Diane Darling knows the value of relationships and how to build them. The author of McGraw-Hill’s definitive book on networking, The Networking Survival Guide. Diane speaks and trains thousands of people each year on ways to build relationships, leading to opportunities and growth. She believes that now, more than ever, in today’s fast-paced competitive world, anyone can leapfrog their way to successful relationships once they master the art of networking.
Diane’s first book went into a 2nd printing just 90 days after the book hit the shelves. The book has been translated into Korean and Taiwanese. Two years later, McGraw-Hill published her 2nd book, Networking for Career Success which has since been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Portuguese, and Thai. More recently, The Networking Survival Guide was released in 2nd edition and Kindle format.
Diane lost an important business investor in the 9/11 disaster. In addition, her previous business went into serious debt after new security measures in the travel industry became commonplace. Reluctant to declare bankruptcy, Diane moved out of her home and began the difficult task of rebuilding her life and paying off the debt.
On March 6, 2009 she shared her story with the world about how she crawled out of serious debt through hard work and great networking relationships. What a shock when she found her life story on the front page of the Boston Globe. The President of the United States was above the fold and her story of challenges and resilience was below the fold!
Diane has appeared on NBC Nightly News, in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe. A former columnist for the Boston Business Journal, Diane is currently a random columnist for a variety of publications. She taught in the MBA program at Boston University and is a member of the CEO Club in Boston.
Diane is in high demand by corporate clients because effective relationships, both internally and externally, are key to every business, for every employee. She coaches executives, junior managers and volunteers. She has worked with academic institutions, non-profits, large corporates, small associations, medium and small businesses, too. Networking doesn’t happen at events, but it happens with every interaction you or your employee experiences. Internal, external, creating joint ventures, closing the deal, managing conflict, and even chatting about sports over lunch or the office water cooler.
Diane’s travels include all seven continents and approximately 60 countries. Having lived overseas for several years and domestically, in several regions of the USA, Diane has acquired a keen appreciation and awareness of international cultures. She is able to support the complexities of cultural, gender and racial relationships