“As a direct result of Andy’s workshop, we are now implementing a “networking strategy” that is aligned to supporting our key business goal. Andy’s advice/insights have made me re-think all my customer interactions and even in the short term I am getting results. ”
Adam Newman, Health Outcomes Consultant, GSK
“The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive and we will continue to run the training in other offices in EMEA. ”
Astrid Huijssoon, Senior Marketing Manager Cross Border Trade - PayPal CEMEA
“I found the session with Andy really interesting and helpful. It offered a different perspective to development sessions I have been to before and it made me really think about how I was positioning myself at work and what I needed to be doing differently. ”
Tori Henderson, Senior Public Policy Manager HSBC
“The feedback we received from members was overwhelmingly positive, making it one of the best sessions we had all year. ”
Aileen Parsons, Relationship Manager - Strategic Client Services, Paypal
“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
“"I was captivated by Andy's insightful and thought-provoking workshop. You could feel the energy in the room at the end. Several people commented that the event had changed their lives!" ”
Miranda Abraham, Chair, Women in Banking and Finance
“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
“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
“'Networking' as a topic can often seem forced... about tools and techniques to 'work a room' or 'get noticed' - Andy's take on it in this talk was so far removed from the glib truisms we've all heard before. ”
Bryony Thomas, Watertight Marketing
“Andy's 'The Networking Mindset' networking event was fascinating. I've been to loads of networking events over the years which are always full of people who don't quite know why they're there.... myself included. ”
Nicholas Harkin, Head of Risk & Governance at Close Brothers Retail Finance
“There is a handful of people who I would consider really an expert in networking, and Andy is one of the few people on that list. ”
Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder and CEO, BNI
“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
“At each stage of the event from planning to delivery to follow up, Andy’s approach was extremely impressive. He spent time at the outset understanding us, the way we work and our key objectives and this continued with discussions with us in the run up to the event to shape the session to our needs. ”
Andrew Kelly, Director Human Capital Services, BDO llp
“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 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's enthusiastic and interactive presentation at our National conference was very much appreciated by all and his series of workshops for my leadership team has been put to significant positive use. ”
Shona MacDonald, Business Director UK & Ireland, Wound Care. Molnlycke Health Care
“In the pre-event correspondence, you were the most professional speaker we’ve ever had. By asking great questions as you did, it helped to make us more professional event organisers. ”
Jackie Barrie, Co-President, Professional Speaking Association South East England
“Andy’s style suited our company values perfectly as it is very much based around letting people learn at their own pace and be part of the sessions instead of just being presented to. There was a mixture of experience, job roles, nationalities and seniority in the room and Andy ensured that everyone felt this training was directed at them, such is his way with words. ”
Robert Kenward, Global Development Director, Banks Sadler
“I would not be exaggerating in saying that last night was the most well received and successful event YEN London has had in over two years. ”
Jairo Jaramillo - Chairman, London Young Engineers Network
“I would recommend Andy to come and spend time with any team that wants to maximize the time of its busy people out in the market ”
Tomas Freyman, Partner, Valuations. BDO llp
“Andy, thanks again for making our Balance HK event a huge success. The audience gave you their undivided attention and you could hear a pin drop when you were speaking. I have never witnessed that before, with a room of 170+ people! ”
Maggie Suttie, Chair Balance Network, HSBC Hong Kong
“Andy Lopata is a true role model for any aspiring professional speaker in my view ”
Heather Townsend, author of The Financial Times Guide to Business Networking
“Wherever I go, Andy is held in very high regard and I can personally endorse him as someone who is easy to do business with, professional and also great to work with. ”
Phil Jones MBE, Managing Director, Brother UK
“The process to gaining the right referrals does not happen overnight, but executing Andy’s strategy into your daily business routine will lead to referral success. ”
Tom Price LLB DipPFS Hodgson Wealth Management
“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
“I have already received three emails and two telephone calls from attendees who have expressly advised that as a direct result of the presentation they will without doubt be changing the way in which they network. A huge success. ”
Michael Strawbridge, Head of Member Services, Learning and Performance Institute
“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
“It is great to work with a speaker like Andy who really wants to understand the audience he speaks to and tailors his content to them. ”
Galina Lebedeva, Education & Events Senior Co-ordinator, Wella UK & Ireland
“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
“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
“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.


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

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

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

The Go-To Expert - 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