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Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected Paperback – July 27, 2010
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Otherwise, the book is short of substance and high on almost laughably bad social interaction advice. The book is divided into two main sections
a) Explaining the differences between extroverts and introverts. Nothing new here. Suff like "It's ok to want to eat alone."
b) Actual tactics. This is the weakest part of the book with advice like "Stay close to the food table" and "ask questions like 'Are you religious?'" and "Compliment people on unique items they ar wearing" Frankly, the author's advice is so woefully off, it's a little embarrassing. It's like the author just kind of ran out of steam and started making stuff up in order to send the manuscript off to the publishers.
If you, in fact, do need advice like " Here are some sample openers: 'Would you like to join me at the appetizer table?'"... then perhaps this book is for you. If you're looking for something more substantive, then seek elsewhere.
In "Networking for People Who Hate Networking", Ms. Zack explores the inner workings of the introverted vs. extroverted personality type. She helps to dispel some of the myths or stigmas that seem to be attached to the introverted personality type. This is an easy to read book with a good bit of humor.
Very early in the book she provides a comprehensive self assessment that aids in determining how strong your preference is for your dominant style. Introvert, extrovert or somewhere in between.
The "Crash" course on Introverts and Extroverts in chapter 3 is an excellent look at the difference in the two personality types. According to Zack introverts are reflective, focused and self-reliant, while extroverts are verbal, expansive and social. A few more traits of these 2 divergent cultures include:
* Think to talk
* Energize alone
* Enjoy few stimuli
* Need concentration
* Prefer one on one discussion
* Value privacy
* Talk to think
* Energize with others
* Enjoy simultaneous stimuli
* Need diversion
* Prefer group discussion
* Value public sharing
Zack's re-write of the golden rule (Treat others as you want to be treated) to the platinum rule (Treat others as they want to be treated) is pure genius.
The book is an excellent "field manual" for introverts and provides numerous guidelines and "how to" examples for different networking situations.
Ms. Zack smashes the dusty old rules of standard networking advice and introduces the sparkling new rules of pause, process and pace.Read more ›
She does have a few useful points scattered amongst the chaff. She advises you to develop an interesting 30 second self-advertisement, variations of which you can spout off as the situation requires.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always hated the idea of networking, but as a graduate student interested in moving into an industry position, I needed to start ASAP. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beth
Great book and author. Heard her speak at an event I attended. Written with lots of humor.Published 6 months ago by bermudagirl
I had to give up on this book after chapter six when she was still offering descriptions and quizzes on how to tell who is and isn't an introvert. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kyle Smeby
I did like this book. There are some passages in the book where the author gives examples of behavior that seems abhorrent and/or illogical to an extrovert and an introvert that I... Read morePublished 7 months ago by chelle
Good read if your not the best at "networking" gives you tips and explains why some people are networkers and some are not. It helped get rid of the anxiety of networking!Published 10 months ago by JMoore