34 Inspiring Quotes About Networking in Business

Making connections is essential to building a meaningful career. Use these quotes as your motivator and guide.
Matthew Ritchie
November 10, 2023
7 minute read

Networking is more than a buzzword. It’s key to growing your career. 

People often think of networking as a difficult job or something you only do once a year during happy hour at a conference. 

But making and keeping connections is important, even if it’s not part of your full-time job.

Networking can help us see things differently, find new opportunities, and meet people who can support us.

Think about it: many of the greatest success stories in business start with a chance or planned encounter. Someone talks to someone, finds something in common, or knows the same person. A relationship is formed. And lives are changed forever.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the most inspiring, motivational, and famous quotes about networking and making connections to motivate you to meet more people. 

Take a look below, and think about them next time you need to get hyped up before a networking event.


35 Famous Networking Quotes That Will Motivate You to Build Stronger Connections

1. “Succeeding in business is all about making the right connections.”Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group

2. “The richest people in the world look for and build networks; everyone else looks for work.” – Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad

3. “Your network is the people who want to help you, and you want to help them, and that’s really powerful.” – Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn

4. “Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive, and determination of the people behind it as the product they sell.”Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla

5. “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie, writer and lecturer

6. “Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” – Brené Brown, research professor and author

7. “Treat everyone like they’re important, because they are. You’re not only making yourself look bad by shrugging off a non-recognizable person at a networking event in an attempt to speak to a celebrity, but you’re risking offending someone who may be much more connected than you realized.”Tim Ferriss, author, investor, and podcast host

8. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights activist

9. “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher and poet

10. “The currency of networking is not greed but generosity.” – Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone

11. “My Golden Rule of Networking is simple: Don’t keep score.” – Harvey Mackay, author and businessman

12. “Networking is more about ’farming’ than it is about ’hunting’. It’s about cultivating relationships.” – Dr. Ivan Misner, founder of BNI

13. “The successful networkers I know, the ones receiving tons of referrals and feeling truly happy about themselves, continually put the other person’s needs ahead of their own.” – Bob Burg, author and speaker

14. “Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.” – Michele Jennae, author and networking expert

15. “Your network is your net worth.” – Porter Gale, author and former VP of Marketing at Virgin America

16. “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” – Tennessee Williams, playwright

17. “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau, philosopher and author

18. “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ’What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis, author and scholar

19. “The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” – Dorothy Nevill, writer and socialite

20. “Be genuinely interested in everyone you meet and everyone you meet will be genuinely interested in you.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru, life coach and speaker

21. “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway, author and journalist

22. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know that makes the difference.” – Anonymous

23. “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the USA

24. “The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” – Iyanla Vanzant, inspirational speaker and lawyer

25. “Pulling a good network together takes effort, sincerity and time.“ – Alan Collins, author of Unwritten HR Rules

26. “Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing.” – Warren Bennis, scholar and organizational consultant

27. “There is little success where there is little laughter.” – Andrew Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist

28. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” – Steve Martin, comedian and actor

29. “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey, media executive and actress

30. “Networking is a lot like nutrition and fitness: we know what to do, the hard part is making it a top priority.” – Herminia Ibarra, organizational behavior professor

31. “Effective networking is not a result of luck – it’s a methodical process of building mutually beneficial relationships.” – Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest

32. “The most successful networkers build genuine relationships and give more than they take.” – Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

33. “In networking, the important thing is not how many people you meet, but how many people you introduce.” – Mark Suster, entrepreneur and venture capitalist

34. “Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.” – Anais Nin, author

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Whether you’re a sales superstar, in-demand consultant, busy recruiter, or someone who simply needs to schedule a lot of meetings, one thing’s for sure—you’ve probably booked a lot of them over the past two years.

Hybrid work has forced the majority of our meetings online, and while we appreciate being able to wear sweatpants during normal work hours, the time-consuming ballet that is sharing your availability, finding a time to meet, and adding it to your calendar isn’t quite as enjoyable. 

Speaking with everyone from solopreneurs to seasoned professionals, it seems like a lot of people find meeting scheduling software either costly, impersonal, or just plain boring. And Calendly and other alternatives don’t always cut it.

We hear you. 

Everyone is different, and so is how they work. Making good first impressions is important, and you shouldn’t have to pay a premium for them or basic customizations and integrations with your meeting booking system.

Nook Calendar’s meeting proposal feature is already used by tons of high-performing teams for selecting and proposing meeting times outside of their organization. 

Now, we’re making things even easier by letting you build personal pages with shareable calendar-booking links, right in Nook Calendar. Add them to your LinkedIn profile, email signature, website, or messages when finding a time to meet.

We think it’s the best meeting scheduling software out there, and we’re excited for you to give it a try, so let’s get started.

Here’s How to Set Up a Personal Booking Page in Nook Calendar

First off, if you’re new to Nook Calendar—hello! (If you’re already a Nook user, you can skip ahead.)

You’re going to start by syncing your calendar—either from Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook—and entering your work email address.

Once you approve any necessary permissions, you’ll set up your People Bar. Search for any connections and add the people you interact with the most when scheduling meetings.

From there, you can add any additional calendars you want to see (add your personal one, if you like, to further prevent any overlaps when scheduling meetings), integrate with Zoom (so you can launch calls straight from your calendar), and choose your preferred display setting—select Match OS, Light Mode, or Dark Mode.

Launch Nook Calendar, and you’re ready to set up your online meeting scheduler.

Now, the fun begins

You’re going to start by claiming your unique URL for sharing your meeting availability page. 

Your first name appears by default, but really, it can be anything. We recommend using your full name (e.g., /john-smith).

(You can always change your URL in the future, as long as it’s still available.)

From there, you want to complete your profile. 

Your profile pic is automatically pulled in from your Microsoft or GCal account.

But you can add your name, job title, welcome message, and links to social media profiles or professional website, so guests know a bit more about you when booking a meeting. 

Then, you can start setting your weekly availability.

Nook Calendar defaults to traditional time blocks—9–12 a.m. and 1–5 p.m. These are the hours someone can book a meeting from your personal page. Adjust them based on your availability. 

Your timezone is automatically set to your local time, but you can change it if you primarily work with people in a different timezone and it’s better to visualize that when setting your availability.

Choose which calendar you want to accept meetings in—it can only be booked in one, but Nook Calendar will automatically reference your availability in other calendars you’ve synced to prevent double-bookings when someone schedules a meeting.

Now, it’s time to set up some paramaters. 

You can set up your preferred meeting duration in either 15, 30, 45-minute or one-hour increments (or a custom time).

You can also add buffer time to give yourself a break between meetings, or set a lead time of up to 24 hours, so no one can book any last-minute meetings.

And you’re all set! You can preview what the page will look like, then share it with contacts or add it to your LinkedIn profile (we suggest adding it as a secondary URL), email signature, and anywhere else you do business.

Once someone books time in your calendar, you’ll receive an email and get a notification in the Pulse.

If you ever need to make any changes, you can access your personal meeting page in the bottom of the Magic Panel and make any adjustments—either to your weekly availability or personal information.

You can also remove your availability by simply creating events in Nook Calendar and marking them as Busy to block off time and prevent any bookings.

Nook Calendar’s new personal pages for sharing meeting availability are available on Web, iOS, and Android. 
If you have any questions or thoughts, we’d love to hear them. Hit us up in our Slack Community or contact us through Support.