Does the term “networking” set your teeth on edge? Do you dread the idea of attending a job fair or networking event? In her book Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected, Devora Zack provides advice to introverts and networking haters that will help these individuals survive (and thrive!) at networking events and professional situations.
As someone who is regularly frustrated by the traditional networking model, this book was a breath of fresh air. An admitted introvert herself, Zack is able to successfully re-frame the traditional networking model into something that introverts can feel confident doing and succeeding. Even though this book focuses on advice for introverts, I liked that she was able to present the concepts in a personable way that would be enjoyable to read regardless of what end of the introvert-extrovert spectrum you are on. Zack includes tips for making it through networking and suggests things to think about as you navigate professional life. The book gave me some good ideas, and there are some tips that I am eager to try during my next networking event.
If you’re looking to step up your networking game, I recommend this book.