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Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnectedby 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.
Book News Annotation:
The business networking techniques described in this guide embrace the unique qualities of the introvert personality type and offer thoughtful strategies for connecting during networking events, job searches, and business trips. A temperament assessment helps readers evaluate their self-image of introversion and extroversion, and exercises provide preparation for social encounters. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Devora 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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