Why is networking a dirty word?
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Everybody hates the word networking. Once, at the dinner table in college, I surveyed 20 people who lived with me. I asked them what they thought of “networking,” and 19/20 said they had negative connotations. Networking is sleazy, they said.
You can’t argue with that. I hate when people say “Ramit, you’re a good networker” because it’s such a loaded word.
The thing is, I totally disagree with common perceptions of the word. Networking isn’t about going up to people and getting 5 million business cards. It’s not about having the biggest rolodex. I mock those people. It’s about having deep relationships and giving more to people than you expect back.
I could write a lot more about this–because the #1 reason for any success I’ve had has been the people around me–but I won’t. You know why?
Because someone already did it. And they did it much better than I could have.
There is a book called Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi. This is the book I wish I’d written. It’s that good. And I’m giving away 2 signed copies (signed by the author, not me) to readers of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.
It’s easy to win. Just add a comment here and talk about
- Your worst experience with “networking” (whatever you think it is), or
- Your best experience with networking
I’ll pick 2 of the best entries and send you signed copies.
It’s the holiday time and I want to give stuff away. And this is one of my favorite books of all time.
The contest ends Thursday, so tell your story here.
Update: The winners have been announced.
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