Diane Darling


Principal consultant for Effective Networking, Inc.


As principal consultant for Effective Networking, Inc., she founded the company on the premise that everyone can learn to network, they just need to find their own style.

Combining interactive training, strategic planning and an exploration of the natural fears of networking, Darling demystifies the process by providing techniques that can be immediately implemented.

She has received rave reviews for her seminars and speeches and is increasingly sought after as an expert resource on the subject of networking.

McGraw-Hill commissioned her to write the definitive book on networking called The Networking Survival Guide which was published in April 2003 and went into a 2nd printing just 90 days after the book hit the shelves. The book has been translated into Korean and Taiwanese. In 2005, McGraw-Hill published her 2nd book, Networking for Career Success which has since been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Portuguese, and Thai.

She has appeared on NBC Nightly News, in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe. She is a member of the CEO Club. Darling is also a blogger and random columnist for a variety of publications. She’s a former columnist for the Boston Business Journal. She recently taught in the MBA program at Boston University.

She has lived in the Philippines, Thailand, Colorado, Indiana, Alabama and now in Boston, MA. Her travels include all seven continents and approximately 60 countries.

Her hobbies include watching football, reading, and attempting to play tennis. In order to overcome her fear of public speaking, she took acting and standup comedy classes.

On March 6, 2009 Diane shared the front page of the Boston Globe with the President of the United States. He was above the fold, she was below sharing her story of resilience and challenges.



  • Monthly column for the Boston Business Journal
  • Mass High Tech – 10 tips for techies: How to network effectively
  • American Public Media – Social networking your way to a job
  • Boston Globe – Author is savvy, sought-after survivor of debt
  • Boston Globe – Even in this job market, you can stand out
  • BusinessWeek – Where to Find Top Talent
  • Newsweek – How Talking About Sports Can Help Your Career
  • Wall Street Journal – Networking? Here’s how to stand out
  • Associated Content – Boston’s WaterCooler Football
  • USA Today – Everybody in the pool
  • St. Louis Business Journal – Remember to follow up
  • Business Week – Alumni Networks: Knotting the School Tie
  • Innovation Economy – Why networking isn’t like dating
  • Austin American Statesman – A new career in a new town
  • Washington Post – Life at Work
  • International Herald Tribune – In job searches, cutting ‘degrees of separation’
  • Washington Post – Job Connections Start as Social Connections
  • Wisconsin Woman – “A Guide To Effective Networking Does the thought of networking stress you out?”
  • VarBusiness.com – “Before You Make That Next Hire…”
  • Fast Company – “Networking for a Living”
  • Fox News – “Job Hunters Hope Santa Grants Their Wish”
  • WBUR/NPR – Social Networking Sites are Career Centers



I learned networking the hard way, at one gruesome party after another. You can learn it the easy way with Diane Darling’s book. – Bob Metcalfe Ethernet inventor, 3Com founder



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