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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, Division of Random House Inc; 2nd edition (17 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385346654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385346658
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav on 13 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
‘Never Eat Alone’ written by Keith Ferrazzi back in 2005 is one the business books that somehow survived the test of time because what the author was talking it’s still valid today in business only by yourself, without the people that surrounds and supports you, and what could be a better place for socialization than the plates during lunch, summer, autumn…

The edition released this year is not only way for publisher to get some more money, but actually it comes with updated content both in content and scope, therefore as result the book is now 400 pages long compared to the original 300 pages.

In the very beginning author presents two crucial things – networking became one of the common used words these years, seen as inherently human pursuit that drive human development and collaborative economy; and second, he presents a formula of success in life as combination of the people you meet in your life and the things you do together.

The author in introduction chapter emphasizes the main goals of his book such as creation of fulfilling, authentic, effective networking strategy, building and aligning social capital in order to achieve ambitions goals, combine strategy and serendipity to keep in constant contact wide a wide network of people, and others.

Book is divided into five main chapters, listed in order: The mind-set, The skill set, Turning connections into compatriots. Connecting in the digital age and Trading Up and giving back, that each speak about the particular aspect of becoming successful maintaining the relationships with people in your vicinity.

Overall, the book provided the many details which together make a decent guide of own network improvements and personal soft skill virtue of relationship building.
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So, you need to stand at a strategic position, e.g., near the gate from where the VIPs will pass and use some trick to be able to talk to them! Also with so much of smooching, wining and dining recommended, what happens to your health?
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This is the first step in living the life of your dreams. A MUST READ! 3 Jun. 2014
By Alex Banayan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have about 250 business books in my office. On the highest shelf, I keep 10 books facing out, as reminders to myself on how to live my life. Never Eat Alone is one of those ten.

In this book, you learn that the fundamental key to all success is the people around you. The people who give a damn about you. The people who believe in you.

When I was young, I thought the environment I was born into (my family, the kids down the block) was the only only pool to select your lifelines from. But after reading Never Eat Alone, I began to understand that it's okay -- scratch that -- it's necessary for you to reach out to others, others who inspire you, others who you want to help, others who you feel a deep connection with. It's okay to go out of your comfort zone to events and conferences and make new like-minded friends. It's not about connections, it's not about networking -- it's about caring about other people and getting to know them on a personal level.

It's not the quantity of your relationships, it's the quality.

The quality of your life is directly related to the quality of people in your life -- so if you want to live the life of your dreams -- you need to foster the relationships of your dreams. Never Eat Alone shows you how.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Come out of your shell and network already 17 July 2014
By Lisa Ahlstedt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The rise in social networking tools like Facebook and LinkedIn have made it very easy for individuals to make contact with others in their field. Many people, however, are still reluctant to reach out on anything other than a superficial level to others, especially those who might hold a higher position than they do. In the book Never Eat Alone, author Keith Ferrazzi stresses the importance of creating a large network of people who can help and be helped by you. By having contacts across many different areas, he argues that you will be creating opportunities for generosity which will ultimately benefit you in ways that might not at first be apparent.

The book begins with attempting to overcome the reluctance to reach out that many people have. The author mentions many times that he offered to help people newly starting out in their fields with job interviews, introductions or internships, only to be rebuffed because the recipients of his generosity didn't want to feel indebted to him. He goes on to stress the importance of creating connections precisely so that you will be able to help those who need it when you seen an opportunity to do so -- without "keeping score." Although he does also frequently mention how he "keeps up" with how young people he's helped are doing in their careers . . .

Once you have accepted that you need to increase your personal and/or professional network, strategies are offered that will help achieve this. He advises how to "do your homework" to make connections as well as keep a list of "aspirational names" of business leaders that you hope to meet one day. He also gives advice on how to make the dreaded "cold call" to make connections and how to get around gatekeepers that are employed precisely to protect their bosses from people like us! This new edition of the book has also been updated to include information on how to network, market yourself and gain followers on the newer social platforms.

One thing I found amusing was the chapter titled, "Never Give in to Hubris," because on nearly every page there is reference to the awards the author's been given, the celebrities he's worked with, the many young people who are clamoring for his knowledge, and generally how important he is. It felt like a lot of bragging and name-dropping and honestly took away from the message of the book. He should re-read his anti-hubris chapter before the next edition comes out! If you can overlook all the self-congratulation, there are some good messages to take from the book about building connections and helping yourself by helping others.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Do you have the courage to be this generous? 26 Jun. 2014
By Mitchell N. York - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are inspired by Keith Ferrazzi's and Tahl Raz's book, you will find yourself behaving differently toward everyone who matters to your success. You'll start thinking about their needs and hopes rather than your own, and you'll work hard to help them reach their goals. And of course, if you do that, you'll be helping yourself just as much. Before Never Eat Alone was first published, I had no idea what a Relationship Action Plan was or why it was important. As soon as I read the book the first time, it was truly an "ah ha" moment for me. I would not have had nearly the level of professional and personal success that I've had without this book. I downloaded the new version to see what's changed, and it's meaningful. Adding content on how social media (which didn't exist when the book was first published) is necessary to keep this book relevant. Fortunately for all of us, social media makes Relationship Action Planning more precise and impactful -- but you still need to know how to do it. Read this book, if you haven't already: it will transform your life.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
You can’t succeed in business only by yourself 13 Jun. 2014
By Denis Vukosav - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
‘Never Eat Alone’ written by Keith Ferrazzi back in 2005 is one the business books that somehow survived the test of time because what the author was talking it’s still valid today in business only by yourself, without the people that surrounds and supports you, and what could be a better place for socialization than the plates during lunch, summer, autumn…

The edition released this year is not only way for publisher to get some more money, but actually it comes with updated content both in content and scope, therefore as result the book is now 400 pages long compared to the original 300 pages.

In the very beginning author presents two crucial things – networking became one of the common used words these years, seen as inherently human pursuit that drive human development and collaborative economy; and second, he presents a formula of success in life as combination of the people you meet in your life and the things you do together.

The author in introduction chapter emphasizes the main goals of his book such as creation of fulfilling, authentic, effective networking strategy, building and aligning social capital in order to achieve ambitions goals, combine strategy and serendipity to keep in constant contact wide a wide network of people, and others.

Book is divided into five main chapters, listed in order: The mind-set, The skill set, Turning connections into compatriots. Connecting in the digital age and Trading Up and giving back, that each speak about the particular aspect of becoming successful maintaining the relationships with people in your vicinity.

Overall, the book provided the many details which together make a decent guide of own network improvements and personal soft skill virtue of relationship building.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Worth a second helping! 3 Jun. 2014
By Mark Goulston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ferrazzi owns the "business relationship" brand in business for good reason. The first addition of Never Eat Alone distilled everything I had been doing in a "hit or miss" fashion to build deeper and better relationships in business and beyond. And it helped me take a lot of the "hit or miss" out of it.

Well Ferrazzi has done it again with this expanded and updated edition and again helping me to be more efficient and effective AND even more caring in building business relationships.

For those of you who loved the first edition, you won't be disappointed by this one. For those reading "Never Eat Alone" for the first time, get set to develop relationship and business development skills that will more than match whatever technical skills you have.
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