The bottom of this post has a free giveaway. Read on!
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.
And, if you want, sign up for Keith’s newsletter. It’s good.
Thanks to Ian for arranging these books.
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