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Keith Ferrazzi

And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

4.3 (297 ratings)
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Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi is a guide on how to build meaningful relationships. He shares his techniques for networking, such as offering value and generosity, to create a network of connections that can help you achieve your goals.

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    Having a personal network is a prerequisite for a successful career.

    We are all dependent on other people to achieve our goals and realize our dreams.

    Nobody can hope to be successful in the long term without thinking connectedly and gaining the support of others. Sooner or later, every lone wolf will reach his limits and his career will come to a standstill.

    Trying to build a successful career without a strong network is like building a house on the sand. Your foundations will weaken over time, and in the end you may find yourself sinking.

    But what is it exactly that makes a network so important?

    It might sound like a truism, but personal contacts open doors. One classic study, outlined in the book Getting a Job, showed that among the 282 men surveyed, 56 percent had found their jobs through personal contacts, whereas only 19 percent had found theirs through job advertisements and 10 percent through applications of their own initiative.

    It is precisely in times of economic downturn, with their high employee turnover and high job insecurity, that having a personal network is more important than ever. People who are good networkers rarely have any problems finding a job.

    We are working in an ever-changing world. A person who is an assistant today might be the CEO tomorrow. If you are known by many people and are, importantly, liked by those people – for example, if you have shown yourself to be generous, friendly and helpful – then this will eventually pay off.

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    What is Never Eat Alone about?

    In Never Eat Alone, Keith Ferrazzi, a successful businessman and marketing expert, takes us through the secrets to successful networking. He focuses on building lasting relationships rather than merely exchanging business cards, which seems to be many people’s idea of networking today. He summarizes his findings in a system of tried and tested methods. 

    Never Eat Alone Review

    Never Eat Alone (2005) by Keith Ferrazzi is a book that offers valuable insights into the power of networking and building relationships. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With its emphasis on practical strategies and actionable advice, it provides readers with a roadmap to navigate the intricacies of networking and achieve professional success.
    • By sharing real-life stories and personal experiences, the book offers relatable examples that illustrate the importance of building connections and leveraging them for mutual benefit.
    • The book's engaging narrative and relatable tone make it an enjoyable read, ensuring that readers stay captivated and motivated throughout their journey towards building a strong network.

    Who should read Never Eat Alone?

    • Anyone who wants to know what really constitutes good networking
    • Anyone who wants to know how to best achieve their goals
    • Anyone with a general interest in career advice and soft skills

    About the Author

    Keith Ferrazzi worked his way up from humble beginnings to the elite universities of Harvard and Yale, moving from there to become one of the most sought-after marketing experts in the United States. His network ranges from Washington, to the most powerful managers of America, to the top rungs of Hollywood. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Ferrazzi was mentioned as one of the “Global Leaders of Tomorrow.”

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    The main message of Never Eat Alone is the power of building and nurturing relationships to achieve success.

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    Never Eat Alone is worth reading as it offers practical advice on networking and relationship-building for professional success.

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