Practical Field Guide for Master Networking with Alana Muller Author of Coffee Lunch Coffee


151: Take Your Networking to the Next Level with Alana Muller Author of Coffee Lunch Coffee


What’s your story? On today’s episode, Joe Crane shares how you can take your networking to the next level with Alana Muller author of Coffee Lunch Coffee. Tune in and learn how you can connect with others and achieve the success you want!


The Networking Expert


Alana Muller is a Networking speaker, workshop facilitator, coach and author of the book, Coffee Lunch Coffee: A Practical Field Guide for Master Networking and a companion blog,


Her accessible, relevant, immediately actionable approach to professional Networking for those interested in connecting with others, getting involved in their community, seeking to advance their career or looking to build social relationships has helped thousands of people formulate a strategic mindset around Networking while creating a game plan to get out there and connect.


Journey to Success


Alana proudly hails from Kansas City, and highly appreciates the military. When she was born, her dad was drafted to Germany. She lived there with her parents in an army base.


In college, she studied as a Math major who was very much interested in numbers and in analyzing things. Alana was fortunately recruited out of college to work in investment banking in New York. Eventually she moved to Chicago for her MBA, and focused on general management and strategy.


Soon she returned to Kansas City, and worked with Sprint Corporation for 10 years. Alana’s experiences provided her with great insights that she still applies now as a successful networking professional.


The Decision of a Lifetime


Sometimes in life we make decisions that drastically change our lives. Alana recalls her experience from an annual retreat at the University of Chicago. It caught her attention so much that it made her question her situation that time.


There were 2 speakers in the retreat. The first was her former UC classmate, who also got recruited out of college to a big company. After few years, however, she decided to quit to begin her own business.


The second speaker talked about networks. From them, Alana realized one thing: the attendees consisted of people who wanted to become entrepreneurs and  the speakers were the only ones in the retreat who were living up to that career.


To hear how you can Take Your Networking to the Next Level with Alana Muller Author of Coffee Lunch Coffee, download and listen to the entire episode. Leave us a rating and review if you enjoyed the show. We love hearing from you!


If you are short on time, here are the highlights of Take Your Networking to the Next Level with Alana Muller Author of Coffee Lunch Coffee:


Who is Alana Muller? ([1:54])

Life-changing decision? ([5:15])

Most impactful idea? ([8:50])

The fast track program? ([11:17])

Issues on networking? ([17:42])

Tips to get started in networking? ([22:15])

Power of networking? ([27:40])


Episode Links:


Coffee Lunch Coffee blog

Coffee Lunch Coffee book

11 Tips for Making the Most of a Networking Event (free download)


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  1. Lee on February 7, 2017 at 11:35 PM

    Great episode outside the normal course for Vo/tM. I appreciate when Joe has people on the show who are anxious to help military members with their transitions who don’t necessarily have a personal connection with service. Alana Muller is a great example. Her decades of experience and robust academic foundation give her credibility and she is obviously approachable and eager to help. The episode encouraged me to examine my own “4 lists” and to focus on the connections that are so important to me.

    • Joe on February 8, 2017 at 2:51 PM

      Thanks Lee, be sure to give us an update on how your networking goes!


    • Alana Muller on February 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM

      Lee, Thanks for listening and for taking time not only to comment, but for such supportive remarks. Wishing you every success with your journey. Happy Networking!!! – Alana

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