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

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  37,482 ratings  ·  1,357 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
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published February 22nd 2005 by Crown Business (first published 2005)
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Jan 27, 2013 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
Dec 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: white-flag
nothing authentic here. i need to stop picking up cheetos-colored books.
Chad Warner
May 28, 2010 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
Jul 15, 2007 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
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: waiting
TL;DR It's better to know everyone in the world than not know them. Great networking book.
Bebe Burnside
Nov 14, 2011 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
Amir Tesla
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filled with wisdom. Loved it.
Sep 27, 2008 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
Oana Sipos
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
He's an American. So as some of my friends said, you have the feeling of shallowness in relationships. Not all his pieces of advice would work in Europe, where I think it takes longer to build a relationship, but which will ultimately be much more meaningful and deep. Here are, however, some things that are worth to be noted:

- if you never ask, the answer is always no
- respect the goalkeeper's role and make them your friend
- the follow-up is the hammer and nails of your networking tool kit
- the
Dec 19, 2008 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
May 24, 2011 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
Nguyen Linh Chi
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This book provides me with some outstanding networking advices, such as categorizing your contacts, pinging, be a person of content and reciprocity. However, this book is a bit general (especially Section 5: Trading Up and Giving Back) because in my opinion, body language and small talk are more important to connect with people. This book is more about maintaining your contacts rather than recommending what you should say in the first place. If you are a newbie or a graduate student like I am, I ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
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.
Clint Hyden
May 24, 2013 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
Ben  Campopiano
Jan 19, 2008 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 28, 2012 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
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I honestly don't get why people rave about this. I didn't find anything insightful in it. Even before I got to the parts where he praises Donald Trump's networking "skills," I could tell he subscribes to that style of manipulation/inflated self worth. The advice is all trivial, nothing you haven't heard a dozen times before. Skip it.
Alex Ristea
Oct 18, 2011 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.
Phoebe Tran
Jan 25, 2016 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
Craig Kissho
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Catchy title but this book bored me to tears. I stuck with it for a few months, reading bit by bit, hoping that somewhere i could discover some gem of a wisdom. But each passing day I got more and more nauseated and finally decided to just file it for good.
Nothing new in here, just the same run of the mill advice on how to build contacts. Most of the book sounded insincere, cliched - and some parts just sounded like bs to me. The bragging n self congratulatory tone were rally tiring.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nope, self-help, business
Omg Keith, stop bragging.
Aaron Carpenter
May 11, 2015 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
"Never Eat Lunch Alone" – On how to build relationships in all walks of life with depth and meaning.
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The one book that could get me to see how networking ties in with my long term goals
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is highly practical (on how to network), while at the same time also insightfull. The elaborations usually starts with a broader idea on networking, followed by stories based on Ferrazzi's experience that we can follow. As any book that's highly practical, some example from this book felt outdated, or not really suitable to me personally. So I take those as a different perspective which broaden my view. Also a reader for sure need to derive the examples to his/her own style to make the ...more
Christian Panadero
I have mixed feelings with this book.
The positives is that it gives you an overall idea of the mindset that you should have to create realtionships with others. Some people call it networking. The author emphasize the importance of beign well connected and have 'trivial conversations' where you can aproach to people that at the begining you don't have anything in common.

The cons for me is that it goes against my way of thinking, maybe is my problem. I think that I want to share time with peopl
Jun 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
The relevant and interesting portion of this book could be summed up in a three page article. The rest is Ferrazzi dropping names, coining ridiculous phrases, and bragging about all the amazing things he has accomplished. What a blowhard.
Anita P.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite good, had some practical suggestions relevant for me. Drawbacks: focused on American style of communication and thus not applicable in other settings & was self-aggrandizing at points, but this did not bother me much. Overall 9/10
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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.

As Founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, he provides market leaders with advanced strategic consulting an
“Success in any field, but especially in business is about working with people, not against them.” 30 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.” 16 likes
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