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An Introvert’s Guide to Making Connections That Count

by Wickre, Karen

In TAKING THE WORK OUT OF NETWORKING, a former Google executive and editorial director of Twitter offers advice for introverts (and anyone who has ever cancelled a coffee date) about how to nurture a vibrant circle of reliable contacts without leaving their comfort zone by channeling their natural instincts.

The common networking advice for introverts are variations on the theme of overcoming or "fixing" their quiet tendencies to become effective. Not so, says Karen Wickre, who will use this book to show how to capitalize on an introvert's true nature to create sustainable connections that can be called upon for career assistance, advice, introductions and favors.

Karen's "embrace your quiet side" approach is for anyone who eschews the glad-handing of traditional networking activities. For example, she advises to skip mixers that introverts don't get much benefit from, anyway, in favor of one-on-one coffees. She shows how to make use of Twitter threads, the "like" and "heart" features on social media and even email to sustain what she calls "the loose touch habit" to build one's network over time. This new way to network will appeal to introverts as well as anyone looking for a way to get ahead in today's ever-changing job market.

Karen Wickre is the former Editorial Director at Twitter, where she arrived after a decade-long career at Google. She is also a co-founder of Newsgeist, an annual conference fostering new approaches to news and information, and a regular tech columnist for Backchannel, a Conde Nast technology and business publication that appears regularly on Karen is on the boards of the International Center for Journalists, the News Literacy Project, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She lives in San Francisco. This is her first book.

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If you believe relationships are the bedrock of both adventure and achievement, then you must read this book. Step by step, concept by concept, Karen shares her wisdom on how to build a community of relationships that help you change the world.

Quote: Keith Yamashita, founder and chairman, SYPartners

Networking is essential for business success, yet many still dread it. Prepare to change your mind. Karen Wickre's inspired new book shows readers how to embrace their true selves while building an authentic, sustainable network.

Quote: Dorie Clark, adjunct professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

Most of us dread the awkward phone calls to strangers and the transactional nature of what we think of as 'networking.' Karen Wickre recasts the notion completely - and extremely usefully - in terms of connections, friendships and reciprocity. A very user-friendly tool for those of us introverts masquerading as extroverts.

Quote: Amanda Bennett, journalist and author

Karen Wickre may be the best-connected Silicon Valley figure you've never heard of, widely regarded in tech as a champion networker. Now she reveals in highly readable, practical terms how anyone can create and sustain a network painlessly, and why it matters. This book can change your career, and your life.

Quote: Walt Mossberg, former columnist and conference producer

People will always be moving and changing jobs, but the value of human connection doesn't change. Karen Wickre shows how 'loose touch' interactions can make your life better. If you're an introvert, you will find help making connections in ways that don't feel forced or artificial. If you know an introvert, this book makes a good gift.

Quote: Matt Cutts, former Googler

For introverts who panic at the idea of networking, Wickre's book is a deep, calming breath. You can do it.

Quote: Sophia Dembling, author

Karen Wickre has taken a lifetime of learning and put it into a practical, easy-to-use book that people of all stripes and backgrounds will find useful. (And by the way: it's not only for introverts!)

Quote: Sree Sreenivasan, former Chief Digital Officer

Karen Wickre has long been an powerful but unsung resource for tech industry insiders seeking career advice. In this charming book, she shares the powerful secrets that will allow introverts--and everyone else--to organically network in the workplace, for better jobs and a more satisfying work life.

Quote: Steven Levy, author

Pragmatic and thoughtful, Karen Wickre shows how networking can move from being transactional to being transformational in your life. Taking the Work Out of Networking gives you the know-how to connect with the know-who. This is one of the best 'read it in the morning, use it in the afternoon' career guides I've ever read, especially in our social media era.

Quote: Chip Conley, author

Listen to Karen Wickre. Taking the Work Out of Networking will make you a better questioner, observer, relationship-nurturer, and, yes - a networker for all the right reasons.

Quote: Blair Shane, Chief Marketing Officer, Sequoia Capital

In a world of social media, a meaningful conversation is a memorable thing. Karen Wickre reminds us that the ability to put your phone in your pocket, look a person in the eye, and really connect is not only one of life's great pleasures - it is the key to succeeding in your career.

Quote: Kim Scott, author

Taking the Work Out of Networking is a networking game-changer. Karen Wickre reveals how anyone - even the introverts dreading their social obligations - can make strides in their career by building meaningful connections in a thoughtful, diligent way.

Quote: Olivia Fox Cabane, author

So many of us dislike or even fear the transactional nature of traditional networking. Karen Wickre has done a great service by showing how it's possible to make genuine connections that last, that we can nurture across the world for all kinds of purposes.

Quote: Chris Anderson, Head of TED

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