Heart of Networking Presentations


I have been fortunate to share the principles from my 2004 book, The Heart of Networking, over 200 times in the past 6 years. I have spoken to groups of several hundred to only 2 folks on one occasion. I never tire of sharing ideas that have been learned over 40 years, first watching my dad, and second, watching other great networkers.

I am available to speak to any group. My fee has varied from $5,000.00 to a bottle of spring water depending on the budget of the group and travel required. I would love to share with your group in 2010 or 2011 if the opportunity presents itself. The second edition of The Heart of Networking is complete and it should be published by October 2010.

I included a few of the comments from attendees of previous presentations. My speech is filled with passion, humor, and great take away tools that can be applied that very day. 

Thank you,





It’s ironic to see that you create excitement in board rooms when your name is chosen as a speaker. Almost as if you were Michael Jackson himself. And yet, your persona is reminiscent of good old Michael Murray from down the street. Keep up the good work Atlanta really needs more people like you. 

Vice President

Security Software Company



We appreciated your willingness to come speak to our group at such short notice; I know that you spent additional time to personally sign the books as well, which I’m sure took more time from an already booked schedule. 

The reaction from the attendees was just tremendous – both anecdotally and on our evaluations. They really appreciated an outside perspective such as yours and found you to be an engaging and energizing speaker – as did I. You really have a gift when it comes to speaking. I enjoyed your presentation just as much or more than the attendees. 

Manager, Leadership Development Programs
BDO Seidman LLP


Hi Ricky, 

It was a pleasure to listen to you once again this morning, as you shared your secrets to successful networking. I couldn’t agree more that one receives through giving first and your words continue to inspire us all. 


Atlanta Public Relations Firm



I continue to receive feedback from our College Hire Associates regarding the Sales Rally on Thursday.  Time and time again, you are being referenced as their HIGHLIGHT of the entire day.  Ricky, I know you are compassionate and you speak from the heart.  I also know that this is work for you.  What you must also know is that you truly touched the hearts of many during your presentation.  In fact, I am confident that you touched their lives in such a powerful way; you may have set them on the right course for life. 

“Ricky Rocked”!  How’s that for outstanding feedback. 

Warmest regards,

AT&T College Hire Sales Center



Just wanted to send you a note to let you know your talk this morning was very inspiring to me. I’ve done a lot of refocusing in my life over the past couple of years, and I’ve found also that to love others and to serve are the foundations that make for a great life. To hear you reaffirm this warmed my heart today and re-energized me again. 


Managing Editor

Southeast Technology Magazine 


Mr. Steele: 

Thank you for your excellent presentation at the Community Health Charities breakfast. I found your remarks very inspirational and energizing.  

Executive Director

Health Care Community Outreach 


Good morning, Ricky 

I want to share with you just a few of the comments we received from students and alumni on last night’s evaluations: 

“Ricky Steele gave me a fresh appreciation for purposeful networking.  He helped me to “re-frame” my understanding of effective networking.”

“Heartfelt and inspiring.” 

“The humor was very effective, and I appreciated him showing his heart.” 

“Mr. Steele is honest and authentic.  It was interesting that he is not a counselor, yet principles that helped him to be effective in his work can be applied to our field.” 

“Great enthusiasm and passion for the material.  I learned something new today.” 

“I wish we’d had more time with him.  I loved his heart and his message.” 

“I enjoyed the passion and authenticity with the presenter spoke.  I honestly didn’t know how the workshop would apply to my world, but I gained some valuable insight and information.”

“It was refreshing to hear someone speak from the heart and integrate his faith into business.” 

“He communicated a refreshing message that was others-focused.   

“I love how he communicated loving people in networking and made it an extension of being ‘fishers of men.'” 

The event was a major success, Ricky!  Thank you for sharing yourself with us. I’ve personally been inspired by what you said  about “schmoozing” versus true networking and being present with people even when you have a million things to do.  I’ve been really convicted there — stuff can wait, people can’t.  I also loved what you said about failing versus quitting.   

Meeting Planner

Atlanta College



As I walked back to the capitol this am, I found myself thinking happy thoughts and finding new ways to consider my “adversaries” under the gold dome.  All due to your inspirational words this morning.  

Senior Executive

Technology Division

State of Georgia


Mr. Steele: 

Thank you for sharing time and your experiences with the leaders of Cobb County. Your presentation was well received and I appreciate the references you made about our organization.  


Leadership Cobb



It has always been a pleasure and honor to be your friend over the years. However, I have never been prouder of you than I was at the Leadership Atlanta this weekend. Your personal comments and obviously personal connection to the group and the needed was overwhelming. I did not believe that the last session on the last day would be one of the best memories of the weekend for me.  

President and CEO of Large Atlanta Technology Firm



Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2006. Your message was the perfect way to end a great opening retreat. Your passion and commitment to the community was so clearly apparent and so inspiring!  


Not For Profit Community Development



It was an absolute pleasure meeting you at the NAAAHR meeting last Wednesday!  I have been thinking about you and your approach to networking since the meeting.  I think the world of you and hope to make you proud as I take the nuggets that you shared and implement those in my own life!  

Have a great week! 

Senior Talent Consultant Talent Connections


It was an absolute pleasure meeting you at the NAAAHR meeting last Wednesday!  I have been thinking about you and your approach to networking since the meeting. I think the world of you and hope to make you proud as I take the nuggets that you shared and implement those in my own life! I was so impressed that I immediately began recommending your book to job seekers to improve their job search networking strategies.

Vice President

Atlanta Staffing Agency (Presentation to the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources)



I wanted to thank you, once more, for your great presentation yesterday.  I think you really captivated the audience—not easy to do with 1,000 teens!  Thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to speak to our students.  


Private High School (Presentation to student body on passion and community service)



Thank you again for your talk last night at St. Joseph’s Church. Your insight on effective networking is tremendously valuable to all of us in the Career Community Network and has given me personally many tools to increase my chances for a successful job search. Your experience through all of your setbacks and successes are true testimony to the words you spoke, that “failure is about falling down…quitting is about staying down”. Thank you for inspiring us to stay positive and stay in the hunt. Please keep us in your prayers as we will certainly do the same for you and your family.

Job Seeker (Presentation to Job Seeker Ministry at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church)



I enjoyed your networking speech last night at the United Methodist church in Snellville, GA. Thank you for your presentation last night.  I was touched by your recognition of us military veterans. My Vietnam tour was cut short due to being wounded in a rocket attack.

Job Seeker (Presentation to the Snellville United Methodist Church)



Thanks for delivering your networking message to FENG last week. You touched a lot of people. My biggest take away was regarding community involvement. You’re a good man, Ricky.  

Financial Executive (Presentation to the Financial Executive Networking Group)  



I want to thank you for presenting to the executives in transition at the NFC on Thursday.  I’m sure you could tell you were very well received and I saw everyone busily taking notes; including myself and I have seen it before!   

I know your time is precious and I really appreciate your taking time out to spend with us.   

Executive Director

(Presentation to the clients of an Executive Outsourcing Company) 


Mr. Steele: 

Just a quick note the let you know how much I enjoyed you presentation at this

morning’s  Kettering meeting. It was great! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and experience with us. 

Managing Director of Large Consulting Firm

(Presentation to the Kettering Group)


Mr. Steele, 

Thanks again for the presentation.  You obviously went the extra mile to pull together the copy for those of us who could not attend.  I especially enjoyed the bonus points section. 

Based on the presentation, I’d imagine Proverbs 11:25 would be a decent description of who you are: “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” 

Thanks for the refreshment! 

Human Resources Manager

Software Company 



Your inspiring presentation at Gwinnett Technical College was the right message at the right time. There are many that can benefit from the wonderful message you have to share about the importance of making connections and networking.  

Institutional Advancement Officer

Gwinnett Technical College



On behalf of all the volunteers and guests at RUMC Job Networking last night we want to let you know what fantastic presentation(s) you gave last night. 

The energy, passion and effort you give to help those in career transition is remarkable. You give before you think about getting and it shows. 


RUMC Job Ministry


Dear Ricky, 

It was a pleasure meeting you and I appreciate you taking time to speak with me following your lecture.  I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation last night at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Your optimistic message and sharing faith were very encouraging for those of us in the job search mode!  Your humor shared with many great insights and wisdom was very helpful and motivating.  Thank you for taking time from your very busy schedule to spend an evening with this career ministry.

Again, many thanks for your generosity and I hope to see you again soon. 

Most sincerely, 

Job Seeker



I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your talk to The Citadel Alumni. I’m almost finished with your book and am taking notes. I am taking the copy that you signed for my boss to Houston next week.  

Colonel USAF Ret.



Thank You so much for taking the time to come speak to us last night, at The Atlanta Citadel Club. I have heard many great speakers about networking and personal betterment and I have to say that you rank as the best! You are so passionate about what you do and it shows. If only we could all have that satisfaction that is illustrated through your presentation. 

Keep on Spreading the word to EVERYONE.

Thanks again, Good Luck, and God bless! 


Ricky, I want to thank so much for making the enormous effort to present your networking views to our professional group. You got great reviews and we are flattered that you took the time to be with us.

Once again, thank you.

Managing Partner, Grant Thornton LLP


Of course I was only one of about two hundred at King & Spaulding this morning that enjoyed your talk.  

Thank you particularly for the last two points in your talk this morning. Clearly they are central to you. Just as clearly, the rest of us need to be reminded of them. I hope it will mean something to you to know that I tried to be a better person for the balance of this day as a direct result of your thoughts and words this morning. Whether I succeeded, only the Lord knows, but that I tried is because of you.  

Thank you again. 

Marketing Executive

Web Based Applications Development Company


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