On the career management blog “JibberJobber,” blogger Jason Alba quotes blogger Mark Beckford (of the blog “Disruptive Leadership”), who offers this list of three recommended titles on networking:
Never Eat Alone (Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz), How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie), and (drum roll please) The Go-Giver.
We wrote to thank him for mentioning our little book, and here’s what he replied:
I am even more honored to catch the attention of one of my favorite “little books.” I think your almost singular focus on the “giving” piece of networking was key for me. One short story:
I have a friend in China who is a recruiter who had just opened his own business recruiting attorneys in China. I asked him to connect me with some folks in his network. He gave me a few contacts.
Because I read your book, my mind initially went into thinking, “What can I help him with?”
I realized I had worked with an attorney who was a Chinese national who worked at a law firm in Washington, D.C., but split his time in Beijing, as he was an expert at working with the Chinese government. I figured he had a great attorney network in China and the U.S. and would be a great contact for my friend. I introduced them — and my friend then turned into a personal recruiter for me, introducing me to probably more than fifteen folks. And it made me feel good!
Thanks for putting out a great nugget of wisdom.
Thanks, Mark — we love these stories!