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The Introvert’s Edge to Networking

By: Matthew Pollard, Derek Lewis - contributor, Jeb Blount - foreword
Narrated by: Jamie Jackson, Matthew Pollard, Jeb Blount
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Summary

One of the biggest myths that plagues the business world today is that our ability to network depends on having the “gift-of-gab”. You don’t have to be outgoing to be successful at networking. You don’t have to become a relentless self-promoter. In fact, you don’t have to act like an extrovert at all.

The truth is that when introverts are armed with a plan that lets them be their authentic selves, they make the best networkers.

Matthew Pollard, an introvert himself, draws on over a decade of research and real-world examples to provide an actionable blueprint for introverted networking. A sequel to Pollard’s international bestseller The Introvert’s Edge: How the Quiet and Shy Can Outsell Anyone, this book masterfully confronts the stigma around the so-called extroverted arena of networking.

In The Introvert’s Edge to Networking, you’ll discover how to:

  • Overcome your fear and discomfort when networking
  • Turn networking into a repeatable system
  • Leverage your innate introverted strengths
  • Target and connect with top influencers
  • Leverage the power of virtual and social networking

The introvert’s roadmap to success doesn’t look like the extroverts, we’re different and we should embrace that.

Whether you’re a small business owner struggling to make a living or a professional who’s hit a career plateau, The Introvert’s Edge to Networking is your path to a higher income and a rolodex of powerful connections.

©2021 Matthew Owen Pollard (P)2021 Thomas Nelson

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"Matthew shows introverts how to turn networking from dreadful and pointless to profitable and valuable. Best of all, I have personally experienced how Matthew lives out the words in this book. I can say wholeheartedly that if you practice what this book teaches, you will grow and serve others like never before." (Tom Ziglar, CEO of Ziglar, Inc.)

"Matthew's guidance takes the concept of framework and standardization to the next level, offering a meaningful strategy that works in any room, for any introverted business professional." (Dr. Ivan Misner, founder of BNI and New York Times best-selling author)

"Matthew masterfully confronts the stigma around the so-called extroverted arena of networking, demonstrating that introverts have exactly what it takes to outshine everyone else in the room." (Derek Lidow, chair of the Entrepreneurship Faculty at Princeton University)

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Clear and concise advice

loved it, the book is well narrated and layers are added in a way that has cemented the advice in my mind.

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Brilliant

As someone’s who hates networking, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book. However, I thought it was brilliant and it’s totally changed my view on networking. I’m looking forward to putting it to good use

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A great read for extroverts too!

An interesting, inspiring, and thought provoking read. I've definitely changed my approach to networking.

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Not much value and very self-promotional

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book.

One of the key takeaways of this book is, to research and connect with people who are going to be at a networking event. Aside from this, there’s not much wisdom or learnings that I was able to take away from this book. It was a struggle to listen to the various examples of how the author did such a great job in different coaching and networking situations. These examples may very well be entirely factual, however they come across as boastful and exaggerated at times.

The author credits himself with being able to generate business without making people feel like they are being sold to. This is in stark contrast to how I felt when reading The Introvert’s Edge to Networking. The book contains a lot of self-promotion, especially of the author’s first book, which distracted from any value that the book was able to deliver.

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