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

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  46,683 ratings  ·  1,802 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.
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 references a few studies and statistics.

The book's title comes from Ferrazzi's recommendati
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
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
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. ...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 gatekeeper's role and make them your friend
- the follow-up is the hammer and nails of your networking tool kit
- the
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
Amir Tesla
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filled with wisdom. Loved it.
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
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. ...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
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. ...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
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.
Amy Landino
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book who thinks they know how to network. People say they want to build relationships but Ferrazzi actually defines what it means to make that happen in meaningful and effective ways. Loved it. Staying on the bookshelf and planning my first dinner party ASAP.
Sophie Lemieux
Aug 29, 2022 rated it it was ok
''Poverty is the isolation from people who can help you make more of yourself''

The book "Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferazzi is a decent read, but it doesn't offer anything groundbreaking in terms of networking tips. The author advises readers to be interesting people, to network with top executives in their company, and to develop business relationships with major players. While these tips are all valid, they are nothing new. Overall, the book is meh - it's worth reading if you're looking for gen
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
Henrik Haapala
• "Success in any field, but especially in business, is about working with people, not against them." /KF, p.7

• "The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated" /W. James

• Connecting (="networking") = sharing knowledge, resources, time and energy.
• Importance of mentors.
• Don’t keep score, keep giving. The idea is to be a giver, but be strategic about it. You also have to ask for generosity back. Networks are for mutual benefit.
• What’s your mission? The importance of wri
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
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
I have to admit that I only read two chapters of this book so 1 star might be unfair (perhaps the rest was better).

I am an extremely introverted person, and on top of that, extremely shy too (and no, they're not the same thing ;-)). So I really need to learn how to network better. But this book turned me off from page 1. The first chapter is all about how great the author is. And of course how he's been thinking about and planning and strategizing since he was lucky enough to meet all the right
Hien Le
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Things I hated about this book:
* endless name dropping of rich and famous people that the author knows
* advice about how to text people during toilet / taxi time so that a whole bunch of schmoes think they're your BFFs
* vague and generic stories about the little people that the author has molded into winners
* something about how adver-gaming is the greatest thing since sliced bread

Somewhere in there is some practical but obvious advice like:
* look for deep connections rather than shallow ones
* t
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.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nope, self-help, business
Omg Keith, stop bragging.
Mike McAuliff
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you can get past the constant stream of self congratulatory talk from the author, there is value to be discovered in this book. Do yourself a favor and just Google the cliff notes version. On the bright side, if you are looking for a new drinking game ... take a shot every time he uses the word “prestigious”. Refrain from driving afterwards though.
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.
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
In my opinion, nothing really new. However, a good kick for introverts to drive into the world and expand their network.

///// PERSONAL NOTES \\\\\\

Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone. Your relationships with others are your finest, most credible expression of who you are and what you have to offer.

In one word: connect. In four better words: connec
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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

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