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Never Eat Alone

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Never Eat Alone

And other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time


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What's inside?

To make friends, help other people make more friends. Warmth and a dose of vulnerability will make your network strong.

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Author Keith Ferrazzi is a master networker who claims that his Palm Pilot holds the names of 5,000 people who will take his phone calls. That’s a powerful claim. Starting as a self-made man of humble origins, Ferrazzi developed his social network by helping people and by developing and mastering the techniques for networking. Here, he shares his methods. His light, engaging and entertaining story will motivate those who want to enhance their social and business friendships. The author advocates generosity as the key to success. That’s a radical business concept, but he claims it works. It’s certainly worth a try. getAbstract recommends this book to people who want to be more social, make friends and expand their business connections. It should also prove invaluable for those who are sick of sitting at home on Saturday nights.


Social Connections

Though some business leaders still pride themselves on rugged individualism, most successful executives learn to build wide social networks. In many ways, cultivating and developing relationships transcends individual skills. If you have the ability to connect personally with other people, you can build your career on that asset alone.

Successful networking means both meeting people and, in turn, helping them attain their goals. Networking - a commonly misunderstood term - requires being generous with your time and connections in a process of continuous giving and taking. People who are in the process of developing social networks should assist each other as they continue to include new members in their circle. When you help someone, you benefit from a geometric expansion, producing more opportunities for more people. This creates an ever-expanding association - the more people, the better. The Internet is based on the same principle: being open to all. The more people who contribute, the greater the Web becomes.

Social networking is increasingly important as business organizations become flatter and less hierarchical. In a flat structure, ...

About the Authors

Keith Ferrazzi is founder of Ferrazzi Greenlight, a marketing and sales consulting firm. He has contributed to Inc., The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Tahl Raz is an editor at Fortune Small Business. He has written for Inc., The Jerusalem Post and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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    N. J. 8 months ago
    Good book
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    M. S. 6 years ago
    It's a very good book with great ideas, however (a frequent pattern) it looks less applicable to the public sector where progression in career is dependent on a lot of other, often stronger, factors than effective networking. It even tends to be seen negatively if someone in a public administration is doing excessive networking because it can inevitably raise the question: does he/she not have enough work, in order to have time for all those coffees, lunches, chatting in the corridors?
    Overall, maybe the issue of culture is not sufficiently present in the book.
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    C. B. 7 years ago
    Not being a natural net-worker, this summary has given me plenty to think about - both in terms of things that I can do better as well as new things that I should start doing. Definitely worth a read as a summary - but probably worth reading the book to gain full benefit.