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Everyone should listen to this book before using Linkedin. If you have already started using this business tool the the wrong way, this book has the clear steps needed to get you on the right track. Dave Gowel has done an excellent job explaining why the vast majority of Linkedin members have grossly underutilized this tool. He has presented his own personal successes using Linkedin the right way and clear steps that anyone can follow to build and organize a real-world network that will change your life.
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There is some good information in this book about LinkedIn. Even as an experienced LinkedIn user, I learned a lot. That said, the substantive content of this book could be presented in an hour.
The remainder of the book basically consists of the author telling us about how great he is. I have rarely seen an instance of someone so often and loudly patting himself on the back. For instance, I do not know how many times Gowel refers to himself as a "LinkedIn Jedi" (a title bestowed by a Boston technology writer), but it could be turned into a college drinking game. Wouldn't two or maybe three references be enough?
I'm not saying I'm not impressed by Gowel's background. Hey, just tell me (once) you were an Army Ranger and I'm impressed. Tell me (once) that you started a successful tech business and I'm impressed.
Unfortunately, this self-congratulatory approach appears to be gaining traction among Gen Y authors. For me, it is a lot better to show me how good you are than to tell me again and again how good you are. But maybe I'm just an out of touch curmudgeon!
Oh, and about the narration. Sean Pratt is a go-to narrator. I have listened to many books Sean has narrated. He is smooth and polished. However, he sometimes has a tendency to sound like Niles Crane, the foppish younger brother from "Frasier." In this case, this tendency made the content even a bit more irritating.
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