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Billy Dexter a managing partner at Heidrick & Struggles and Melissa G. Wilson, president of Networlding and Networlding Publishing Inc. have written a superb book that demystifies the art and science of networking. In a world rocked by all forms of communication with a sharp advent in the use of social media, the book Making your Net Work contains invaluable information on a subject that is particularly important for career and business growth.
While reading the book, I learned so much and got so much helpful information that it is difficult to point out everything useful contained in Making your Net Work. Still, I will make an effort of doing so. In the book, Dexter and Wilson take the reader through the important components of networking, the process of networking, how someone should approach networking, what to look out for and what to offer back to the other party while networking.
They explain why so many get it wrong and how many people also approach the topic with a selfish goal in mind. They emphasize that the ultimate goal of networking should be to offer help to others while inspiring or motivating them. The drive to get to know people should not be fuelled only by what we can gain from having an encounter with them.
There are many facets of the book that I liked. First were the authors’ personal stories. These gave me a deeper understanding of the lessons in the book and how I can apply them in my own life. The stories were informative, emotional and inspiring. Second were the infographics, the questionnaires and the guiding steps towards particular goals. Thirdly, the message contained in Making your Net Work was very practical to me and is also very applicable in today’s world. As discussed in the book, most of my interactions with people leave me feeling that I have given something away having gotten very little or even nothing in return. Other times my sole purpose for networking is to advance my career. Now that I have read the book, I have a different perspective of how to effectively network.
Even so, I would have loved that both authors contribute almost equally to the content of Making your Net Work. I felt that there was an imbalance with Billy Dexter’s voice been more audible. I would have liked to learn much more from Melissa G. Wilson. Overall, the book’s content is inspiring, thought-provoking and incredibly impactful. It helped me identify possible networking opportunities, how to grow them and also maintain them. The book undoubtedly is invaluable and therefore I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
Making Your Net Work
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