Category Self-Improvement

21 Days to Success Through Networking

21 Days to Success Through Networking: The Life and Times of Gnik Rowten 21 Days to Success Through Networking
By Ron Sukenick and Ken Williams
Imformation Today, Inc, – Rob Colding
Retail Price $15.95
Amazon Price: $12.70

Book Description: 

Real-world situations, events, and challenges fuel the instructive insights in this relatable guide to networking. The book helps readers meet and prepare for reality by presenting scenarios through the perspective of character Gnik Rowten—“networking” spelled backward—who has made a fresh start in a new city where he has few, if any, friends, prospects, or business contacts. Lessons emerge by following Gnik’s life over a three-week period as he discovers and learns tools, techniques, and strategies for effective business networking. Through Gnik’s adventures and sharing his “aha!” moments, readers learn to extend, deepen, and effectively utilize their own personal and business networks.

Review

Networking can be intimidating. This book is filled with easy, actionable suggestions on how to create and expand your professional network. The author fabulously outlines a strategy for becoming a master networker. Whether you’ve been networking for years or have yet to start, this book will help you navigate the sometimes awkward waters of making worthwhile connections. Even though I am somewhat experienced in networking myself, I learned many new strategies and tips that I can’t wait to start applying. Grab this book and get started!

~Reviewed by Dave H.

~Reviewed by Adam C.

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    The Seven Decisions

    The Seven Decisions
    By Andy Andrews
    Thomas Nelson
    Retail Price $19.99
    Amazon Price: $15.13

    Book Description: 

    Just one of these decisions can alter the course of a person’s life.  What if you decided to master all seven?
    In this revised and repackaged version of Mastering the Seven Decisions, master storyteller and life coach Andy Andrews has fast-forwarded the concept of success and what it takes to make it stick.  Seeking out what separates the ordinary life from the extraordinary, Andrews has spent much of his life dissecting countless biographies and spending time with some of the most successful people on the planet in an effort to understand the principles that propel them toward greatness.The result: seven simple principles that – when applied consistently- render extraordinary lives. Through his entertaining, down-to-earth style, Andrews introduces these principles and offers all the tools necessary to make lasting changes in your life.The consistent application of the Seven Decisions brings about what can only be called miracles: What was once labeled “impossible” actualizes.  Opportunities that once eluded you are now attracted to you.  Dysfunctional relationships transform into harmonious ones.  Life, which was once a struggle, now becomes an exciting adventure!

     

    Author Andy Andrews is an American author of self-help/advice books that are couched in stories. He is known for his 2002 bestselling book The Traveler’s Gift.  He has written over 20 books and sold more than 3.5 million copies around the world. His ability to communicate practical truth about relevant topics through short stories is life changing for his readers.  This book is a bit different than many of his past books, but is just as powerful.  Here he shares his insights and advice about how to be successful and he gives a unique perspective on what success looks like.  I recommend any book by Andy Andrews, including this one.  It will change your life.

    ~Reviewed by Dave H.

     

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      Sell or Be Sold

      Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life

       

      Sell or Be Sold
      By Grant Cardone
      Greenleaf Book Group
      Retail Price $24.99
      Amazon Price: $16.46

      Book Description: 

      Whether it’s selling your company’s product in the boardroom or selling yourself on eating healthy, everything in life can—and should—be treated as a sale. And as sales expert Grant Cardone explains, knowing the principles of selling is a prerequisite for success of any kind.In Sell or Be Sold, Cardone breaks down the techniques and approaches necessary to master the art of selling in any avenue. You will learn how to handle rejection, turn around negative situations, shorten sales cycles, and guarantee yourself greatness. Cardone will also teach you the success essentials of

      •    Selling in a bad economy
      •    Overcoming call reluctance
      •    Filling your pipeline with new business
      •    Staying positive, despite rejection

      With the experience of a seasoned sales vet at the helm, Sell or Be Sold will change the way you perceive the sale—and life.

       

      Review

      This is a nice reminder about taking action and continuing to be active.  The author reminds us that regardless of what your plan of action or your goal is, step one is always to get committed/sold. If you can’t be sold on your idea, you should cut your losses and move onto something else.  Cardone believes that we are all “in sales” in one way or another, whether it is product or an idea.  He is obviously an aggressive salesman and a person that makes things happen. He sure lit a fire under me!

      ~Reviewed by Grey C.

       

       

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        Thanks for the Feedback

         

        Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

        Thanks for the Feedback
        By Douglas and Heen Stone
        Penguin Audio
        Retail Price $27.95
        Amazon Price: $21.13

        Book Description: 

        Thanks for the Feedback By Douglas and Heen Stone Penguin Audio Retail Price $27.95 Amazon Price: $21.13 Book Description: The bestselling authors of the classic Difficult Conversations teach us how to turn evaluations, advice, criticisms, and coaching into productive listening and learning We swim in an ocean of feedback. Bosses, colleagues, customers—but also family, friends, and in-laws—they all have “suggestions” for our performance, parenting, or appearance. We know that feedback is essential for healthy relationships and professional development—but we dread it and often dismiss it. That’s because receiving feedback sits at the junction of two conflicting human desires. We do want to learn and grow. And we also want to be accepted just as we are right now. Thanks for the Feedback is the first book to address this tension head on. It explains why getting feedback is so crucial yet so challenging, and offers a powerful framework to help us take on life’s blizzard of off-hand comments, annual evaluations, and unsolicited advice with curiosity and grace. The business world spends billions of dollars and millions of hours each year teaching people how to give feedback more effectively. Stone and Heen argue that we’ve got it backwards and show us why the smart money is on educating receivers— in the workplace and in personal relationships as well. Coauthors of the international bestseller Difficult Conversations, Stone and Heen have spent the last ten years working with businesses, nonprofits, governments, and families to determine what helps us learn and what gets in our way. With humor and clarity, they blend the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology with practical, hard-headed advice. The book is destined to become a classic in the world of leadership, organizational behavior, and education.

        Review

        This is an interesting take on how to receive and use feedback from other people. While it is written for those in the workplace, it spills over to the personal life as well. This is a great book for anyone looking to learn more about receiving performance feedback in a more balance way. It explains how by doing so, you are creating a more productive environment. I listened to the audiobook while on my commute and found this a great way to receive this information. It was well done and a quality product. ~Reviewed by John C.

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