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Anyone in a job search should read the book and follow the author's very practical advice. Alana generously shares relevant stories, helpful checklists and valuable networking tips. Beyond that, though, she reframes the whole concept of networking. Instead of looking at it as a tactic to get something short-term, she encourages people to connect with each other as a natural way of life without expecting anything in return.
The book will benefit novice networkers and fresh college graduates, but even seasoned networkers will gain new understanding. Quite honestly, I view myself as a proficient networker, having been between jobs myself and using networking as a way to navigate my career transition. I am applying many of the ideas I learned in Alana's book, and I am sharing them with friends and family. As I personally can attest, the book is relevant to those of us who are not in a job search and who are not new to networking.
This book is a valuable manual for those who are committed to making "connectedness" a way of life. Buy it and read it. Then call me so we can have coffee and discuss what we both learned.
Regarding "why," the book articulates why networking is vital - not optional - for personal and professional success. Regarding "how," the book provides a wealth of essential networking tools, ideas, explanations, checklists, and tips.
Because the book is at once inspiring, encouraging, and practical, it became my day-to-day networking "bible." When I ran out of job searching steam, I read the book for encouragement. When I needed a certain phrase for an e-mail or a thank you note, I turned to the book for examples. When I needed to prepare for a networking meeting or event, I turned to the book to be reminded of key tips or steps.
The book is very easy and enjoyable to read. It is well written, thoughtfully laid out, illustrated with whimsical artwork, and filled with practical exercises.
I heartily endorse this book. I have found it an invaluable resource for expanding my network, fueling my job search, enhancing my relationships, and continuing my growth, both personally and professionally.
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!