It’s true. Two great books, together at last and just in time for Class of 2014 gift giving!
When Maria Shriver’s daughter, Katherine, graduated from college she took her Mom’s advice. Sort of. Instead of trying to jump into the traditional job market, she decided to “pause” and keep herself semi-occupied by collecting “been there, done that” stories and writing a book.
With the title, I Just Graduated … Now What?: Honest Answers from Those Who Have Been There, and the fact that the word “networking” gets frequent mention after one graduates, you just know that it will be a great pairing with my own book, I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event. So get your gifting on and order copies of these inspiring and motivating books for your class of 2014 graduate via the link below!
About Katherine’s latest book:
Drawing on the stories and real-life experiences of more than thirty contributors including Anderson Cooper, Eva Longoria, Blake Mycoskie of TOMS shoes, Lauren Bush Lauren, and Andy Cohen, this guide for recent and soon-to-be graduates will help them find success and fulfillment in their work, relationships, and lives. In it you’ll find some surprising advice for graduates, including answers to questions like:
• How do I find my first job in a tough economy?
• How do I decide between a career that pays well and one that I’m passionate about?
• How do I balance work with friends, relationships, and family?
• Should I take a “gap year” before starting my first job?
• What should I do about my student loan debt?
More via her bio on Amazon:
Katherine Schwarzenegger, twenty-four, is an author, activist, and entrepreneur. A recent graduate of the University of Southern California, Katherine is a clear, sound voice for her generation. She hopes this new book will offer the direction needed to help young graduates navigate through the unknown with just a little less stress and a little more certainty. Throughout her process, Katherine has learned that there is no right way to figure out the next steps in your life, just your way.Read More
I don’t get over to Goodreads all that often, but I found a wonderful surprise when I followed an incoming link to my site from Goodreads this morning.
Not sure how I missed this, but back in Dec of 2012 a woman named Roxanne (I swear, I don’t know her!) wrote this insightful review of my book about networking:
I came across this book by accident when I was browsing through the library. I picked it up and read it through in one sitting. It provided a welcome re-introduction to networking that I didn’t realize I needed. As I was reading, I realized a few things: I was not taking networking seriously, I was not networking with the proper mindset, and I was not maintaining the connections I do have. Now I’m in a situation where I’m in the job market and I do not have the network I need to find my next job.
This book gave me easy to follow rules so that I can start building a network. As a very introverted person, I avoid any kind of networking event. I appreciated that the author acknowledges that introversion/shyness is a common reason why people don’t network, but gives practical, easy-to-follow advice on how to get around these barriers.
The book presents the idea that networking should be about paying it forward and looking at making contacts from the perspective of how I can help this new contact, rather than how can this contact help me. It is a novel approach to me and one that has completely changed how I view networking. Before I read this book, I honestly felt that networking was a very selfish and phoney endeavor of which I had little interest in participating. I love the pay it forward approach and the idea has changed how I view meeting new people and even making small talk. I also learned how to prepare for a networking event, something I didn’t know how to do prior to reading this book. There are pointers to improve a LinkedIn profile. I also enjoyed reading about some of the etiquette required to properly fostering and maintain connections.
I also have to give marks to this book for presenting all of the information in a very concise and easy to read format. The author refrains from using a lot of business jargon that normally turns me off reading professional development books. She also draws on her own network to add real world examples to the content. I appreciated the links to blogs about networking.
To me, the only drawback of this book is that I think it’s too short! I would have appreciated if the author had elaborated more on some topics. That said, I also think the reduced length gives the book wider appeal. If it was longer it might not appeal to novice networkers like me. The author also provides links to further reading throughout the book for those interested. I did follow the links and read further on my own and felt the suggested links were quality choices.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is new to networking or resists networking. I would also recommend this book to people who feel like they don’t need to network. When I had a job I felt like I didn’t need to network. Now I’m out looking for a new job and I don’t have the network I need. I wish I’d found this book sooner.
Thank you, Roxanne! You definitely made my day.Read More
As tough as things have been for most of us these past few years (we’re definitely included in this), I feel that I have so much for which to be grateful this Thanksgiving and now just need to know to whom I write the thank you card?
Between finally getting out of dreary and “frosty” Seattle, thanks to Keith (my incredibly creative and talented husband) landing an
amazing opportunity at what we’re pretty certain is his dream interactive agency in San Francisco, and a healthy and happy enough circle of family and friends, I thought I had been blessed enough. However, by seriously shaking things up in our lives and shifting the energy around this year, it appears the universe is now directing some of that famous California sunshine on the many seeds I’ve planted these past few years.
So, why do I want to share some of what I have to be grateful for today? Well, beside it being Thanksgiving, and simply wanting to share my excitement over recent events, I think it is worth explaining that the type of content creation, publicity and media exposure I share below demonstrates what I can also do for my clients. It took plenty of hard, smart and efficient work, and a little bit of good fortune, but it was mainly strategy, tactics and persistent follow-up that made most of what I share below happen.
Some of the most significant sprouting is around my writing and content creation in the form of the little seedling that is my book, “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???” I’d say this little sprout is well on its way to becoming a nice sturdy plant and I have my incredible network of friends, family, contacts, colleagues and fans for helping me get the word out and consistently supporting my efforts in promoting my networking manifesto. Plus, doing a few 12 Rules of Effective Networking webinars for some non-profits has brought me more good karma than I ever could have imagined and has enabled me to reach way more people than the number of folks that have attended my PIF (pay it forward) Parties to date. I’ve seen the direct correlation between those webinars and the opportunities that have recently come my way, as well as the new Facebook fans, Twitter followers, Bella Domain Networking group members on LinkedIn, email/blog subscribers and more.
Earlier this year, I was also fortunate enough to get selected as a columnist for WomenEntrepreneur.com where recently my third article for my Networking is Connecting column was recently picked up by FoxNews.com (of all places). Then, within a few days of that happening, and thanks to a Google alert, I found out that my book was in the #1 spot on the Inc.com 2010 Holiday Gift Guide for business books! Whah?? Such a gift! And with any luck, I’ll soon get to break-even with my publisher, Mitchell Levy of Happy About!
(Soon after the above we noticed that my book was finally ranked less than 100K on Amazon again and was ranked #44,867! It had been in the coveted less-than-100K rank soon after it was released, about a year ago this month.)
Lastly, after spotting the Inc.com recognition, and a few days of jumping up and down with excitement, yesterday, I learned (thanks to another Google alert) that, most likely due to all the activity around these things, I was the featured columnist on the WomenEntrepreneur.com home page (see below)! Sweet!
Now, to whom do you think I should write the thank you card?? Kind of a hard call isn’t it? Happy Thanksgiving all and please let me know if there is anything I can help YOU be thankful for by next Turkey Day!
Yesterday ended with my little Bella Domain WordPress site hitting 11,000 total visits since launch (woo hoo!) and me finding an awesome book review of “I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???” from Steve Paul the blogger behind and founder of Notes From the Job Search Seattle. Here’s what he wrote about my recommended strategy for networking:
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Pay it Forward
One of the members of our Tuesday group brought a book to our group last week that brought a bunch of ideas together for me and added some new ones that fundamentally change how I think networking should be done. It’s stuff that I’ve vaguely thought, and haphazardly tried, but have always thought was what I shouldn’t do.
Networking events have always felt like middle school dances. You know the ones, the boys are on one side and the girls are on the other, (substitute recruiters and job seekers) and each side spends pretty much the entire night talking about how much success they always have with the other side, just not venturing forth and testing those waters.
I’m starting to follow a new blog, it’s on my list: Bella Domain. This is by the person who wrote I’m at a Networking Event, Now What? — Sandy Jones-Kaminski. In the book, she postulates that the focus of networking events should not be “What can you do for me?” She proposes that every networking event be approached as an opportunity to ask, “What can I do for you?” Things like passing out business cards aggressively are strongly discouraged, instead, listen to the answers people provide and only share your card with people you actually might be able to help. She suggests an attitude of “Pay it Forward” for the event. For those that missed the book and movie, pay it forward is the idea of doing something for someone else as a way of saying thank you for things that others have already done for you. Instead of paying back what you owe, pay it forward to the next person. Turns out there is even research suggesting that this is a more effective strategy when approaching others in a networking mode. Immediately, it allows for a focus on what others are doing, rather than prattling on about how great we are when we probably aren’t all that convinced of our value to begin with. Most of us can get very convinced of our ability to solve problems within our area, so when someone says, “I need help with…. And describes what we know about, we can get into problem solving mode in a heartbeat, and then we don’t need to tell people we’re super, we just demonstrate it. Way more fun!
At any rate, Sandy’s book is outstanding. It’s one of those books that brings together a bunch of well known information and comes up with a new conclusion that feels much better than what I thought previously and completely demystifies what was a very intimidating event.
(post link – http://bit.ly/SPreview0110)Read More
I found the email below in my Inbox this morning and it sure started my day off on a happy note! Salil describes exactly what I was hoping to achieve by writing my book, I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???
Soon after I read this, I contacted him to thank him for taking the time to write and requested his permission to share it with y’all. And, hey, if you read my book, and feel the same way Salil does, please become a fan of my book on Facebook. Thanks so much and Happy New Year all!
Date: Thu, Dec 31, 2009
Subject: I’m at a networking event
I recently purchased this ebook from Michelle Levy’s website and I am so happy with my decision. I had always struggled with networking events. I heard a lot about the importance of networking events but never knew what to do and how to initiate any dialogue or even take it to the next step/level. Some of your openers were very helpful. I also liked the specific action items you included in each chapter. The section on hosting your own networking event was also a great idea. I started acting on those and reached out to couple of people while standing in a queue. Prior to reading this book, I could never think of reaching out to people on my own. But to my surprise, the experience was very positive and I had very useful and fruitful discussion with those people. I am also thinking of hosting an event sponsored by my company early next week and I already have a theme in mind.
So once again, thank you for the great write up. I am definitely recommending this book to other people who I know are struggling with the same issue.