Breaking The Bubble of Networking

Self Pace Course

Length: 4 weeks

Format: Recorded videos, worksheets, practice activities

Skill Level: Basic

Course Description

This course is an introductory course on what networking is.

What are the requirements?

Openness to learn more about networking.

What am I going to get from this course?

With this course you will:

- redefine your understanding of networking
- identify who are part of your network
- learn strategies to engage with your network
- deepen your connections through networking

Who is this course for?

For professionals who want to uplevel their networking skills

About the Instructor


Charles D.A. Ruffolo – MPA/MBA

After Charles D.A. Ruffolo met his Dutch wife, Herma, the American soldier exchanged his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the Netherlands in the Dutch province of Drenthe/Overijssel. He served and retired after 20 years from the military and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and served as a Battalion Sergeant Major. He earned his MPA/MBA degree in his free time in the military and fine-tuned his natural talent for linking (networking) common interests. Ruffolo is an International Speaker, Author, Publisher and Trainer that has spoken in many countries, presents over 100 times each year and is the most asked American speaker in Europe.

Charles has hosted his very dear friend Stedman Graham for 10 years in the Netherlands; twice Honorable William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of The United States; Sir Richard Branson (Virgin); General (ret) Wesley K. Clark (Former NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe); Vice President Al Gore in Aruba and Tom Houck, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr, Personal Driver and Assistant. He also created The NetworKing Academy, a first in the world!

The cardinal rule of networking is giving back. Ruffolo believes it’s so essential that in 1999 he founded the Giving Back Foundation. Giving Back is a non-profit Foundation committed toward bringing critical resources to the youth that need them. The Giving Back Foundation helps high-school students whose career perspectives, due to their backgrounds, are not on the same level as their talent and ambition. These students, who may potentially be role model in Dutch society and for this have the ability to develop themselves best, are offered a group and mentor program to help them broaden their knowledge and experience. Giving Back only functions from private donations from companies and people who want to give back to society.

Charles has written a book on Networking – “Network Your Way to Success” and “Your Wake-Up Call” has created a NetworKing card game called the “Ruffle Shuffle”. Both the books and card game are in English, Dutch and China languages. To give back to is Network, Charles setup “The RUF” digital Magazine giving others the digital platform to market, advertise and promote their business, services and products. Charles and Herma have been married for thirty eight (39) years.

Charles motto: “It’s not WHO you know that counts, but WHO KNOWS YOU!”

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