“Andy was a guest speaker at one of European Young Professionals networking events in London in 2007. The 400 people who showed up were blown away by Andy's presentation and it was in fact one of the key reasons behind EYP London's early success. ”
Nick Jonsson, Founder, European Young Professionals
“It was an absolute pleasure to work with you! Your balance of information, practical interaction and anecdotal evidence was perfect for the delegates – they seemed enthralled! ”
Tracy Johnson, Marketing Services Director, Eventia
“Several people were surprised to find out that Andy didn’t work in our sector as he related his knowledge so well and confidently, which was key to getting the audience to buy into his advice. ”
Suzanne Rowse, Director, British Boarding Schools Workshop
“Andy has a can do and flexible attitude and is happy to develop and shape the content in line with the clients changing needs. Feedback from participants on Andy's workshops has been consistently very positive. ”
Una Murphy, Manager BBC Careerlink
“Andy worked with my business partner and me for a number of months as a referral and networking coach. Our business has demonstrably grown due to the new techniques and skills learned through working with Andy. ”
Dan Hall, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
“The striking thing about Andy is that he writes a book on networking that demystifies the process and shows you all the things you know you should be doing - but never really get round to. Then he surprises you by practising what he preaches! ”
Russ King, Product Manager, Monster.com
“Not only my individual life has had a total makeover after I met Andy, as a result of my personal improvement, the networks that I lead are now making a much bigger impact in the society. I can never thank Andy enough and would highly recommend him any time without hesitation. ”
Ruth Lau, Central Marketing, HSBC Private Bank
“There are many motivational speakers on the circuit who leave behind them just a short lived glow and then there are the subject matter pragmatic, passionate presenters who can potentially change the long term way their audience thinks or operates. I’d put Andy Lopata in the latter category. ”
Trevor Salomon – Director, Corporate Marketing, IFS
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Jairo Jaramillo - Chairman, London Young Engineers Network
“Of all the events I've organised, I have never received so much unsolicited thanks and positive feedback as I did following this. ”
Emma Mortimore Membership Secretary, One Alfred Place
“It was the best talk I’ve ever been to. Loved the content, pacing, delivery, structure. Your message was very memorable (imparting that much information can leave listeners forgetting what was said) and you managed the balance between substance, detail and memorability well. ”
Rebecca Aguilar, BBC Worldwide
“Andy has successfully elevated networking into more of a strategic arena ...................rather than it just being a "skills" thing. ”
Phil Jesson, Director of Speaker Development Academy for Chief Executives
“Andy is really engaging and left the audience wanting more which is a rarity when you work in Finance! He is extremely professional and personable and it felt like Andy really knew the topics and had researched the audience. ”
Nicola Hradek, Co-Chair HSBC Balance Employee Network
“"In the three months since Andy delivered his sessions, I've noticed a clear change in the approach taken by everyone who participated. We have already received a number of referrals as a result." ”
Andy O'Sullivan, Head of Sales - Hospitality, Wembley Stadium
“Andy is an energetic presenter who quickly captured our audience's attention. The content of his presentation was excellent and fostered lively commentary and questions. We will definitely have Andy back for another session and are looking for other ways to partner with him. ”
Jennifer Rademaker, Head of Strategy Development Europe, MasterCard
“Andy certainly made a difference on how I normally approach / perceive events such as this. ”
Ann Azzopardi, Category Buying Manager, Pret a Manger

Blogs, Networks, Speakers and Sites - Useful Links

Here are a selection of websites and blogs which provide great advice on networking and general business, as well as links to people I highly recommend. There are many more links I could include, so please don't see this as a comprehensive list.

Networking

The Global Networking Show - Monthly internet tv show and podcast co--presented by Ivan Misner and by me. 

BusinessNetworking - Blog from US founder of BNI and best selling author Ivan Misner 

Business Networking Blog - Short and snappy networking tips and podcasts from CEO of UK based NRG Networks Dave Clarke

The Networking Coach's Opinion - Blog from Belgian author of 'Let's Connect' and 'How to Really Use LinkedIn' Jan Vermeiren

Million Dollar Networker - A networking resource site from Rory Murray, who has estimated that he has earned a seven figure sum through networking

Networking Insight - Straightforward and simple networking advice from Chicago's Jason Jacobsohn

Social Media Marketing and Business Promotion – blog from Warren Cass including a host of excellent guest bloggers

Just Professionals - Great blogs on how to use social media for business development from UK architect Su Butcher

Business Scene - Your guide to finding networks around the UK, together with some pretty good events they run themselves

Joined Up Business Networking - Networking tips from Heather Townsend, author of the forthcoming 'FT Guide to Business Networking'.

Find Networking Events - UK-wide directory of networking events, split by region. Also has regional section for Women's events

 

Business Networks

The Professional Speaking Association - for anyone who speaks for a living

NRG Networks - Monthly meetings in various UK locations

Academy for Chief Executives - Peer-to-Peer mastermind groups for CEOs, senior directors and entrepreneurs

BNI - weekly referral-focused business networking meetings

BRX - my old company. Referral-focused networking

4Networking - An online community and regular breakfast meetings, without the level of commitment of a BNI or BRX

Business4Breakfast - Regular referral-focused breakfast meetings

European Professional Womens Network - A network focused on the development of professional women. Very proactive with a range of events.

Women in Technology - Career opportunities and excellent events for women in IT industries

Women in Banking and Finance - Professional organisation committed to empowering its members in the banking and finance industry

Sister Snog - Women's Networking with attitude

1230 The Womens Company - Local women's network for both support and referrals.

The Athena Network - For women in a business development role

International Special Events Society - Excellent network if you are in the events industry. Chapters worldwide

London Launch - for the events industry and meeting planners in London

LinkedIn - The online platform for generating business referrals

Twitter - Great for spreading your message quickly and virally.

Xing.com - Good business network with strong membership on the European continent

 

General Business

Rubber Cheese - The excellent designers of our website and products

Fresh Business Thinking - A range of excellent advice for business owners

Enterprise UK - Great advice and support for young entrepreneurs

The Book Midwife - Looking to get in print? Mindy is the power behind my third book and well worth speaking to

Jo Parfitt - Another great resource for budding authors from the editor of 'Building a Business on Bacon & Eggs' and co-editor of '...and Death Came Third!'

Web Copy that People Read - Great advice from co-editor of '...and Death Came Third!' Lesley Morrissey

Corporate Toolbox - A one-stop shop for business training e-books, books, audio and video tools - all focusing on growing your career, your team, your business and your results.

Round Earth Leadership - fascinating profiles of visionary leaders

Careers City  - Job Board for female talent in London from the amazing founder of WearetheCity.com Vanessa Vallely

 

Speakers we Recommend

Alan Stevens - Media training and presentation skills

Molly Harvey - Leadership

Peter Roper - Running a family business

Paul McGee - 'Shut up, Move on' style motivation. How to succeed and thrive in challenging, changing times 

David McQueen - Storytelling, presentation skills and leadership

Will Kintish - Networking skills and using LinkedIn

Geoff Ramm - Marketing and customer service

Lara Morgan - Business growth, entrepreneurship and sales strategies

Phil Jones - Managing Director of Brother UK. Achieving your personal potential. Getting the most from people plus all areas of business  

Matt Crabtree - Leadership, change and transformative growth

Sean Weafer - The High Trust Advisor expert

Jo Simpson - Understanding your core values

Jeremy Nicholas - After dinner speaking and event / conference host

Graeme Codrington - The future world of work

Michael Jackson - The impact of change

Richard McCann - An iCan attitude

Lee Jackson - Powerpoint Surgery

Lesley Everett - Personal Branding

Celynn Erasmus - Nutrition and wellness

Itay Talgam - Leadership lessons learned from the great conductors