you get so tied up in day to day activities its good to be reminded of certain social skills.
The story of the author is inspiring. He went from being a working class kid to becoming a successful businessman. However, the book is self-congratulatory and very light on any real insights. The book is mostly common sense. The predominant thought I had reading the book was that the author was not qualified and hadn't formed nearly enough original ideas to be writing a book.
While I agree that developing relationships with people you meet is extremely important, Keith Ferrazzi's reasons are superficial. You never know where a relationship is going to take you, so it is a lot harder to choose the persons you want to have relationships with. The book is full with stories and anecdotes to demostrate Mr Ferrazzi's method for keeping in touch with people. Some are very good.
I have already started trimming my evergrowing contact list and applying some of the rules to turn it into a list of friends rather than a phone book.
If you read any book about Success, you'll get the same information. Its interesting but not life changing. Unless this is the first self-help book you read. Though you should pick up something else.
This book is an absolute eye-opener for me. It challenged my thoughts about political relationships in college at work and more. It offered me greater sense of purpose and fulfillment through building contacts into an intimate network.
Maybe I wanted a different narrator at the start, but within the first chapter I was wowed by the whole experience of this download.
This is one of the best networking/business success books I have ever read. Ferrazzi surpasses McKay’s “Dig Your Well before Your Thirsty” which I recommend as a primer to this book. The advice early in the book about success in today’s business world being about cooperation not confrontation is spot on. Very detailed right down to advice on how to host a successful dinner party.
No, I can only deal with so much self-aggrandizing.
Narrator's rate was excruciatingly slow. I listened at 1.5x and, the "book" was still too long...
The first audible title for which I dreaded picking up my headphones... The book is not an organized approach to networking and professional socialization, but rather a fragmented and often repetitive story of how awesome the author is and how you should be more like him. If I hear, one more mention of him founding a frat at Yale, running for city office as a student, or inventing the term advertainment, I'm going to vomit.
There was limited value.
There were some tips that motivated me to be more of a
Before buying this book, you should ask yourself how much shallow, self-aggrandizing twaddle, and sloganeering fluff, delivered in a humorless and boring style, that you are willing sift through to find good and helpful information that can benefit your life and career (that you can probably find elsewhere without wallowing in this!).
Ironically, while the writer stresses the importance of being interesting and entertaining, he presents himself to us as a unctuous, humorless self-promoting suck-up, and a bore, droning on endlessly in prose heavily saturated with the words, "I", "me", and "mine". He waxes self-satisfied in referring to his own career, in the presumptuous attitude that we tiny people already look up to him as a great star, and he seems to expect that we credit him with the authority due to his self-perceived fame and stratospheric success. When he does tell an exemplary story of notable other than his superior self, he still tends to resort to self-aggrandizing name dropping, while he oozes treacly fawnings on those he transparently patronizes.
If you can look beyond the shallowness of trading in people and relationships for strategic personal gain, with all the posing and falseness that implies, the underlying message of this book deeply buried though it is, suggests we reach out to those around us, to form relationships, so as to cooperate, and help each other. The problem with the book is that the author's tone and methods, in my opinion, advise that you live your entire life as a calculating P.R. shill, focused on image, impressions, cheap flattery and back-scratching, rather than relations based on true regard, genuine substance, and commitment.
Unlike other reviewers, I think the narrator of this book renders the text almost perfectly. He sounds, in his voice and tone, like a humorless, smug snob who, one imagines, grew up with a nickname like "Biff", and thereby perfectly conveys the near-fatal complacence of the author.
This is a MUST read for anyone who wants to move their career forward. If you are looking for a way to catapault yourself 2-3 levels within 1-2 years, you MUST read this book. It holds so many secrets and best practices for building your network and getting you in all the "tough" doors.