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Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

af Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz

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The bestselling business classic on the power of relationships, updated with in-depthnbsp; advice for making connections in the digital world. nbsp; Do you want to get ahead in life? Climb the ladder to personal success? nbsp; The secret, master networker Keith Ferrazzi claims, is in reaching out to other people. As Ferrazzi discovered in early life, what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships--so that everyone wins. In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps--and inner mindset--he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his contacts list, people he has helped and who have helped him. And in the time since Never Eat Alone was published in 2005, the rise of social media and new, collaborative management styles have only made Ferrazzi's advice more essential for anyone hoping to get ahead in business. nbsp; The son of a small-town steelworker and a cleaning lady, Ferrazzi first used his remarkable ability to connect with others to pave the way to Yale, a Harvard M.B.A., and several top executive posts. Not yet out of his thirties, he developed a network of relationships that stretched from Washington's corridors of power to Hollywood's A-list, leading to him being named one of Crain's 40 Under 40 and selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the Davos World Economic Forum. nbsp; Ferrazzi's form of connecting to the world around him is based on generosity, helping friends connect with other friends. Ferrazzi distinguishes genuine relationship-building from the crude, desperate glad-handing usually associated with "networking." He then distills his system of reaching out to people into practical, proven principles. Among them: nbsp; Don't keep score: It's never simply about getting what you want. It's about getting what you want and making sure that the people who are important to you get what they want, too. "Ping" constantly: The ins and outs of reaching out to those in your circle of contacts all the time--not just when you need something. Never Eat Alone: The dynamics of status are the same whether you're working at a corporation or attending a social event--"invisibility" is a fate worse than failure. Become the "King of Content": How to use social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to make meaningful connections, spark engagement, and curate a network of people who can help you with your interests and goals. nbsp; In the course of this book, Ferrazzi outlines the timeless strategies shared by the world's most connected individuals, from Winston Churchill to Bill Clinton, Vernon Jordan to the Dalai Lama. nbsp; Chock-full of specific advice on handling rejection, getting past gatekeepers, becoming a "conference commando," and more, this new edition of Never Eat Alone will remain a classic alongside alongside How to Win Friends and Influence People for years to come.… (mere)
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Definitely a good read for those wanting to enhance their network of contacts and maintain them. The author goes through his methods which may seem extreme, but gives you insight on how to use your network of contacts effectively in order to benefit both yourself and your contacts. Especially enjoyed the attempts made to make contacts that were extremely successful, and at times, were not at all successful but at least provided a lesson that was learned for next time. The author also pushes the mentee/mentor relationship as he has been both, and has learned from both experiences. Recommended reading for anyone in business looking to be move ahead or simply make their own work easier by knowing the right people. ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
I read this book somewhat diagonally, and it is designed to do so. Meaningful sub headers and check lists make it possible to find the key points while illustrative stories provide evidence of the strategies’ success. And, yes, the main lesson is to be generous sharing your connections to create networks of people who can help others. Be vulnerable, accountable, and honest, and people will trust you and work with you. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
Ugh, don't bother. After about twenty pages (fifty if you are feeling generous) reading this becomes pointless. That is, unless you want to hear all about how awesome the author thinks he is (I don't know about his success, but his self esteem seems to be doing fine).
Move along, nothing to see here. ( )
  ksenia.klykova | Oct 1, 2019 |
Swarmed around me at a cocktail reception stand men dressed up in suits, clean shaven, giving firm handshakes to their associates as they smirk maliciously ready to go in for the kill. After a warm welcome and a playful laugh, I see one man continue schmoozing in order to seal the deal before he walks away, smiling with success. However, in my eyes, this is not a success. I feel overcome with a sense of being demeaned, used, and just another name he gets to check off his list of target contacts. This is how I envisioned the concept of networking—before I read the book Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi.

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Keith Ferrazzi, completely altered my perspective on networking, changing it from having an unwelcoming, negative connotation to a positive one associated with creativity and self-determination. It is an engaging read that targets young adults looking to expand their connections and build relationships. Throughout the book, he stresses how important this concept of networking is, however this brings up an interesting point in regards to his lingo. Notice how Ferrazzi titles his book Never Eat Alone, with the subtitle And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time. He strategically does not use the word ‘networking’ due to its infamous way of bringing up shifty feelings that turn a potential reader off. Rather, both the title and the content of the novel offer a humane approach, which sets this book apart from many others as a guide to build socially healthy and mutually beneficial relationships in the business world.

Throughout the novel, Ferrazzi emphasizes the importance of relationship building, rather than just making acquaintances. In my opinion, the main idea of this novel can be summed up in a single sentence from one of the first few pages where he states, “I've come to believe that connecting is one of the most important business—and life—skill sets you'll ever learn. Why? Because, flat out, people do business with people they know and like" (6). He brings up an interesting point in this statement because it seems so simple and obvious, yet escapes your mind when actually interacting with people. This is one of Ferazzi’s strong suits; he writes bluntly and to the point, allowing his readers to process the information and relate it to themselves.

One of the most influential points that benefited me after reading this novel is that this process is about making friends and establishing relationships. Ferrazzi exclaims “Those who are best at it don't network - they make friends” (60). Notice how again he avoids using ‘networking’ as the primary objective. From an outsider perspective, this makes me feel more important and cherished, knowing that my time is not going to waste, but rather will be the foundation of a friendship for years to come. At this point, Ferrazzi notes that in choosing people to befriend, usefulness and diversity are necessities. He is very persuasive in this manner. He writes, “It’s not about mass, it’s about a real connection” (63). This means that your actual network will start small, and stay small for a while, which is a new idea to me. The goal is to find people he refers to as ‘connectors’, or people who have a lot of connections. This is the most efficient way to gain contacts effectively and can be further read about in the novel The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi writes that the focus in building relationships should be on what you can do for people, not what they can do for you. This strengthens a relationship and also ties into the idea that a network should remain small for some time in order to properly cater to others’ needs.

Another point Ferrazzi writes about is the timing of when these relationships should be established. It is important to befriend others before you actually need the connection. People are more willing to do things when they feel important and can mutually benefit, rather than just feeling used. Therefore, these connections take time and hard work to develop. They should also be sincere and genuine, and that "Contrary to popular business wisdom, there does not have to be a rigid line between our private and public lives" (103). Ferrazzi continues to explain that you cannot have a boring personality, but you still should stay true to yourself. This contradictory concept confuses me. He states that you should be yourself, but if yourself is not good enough, then change. Ferrazzi offers examples such as getting interested in higher class events and functions such as golf or politics, however I remain skeptical of this idea as he labels himself as an elitist in doing so.

This brings me to the major flaw that gets progressively worse throughout the novel. By the end of the book, Keith Ferrazzi comes across as an elitist, using the novel as an autobiography. He takes every opportunity to brag about his connections and achievements, which irritates me as the reader trying to merely learn about business. Extracting his bragging sections, the 379-page novel could probably be about 150 pages. If it were not for the content being so interesting, I would have stopped reading half way in.

Still, I learned a lot from the novel, and if you can get through the egotistical nature, so will you. I plan on actively using what I have learned from it not only in the business world, but in my daily life in creating and strengthening relationships with strangers and my friends alike. Ferrazzi stressed how connections take work and time, making me recognize the value in communication and relationships. Therefore, if you are interested in expanding your friendships and growing your network, this book is an effective tool to aid you, and I definitely recommend reading it. ( )
1 stem mariafairfield | Mar 10, 2016 |
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi was one of the most interesting reads I’ve ever had. He goes into great depth on how to properly network and build relationships to get to the top. Ferrazzi does a fantastic job on breaking down each and every step of the networking process, from as small as setting goals to as big as going to conferences to get closer to people with decision making power. The most fascinating part of this book was the author’s take on branding. I found it interesting how he was talking about the person doesn’t have to brand a product to be successful but rather brand him/herself. One can accomplish this by getting their word out there and let people know what they want to accomplish and how can they separate themselves from the rest. Basically telling others what you have to bring to the table. The most important part of this process is making your behavior match your values and building a positive reputation to create trust. Ferrazzi’s main focus though is networking and making strong connections. One of his beginning points is very important. He talks about how you should want to help others because it also makes you more valuable. Most people do things for others to have someone “owe” them but the author emphasizes how one should naturally help others to build strong relationships and make both people more valuable. The first major step of networking is to set goals that match your passion and then connecting with people already in that field. Ferrazzi talks about how once you make these connections it’s vital to be up front and let them know what you’re there for and what you want to get out of it. After this you have to show why you’re different from a typical net worker. Some of the examples the author gives to demonstrate this is, making few strong connections rather than many weak, ignoring gossip, be willing to give something up and offer potential such as bloggers giving their readers content, don’t look down upon people (I agree with this one immensely because we’ve all had the self-centered boss that thinks they’re above everyone), be transparent and let people know if you want to meet with them and lastly make genuine connections such as handwriting thank yous instead of sending one mass email. Furthermore, Keith mentions if you don’t know someone that well do your homework or try to find one mutual friend. I believe this is very important because this information can be used as a conversation starter and make it more comfortable to talk to a person you’re not familiar with. Another point the author made that I thought was important was to stay on the positive side of the Administrative assistance. This is valuable because they’re the ones that will be able to give you connections to higher up people. Chapter 11 talks about how important eating with others is because it’s a nice way of building relationships which is smart because when you eat a meal with other people it’s only natural to have conversation with them. Another smart way of making connections is inviting someone you’re both passionate in whether it’s a concert, baseball game, or playing golf way. This a great way to get to know others because you’ll be spending hours with them so I strongly agree with Ferrazzi on this approach. The most important part of networking from this book is after making a connection, follow it up. These higher up people are talking with hundreds of others trying to connect with them, so it’s necessary to follow it up and show them that you actually care especially if it’s a personal thank you rather than something electronically. The next step to getting further up is building strong relationships with good connectors. Some examples of these type of people are restaurateurs, head hunters, people related to politics, and journalists. These are ones that are going to help you communicate with people who have a huge amount of power. Another good strategy Ferrazzi mentions is to merge your connections with someone else. This is a very smart idea because it only benefits you because now you have more contacts and this what the author was talking about when he was talking about how important it is to have a wide variety of connections because it makes you more knowledgeable about different type of people. The main point the writer made on character aspect is the fact that you’re never at the top and son’t change your attitude when you get there because it’s going to make you lose good connections once they see you lose control of your act. This goes off the chapter that talks about always keeping in touch with your contacts occasionally because it’s rude to lose connection and creates a poor reputation. The last major point Ferrazzi makes on the point of networking is it might be a good idea to throw a successful dinner party to build even better relationships and this also shows people you care be inviting them into your home. In conclusion Keith Ferrazzi provides a very thorough process on how to properly connect with people and get your name out that to become successful, definitely worth the read.
  Symczak | Mar 6, 2016 |
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The bestselling business classic on the power of relationships, updated with in-depthnbsp; advice for making connections in the digital world. nbsp; Do you want to get ahead in life? Climb the ladder to personal success? nbsp; The secret, master networker Keith Ferrazzi claims, is in reaching out to other people. As Ferrazzi discovered in early life, what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships--so that everyone wins. In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps--and inner mindset--he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his contacts list, people he has helped and who have helped him. And in the time since Never Eat Alone was published in 2005, the rise of social media and new, collaborative management styles have only made Ferrazzi's advice more essential for anyone hoping to get ahead in business. nbsp; The son of a small-town steelworker and a cleaning lady, Ferrazzi first used his remarkable ability to connect with others to pave the way to Yale, a Harvard M.B.A., and several top executive posts. Not yet out of his thirties, he developed a network of relationships that stretched from Washington's corridors of power to Hollywood's A-list, leading to him being named one of Crain's 40 Under 40 and selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the Davos World Economic Forum. nbsp; Ferrazzi's form of connecting to the world around him is based on generosity, helping friends connect with other friends. Ferrazzi distinguishes genuine relationship-building from the crude, desperate glad-handing usually associated with "networking." He then distills his system of reaching out to people into practical, proven principles. Among them: nbsp; Don't keep score: It's never simply about getting what you want. It's about getting what you want and making sure that the people who are important to you get what they want, too. "Ping" constantly: The ins and outs of reaching out to those in your circle of contacts all the time--not just when you need something. Never Eat Alone: The dynamics of status are the same whether you're working at a corporation or attending a social event--"invisibility" is a fate worse than failure. Become the "King of Content": How to use social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to make meaningful connections, spark engagement, and curate a network of people who can help you with your interests and goals. nbsp; In the course of this book, Ferrazzi outlines the timeless strategies shared by the world's most connected individuals, from Winston Churchill to Bill Clinton, Vernon Jordan to the Dalai Lama. nbsp; Chock-full of specific advice on handling rejection, getting past gatekeepers, becoming a "conference commando," and more, this new edition of Never Eat Alone will remain a classic alongside alongside How to Win Friends and Influence People for years to come.

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