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The Frog and Prince: Secrets of Positive Networking To Change Your Life Hardcover – January 29, 2003
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To me it was not enough inspiring, and felt like loosing my time.
A lot of text, for a lot of obvious ideas.
It never feels nice not finishing a book, so who knows I missed the spark later on (so be it).
The style is straightforward and the content easy to grasp. There really isn't any good reason NOT to follow the concepts explained in this book.
For those of you who groan inside when you hear that you must attend a networking party, this book will surely help you overcome some of the notions you have about networking and what it can do for you. (And it isn't only relevant for business...no matter what you are involved in, having a strong supportive network can only help you.)
Of particular interest to me was the concept of approaching networking (and in a greater sense all relationships) from the perspective of how you can help others. Darcy addresses those networking types who scour a room on the prowl for only those people who can forward their own short-term aims, and rightly characterizes these folks as short-sighted. (These people also give networking a bad name for us simple folk that are only trying to help.) The idea of seeking first what you can do to assist others with their goals is reminiscent of Mr. Covey's "Seven Habits" concept of, "Seek first to understand, then be understood."
Some may think:
But what about the payoff? When will all this helping others help me? It's a shark pond out there and being nice to strangers will only be seen as a vulnerability to be taken advantage of.
If you believe this, I suggest you ask every successful person you have met if they got to where they are now by themselves. The point is, we NEED each other to do neat stuff. And there is no better way to move forward with your own goals than to willingly assist others in achieving theirs. Darcy's book outlines this very clearly and concisely, and offers a lot more useful advice as well.
Buy this book, read this book, and incorporate the ideas in this book into your life, and you will notice a big difference.
Thomas A.Stewart, Editor of the Harvard Business Review, says in his book, The Wealth of Knowledge, that "Knowledge is what we do." Darcy Rezak is a wealth of knowledge, in his own right, and his message is congruent with the golden rule - "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." For Darcy, just as for Thomas Stewart, increasing knowledge involves doing something. In Darcy's case, it involves doing something nice for somebody else.
I appreciate the personal anecdotes in this book especially when Darcy talks about including his daughter in a networking event (and describes the surprisingly unexpected results!). He includes practical suggestions about how to get young adults into the networked world.
Just simple things, like making eye contact - what a difference that makes. I have learned so much about people by practicing this and giving people my focused attention and taking the approach that networking is about 'doing something nice.'
I have often felt I was bad at networking because I lacked the motivation to try to "get" something from the exchange. Again, I've been pleasantly surprised that with some simple skills and unique insights I feel more confident. Best of all, I feel like I can be myself.
Caring more about someone else's well being than about my own gives me a different focus when I'm at a networking event. It gives me a sense of purpose. Being charged with purpose feels very different from being uncomfortably self-conscious. It's an upbeat stance that attracts people.
The best part of the book is that Darcy tackles the real issue - most people HATE to network. Reading this section was a little like being in a support group for parents and suddenly discovering that the fact that I sometimes hate my acting-out teenager is a common problem and I'm more normal than I thought. Reading this book made me feel normal. It's given me skills and insight so that when I think of networking I feel charged with purpose, powerful and free to be ... me.
I was so impressed I gave my copy to a freind.