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Preface Who Needs Another Guidebook?
Chapter 1 Getting Oriented: Definitions and Benefits
Chapter 2 Getting Started
Chapter 3 Choosing Network Partners: Forming a Circle of Commom Concern
Chapter 4 Methods to Make it a Sharing Circle
Chapter 5 Continuation: Let the Circle be Unbroken
Chapter 6 Learning to Link: Some Hints on Helping People Learn to Network
Chapter 7 The Bridge Between Groups

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A Guide for Networkers

by Ivan Scheier
Susan Dryovage

September 1981
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Who Needs Another Guidebook?


Behind the word's popularity, there is a reality: this is a process whose time has come. Many people we talk to believe this reality deserves more substantial response than cheerleading: rah! rah! go out there and win that network game (don't ask us how).

So we asked ourselves HOW and--with a lot of help--produced a set of practical methods for networking.

Our primary source for the methods suggested is our experience in the field of volunteer leadership. Here we have taken the classic model of volunteers working for an agency or organization, extended and adapted these principles to a less formal everyday volunteering of people to one another. In addition, one of us has a background in Re-Evaluation Counseling, the other in research on human personality. Both of us also have daily lives in which we try to network with others--as you do-- and watch the experience rather carefully for the teachings of trial and error.

From this experience we developed some models for networking which we believe have wide applicability for individuals and organizations including agency staff and directors; volunteer coordinators; boards; leadership of service or civic clubs; churches and synagogues; and people associated with voluntary action centers.

In any case, 400 people of just this type helped us with the development and testing of our how-to-network models. The setting was nine workshops conducted between October 1980 and June 1981. In return for the evolving methods we shared with these people, they gave us good searching feedback with which we frequently went back to square one. All the while, we were grateful for continuous, intensive contributions from individuals: encourager-critics such as Jerry Bagg, Pat Hardy, and Jane Turner and internal review of this guidebook by Pam Bricker, Ann Hamilton, and Marlene Wilson. We are particularly grateful to Miriam Gingras for the extra care she gave to manuscript preparation and editing. You encounter a person who cared enough to contribute when you first pick up this book. Henry Dryovage, who designed our cover. Inside the cover, Freddie Botwin gladly gave some illustrations. And so, this guidebook is itself the legacy of a network, a growth dialogue, to which we now bid welcome.


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