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Networking in the 21st Century: Why Your Network Sucks And What To Do About It Paperback – December 11, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of his new book and I'm glad he thought of me. Knowing D. personally, I was happy to see that his personality, light-hearted snark, and playful humor shone brightly throughout the book. That made for an easy read and I felt like David and I were having a conversation at the bar or coffeeshop. If you want to get to know D. Fish and his storytelling prowess, I highly recommend checking out some of his YouTube videos by searching David Fisher The RockStar Success Library.
Let's chat about the book. As his first published book, it's clear D. wanted to lay the groundwork for what the wishy-washy topic of networking actually entails and what makes for a fundamentally effective networker. D. takes the novice reader through the history of networking and uses clear examples to demonstrate his philosophy on the topic. The advanced networker then hops on board and he takes both through tactical steps on how to build a relationship with your contacts over time that will lead to potential business opportunities.
I'm one of those natural networkers D. mentions in the book that has an easier time striking up a conversation and I have always thought of myself as a pretty good networker, but I still found a lot of value in the tactics David recommends for open-ended conversation starters, follow-up questions, managing your database and re-engaging your contacts over time. I expect more advanced books in D's future as he takes his readers to the next level once they become comfortable in executing the tactics demonstrated in the book.
Final verdict? I recommend 'Networking in the 21st Century' to both the novice and advanced networker, both of whom will find nuggets of inspiration for growth in their networking skillset.
Also, being someone who often dreads big networking events, I appreciated how the book addressed introverts vs extroverts in the context of networking. Though I have successful networked before, this book gave me new ideas and a newfound confidence given my skill-set and personality.
Overall David have a humous voice which I found to be very down-to-earth and made this read easy and enjoyable.
While this book definitely has some sales perspectives, it is written to apply to the rest of us too! He did a great job explaining in plain English why it is so important to network, and why it can be so difficult to network. Demystifying networking and logically explaining the exact challenges I have was so refreshing. I now understand that I’m not broken and I’m not doing it wrong; I just haven’t set myself up for success. It all finally makes sense! The tips and tricks that he outlined were done in an approachable way in consumable chunks that anyone could easily pick up and run with, or not, as you saw fit. I have already put some of his advice to practice already.
I look forward to reading this book again and further improving my network and highly recommend this book.
I'm definitely looking forward to unsucking my network after reading this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a must have for anyone looking to build on their professional connections. David's honest and personal approach to the subject of networking allows the reader to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Thomas Fisher
This book is a tremendous resource for all who can benefit from a more diverse, robust network. The author, David Fisher, provides a well-written, user-friendly framework for how... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Samuel Consolazio
Great book! Very well written, informative and has plenty of helpful tips for those looking to capitalize on their network.Published 16 months ago by Irina Bogomolny
The term “networking” has always been an amorphous and unmeasurable concept for me. Sure, I understand that meeting people is important, but as a business owner, I don’t like... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael D Gallo
I've had the pleasure of working with David Fisher as a business coach for several years. His coaching approach is very direct, practical and action-oriented. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael R. Willman
This is a great book for anyone looking for good theoretical information with the perfect balance of actual tips and instructions. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brad
David Fisher has been successful in various business endeavors for almost two decades, and this book is by far his best work yet. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joe Fingerhut
David Fisher offers a fresh perspective on a topic that is a challenge for most of us - how to market ourselves and connect in meaningful way. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Christine Dugan
Great books, like great classes, are ones that take nebulous concepts and clarify them. The book leaves the reader thinking "I never thought about it that way. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brian J. Miller