District of Connections
Building a personal and professional network is not always an easy thing to do, particularly in Washington. Even after you may feel you have built a solid network of good people around you, it can still be difficult maintaining those relationships. Each relationship with a colleague, friend or family member requires energy, attention and work. Rather you are a young adult or seasoned professional, now is always the perfect time to learn new skills or brush up on old ones to help you understand and navigate relationship building with substance and style.
Two standout books penned by African Americans that share a wealth of knowledge are The Personal Touch: What You Really Need to Succeed in Today’s Fast-Paced Business World by public relations and advocate, Terrie Williams and the classic Success Runs in Our Race: The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the Black Community by George C. Fraser. The latter many consider required reading for someone looking to build his or her career. Both books fully grasp the idea that networking is not about the quantity of connections but the quality of connections. In a city built on connections and learning how to connect the dots, these are two books that you should definitely check out.