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Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time | [Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz]

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

Keith Ferrazzi is a master networker who claims his secret is merely reaching out to other people. And 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 presents the specific steps and mindset he uses to connect with the thousands of individuals in his Rolodex.
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Publisher's Summary

Keith Ferrazzi is a master networker who claims his secret is merely reaching out to other people. And 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 presents the specific steps and mindset he uses to connect with the thousands of individuals in his Rolodex.

Ferrazzi's form of connecting to people is based on generosity, helping friends connect with other friends. He distinguishes genuine relationship-building from the crude, desperate glad-handling usually associated with "networking". In the course of the book, Ferrazzi outlines the timeless strategies shared by the world's most connected individuals, from Katherine Graham to Bill Clinton, Vernon Jordan to the Dalai Lama.

Chock full of specific advice on handling rejection, getting past gatekeepers and more, Never Eat Alone is destined to take its place as an inspirational classic.

©2005 Keith Ferrazzi; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[A] useful volume....His clear and well-articulated steps for getting access, getting close and staying close make for a substantial leg up." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ferrazzi presents a whirlwind of ideas to widen your circle of contacts that goes way beyond the usual stale concepts of 'networking'." (Booklist)

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    Kevin Fort Worth, TX, United States 11-25-11
    Kevin Fort Worth, TX, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting but not amazing."

    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.

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    Kelly Miami, FL 04-01-11
    Kelly Miami, FL 04-01-11 Member Since 2009

    An Avid Reader of Mystery, Zombies, History, Science and good stories. I live in Miami, FL and love every minute of it!

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    "Core Knowledge for Social Networking"

    Amazingly well done. Inspiring to say the least.

    6 months later, after being new in a new town and a new high end position, after using his principals, I can say it was a solid success.

    It opened my eyes to 'Networking' Not just for business to get sales, but for friends, contacts etc. This has turned me slowly into a Super Connector and the power when you connect people is truly amazing. Now my Social Calendar is full, to full in fact. New friends are accumlating and I am reaching out to help others with this very book.

    This and Dale Carnegies 9 Principals puts you on a solid core.
    I also reccommend Psycho-Cybernetics.. with these 3 you are in control of YOUR LIFE !



    50% soild facts and techniques, 50% Spiritual on living a life for others, it strikes the right balance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Barboursville, WV, United States 11-24-08
    Brent Barboursville, WV, United States 11-24-08
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    "The Only Regret is not Reading This Sooner"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Sandy Hook, CT, United States 05-27-06
    Thomas Sandy Hook, CT, United States 05-27-06
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Masato HONOLULU, HI, United States 08-12-13
    Masato HONOLULU, HI, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Confessions of a narcissist"
    Would you try another book from Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz and/or Richard Harries?

    No, I can only deal with so much self-aggrandizing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator's rate was excruciatingly slow. I listened at 1.5x and, the "book" was still too long...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Westlake Village, CA, United States 12-06-11
    Ann Westlake Village, CA, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A bit too full of himself"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There was limited value.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There were some tips that motivated me to be more of a


    Could you see Never Eat Alone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Shults Sodus Point, NY 12-09-10
    M. Shults Sodus Point, NY 12-09-10 Member Since 2004
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    "The bad outweighs the good in this book."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 10-23-10
    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 10-23-10 Member Since 2005

    Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!

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    "Boring and useless"

    I kept waiting for tips I could use but the only nugget in this book was to ask for help, which is something taught in kindergarden. The narrator was boring and the author spent most of the words patting himself on the back and touting his achievements. I could have listened to this for free at my workplace. I really was hoping for tips that I could use to help me learn to network, but the authors assumption is that confidence and assertiveness come naturally, In addition, it was quite a piece of luck that the author fell into his consulting role during the very short lived window where Michael Hammer was king. The book fell short on it's promises. If you are shy and hoping that listening to this book will help you, save your money.

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    Keith Covington, WA, USA 04-07-07
    Keith Covington, WA, USA 04-07-07
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    "A 10!!!"

    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.

    Enjoy!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Ashburn, VA, USA 04-16-06
    Anthony Ashburn, VA, USA 04-16-06
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    "Decent Listen"

    I gave this title a listen after starting to read the book though never getting around to finishing it. I generally enjoyed the information and advice.

    I thought the author referenced interesting real world examples to back up his claims. Order this book if you are interested in hearing one persons accounts and views on how to be successful through networking, goal setting, and connecting with people. No complicated systems are presented, just solid accounts of experience and knowledge that you can apply to your life and career.

    The narrators voice obviously got on others nerves though I guess my expectations are not that high cause it didn't bother me all that much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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