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Taking the Work Out of Networking

Your Guide to Making and Keeping Great Connections
Written by: Karen Wickre
Narrated by: Karen Wickre
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
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The former Google executive, editorial director of Twitter, and self-described introvert offers networking advice for anyone who has ever cancelled a coffee date due to social anxiety - about how to nurture a vibrant circle of reliable contacts without leaving your comfort zone.

Networking has garnered a reputation as a sort of necessary evil in the modern business world. Some do relish the opportunity to boldly work the room, introduce themselves to strangers, and find common career ground - but for many others, the experience is often awkward, or even terrifying.

The common networking advice for introverts are variations on the theme of overcoming or “fixing” their quiet tendencies. But Karen Wickre is a self-described introvert who has worked in Silicon Valley for 30 years. She tells you to embrace your true nature to create sustainable connections that can be called upon for you to get - and give - career assistance, advice, introductions, and lasting connections.

Karen’s “embrace your quiet side” approach is for anyone who finds themselves shying away from traditional networking activities, or for those who would rather be curled up with a good book on a Friday night than out at a party. For example, if you’re anxious about that big professional mixer full of people you don’t know, she advises you to consider skipping it (many of these are not productive), and instead set up an intimate, one-on-one coffee date. She tells how to truly make the most out of social media to sustain what she calls “the loose touch habit” to build your own brain trust to last a lifetime.

With compelling arguments and creative strategies, this new way to network is perfect not only for introverts, but for anyone who wants for a less conventional approach to get ahead in today’s job market.

©2018 Karen Wickre (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio
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Good for those just starting to network

Seemed like a good intro "how to" for networking. For people that have a number of contacts, regularly use LinkedIn, and occasionally connect people professionally, there aren't many new insights or clever tactics to make it more enjoyable.

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  • Lisa O.
  • 2019-06-15

Not helpful

Email people. 2/3 of the book is summarized. I bought this because I wanted to be a good conversationalist-- you know where that one person engages everyone and keeps the topics light. So I am still looking for that book. The author talked a lot about finding a new job, but most people need help connecting with people at the job they have now. Will be returning.

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  • Chris Fralic
  • 2018-12-09

Very good, highly recommended

Karen covers all the basics with specific examples of what to do and what not to do - and really interesting as taken from the point of view of an Introvert.

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  • adam gould
  • 2019-11-11

can't listen to the author read this book

she should have hired somebody, can't listen to her read this book she sure does sound like an introvert

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  • Roger
  • 2019-03-07

Great ideas about building relationships

A great book on the topic of building and sustaining relationships in the modern age. The author shares several actionable ideas and is clearly an expert on the topic. One of the best books on the topic, I've read in recent years. The book has excellent ideas for both introverts and extroverts and is a terrific reminder that we're living in a relationships first era.

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  • Jose Benedicto
  • 2019-01-18

Highly recommend it!!!

Found it really enjoyable to hear and help identify some areas of opportunities I need to work on.

I wish I had read it or heard it a while back.

Great book Karen

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  • Chris Shipley
  • 2019-01-06

Hate networking? Get this book.

Karen offers a well-written, well-read guide for those of us who would rather do anything by network.