Author(s): Keith FerrazziDownload
Do you want to get ahead in life? Climb the ladder to personal success? The secret, master networker Keith Ferrazzi claims, is in reaching out to other people. As Ferrazzi discovered early in life, what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships–so that everyone wins. In “Never Eat Alone,” Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps–and inner mindset–he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his Rolodex, people he has helped and who have helped him. The son of a small-town steelworker and a cleaning lady, Ferrazzi first used his remarkable ability to connect with others to pave the way to a scholarship at Yale, a Harvard MBA, and several top executive posts. Not yet out of his thirties, he developed a network of relationships that stretched from Washington’s corridors of power to Hollywood’s A-list, leading to him being named one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 and selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the Davos World Economic Forum. Ferrazzi’s form of connecting to the world around him is based on generosity, helping friends connect with other friends. Ferrazzi distinguishes genuine relationship-building from the crude, desperate glad-handling usually associated with “networking.” He then distills his system of reaching out to people into practical, proven principles. Among them: Don’t keep score: It’s never simply about getting what you want. It’s about getting what you want and making sure that the people who are important to you get what they want, too. “Ping” constantly: The Ins and Outs of reaching out to those in your circle of contacts all the time–not just when you need something. Never eat alone: The dynamics of status are the same whether you’re working at a corporation or attending a society event– “invisibility” is a fate worse than failure. In the course of the book, Ferrazzi outlines the timeless strategies shared by the world’s most connected individuals, from Katherine Graham to Bill Clinton, Vernon Jordan to the Dalai Lama. Chock full of specific advice on handling rejection, getting past gatekeepers, becoming a “conference commando,” and more, “Never Eat Alone” is destined to take its place alongside “How to Win Friends and Influence People” as an inspirational classic.
Some Reviews: 1556 in Goodreads.com
This book is highly practical (on how to network), while at the same time also insightfull. The elaborations usually starts with a broader idea on networking, followed by stories based on Ferrazzi’s experience that we can follow. As any book that’s highly practical, some example from this book felt outdated, or not really suitable to me personally. So I take those as a different perspective which broaden my view. Also a reader for sure need to derive the examples to his/her own style to make them work.
No chapter in this book a boring read, mainly because of its authenticity and his fascinating story telling. I am glad that Ferrazzi not only shared his success story but also some mistakes he made early in his career.
Overall this book is a great read.
Quite good, had some practical suggestions relevant for me. Drawbacks: focused on American style of communication and thus not applicable in other settings & was self-aggrandizing at points, but this did not bother me much. Overall 9/10
Summary: people, we are social beings and we just have to network!
Nevertheless, do not push it! Be as useful to other people as You possibly can and do not expect anything in return. Do bare in mind, not everyone deserves Your full attention, albeit You should not impolitely ignore those who are not useful to You at the moment. Have a detailed Relationship plan, which helps You to get where You want in life. Prepare before meetings as much as You can, to find similarities with the people You would like to connect with. Etc.
To be honest, this short summary does not take everything in, including a lot of examples and Hall-of-Fame of different super-connectors throughout the history. Recommended read before reconnecting with people. Do not be that jerk, who just fires out business cards. Be genuine and remember.. it is actually OK to eat alone, but You will misss out on interesting conversations You might be having if You do not eat alone.
I picked this up because of some of the great reviews I’ve seen and because it’s about networking which is an area I can improve in.
Overall it was really good and I picked up a couple ideas of ways I can improve. The main thing I got out of the book was that relationships are really more important than we realize. In the individualistic, digitally entertained version of America we live in, this is an important point to bring up.
The writing is lacking in a couple of ways. Some of the chapters, especially those near the end, feel thrown together or added for no reason. It could be about 100 pages shorter and be just fine. Another interesting thing is he talks about how ‘self-help’ won’t ever work. We need to help each other out, learn from each other, and such. However, I would classify this book as a self-help book.
I liked the beginning of the book a lot, but the longer I read, the more repetitive it seemed. It is written skillfully and keeps an audience engaged, but there are quite a bit of similar if not identical ideas given in a slightly different situation or context. On the other hand, the personal experiences and the fact, that author opens himself up to a reader make this book interesting and his guidance valid. During my reading, I could not shed off regret than I was not able to read this 30 years ago. Some of the ideas I intuitively found myself, some of them occurred by accident, but I experienced a lot of anxiety and doubtfulness during my career. If I had followed my heart, learned from myself, and most importantly if I could get guidance and confirmation (which this good definitely provides), I might be somewhere else in my professional life today!
The last chapter took my bitter regret away and gave me a different perspective and understanding of knowledge Keith wanted to teach and convey. He made it and made it right!
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