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Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  24,530 Ratings  ·  892 Reviews
Do you want to get ahead in life?

Climb the ladder to personal success?

The secret, master networker Keith Ferrazzi claims, is in reaching out to other people. As Ferrazzi discovered early in life, what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships—so that everyone wins.

In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the spe
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published February 22nd 2005 by Crown Business (first published January 1st 2005)
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Apr 23, 2013 Jaclyn rated it it was ok
This book is a huge elitist bragging session for Keith Ferrazzi. I picked it up to get some tips on networking for a new business we're starting and it eventually began grating on my nerves. I'm not sure how many times it's necessary to congratulate yourself in your own book about how great you are, but the author went above and beyond that limit. A large network is great but I am not about to start proclaiming that having hundreds of people as contacts is what's going to make me successful. Get ...more
Aug 27, 2007 kareem rated it it was amazing
original review:

I forget how I first came across this book, but it seemed to be one of those (like Blink, The Tipping Point, The Wisdom of Crowds, etc.) that was getting a lot of press on blogs that I read frequently. Ferrazzi has an interesting blog for Never Eat Alone and Phil Terry of Creative Good suggested I give it a go to help connect with folks at the Gel conference this week.

The book is about how to meet people and develop deeper relationships mor
Chad Warner
Nov 17, 2016 Chad Warner rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: entrepreneurs, business owners
Recommended to Chad by: The Simple Dollar (
In my efforts to spread the word about OptimWise, my technology services company, I've been attending more local workshops, lectures, and networking events. After hearing a few people recommend this book for networking advice, I decided it'd be worth my time to check out.

It's too early to tell whether this book will improve my networking skills, but I'm definitely optimistic. Ferrazzi packs the book full of advice, tips, and anecdotes from his personal life. To add credibility, he also reference
3.5 stars

As someone who feels skeptical about business and networking and most things professional (i.e. elitist), I came into this book with low expectations. Never Eat Alone looks like another career-oriented self-help book aimed at elevating one's wealth and making connections to get ahead. And while it does focus on both of those things - relationships, how to sell yourself and your brand - I appreciated Keith Ferrazzi's emphasis on vulnerability and kindness. He advocates for caring about o
Jan 05, 2009 Shane rated it liked it
I read about this book some time back and finally taken the time to read it. My goal in reading this was to improve my own networking and relationship building skills while staying true to my own values and principles. Ferrazzi’s approach is aggressive and there are something’s that simply do not work well for me. I gained additional knowledge and ideas from this book and it also reinforced much of what I know. Not a page turner but overall this was worth the read. I appreciated Ferrazi’s rise f ...more
Bebe Burnside
Nov 14, 2011 Bebe Burnside rated it it was ok
It started out really good. Mr. Ferrazzi talked about the importance of treating others well and not just networking because of what you can get out of it. If you have read the secret it is the same idea. Then it turned into the story of why Kieth Ferrazzi totally rocks and is so successful. He went from talking about why you should treat people well and not look for the big sale to how to meet people who will land you the big sale. I would say he talks the talk but does not walk the walk. I cou ...more
Sep 27, 2008 Chantal rated it really liked it
I sat through a brilliant networking lecture a few months ago and I kept thinking about how much more good you can do in the world if you have built relationships with people. The lecture really got me thinking about the value of building relationships with others in order to better serve them. I taught a lesson about it at church...and got such a dead response. After the lesson, a friend suggested this book that he had previously read and brought it by for me to read. I spent the next week devo ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Sergei_kalinin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-mngmt
Очень странная книга...

Начну с того, что пока дошли руки её прочитать - слышал о книге очень противоречивые отзывы. И подметил некую тенденцию в этих самых отзывах :)

Если книгу читал ярко выраженный экстраверт - он отзывался о ней с восхищением, и давал самые высокие оценки: "Очень полезная книга для жизни! С её помощью можно задружиться с кем угодно, стать популярным человеком!" (и т.д. и т.п.)

Если читателем был интраверт, то книжку он критиковал жёстко и бескомпромиссно: "Это всё тупая и пов
Ben  Campopiano
Jul 21, 2008 Ben Campopiano rated it it was ok
Disciplined dreamers all have one thing in common: a mission. The mission is often risky, unconventional, and most likely tough as hell to achieve. But it is possible. The kind of discipline that turns a dream into a mission, and a mission into a reality, really just comes down to a process of setting goals.

Throughout his career, Bill Clinton’s political aspirations and his ability to reach out to others have gone hand in hand. He made it a nightly habit to record, on index cards, the names and
May 24, 2011 Eric rated it it was ok
Much of what the book talked about was what I already knew. I didn't like how he talked about mostly cliche advice like "Find your passion and things like money will naturally follow”. Also, it seemed that Ferrazzi was trying to use the book as some kind of a biography to brag about his accomplishments. He seems really proud and full of himself, with a huge ego. He may be qualified to be like that because I do think what he achieved is impressive, and I have nothing against being proud of onesel ...more
Dec 15, 2012 Iris rated it did not like it
Shelves: white-flag
nothing authentic here. i need to stop picking up cheetos-colored books.
Feb 22, 2012 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
This book goes into the Top 10 Must Reads that I recommend to everyone in every profession. The principles of "connecting" strike a nerve of truth that gives power to the actionable steps the author suggests. I love the new vocabulary that this book gives us in reference to networking.

Essentially we learn in this book that relationships are our greatest assets and that our best relationships are those in which we create high value for people we care about. This is the skill that must be honed.
May 28, 2012 Jamie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
2.5 stars. What I liked: The book has some helpful pointers for those who are shy or who are not inclined to engage with strangers. I would recommend it for new professionals. I think it is also helpful that the author emphasizes that it isn't easy, or natural, even for extroverts to put themselves out there all the time. I also appreciated that he shared some of his rejections, showing that even the best networkers strike out sometimes.

What I didn't like: Sometimes the author is too braggy , wh
Bach Tran Quang
Mar 21, 2014 Bach Tran Quang rated it liked it
Cuộc sống của chúng ta là tổng hòa của các mối quan hệ, những mạng lưới đầy phức tạp và đan xen.

Đây là cuốn sách cần phải đọc để học được những cách thức tối ưu hóa những mối quan hệ đã, đang và sắp có của bạn. Không chỉ trong công việc mà còn trong cuộc sống. Đời sẽ bớt cô đơn đi một chút, Công việc sẽ dễ thở hơn một chút và tôi tin là cơ hội cũng sẽ đến nhanh hơn nếu chúng ta biết nắm bắt và tận dụng mạng lưới do chính tay ta dệt nên.

Bản dịch này không tốt lắm, một số câu văn được biên tập chư
"Never Eat Lunch Alone" – On how to build relationships in all walks of life with depth and meaning.
Aug 03, 2015 Theigbobandit rated it it was amazing
The one book that could get me to see how networking ties in with my long term goals
Alex Ristea
Aug 05, 2016 Alex Ristea rated it did not like it
My god. This was too wishy-washy and self-helpy that I had to put it down after 40 pages.
Clint Hyden
Jul 08, 2013 Clint Hyden rated it really liked it
This was a great book about what networking really is. It's about sharing information with people, not just about managing transactions with people.

Here are some quotes that I liked from the book.

1. …being a connector is not about managing transactions, but about managing relationships. P8

2. I learned that real networking was about finding ways to make other people more successful. It was about working hard to give more than you get. P9

3. Every successful person I’ve met shared, in varying degre
Phoebe Tran
Feb 06, 2016 Phoebe Tran rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Having read many books in the past about the art of networking and how to build connections for a successful life and career, I find Keith Ferrazzi's "Never Eat Alone" to be an especially great book on this subject. Many of the ideas here are not revolutionary or new since the concept of networking has become, as the author puts it, a "lingua franca of our times". Of course, you'll find chapters on well-worn topics, such as "being interesting," "follow your passion", or "the art of small talk". ...more
Farnoosh Brock
Apr 21, 2013 Farnoosh Brock rated it liked it
Shelves: business-spirit
In the eyes of Keith Ferrazzi, success – in our careers and in life – is all about relationships. Everything in our universe is related to everything else through a relationship. We must develop, establish and nurture our relationships in life. We live in a fast paced life and a connected age, where the day’s minutes would be hard pressed to be further packed with communication and staying in touch.

Ferrazzi lives and breathes the fast pace of life. Living at the same fast space, he shares here
Aaron Carpenter
May 11, 2015 Aaron Carpenter rated it liked it
I've been doing it wrong! Up until reading this book, I thought conferences were all about listening to keynote speeches / sermons, and then I wondered when all the "conferring" was supposed to happen! Looking back, I can see how some of the best conference outcomes were the relationships built through them. And that's the essence of Ferrazzi's book - how to build and sustain relationships that create synergy and upward mobility. I can think of many applications of his principles and tactics, wh ...more
Sep 12, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it
I picked this up because of some of the great reviews I've seen and because it's about networking which is an area I can improve in.

Overall it was really good and I picked up a couple ideas of ways I can improve. The main thing I got out of the book was that relationships are really more important than we realize. In the individualistic, digitally entertained version of America we live in, this is an important point to bring up.

The writing is lacking in a couple of ways. Some of the chapters, es
Feb 23, 2012 Travis rated it did not like it
Shelves: won-t-finish
Typical Business 1.0 good-old-boy network "what can you do for me?" advice. If this guy asked me to lunch, I'd be immediately suspicious of his motives.
Feb 28, 2014 Ben rated it really liked it
When I first sat down to read "Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferrazzi, I wasn't 100% sure what to expect. I knew that this book was going to attempt to teach me how to succeed in marketing, business, and other aspects of my life - therefore, it was probably going to come off a bit like an advertisement itself. And the cover backed that up, as the one word that I would use to describe it is "safe." Navy blue words written on a solid sheet of orange? This didn't exactly revolutionize my idea of cover ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Nathan rated it liked it
Shelves: business
Although it comes as a surprise to people when I say so, I still struggle with Networking (the in-kind face-to-face kind, not the cables or Facebook kind). To do my job, however, I need to master that skill. This book was one of the “learn a superpower” books from a Metafilter thread, and the promise of unraveling networking was too much for me to turn away.

The good news is that the book delivers the goods. Ferrazzi is a master networker, one of those glad-handing ever-present Americans whose gl
Heidi The Hippie Librarian
Sep 02, 2015 Heidi The Hippie Librarian rated it liked it
Shelves: business
At first, Never Eat Alone made me think that it must be exhausting to be Keith Ferrazzi. He is always on the move, meeting and connecting people. But then, as he explains in the later sections of his book, he has blurred the lines between his business and personal life so that, in essence, they're one and the same now. He mentions celebrating his birthday at a business conference and feeling like he was surrounded by friends because they are his friends. I suppose in the new social media world, ...more
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Aug 05, 2013 Ensiform rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The author, a marketing and sales CEO, lays out advice for getting ahead in this new, flatter, faster economy: foster and maintain connections with people. A cynic might, of course, take this as telling prospective salesmen or corporate ladder climbers to flatter their superiors and feign interest in activities that will get them closer to their goals, while hoarding the contacts they gather until such time as these might become useful to them personally. However, Ferrazzi, who worked his way up ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I heard so much about Never Eat Aloneover the years, but somehow never read it.I finally wanted to see what the book was all about, and was pleasantly surprised withFerrazzi's simple and direct approach to success. Instantly, I respected him as someone who could provide legitimate advice, not only because ofhis own immense success, but because of the tone of the book. Ferrazziwas encouraging and helpful withoutinsulting the reader with overly simplistic wording and suggestions.

The tipsincluded i
Xuena Li
Nov 19, 2016 Xuena Li rated it really liked it
1. The rich has a web of friends and associates that helps them to land one job and another and reach professional heights unknown to people outside of their circle. The rule in life is that individual who knows the right people, for the right reasons, and utilizes the power of these relationships, can become a member of the “club”, whether he starts out as a caddie or not. You cannot get there alone. In fact, you cannot get very far at all.

2. The kind of relationship building is not about mani
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Keith Ferrazzi is one of the rare individuals who discovered the essential formula for making his way to the top -- a powerful and balanced combination of marketing acumen and networking savvy. Both Forbes and Inc. magazines have designated him one of the world's most "connected" individuals.

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“Success in any field, but especially in business is about working with people, not against them.” 19 likes
“Identify the people in your industries who always seem to be out in front, and use all the relationship skills you've acquired to connect with them. Take them to lunch. Read their newsletters. In fact, read everything you can. Online, there are hundreds of individuals distilling information, analyzing it, and making prognos-tications. These armchair analysts are the eyes and ears of innovation. Now get online and read, read, read. Subscribe to magazines, buy books, and talk to the smartest people you can find. Eventually, all this knowledge will build on itself, and you'll start making connections others aren't.” 11 likes
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