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Diane Darling - Effective Networking. Boston, MA, US

Diane Darling

Author & Speaker | Effective Networking


Experienced, funny, authentic, introverted speaker providing tips and techniques for effective networking





Diane Darling speaking at MIT (1) Super Bowl 101 - Water Cooler Football




“At the Intersection 2.0 Leadership gathering, Diane Darling was a huge hit. She wove together elements of her personal story with principles of networking that were very practical and that resonated with the audience. Her presentations engendered lots of interesting discussion, and were among the highlights of the weekend.”

- Dr. Al Chase, Founder, White Rhino Partners

Diane is a sought after speaker about networking. Her books are published by McGraw-Hill and are translated into 7 languages.

People skills are essential in today’s economy. Without the ability to inspire, motivate, and engage others, even the most brilliant person will hit a wall. (While we all hope they do not do it literally, sometimes it sure seems that way.)

As a speaker and author, Diane Darling humorously shares her insights and techniques that can be immediately implemented helping people succeed.

Her travels include all seven continents and approximately 60 countries. In order to overcome her fear of public speaking, she took acting and standup comedy classes.

Industry Expertise (3)



Financial Services

Areas of Expertise (4)

Tomorrow's Client

How to Go From Small Talk to Big Partnerships

Networking Introverts & Extroverts

Today's Network

Accomplishments (1)

Author - The Networking Survival Guide (professional)


McGraw-Hill published a 2nd edition of my book - The Networking Survival Guide. Hard to believe that when I wrote it in 2003 neither LinkedIn or Facebook existed.

Education (2)

Principia College: BA, Art History & Sociology

Simmons Graduate School of Management: N/A, Executive Education - Leadership

Affiliations (1)

  • Co-president Boston ASTD

Testimonials (3)

Rosemary, Attorney | Legal

Your presentation at our conference rocked! I also enjoyed meeting and chatting wIth you at the lunch held prior to your presentation. (I was the good looking, late 40's, tall brunette in the pin striped suit with the great sense of humor! Not sure this sets me apart but thought I'd give it a shot.)

Jessica, Student | MIT

I'm a sophomore at MIT and I just wanted to say thank you for the terrific talk you'd given us all today. Your colloquial comments and passion was infectious to me, and I left feeling energized and excited to talk about myself with interested company representatives.

Machelle (Mache) Seibel, Speaker | National Speakers Association

I am writing just to thank you for your wonderful comments yesterday at NSA. I am a board member and we had a chance to speak shortly as you were getting your lunch plate. You have a great gift of warm and personal presentation of very useful content, so thank you.

Event Appearances (1)

Networking Strategies for Attorneys

General Counsel Meeting  New York, NY


Sample Talks (1)

How to work a room

Most people tolerate a cocktail party - only a few really look forward to the small talk and meeting strangers. This light-hearted talk gives people tips and techniques they can immediately implement. Introverts will find ways for them to gain confidence and meet more people. Extroverts will learn the difference between socializing and networking.



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance


2500 to 15000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee