Karl Smith - The Networking Guy
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Karl Smith, The Networking Guy will:

• INSPIRE YOU – and help you building a winning personal brand to market and sell yourself, your skills, your vision, your ideas, your products or service.
• INVITE YOU – to take control of your network to generate referrals, find a job, climb the corporate ladder and realise your own vision.
• REMIND YOU – to live your truest passions.
• HELP YOU – to plan a route between the ‘now’ and where you want to be.

Dubbed 'The Networking Guru’ by one of South Africa’s largest networking organizations, Karl Smith is a pioneering personal brand, networking and referral marketing strategist. He is credited with using personal branding, networking and referral marketing to move from zero clients to JSE listed clients within the financial, banking, accounting, dental and other services sectors.

He delivers transformative keynotes and workshops for some of the South Africa’s most successful companies. Karl is a sought-after spokesperson on personal branding, networking, social media, referral marketing and authentic leadership.

He has been featured in countless publications, including Accountancy South Africa, Black Business Quarterly and CEO. Karl has authored Beyond The Business Handshake, Secrets To Getting Referrals, Networking Etiquette 101 and three Ebooks on personal branding.

Karl is known by his coaching clients as insightful, passionate and an acute strategic thinker as he assists them to turn their dreams into plans, plans into action and action into results. He exudes optimism and a genuine belief in the power of the individual to achieve great things. Karl not only sees the glass as half full, he sees the potential for it to be overflowing.

Prior to founding BNSA Karl has held numerous corporate executive positions, bringing relationship building, marketing and strategic success to major organizations. Karl's account @NetworkingGuySA is a "must-follow" account for daily inspiration.
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Trust and Betrayal at the Work Place - Are your Actions Eroding your Relationship Capital?

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 14:56 0 Comments

For many employees today, collaborative, complex problem solving is the essence of their work says Karl Smith author, speaker and founder of Business Networking South Africa.  These "tacit" activities normally involve the exchange of information, the making of judgments, and a need to draw on multifaceted forms of knowledge in exchanges with co-workers, customers and suppliers.

Trust is the foundation for collaboration and the importance thereof is widely recognised these days,…


Women and Personal Branding: The Four Myths of Self-Promotion

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 9:30 6 Comments

It's a brand new work and business world. And we do mean "brand." Today, branding occurs at the individual level. But do you want to make a woman feel uncomfortable? Just ask about her strengths and value. It's no stereotype: Studies show that women are notoriously bad at promoting their personal brands. One study, from employee search firm ISR, attributes this trait to the high value women place on relationships and communities. Women don't speak about their…


7 Tips to Create a Powerful Impact, Presence and Influence

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 14:42 0 Comments

The impressions we make on others can have a major impact on networking, building our own business, working with others and our earning capacity. So give yourself an edge and take this opportunity to reflect on how you can enhance your presence, impact and influence to help achieve your personal and professional goals.


1.         Understand yourself: A first step in developing your personal impact, presence and authority is identifying         what it is that you want…


Network at Work

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 11:00 0 Comments

No matter where you work- a company, public sector entity, university,  associations, non-profit or other organisation- networking is an essential communication skill and a pivotal professional capability in today’s workplace. It is the most effective way to get the job done, make things work, improve the processes and advance your career. Continued mergers and consolidations as well as downscaling in industry after industry suggests that no one is secure in their employment. You’ve heard it…


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At 14:32 on November 25, 2013, Jared Shippel said…

Hi Karl,

I came across your profile by chance and was impressed. Do you ever assist training providers in establishing a larger and more profitable client base?

At 20:51 on May 29, 2013, Chris van den Heever said…
It is pure inspiration to have come across your profile.

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