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The Connector's Advantage


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Michelle Tillis Lederman, CSP, PCC, named one of Forbes' Top 25 Networking Experts, is the author of several books including the internationally known The 11 Laws of Likability. Tillis Lederman is the founder and CEO of Executive Essentials, which provides customized communications and leadership training and coaching programs. A former finance executive and NYU Professor, Tillis Lederman is a regular in the media, appearing on NBC, CBS, Fox, NPR, CNBC, and in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and others. She holds degrees from Lehigh University and Columbia Business School.


"If you want to be a leader of the future, you must know how to build alliances and partnerships. The Connector's Advantage will help you do just that."
--Marshall Goldsmith, the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won't Get You There

In the new economy, it's not who knows you, it's who trusts you. When in doubt, don't forget Michelle's Law #10.
--Seth Godin, author of Linchpin "Too often I meet talented and highly skilled women who wait too long before enlisting allies who can help them grow in their careers. The Connector's Advantage is the book these women have been waiting for--a guide that clearly shows how to cultivate and grow the strong circle of connections that is key to sustainable success."
--Sally Helgesen, author of How Women Rise "As a CEO and a leadership coach, I'm often called on to share my insights with others. My advice is always the same: create positive lasting memories with authentic, human connections within your organization and beyond. Not only does Michelle Tillis Lederman understand how to do this, but she communicates this knowledge with ease. The Connector's Advantage is the authoritative guidebook to navigating and maximizing the potential of your connections."
--Garry Ridge, president and CEO of WD-40 Company I know how many hurdles there can be to growing a business--a strong network gives you a leg up. The Connector's Advantage offers real, applicable advice on how to create authentic connections for reaching your potential, and standing out from the crowd.
--Dorie Clark, adjunct professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and author of Stand Out Networking "The Connector's Advantage is a treasure trove of information about how to build strong, valuable ties that enhance your personal and professional life written by someone who has done the research and put it into practice."
--David Burkus, bestselling author of Friend of a Friend "There is no doubt that being a Connector is a huge business advantage and great step towards success. Read this book for a roadmap. Two huge Likeable thumbs up from me!"
--Dave Kerpen, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of People "Michelle Tillis Lederman has the ability to drill down on human experiences and find the essential lessons to be learned from them. There are times I just want to hunker down with my laptop, but I add the most value when I'm out kissing frogs."
--John Katzman, educational entrepreneur, founder of The Princeton Review, 2U and The Noodle Companies "If you've ever wondered why some people seem to be better at building stronger, more effective relationships than others, The Connector's Advantage is a must-read. Michelle Tillis Lederman is a networking virtuoso whose insights are indispensable for anyone seeking to take their personal and professional life to the next level."
--Jordan Harbinger, host of The Jordan Harbinger Show "Michelle Tillis Lederman's book The Connector's Advantage speaks to me in all the ways that shape the heart of my core beliefs about networking and building a connected support network. ... This book belongs in your top five business/leadership library. Keep it close--you will be re-reading it often."
--Major General Mari K. Eder, U.S. Army, Retired, Strategic Communications Expert "Any successful business person will tell you that they didn't get where they are on their own. Michelle Tillis Lederman's book not only describes how to make successful connections, but also guides you through the steps of how to develop and supercharge the relationships that will take your life and career to the next level."
--Jeffrey Hayzlett, primetime TV & podcast host, speaker, author, and part-time cowboy "As a champion of promoting diverse and inclusive workforces, and empowering executive-level talent for people of color, my impact often depends on the quality of the relationships I am able to cultivate with others. Michelle Tillis Lederman's insights into creating, nurturing and sustaining authentic connections are invaluable to my work in this realm. The Connector's Advantage has earned a coveted place on my bookshelf and will be recommended to the participants of our professional development academies."
--Viola Maxwell-Thompson, president and CEO of Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) "When a networking guru like Michelle Tillis Lederman shares her knowledge, everyone should pay attention! The tools and insights offered in The Connector's Advantage are invaluable to anyone seeking create powerful strategic connections in order to broaden their impact and influence."
--Denise Brosseau, CEO of Thought Leadership Lab and author of Ready to be a Thought Leader? "The Connector's Advantage explores the ways to authentically connect with others to improve our lives professionally and personally. In business, we need to remain connected in order to collaborate to solve the complex problems we encounter and need to solve quickly and innovatively."
--Rachel Horwitz, Global global learning and development director, M&M Mars "One of the most powerful things an entrepreneur can do is create a network of authentic connections. The Connector's Advantage should be in every business-minded individual's library. Whatever stage your business or career is at, a carefully cultivated network can help move you up to the next level."
--Matthew Pollard, podcast host, The Introvert's Edge "Michelle Tillis Lederman has a black belt in networking and isn't afraid to use it! Keeyaaa! In The Connector's Advantage, she is your Sensei, teaching the moves and skills you need to become a master communicator. Full of 'judo chop' insights she has collected from other networking masters, it's a book no aspiring influencer should be without."
--Ryan Foland, keynote speaker and podcast host "None of us goes through life alone, nor should we. Authentic, collaborative relationships are imperative to achieving any type of personal or professional transformation. The Connector's Advantage is essential reading for anyone desiring a stronger, more powerful launch pad for change."
--Lisen Stromberg, author of Work Pause Thrive "I've worked in the White House, Hollywood and Silicon Valley--none of which would have been possible if I hadn't cultivated strong relationships with the right people. Like me, Michelle Tillis Lederman has walked the walk, and has the credentials to prove it. As one of Forbes' Top 25 Networkers, she is a virtuoso in creating connections. The Connector's Advantage is masterclass in networking, from one of the best."
--John Corcoran, creator of Smart Business Revolution "The Connector's Advantage is overflowing with insights that will benefit individuals at any stage of their career."
--Ravena Valentine, vice-president, senior HR Leader, People Solutions at Cox Automotive

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