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Just Ask by Andy Lopata

Just Ask by Andy Lopata

Our February Book of the Month is “Just Ask” by Professional Relationships Strategist and Speaker Andy Lopata.

About the Book

The challenges of recent years have brought to the forefront the need to allow others to support us, both personally and professionally. But it still isn’t easy or natural for many.

Being transparent and comfortable sharing vulnerability with the right people, in the right way, allows us to enhance not just our sense of wellbeing but also our creativity, productivity, mental resilience and the likelihood of achieving our goals.

In Just Ask, Andy Lopata explores the change in mindset needed to embrace the support of our networks and the power of doing so. He discusses the impact that transparency can have on individual and collective achievement and illustrates with case studies based on exclusive interviews how it has already affected people from all walks of life.

Just Ask was shortlisted for the Business Book Awards in 2021.

“A powerful and provocative book that takes on one of the biggest challenges facing both business and individuals today. A combination of candid case studies, expert insight and practical tips makes this an essential read for anybody who needs to be more confident asking for help.” Dorie Clark, Author of Reinventing You and Stand Out. Executive Education Faculty, Duke University Fuqua School of Business

About Andy Lopata

Andy Lopata is a specialist speaker on networking and social media strategy and Professional relationships Strategist.

Andy is a firm believer that networking is an essential tool in business, that helps with not only sales leads but career growth and development.

Andy believes networking held in the same high regard as other business methods but if utilised correctly can help companies realise their goals. By knowing why you are networking and what you want to achieve, it is possible to plan accordingly and get great, measurable results.

Andy’s speeches always involve audience interaction. His unique method of presentation and philosophical approach builds the confidence of his audience and helps them to understand networking genuinely, how to create a successful networking strategy and how to support each other.

Keynote talks INCLUDE –

• How NOT to Get Referrals
• It’s Who Knows You
• Make the Room Work for You
• Connected Leadership
• Bigger Than You – The Hidden Power of Your Network
• Leveraging the Power of your Network
• Building Effective Mentoring Relationships
• How to Use LinkedIn as a Referral Tool
• The Networking Mindset
• Building Your UK Network – Exporting to the UK
• Being Social

His most recent talk is on Vulnerable Leadership

Vulnerable Leadership 

Leadership people look to their leaders for strength and direction, particularly in times of uncertainty. But does that mean that leaders need to know all of the answers, all of the time? At a time when people are being encouraged to share their vulnerability, how can leaders do so while still commanding respect? If, indeed, it is desirable for them to do so.

Andy Lopata explores the apparent contradictions between vulnerability and strong leadership. Andy proposes that not only is vulnerability an asset for leaders but it is a sign of strength and works to the benefit of the leader as an individual and the people they lead. In the talk, Andy discusses how we expect our leaders to be strong, and be seen to be strong; to be resilient and to be seen to be resilient; to take the lead and be seen to take the lead. Culturally we are conditioned to see these qualities as the polar opposite of vulnerability but Andy argues that, in fact, each of these qualities is aided by leaders being more vulnerable and authentic. This can be delivered as a keynote talk, a facilitated discussion or a combination of the two.

To order a copy of the book please visit the Amazon website


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