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One of 2021's Most Highly Anticipated New Books - Newsweek

One of The 20 New Leadership Books - Adam Grant

One of The Best New Wellness Books Hitting Shelves In January - Shape.com 

A Next Big Idea Club Nominee

Social Chemistry will utterly transform the way you think about "networking". Understanding the contours of your social network can dramatically enhance personal relationships, work life, and even your global impact. Are you an Expansionist, a Broker, or a Convener? The answer matters more than you think....

Yale professor Marissa King shows how anyone can build more meaningful and productive relationships based on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and network analytics. Conventional wisdom says it's the size of your network that matters, but social science research has proven there is more to it. King explains that the quality and structure of our relationships has the greatest impact on our personal and professional lives. As she shows, there are three basic types of networks, so listeners can see the role they are already playing: Expansionist, Broker, or Convener. This network decoder enables listeners to own their network style and modify it for better alignment with their life plans and values.

High-quality connections in your social network strongly predict cognitive functioning, emotional resilience, and satisfaction at work. A well-structured network is likely to boost the quality of your ideas, as well as your pay. Beyond the office, social connections are the lifeblood of our health and happiness. The compiled results from dozens of previous studies found that our social relationships have an effect on our likelihood of dying prematurely - equivalent to obesity or smoking.

Rich stories of Expansionists like Vernon Jordan, Brokers like Yo-Yo Ma, and Conveners like Anna Wintour, as well as personal experiences from King's own world of connections, inform this warm, engaging, revelatory investigation into some of the most consequential decisions we can make about the trajectory of our lives.

©2020 Marissa King (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is one of the most interesting and useful books ever written on networking. As a leading sociologist at Yale, Marissa King specializes in evidence-based insights on enriching our professional and personal connections. You'll quickly recognize your own style - and some opportunities for growth and development." (Adam Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the chart-topping TED podcast WorkLife)

"Marissa King skillfully brings to light how understanding the science of organizational behavior and networks yields benefits far beyond the workplace. Decoding social patterns can transform every corner of your life. By providing readers with prescriptive pathways towards greater connectivity and intention, Social Chemistry helps you to create new relationships and strengthen your existing ones." (Eve Rodsky, New York Times best seller of Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)

"In an age of both hyper-connectedness and extreme loneliness, Marissa King definitively cracks the code on human connection: what brings us together, what keeps us together, and how we make each other come alive." (Emma Seppälä, PhD, author of The Happiness Track, Science Director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University)

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Engaging and Insightful

Social Chemistry is a fantastic mix of academic research, interesting anecdotes, and practical advice for how to develop your network. This is not a book about superficial “networking” – is a book about being intentional about the relationships we develop and understanding how they will shape our lives. The terms “expansionist”, “broker”, and “convener” will help you understand the unique role the contacts in your network play, and the role you might play in their networks. Social Chemistry is a delightful and engaging read, one you simply won’t be able to put down (or pause on Audible!).

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Just a collection of facts

Never read a nonfiction book that quotes only facts. And basically this is what it does 95% of the book. I find the book full of information and yet little insights