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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145168875X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451688757
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Entrepreneur Gale goes beyond the male-female divide to describe how networks transform lives—but only if the individual is ready and available. Attitude comes first. As with most do-it-yourself-change tomes, an assessment begins the process (identifying barriers and goals), followed by the creation of one’s mission statement, or what Gale calls the funnel test, which means defining three critical focuses. In this era it is no surprise that values become her next step: that is, finding and connecting and learning from friends, family, and communities who share similar outlooks and objectives. Creativity, her third and final phase, is realized through storytelling and expertise. Exercises that make these phases more tangible, from a time-waste audit to a list of barriers, are featured in each chapter, as are anecdotes of individuals who have “broken through.” A very New Age and complicated guide to establishing your best self. --Barbara Jacobs

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"A healthy reminder about the relatively simple things professionals can do to stimulate their motivational processes and achieve even greater success in today’s competitive marketplace. A useful guidebook for those desiring success through shrewd networking." (Kirkus Reviews)

“This book isn’t a rehash of stuffy, old-world networking ideas. It’s a primer and storybook, which will inspire you with amazing stories of well-known business icons and everyday people who have transformed their lives through networking.”  (Guy Kawasaki, Author of Enchantment and former chief evangelist of Apple)

“Want to bring value to the people you connect? With currency, credibility and unvarnished honesty Porter creates a brilliant model of networking for a meaningful purpose. Relating stories of personal challenge while driving efforts at some of the world’s most valuable brands she derives and shares hard-earned tools that anybody can put to work.” (Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith, authors of The Dragonfly Effect)

“In a time when we all need to learn how to unlock our human potential and make meaningful connections, Porter masterfully articulates the path ways, this is a must have read.” (David Mayer de Rothschild, British Adventurer/Environmentalist and Author)

"Porter's book hits the nail on the head. Be authentic, follow your passions, nurture relationships and use technology to improve and accelerate your connections. This is a great read with insightful stories and lots of practical tips. Not to mention Porter has executed this not just talked about it." (Gary Vaynerchuk, author of Crush It and The Thank You Economy, Founder of VaynerMedia )

“In a noisy and busy world, Porter's book helps you focus on the opportunities that matter and act on them.  Her advice comes to life through her own fascinating anecdotes as well as in interviews and stories with the key players of Silicon Valley.” (Bill Clerico, CEO of WePay)

“This book is a must read for anyone who wants to thrive in today's 'connected culture.' Networks are exponential, and networked people are exponentially successful.” (Jon Bond, Marketing Thought Leader and Co-founder of Kirshenbaum & Bond)

"Porter's a connector. In fact, she's introduced me to more people than I can count. Her book includes the recipe and the secret sauce for networking." (Celebrity Chef Michael Mina)

“Look at the names on and in this book. Porter's title isn't just a cute quip, she's built a priceless collection of friends, colleagues and contacts using it as mantra and so can you.” (Ryan Holiday, Director of Marketing, American Apparel )

“A thoroughly absorbing, and enjoyable book that challenges the contemporary conventions of networking, while leaving the reader wanting more. This book makes one thing abundantly clear: Porter Gale is a renaissance woman whose literary vision is as dynamic and impactful as her entrepreneurial track record.” (Sean Gardner (aka: @2morrowknight), Social Media Specialist)

"I've seen Porter rise and network herself from a Jr. Account Executive to one of the most well respected advertising executives in the US. If you want to know how to connect your way to success read this book and start increasing your net worth!" (Richard Kirshenbaum, CEO of NSG/SWAT, Author of Madboy, Beyond Madmen: Tales from the Mad, Mad World of Advertising)

“Porter’s book defines one of the most important and critical missing components of the digital age. That no matter how advanced or powerful or connected our digital equipment is, at the end of the day we are human, and that in itself is the most useful tool we have to create the world we want to live in.” (Nick Graham, Founder of Jox Boxer)

“Porter highlights the significance and value of strategically building your network to improve your personal and professional prosperity.” (Jeffrey Hayzlett, Global Business Celebrity, Bestselling Author, CEO The Hayzlett Group)

“This book could not have come at a better time. Today, when our networks are more valuable than ever before, Porter offers the tools that will help us tap into our connections in a way that effortlessly brings exponential returns to our lives and relationships.” (Randi Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Zuckerberg Media)

“Porter's fascinating and personal book reminds us that the more digitalized we become, the more human we need to be. And, at the core of being human is our need to connect. This book is a profound reminder of how to authentically connect with others.” (Chip Conley, Founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and Author of PEAK and Emotional Equations)

“They say it's who you know, not what you know. While not entirely true, your network is in fact a crucial tool in advancing toward your own personal goal line. Porter's advice is built on real life success. Your network IS your net worth.” (Jason Felts CEO, Virgin Produced)

More About the Author

At heart, I've always been a storyteller. I thrive on meeting new people and believe connections and relationships are a key indicator of our success, happiness and productivity. Over the past 20 years, I've been a documentary filmmaker, a commercial director, a public speaker, an ad gal, a social media fan and more. I believe life is richer when we're experience-oriented and living based on our passions and purpose rather than our fears. I wrote Your Network Is Your Net Worth to share my lessons and the stories of friends and executives to inspire and teach others how to live happier and more successful lives. I'm grateful for the support and feedback and I love hearing from readers. Please feel free to send me at tweet at @portergale or at info@portergale.com. I wish you great success on your journey. Be true to your passions, surround yourself with people that support your visions and values, help others and focus on being a "producer" or bringing ideas and creativity to the table.

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Customer Reviews

The book is well written in a very conversational style.
John Chancellor
By being present, available and willing to help others have I been able to truly flourish and become the most authentic in all I set out to accomplish in life.
Wendy Anderson
Also, it provides numerous ways to improve your networking skills.
Denese Gautreaux

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Angela M. Hey VINE VOICE on May 7, 2013
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I heard Porter Gale speak at a technology conference, so was anxious to review her book. I was not disappointed.

There's plenty of sound advice on networking. It goes beyond the usual "go to meetings, hand out cards and tweet" advice. Porter brings experience from film production, advertising agency management and marketing at Virgin America. She inspires one to be brave and positive.

Chapters are peppered with self-examination questions - designed to probe your values, vision and vices. Part I urges you to be authentic, focused and collaborative. She challenges you to shake up your routine, try new ideas, make new contacts and value your time. I particularly like her three circle diagrams to help you align your passions and find a sweet spot.

Part II is all about being surrounded with the right people. After going through the basics of social media, Porter talks about Power Pockets - environments that provide great returns. She mentions alumni networks. Having run two alumni networks, I'd never really thought of them as Power Pockets - only to remember that one of my jobs came from my alumni network. "Are you in the right environment?" she asks wisely and illustrates this with wisdom from venture capitalist Ann Winblad. At the end of Parts I and II, you can read profiles of role models to understand how you can use the book's exercises.

Part III forces you to decide whether you are a consumer or producer. Coming out of college, many students are trained to be consumers of knowledge. So this is a great read for people at the beginning of their careers who need ideas on how to produce. Porter is never afraid to approach business luminaries, whether as subjects for her book or as fellow collaborators or as potential clients.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DDSC on June 2, 2013
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At my workplace we have been discussing using the internet to expand our contacts, so when I saw Porter Gale's new book I knew I had to read it. I was skeptically expecting it to be something of a social media user's guide, but it turned out to be much more thought provoking. In the author's own words the book told me how to ". . . follow your passions, surround yourself with supportive people, help others, have gratitude, and implement your vision without compromising your values." Sounds like a lofty goal, but the author interviewed many successful business people and used their own stories to show how they mastered this. Gale is a good storyteller and I found myself looking forward to the next story as soon as I finished one. You meet some very interesting people.

It also guides you through the internet with some great suggestions for improving your network. In the notes that I took from the book I counted over 25 websites that were mentioned. For example she suggested that you post content and photos on Google + to quickly improve the content that is shown when you Google yourself. A simple suggestion that I had not thought of before.

Each chapter has exercises and lists of tips on how to evaluate where you are and how to reach your goals. These were mostly helpful. There is a lot of introspection to steer you toward your passions or interests. If you take these seriously they can prevent you from wasting time and being more productive.

Next week I am going to report what I learned from reading this book to my team at work. I am going to recommend that they read this book. Networking is much more than seeing how many connections or followers you can get and that is the point of the book. I liked what the author wrote, ". . . expanding our network by just one person can dramatically improve our happiness and productivity levels."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ginahmk VINE VOICE on May 27, 2013
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. There is so much in this book, bypassing the tired old advice about shallow manipulations, expanding it to an examination of your life. Who are you? Find you values, your foundation and your strengths and build on this. After reflection on yourself and your aims, the author dives into setting goals and using the networking processes, emphasizing the appropriate use of internet and new communication tools. The chapters include advice on team building and measuring success against your values. Specific examples from her experiences successfully illustrate the points. The advice is sharp, down-to-earth and appropriate to everyone, no matter where you are in your career path. And unlike many other approaches, this book hammers home the need for you to remain authentic. Guarantee you can learn something from this. The title does not do this justice, so much more is covered.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Leite on May 16, 2013
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This book is not about how to make friends (laughs). If it was, I'm sure Ms. Gale would make it a success. What this book does, however is to help you understand the power you have the moment you start building and using your network of friends, colleagues, family, acquaintances, employers, employees and all the different people that surround us.

But more than that, this book teaches you to build and use a network efficiently, using the right tools at the right time, with the right people. In fact, I learned about things I thought were right, but turned out to be wrong - not to mention things I never thought about.

Anybody who lives and work in a society could gain something from reading this book.

RECOMMENDED!
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