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“For those just starting a career or trying to reinvent themselves, this book is a great choice. The ideas presented are practical ways of establishing your brand and your influence as an expert.”
Library Journal
"[Stand Out] provides an almost painless way to uncover and build your 'brand.’”

“It’s easy to admire a thought leader; it’s much harder to become one. Stand Out illuminates
the path. With compelling advice from many of the world’s top influencers, as well as her own impressive journey, Dorie Clark has written a highly accessible book that’s both informative and motivating.”
Adam Grant, Wharton professor of psychology and author of Give and Take

“This is the book for you if you are starting any kind of personal, professional, or societal movement. Clark has penned a breakthrough process for taking your big idea from infancy to maturity. Read this book and your revolution will be officially in motion. Highly recommended.”
Michael Port, author of Book Yourself Solid

“In today’s crowded marketplace, having a great résumé or business idea is not enough to be successful. In Stand Out, Dorie Clark clearly and powerfully teaches you how to become a recognized expert in your field, leading to more opportunities, income, and impact in the world.”
Pamela Slim, author of Body of Work

“This isn’t another book about marketing. It’s a book about how to develop an idea and a voice powerful enough to deserve a powerful following and real influence. It’s about how to stand out in the ways that matter.”
Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way and Growth Hacker Marketing

“Dorie Clark has developed an engaging resource to differentiate yourself in today’s marketplace. From finding your niche, or big idea, to building your audience, Clark effortlessly guides you through the process to inspire others.”
Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back

“Dorie Clark is a thought leader in how to be a thought leader. She’s an expert in how to be an expert. Her book offers clear tips on how to stand out, whether you’re a blogger, a rocket designer, or a laundry machine reviewer.”
A. J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All

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Too many people believe that if they keep their heads down and work hard, they'll be recognized on the merits of their work. But that's simply not true anymore. "Safe" jobs disappear daily, and the clamor of everyday life drowns out ordinary contributions. To make a name for yourself, to create true job security, and to make a difference in the world, you have to share your unique perspective and inspire others to take action. But in a noisy world where it seems everything's been said--and shouted from the rooftops--how can your ideas stand out? 

Fortunately, you don't have to be a genius or a worldwide superstar to make an impact. Drawing on interviews with more than fifty thought leaders in fields ranging from business to genomics to urban planning, Dorie Clark shows how these masters achieved success and how anyone--with hard work--can do the same. Whether it's learning to ask the right questions, developing and building on an expert niche, or combining disparate fields to get a new perspective, Clark outlines ways to develop the ideas that set you apart.

Of course, having a breakthrough insight is only half the battle. If you really want to share your ideas, you have to find a way to build an audience, communicate your message, and inspire others to embrace your vision. Starting small is fine; Clark provides a step-by-step guide to help you leverage your existing networks, attract new people to your cause, and, ultimately, build a community around your ideas.

Featuring vivid examples based on interviews with influencers such as Seth Godin, David Allen, and Daniel Pink, Clark shows you how to break through and ensure your ideas get noticed. Becoming a thought leader, in your company or in your profession, is the ultimate career insurance. But--even more important--it's also a chance to change the world for the better. Whatever your cause, perspective, or point of view, the world can't afford for the best ideas to remain buried inside you. Whether it's how to improve the educational system or how to make your company more efficient, your ideas matter. The world needs your insights, and it's time to be bold.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (April 21, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591847400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591847403
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kare Anderson VINE VOICE on April 21, 2015
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Want a key to a more accomplished, adventuresome and meaningful work and life with others? Try this: Distill your smarts and most passionate interests into a distinctive, much-needed method. What gets in your way of making that happen? “The curse of knowledge.” That’s when you know things that the others do not and you have forgotten what it’s like to not have this knowledge. Yet if you discover how to make that knowledge understandable and valuable to people or organizations in a new niche, you can become sought-after. You need to be able to step back and see, within your multi-faceted expertise what Dorie Clark calls your best breakthrough idea that can most attract others. She shows how you don’t necessarily need distinguished diplomas from top schools as approachable TV cooking celebrity Rachel Ray and Google engineer and Search Inside Yourself mindfulness teacher Chade-Meng Tan have proven.

Making Others More Visible and Credible Does the Same for You

Hint: Rather than pushing your message at people, pull them closer by citing others-- not you – as sterling examples at the center of your story, speech, conversation, column or product launch. See how Clark makes other experts’ insights and experiences the centerpiece of her actionable idea-packed book -- just as she does in her articles and columns. As she shines a spotlight on them, she:
• Demonstrates her deep expertise around her breakthrough ideas
• Makes her stories more interesting and
• Attracts and builds trusted bonds with complementary thought leaders
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I love Dorie's work. I am a fan of Reinventing You and have seen many of her presentations both on line and in person. Stand Out has been no exception for me, but before I share my must read sections I thought it was important you know I am a fan (which means I am surely biased). With that disclosure, here is what you must read:

Page 8 - "The World Needs You" - Stand Out explains why you must put a "dent in the universe." In other words, the ultimate impact you will have is by being yourself fully. This is the essence of standing out: be yourself, fully.

Page 28 - Your experience represents your greatest lessons (far greater than traditional schooling) and the key to standing out. Leverage your story.

Page 68 - "Janusian Thinking" - The concept of being one thing and the opposite at the same time. This is a mind blower, and the most marked up section in my book. The lesson is this. To stand out in an industry the odds are in your favor if you come from outside the industry. Growing up in an industry, so to speak, defines you and it is hard (impossible) to achieve Janusian Thinking. Come from the outside and your are positioned to break the rules.

Page 108 to 122 - This is a mastery lesson in networking. I have observed Dorie's professional career enough to know that she lives this and is wildly successful as a result. This section is the most marked up in my book. I read it multiple times already. My favorite "secret" is not networking with clients per se, but networking with complimentary vendors / competitors.

Page 150 - Become a Connector - This section teaches the basic premise of standing out... reciprocity. Care for others success and they will care for yours.
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Dorie Clark is an expert on personal branding. We met through a community of top-tier global consultants where she set her intention to reinvent herself (she has written a book on that--Reinventing You!) and build her brand. She executed successfully and at lightning speed!

Stand Out is relevant to me as the CEO of a woman-owned small business, and to those we serve: mission-driven women leaders and women business owners worldwide. From small and medium-sized enterprise to large, we need to build strong brands to succeed in the marketplace.

What you’ll get in it are success principles Clark has put into practice and insights from some of the best of the best. She:

- Has researched strategies from people who’ve gone from a single plank in their brand platform to Eiffel Tower, and have done so generously offering substance and value to others.
- Shares her own path from being an unknown who was dismissed by a chamber of commerce as a potential speaker to being called a branding expert by Fortune.
- Makes the content relevant for people in any stage of their branding initiative and strategy.

My wishes for Stand Out?

- An image or graphic of the path she lays out for us. I like to see the big picture and having a framework to hang my learning on.
- Guidelines on how to prioritize focus areas.
- That the book didn’t make it look so easy! However, this is true of many excellent books. They are the culmination of years--of blood, sweat and tears--that go into the seeming “overnight success.” I’m pleased Clark has anticipated readers’ needs by offering a free 42 page Stand Out Self Assessment Workbook on her website www.DorieClark.com, an audio version here on Amazon. and an online course.

For people who want to stand out, Clark brings us the “best of” others, and her own field-tested strategies. Stand Out is worth the investment to buy, read, and put into practice.
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