Thursday, January 12, 2012

Networking For People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide For Introverts, The Overwhelmed, And The Underconnected By Devora Zack

Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected

Networking For People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide For Introverts, The Overwhelmed, And The Underconnected By Devora Zack

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Devora Zack, an avowed introvert and a successful consultant who speaks to thousands of people every year, found that most networking advice books assume that to succeed you have to become an extrovert. Or at least learn how to fake it. Not at all. There is another way.

This book shatters stereotypes about people who dislike networking. They're not shy or misanthropic. Rather, they tend to be reflective—they think before they talk. They focus intensely on a few things rather than broadly on a lot of things. And they need time alone to recharge. Because they've been told networking is all about small talk, big numbers and constant contact, they assume it's not for them.

But it is! Zack politely examines and then smashes to tiny fragments the "dusty old rules" of standard networking advice. She shows how the very traits that ordinarily make people networking-averse can be harnessed to forge an approach that is just as effective as more traditional approaches, if not better. And she applies it to all kinds of situations, not just formal networking events. After all, as she says, life is just one big networking opportunity—a notion readers can now embrace.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #14908 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-07-27
  • Released on: 2010-07-27
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .56" h x 6.04" w x 9.10" l, .59 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 192 pages
Editorial Reviews

About the Author
Devora Zack consults to dozens of diverse organizations in private industry, federal agencies, and the public sector. Sample clients include: America Online, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, International Monetary Fund, DC United, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Governor's Office (MD), Internal Revenue Service, ICF Consulting, Department of Homeland Security, Low Income Housing Fund, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, numerous Federations, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the U.S. Department of Education.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful.
5Not for Introverts only
By Dennis Baker
Would you rather get a root canal than schmooze with a bunch of strangers?

In "Networking for People Who Hate Networking", Ms. Zack explores the inner workings of the introverted vs. extroverted personality type. She helps to dispel some of the myths or stigmas that seem to be attached to the introverted personality type. This is an easy to read book with a good bit of humor.

Very early in the book she provides a comprehensive self assessment that aids in determining how strong your preference is for your dominant style. Introvert, extrovert or somewhere in between.
The "Crash" course on Introverts and Extroverts in chapter 3 is an excellent look at the difference in the two personality types. According to Zack introverts are reflective, focused and self-reliant, while extroverts are verbal, expansive and social. A few more traits of these 2 divergent cultures include:

Introverts

* Think to talk
* Energize alone
* Enjoy few stimuli
* Need concentration
* Prefer one on one discussion
* Value privacy

Extroverts

* Talk to think
* Energize with others
* Enjoy simultaneous stimuli
* Need diversion
* Prefer group discussion
* Value public sharing

Zack's re-write of the golden rule (Treat others as you want to be treated) to the platinum rule (Treat others as they want to be treated) is pure genius.

The book is an excellent "field manual" for introverts and provides numerous guidelines and "how to" examples for different networking situations.

Ms. Zack smashes the dusty old rules of standard networking advice and introduces the sparkling new rules of pause, process and pace. She then fully explores these concepts in great detail for a variety of networking situations.

This book is not just for introverts or people that don't like networking. As Ms. Zack suggests in the book, there are 2 distinct cultures that behave in drastically different ways. This book will benefit both introverts and extroverts. Each will walk away with a better understanding of how the other half ticks, allowing them to develop new ways to effectively interact with the other.

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful.
3Adressed to a specific segment..
By Guillermo Flores Villagran
This book succeeds in describing the perfect introvert. Give valuable advice in order to accept this condition. However, the networking part, that should be most important in the book; gives a very narrow and segmented tips that apply to a specific group: people who work in an office and attend regularly to networking events. I guess the author could be wider in her scope. Networking opportunities lay in everywhere, not only in corporative seminars. Not a bad book. Actually very enjoyable, just a little short sighted.

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful.
5The anti-schmooz, anti-sleaze guide to networking
By Leslie Williams
When was the last time you read a business book that combined intellectual rigor, immense practicality and uproarious humor? If it's been a while (like forever) since you've read a book like that, buy this one. Devora Zack completely redefines networking - both how we think about it and what it takes to succeed at it. She backs her ideas up with encyclopedic wisdom, ranging from neuroscience to philosphy to, well, the Lemonheads. Not only does this book offer a new and helpful perspective, but it will make you laugh. Devora is just plain funny - casual, self-deprecating direct and irreverent. This is a wonderful book - and the only business book I'd call a 'page-turner.'

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