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I haven’t read the book. However it’s hard to get past the fact that I purchased this thinking it was new and turns out it’s used. Super disappointing. Someone wrote their name in it and then used white out to cover it.
I tried to finish this book - twice - but in the end gave up. The incessant boasting, name-dropping and schmaltzy 'American Dream' bootstrapping stuff got on my nerves too much.
To be fair to the author, there are some nuggets of wisdom in there. I have taken some things away from the book, so lots of people may find some of it a worthwhile read. That was in fact the reason I went back and tried again.
But eventually I just couldn't hear him go on anymore about how amazing he was; how, when he wanted to achieve something, he'd just gather his 'fellow CEOs' or call a journalist, say, "I've followed your reporting for a while, you are just the person to break my story" and they'd be so bowled over by his cheesy American voicemail that they'd together revolutionise the internet just like Ariana Huffington did ("who, by the way, is a good friend.") Yeurgh.
Some of it is useful, a lot just impractical. As if I'm ever going to ask six of my friends to each ask two people I don't know to attend a dinner party at my house (while getting my kids to act as waiters).
In the end, it just annoyed me too much to finish. There are more rewarding books to read.
Unfortunately, I bought the CD set, which I believe was narrated by the author. Big mistake. The guy is very enamored with himself and he could have condensed the book (CD) by about 75% and still got the point across.
I worked in Sales at Northwestern Mutual and my company pushed us hard to live by this book. I ended up spending a fortune on lunches and dinners and didn't get quite the amount of business that I had expected. I think the author must have a vested interest in the restaurant business.
I could probably boil it down to one simple concept ... the most effective way to network is to think about how many ways you can give value, provide leads, or be of service to those in your professional network. It's like what President Kennedy once challenged the nation, "Ask not what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." The same goes for professional networking and that is what this book is primarily about.
The book will cost you about as much as a meal, and then you will spend thousands of dollars on business meals afterwards. Save yourself the time and money, just be very generous and giving at professional networking events. Try to serve others and though good karma, it will be returned to you.
In my own life, it occurred to me that I have difficulty staying in contact with people I know and reaching out to people I don't know. I want to do these things without being a smarmy, conniving, smily sycophant. Then I see the author on the Today show saying he could show me how to do these things and maintain my integrity too! Looks like he was just using his book's tactics to get $20 out of my pocket. It's a most elegant irony that there is actually a chapter on the "networking jerk." The rest of the book will make you exactly that. If he cut out all the self-promoting passages about his own accomplishments, the book would have 1/3 fewer pages. The only words of real wisdom in the book are but common sense that happen to be difficult to put into practice (e.g. Be generous and don't keep score). His real formula is this: Have your Dad get you into a fancy prep school, go to Yale, go to Harvard, latch onto someone with a great idea and become their protege, voila - you're a CEO.
Il testo è costituito da una serie di suggerimenti che danno il titolo ai capitoli. Fin qui tutto OK. Purtroppo, però, la discussione di ciascun suggerimento (ad esempio iscriversi a club) è condida di sole considerazioni autobiografiche che nulla aggiungono. Sarebbe stato utile strutturare il testo con maggiori riflessioni e strategie. In questa forma si riduce ad un mero elenco di regolette con tanti riferimenti autobiografici di scarso aiuto. Inoltre, il testo è molto americano. Tanti di questi suggerimenti in Italia non potrebbero funzionare.
I was surprised to see that the book I ordered had a number of pages that were highlighted. I have sold books and purchased second hand books but nothing that had highlights. I planned on reselling the book but now there is no real market for it unless Grassroots wants to buy it back.
There is some useful advice in here, but it is buried under a whole lot of self-aggrandizing. Also, Ferrazzi comes off as pushy and overly schmoozy, someone who only collects acquaintances in the hopes that he can use them some time in the future. Sort of a waste of time/money, at least for me.
endless name-dropping and heroic self-congratulatory stories about projects with disputable outcome (where are those data discs integrated into drink-containers anyway?) - i could not and did not finish this book for poor writing style. i give it the benefit of the doubt though (2 points instead of none).