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Enjoyable and Easy To Read
The author offers a wide variety of stories, anecdotes and quotes, which for me made this a fun read. They also help reveal that she wrote this while using, learning and experimenting with the ideas herself. Her hands-on approach gives the book a realism and an authenticity that sometimes is missing in advice offered from other networking "experts".
Chock Full of Actionable Ideas
Let's face it, this is a book about changing habits. For a lot of folks, habit changes related to meeting people can be scary, really scary. That's why I appreciated that each chapter was full of ideas that the reader could act on right away. For example, the "Buddy System" mentioned in Chapter Six is perfect for the reader that might be a bit nervous about reaching out to others. Chapter Seven, Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, is all about stretching and growing.
Whenever I read a non-fiction, how-to book, I'm always looking for help that goes beyond just the author's thoughts and experiences. In this sense, this book truly is a "field guide". It's full of exercises, checklists, templates, and related book titles. It also contains the names of many other master networkers whom I can reach out to now if I wish.
A Win-Win Approach
Before I could suggest that you buy this book, my values around the topic of networking had to be aligned with the author's. Alignment started early on for me while reading this on page 11, "The best networkers connect with others for long-term relationship building without knowledge of what, specifically, that relationship may ultimately bring to their lives. They do so in a completely selfless manner, without expectation of payback or remuneration." By the time I had finished the book, it was clear that Alana Muller and I both see networking as a two-way, win-win activity!
A Strong BUY Recommendation
Whether you're a networking rookie, a semi-pro or a seasoned veteran, I believe you'll find this book to be a sound investment towards your goal of expanding your network of supportive relationships.
Now go out and make a date for coffee with someone new!
For me, this book is a great resource, because I have needed to expand my own networking circle for some time now. As someone who is intrisically shy, I've always run away from networking opportunities. Ms. Muller's approach to the field is not only fresh, but it is something that feels "doable", especially for someone like me.
The book is written in a highly conversational style that doesn't get bogged down in technichal language or frightening techniques. It truly is as advertised on the cover, "A Practical Field Guid for Master Networking." It's also short and to the point...in fact, I was able to read it in less than a day-and-a-half. As a result of applying some of her techniques to my own life, I've already been able to establish several new worthwhile contacts that I didn't have a month ago. As she points out, once you start it's harder to stop networking than to continue forward!
Bravo to the author for creating a wonderful resource for networking introverts like myself!
This book is ideal for people in all phases of their lives. It provides a plan for professionals at any and every stage of their careers -- those just entering the workplace, those needing a networking tune-up, those looking to launch a new venture, or those seeking new opportunities. Moreover, this book is not written with any particular profession, in mind, i.e., sales or marketing, but rather, it provides an exacting outline (and work sheets) that apply to everyone looking to get ahead in life.
As Alana so aptly states up front, "Networking...in this economy is a necessity, not a luxury." This book takes lessons from someone who practiced what she preaches, puts those lessons on a foundation of common sense and principles for success, and then presents it in a working, comprehensive guidebook.
This book should be on every professional's book shelf.
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