WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT BUILD A BETTER NETWORK


"This course was a revelation. It has made me completely rethink the way that I approach networking."

James Hay, Managing Director at Barrows Global

“A really great course with tangible and useful takeaways - a must for anyone looking to grow their network.”

- Cleopatra Montague, ITV

"Everyone could benefit by being more Oli! This course has transformed how I look at networking from something I resist to something I look forward to."

Andy Shanks, CEO at EarGym

Why Now?

2021 is a year to reconsider what your network means to you. It's a year to reflect on who you want to connect with and why. It's a year to rethink your own ability to forge new relationships, rekindle old connections and think about introducing people you know and trust. This course will help you do all of that and more. It is designed to be practical, helpful and valuable, whatever your stage of life or career.

Forget 'Networking'

When you hear the word networking, what do you think?

Maybe you see a hot stuffy room, a glass of warm Chardonnay, a fistful of business cards.

Or maybe you're online, fumbling around to find the right words in an email or returning to a hero's Twitter profile dreaming of meeting them but feeling the day will never come.

It's no wonder people hate the word networking so much.

So let's forget that word 'networking' and focus on the concept of creating and maintaining great relationships that build a better network.

That's what this 12-part audio course is all about. Welcome to Build a Better Network.

About the Course Creator


"I'm Oli Barrett and my love in life is making valuable connections between people and ideas.

After meeting and working with people from every walk of life I've found that networking is really an opportunity to see the world differently.

Over the last 20 years, this approach has led to some amazing adventures:

I was named "the most connected man in Britain" by Wired magazine, and received an MBE from the Queen for services to business.

I brought the concept of Speed Networking to the UK and took it to over 50 countries.

I’m a shareholder in businesses including billion dollar mental health company, Calm.com and I started Britain’s largest school’s enterprise competition, Tenner.

I've organised trade missions, including in clean tech, to the US, India and Brazil.

I co-founded StartUp Britain, launched with the British Prime Minister, and I host a podcast, The Lens, where I interview global business leaders including the bosses of Google, Barclays & McKinsey.

In short, I love coming up with great ideas, and working with the right people to make them a reality."

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT OLI BARRETT


“The man who introduced Speednetworking to the UK is a force to be reckoned with. The “most connected man in Britain” has a passion for creating “quality connections” between people.” The Independent 

“The former Butlins redcoat’s raison d’etre is connecting likeminded people – and he does it with a smile and grace second to none.” Elite Business Magazine

“A high-energy firecracker of a businessman who thrives on making connections” GQ Magazine (UK)

“A consummate connector” Wired Magazine (UK)


Credit: Paul Clarke

WHY BUILD A BETTER NETWORK IN 2021?


There's never been a better or more important time to build a better network and become a connector.

People who do so earn more, receive more attention for their contributions and enjoy themselves more at work.

Plus, as the world of work becomes increasingly fragmented and more people pursue independent career paths with multiple jobs, the importance of your network is growing rapidly. After all, you never know where your next client, boss or investor will come from.

While the focus of this course is on building relationships in a business context, you'll find the principles we discuss translate to all relationships in all areas of life.

WHAT THE COURSE WILL GIVE YOU


After meeting and working with people from every walk of life I've found that the thing which so many people dread ("networking") is really an opportunity to see the world differently.

To quote Professor Theodore Zeldin, who inspired me many years ago, 'life is a search for people.'

Build a Better Network is all about helping you in your search for people and will help you achieve success in business and life by leveraging the power of personal relationships.

In the audio course I've distilled the biggest lessons I've learned over the past 20 years

Whether you see yourself as a beginner at the start of your career or a budding connector, or whether you're later on in your career, looking to shake things up, the course will walk you through the core principles, strategies and tactics needed to build and manage an effective network.

I also hope that above and beyond the practical strategies and techniques, this course will also be about enjoying what you do, opening your mind to a whole world of opportunity, and helping you to become more excited about your future.

Part One covers choosing who to connect to, using longshots to meet your dream contacts, thriving at online and real world events and using social media to reach a wider audience.

Part Two focuses on staying in touch, how to change a life with an introduction, mentors and mentees, and turning acquaintances into friends.

Part Three is all about collaboration, the art of hosting, cultivating your network for the long term and building a personal board of advisors.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT BUILD A

BETTER NETWORK


"This course tackles one of the most important, yet intangible, topics in personal and professional development. The learning will pay for itself in spades." 

Duncan Lindsey, Founder at More Human

“This bitesize course offers the perfect blend of insight, practical tips and easy to action challenges. I highly recommend it to anyone - you'll benefit from it no matter what life-stage you're at!”

- Priya Chande, Head of Marketing

“This was a very practical, user-friendly course that inspired me to think differently about how I approach relationships, and have a go at networking.”

- Pamela Bishop, CMO Blooms the Chemist, Australia 

MORE BUILD A BETTER

NETWORK TESTIMONIALS


"Build a Better Network has been a thoroughly enjoyable and enriching learning experience. I was better off from the first lesson! Thank you Oli”

Max Cromarty, Founder, Powers Health 

“Interesting and engaging, with lively content and great practical tips. A welcome shift of networking to something much more relational and meaningful.”

Rachel Parker, Partnerships and Development Manager, The Reader

The lessons are short and to the point so you can listen in over a lunch break, on a walk or on a commute (if you still have one)! A great way to supercharge your career or entrepreneurial journey.”

- Sara Essa, Head of People.

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

(In alphabetical order)


DANIEL PRIESTLEY


Daniel is the founder of Dent Global, a leading business accelerator in the UK, Australia and Canada. He has also written four best-selling entrepreneurship books, including Key Person of Influence, Oversubscribed and the Entrepreneur Revolution. 

ELLA GOLDNER


Ella is the co-founder and General Manager of Zinc VC which is building a new ecosystem for social innovation. She is also the founder of Alma Angels, a community of business angels supporting ambitious female founders. 

DAME JULIA CLEVERDON DCVO CBE


Dame Julia is one of Britain’s leading campaigners. She is the Chair of the National Literacy Trust and served for 16 years as Chief Executive of Business in the Community, one of the Prince's Charities. 

LORD KARAN BILIMORIA CBE


Lord Bilimoria is an entrepreneur and President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). He founded the popular global beer brand, Cobra Beer is now the company's chairman. 

MICHAEL ACTON SMITH OBE


Michael is the CEO & co-Founder of Calm, a multi billion dollar app for sleep, relaxation and meditation. He is also the founder of Firebox, and children's entertainment company Mind Candy – the creator of Moshi Monsters. 

MILIMO BANJI


Mils is the founder of Tapin, a media company preparing young people from Gen Z for the new world of work. Prior to founding Tapin he worked at McKinsey, BCG and JP Morgan. 

NASOS PAPADOPOULOS

Nasos is the founder and host of MetaLearn, a content platform on 21st century skills. He also helps thought leaders tell their stories through online content and courses, and is the producer of this course, Build A Better Network. 

NEETA PATEL CBE


Neeta is the CEO of the Centre for Entrepreneurs and an experienced executive with over 25 years of strategy and operational leadership. Previously she worked in Private Equity advisory, matching technology entrepreneurs with investors. 

PENNY POWER OBE


Penny is a speaker and entrepreneur. She founded Ecademy with her husband Thomas with the aim of helping business people, and is the author of Business is Personal. 

SIMON WOODROFFE OBE


Simon is the founder of sushi chain YO! Sushi, YOTEL, a chain of capsule hotels and property YO! Home. He appeared as a "Dragon" on the first UK series of Dragons' Den. 

STEPHEN COLEGRAVE


Stephen is the co-Founder and Executive Editor of Byline Times & Byline TV. Previously he spent 10 years working with Saatchi & Saatchi where he was Global Marketing Director and Head of Business Development. 

SYD NADIM


Syd is Executive Chairman and founder of multi-award-winning digital agency, Clock and the inventor of SwipeStation. 

TOM BALL


Tom is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of DeskLodge, a coworking company creating special, themed locations that helps people do the best work of their lives. 

ENROLL NOW


£165.83

Build a Better Network

Includes:

  • Full access to 12 part audio course
  • Course workbook with exercises
  • 30-day money back guarantee

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