Never Eat Alone

  • by Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz
  • Narrated by Richard Harries
  • 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Keith Ferrazzi is a master networker who claims his secret is merely reaching out to other people. And 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 presents the specific steps and mindset he uses to connect with the thousands of individuals in his Rolodex.Ferrazzi's form of connecting to people is based on generosity, helping friends connect with other friends. He distinguishes genuine relationship-building from the crude, desperate glad-handling usually associated with "networking". In the course of the book, Ferrazzi outlines the timeless strategies shared by the world's most connected individuals, from Katherine Graham to Bill Clinton, Vernon Jordan to the Dalai Lama.
Chock full of specific advice on handling rejection, getting past gatekeepers and more, Never Eat Alone is destined to take its place as an inspirational classic.


What the Critics Say

"[A] useful volume....His clear and well-articulated steps for getting access, getting close and staying close make for a substantial leg up." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ferrazzi presents a whirlwind of ideas to widen your circle of contacts that goes way beyond the usual stale concepts of 'networking'." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good, but self-glorifying

This book has some good content. It's obvious that Ferrazzi is good at networking and has learned how to meet people--especially since the entire book is peppered with name-dropping and annoying, at times condescending, self-praise. Every time I listen I get the feeling that his overarching message is: "one day you could be great, maybe even half as great as I am." I kept expecting after the first chapters for him to tell some stories from other points of view--maybe historical or from great business men, but it never happens. "I" is the most commonly used word in the book, Ya-ya the most often mentioned company (he was the CEO). The narrator's slightly nasal voice doesn't help with the tone of the book either.

All that having been said, there is definitely some good advice and reading this book provides real motivation to start forming better relationships. For example, I think his advice to look for what you can give to, not get from a relationship, is excellent.
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- Marcus Vorwaller


I'm really surprised by the previous reviewers' comments. Granted, the author does like to mention his accomplishments but most authors of How-To books do so in order to give credibility to their advice. His main message is that most people in our culture value a sense of individuality that eventually leads to isolation, loneliness, and a lack of personal fulfillment. This book is an attempt to inspire you to connect to and develop your community by following your passion, helping others, and making connections among the people you know. In turn, your community will want to see you develop and be successful. I just wish I would have 'read' this book sooner.
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- Mathew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2005
  • Publisher: Recorded Books