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Thursday, September 1, 2011
Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty
The main thing the book adds to your normal social network is it talks about keeping it organized, tells you how to keep in contact with people and tells you how to maintain a network. The first has pretty handily been taken care of by technology. The second is almost taken care of by technology, but if someone is really important to you the conversation should involve more than a Facebook happy birthday. The third, well the third is basically just the golden rule of giving what you would like to get.
Who do people want to network with? People that can point them towards good jobs, good people that can solve their problems and good advice. It's about looking out for the people that you care about and helping them when it counts. Basic but powerful stuff and the more organized you are about your network the better you'll be able to help people when they need it.
I rate this as the best business book I've read so far this year. I don't regret it at all and have been recommending it to anyone who has been looking at a career change or on how to get out there and meet some new people in the office. Also if you are in my network, hit me up, I have a copy sitting around to share.