hold what I learn in my mind when meeting people, building relationships and getting across facts.

I have noticed the different levels in each networking activity.

They can always be taken as fun, a chance to move and play a game. Deeper than that could be seen how I react to others, they react to me and how I can build the relationships.

Not everyone may see this initially, but those who do make greater gains.

Better relationships draws in more clients, business and therefore money. You are great at developing people’s skills through the active networking sessions. Thank you for helping me in the development of my business.”

Rosemary Williams, Author ‘Prep That Fish’


“Can energise an audience”

“Jackie Barrie conducted the active networking session at our Stand Up Speak Out Be Heard conference. An event that I organised on behalf of the Professional Speaking Association and sponsored by Sage. Using her improv skills, Jackie can energise an audience that has sat and listened to speakers and make networking sessions fun and informative. If you need an energy injection during your conference I would highly recommend Jackie Barrie.”

Janice B Gordon on LinkedIn

“Tips I can use”

“It was a really interesting read and I’ve picked up some tips I can use – I loved  the 30 seconds of silence – I shall have a think about how I can  apply that in relation to social media at BNI next week.”

Veronica Pullen, Social Media Trainer/Coach

Everything you need to know

“I’ve just taken your Little Fish Guide to Networking out of the package … Thought I’d just look at it for five minutes. Before I knew it, I’d read to the end. I immediately gave it to someone I was coaching about networking, as your book has everything in it that he needs to know.”

Ashley Blackmore

A great help

“One of the critical aspects of networking is that you stop blaming the tools and start looking toward yourself. Praise yourself if you are achieving referrals and develop yourself if you are not. I have seen and heard many tales of woe and tales of joy inside all networks, whether online or offline. Networking is not just a skill, it is an attitude of mind. Jackie’s style of networking (just be friendly and nice) is a good fit with Ecademy’s open, random and supportive philosophy. Her approach works, and her tips will be invaluable to any small business that wants to include networking as a route to market. Her psychology experience means she knows how people tick. Her writing experience means the book is an easy read. And her marketing experience means it’s packed with practical advice to help you get results. [This book] would be a great help to people starting out on their journey.”

Penny Power, Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School 

Entertaining and spot-on

“In her typically clear and uncluttered style, Jackie’s books and articles never fail to inform and hold the interest of the reader – the Little Fish Guide to Networking is no exception. As “Big Boss” (Jackie’s words!) of 1230 The Women’s Company – a networking organisation supporting both the career woman and those with their own businesses – I’m pleased to confirm that Jackie’s guide to networking is both entertaining and spot on!”

Jackie Groundsell, 1230 The Women’s Company

“I hope all my members will read it”

“The Little Fish Guide to Networking should be on the ‘must read’ list for anyone running a small or medium sized business.  If you’re already a networker I challenge you not to find a few nuggets of wisdom that will make your networking more successful and if you’re not a networker yet because “it’s scary” or “I’d be no good at it”, Jackie’s brilliantly readable guide will de-bunk such myths.  As the founder of a networking organisation, I hope all my members will read this book – because I’m sure they’ll get a better return from their networking investment if they do…Every word heartfelt – it’s a REALLY good book.”

David Thackray, Founder, Venture Catalyst

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This unsolicited feedback is included with permission, and is presented in no particular order. Thank you to all my lovely clients for their comments since I founded Comms Plus in 2001.

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