New Book: Networking A Successful Small Business by Joanne Dewberry

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So I FINALLY did it!
I finally wrote that difficult networking business book, that second book which I’ve been working on for far far too long. I’m proud to announce “Networking A Successful Small Business” is available to purchase and boy was that a learning curve!

For years I knew I wanted to write a networking business book it just took a stupidly long time to get all my thoughts and ideas down on paper. The longer it took the more I began to lose confidence in myself. Did people really need/want a networking business book and then something always stopped me? However, everything changed in 2018 when I joined an accountability group I finally wrote my first draft.
Then it took another year to edit, format and generally be happy with what was produced, but when the proof copy arrived the overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment pushed me forward to hit the “publish” button.

On the 15th of May 2020, I became the proud author of not one but two books.

Joanne Dewberry holding networking a successful small business book

So here I am, Joanne Dewberry, Dorset small business writer and mother of 3 launching my second book “Networking A Succesful Small Business” amidst the confusion and uncertainty of the COVID19 lockdown.  Sound business planning right!

It might seem like a peculiar time in which to launch a book about networking when we aren’t able to leave our homes or be within 2 metres of people but having run various networking groups and events since 2009, I know without my network I wouldn’t have got through the past few months. 

Small business networking has amassed a bit of a bad reputation, think suits and awkward conversations in a room full of people trying to sell to you. You can see why people tend to avoid it. However, the correct type of networking is not only vital but also an inexpensive tool for your small business. 

I currently co-run Lemur Linkup Networking Group as well as organising monthly Self-employed Team Building Socials and netwalking events, anything that gets people together in one space talking, once you get to know people conversations naturally and organically turn to business, sales and collaboration. The key is in the getting to know you part, not the sales part.


Networking A Successful Small Business will talk you through;

  • Why your business needs to network. 
  • How to find and prepare for networking events. 
  • Communication and body language.
  • Developing and building relationships. 
  • Networking labels, what kind of networker are you. 
  • Networking goals and collaborations.

Filled with quotes and anecdotes from a plethora of small business owners, this book makes essential reading for anyone looking to network their way to success!

“Honest, practical and packed full of good ideas. I love the focus on wellbeing and long term relationships. So relevant for all freelancers and small business owners, but especially mums.” Susan Odev, Author Mumultrapreneur

“Networking A Succesful Small Business” published 15th May 2020
ISBN 978-1-5272-6149-5 (paperback) via Amazon
Review copies available on request

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  1. June 20, 2020 / 5:49 pm

    Such an awesome achievement and feel privileged to have been a small part of it x

  2. October 1, 2020 / 9:01 am

    Congratulations on your book! I’m looking forward to reading it soon.

  3. October 1, 2020 / 10:43 am

    The word ‘networking’ fills me with dread… So I would love to read your book so you can kick that idea in the bum and tell me how to do it in a fun way!
    I loved your netwalking last month – great fun!!!

    • October 1, 2020 / 11:06 am

      We loved having you 🙂 Hope you can join us again in October.

  4. Anita
    October 1, 2020 / 1:25 pm

    Can’t wait to learn all your book has to offer! Thank You!

  5. Melissa
    October 1, 2020 / 1:44 pm

    Fantastic achievement especially in our current times. Well done and congratulations.
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  6. Grainne
    October 1, 2020 / 6:56 pm

    I loved your first book and the second one does not disappoint.
    So many great tips and fantastic info

  7. kim neville
    October 2, 2020 / 9:14 am

    Sounds an interesting book

  8. Justine
    October 2, 2020 / 7:46 pm

    Inspiration to all. Thanks

  9. October 3, 2020 / 4:33 pm

    Congratulations on your book

  10. Bev Green
    October 3, 2020 / 4:38 pm

    In these tricky difficult times the phrase “It’s who you know, not what you know” has never been more appropriate.

  11. October 4, 2020 / 5:03 pm

    Congratulations on the book, such an achievement x

  12. lynn neal
    October 4, 2020 / 10:20 pm

    Looks a great guide to help find the best ways for a small business!

  13. Courtney Kemal
    October 4, 2020 / 11:56 pm

    Congratulations on your book looks amazing I’d love to win a copy!!

  14. Gaynor Vincent
    October 5, 2020 / 8:40 am

    Just what we all need now we are working from home, great idea for a book!

  15. Harriet Leonard
    October 5, 2020 / 3:36 pm

    This looks like a fab book. I’m thinking of setting up my own small business so this would be great!

  16. Rebecca Beesley
    October 5, 2020 / 8:50 pm

    sounds like a truly useful book! I volunteer for a small charity and I think this would be useful in that context too.

  17. Peter Watson
    October 6, 2020 / 8:09 am

    Sounds a very informative book

  18. Dawn Samples
    October 6, 2020 / 10:13 am

    Always looking for tips to help with a small business x

    October 6, 2020 / 11:23 am

    My sister has just set up a bridal/special occasion hair and beauty business so I’ll be telling her about this.

  20. Gareth Owens
    October 6, 2020 / 8:57 pm

    Congratulations on the book

  21. Catherine Spencer
    October 7, 2020 / 8:26 am

    What a fantastic achievement, I am looking forward to reading and learning from it xxx

  22. Adrian Bold
    October 7, 2020 / 10:36 am

    Looks like a great book, and lots of interesting topics.

  23. Rebecca Walker
    October 7, 2020 / 8:10 pm

    congratulations on all youve achieved!

  24. Patricia Barrett
    October 7, 2020 / 9:25 pm

    Congratulations on the book! Great subject matter.

  25. Christopher Read
    October 7, 2020 / 10:53 pm

    Congratulations on the publication of your books. I would love to write a book someday!