Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz
Yup it’s another career book people! 🙂 You know you love it.
I would argue one point with the author: eating alone – or in my case getting quiet green tea (Jasmine Dragon Pearl is the best) while scribbling ideas in your notebook – can actually be quite wonderful. Aside from that one point – I agree with everything else you’ve written! And I get that you just needed a cool title 🙂
So here’s 10 bond-more-with-people tips from Never Eat Alone
(headings = mine, quotes all directly from the book)
1. Help others
“She provided me with a simple but profound lesson about the power of generosity. When you help others, they often help you.”
2. Business = people
“If you strip business down to its basics, it’s still about people selling things to other people.”
3. Learn this one skill grasshopper
“I’ve come to believe that connecting is one of the most important business—and life—skill sets you’ll ever learn.”
4. Dam it, you need to be liked!
“Because, flat out, people do business with people they know and like.”
5. Figure out where you’re heading
“Every successful person I’ve met shared, in varying degrees, a zeal for goal setting.”
6. Always google stalk
Going to a meeting without Googling someone is unacceptable.
7. Weak links can be well, strong
In other words, it’s not necessarily strong contacts, like family and close friends, that prove the most powerful; to the contrary, often the most important people in our network are those who are acquaintances.
8. Avoid burning bridges or throwing hissy fits
“When you look back upon a life and career of reaching out to others, you want to see a web of friendships to fall back on, not the ashes of bad encounters.”
9. You are pretty amazing
“Be yourself. I believe that vulnerability—yes, vulnerability—is one of the most underappreciated assets in business today.”
10. Finding common ground is your magic ticket to bonding
“But the truth is everyone has something in common with every other person.”
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