Networking for People Who Hate Networking, an on-line assessment experience, is an instrument available in conjunction with the second edition of Devora Zack's Networking for People Who Hate Networking. This tool will help you assess your networking style. Networking enables you to accomplish the goals that are most important to you. But you can't adopt a style that goes against who you are—and you don't have to. As Zack writes, “You do not succeed by denying your natural temperament; you succeed by working with your strengths.”
Format: Online Subscription
Price: $9.95 for one-year subscription, or five tests, whichever comes first
Description: This instrument consists of 20 questions. The assessment will produce a graphic of your results and interpretation from the author. You can take the test up to five times within a 12-month period and compare your results.
First, I want to say I’m in awe of you. Presumably, you hate networking. Nevertheless, you decided to shell out a few clams to invest in an online self-assessment featuring this very topic. There’s a decent chance you’ve also read (aka skimmed) the companion book Networking for People Who Hate Networking 2.0. Way to go!
I’ll make it worth your while. Now let’s get down to it.
Why is Networking so Irksome?
No offense, but that isn’t the underlying question. Allow me to gently rephrase your query:
What is Real Networking vs the Phony Facsimile Posing as Networking?
Until the first edition of Networking for People Who Hate Networking surfaced, the universal concept of networking was along the lines of: more is more, constant contact, shameless self-promotion, and get out there ASAP.
As you have always suspected, this methodology backfires for approximately 85% of the population. These so-called techniques make most of us want to run and hide, crash and burn, declare an allergic reaction to networking and proclaim to hate it.
Good news! Working a room isn’t real networking. Shmoozing doesn’t equate with a successful, fulfilled life and career. Less is (gasp!) more.
What is commonly labeled ‘Networking’ is a misnomer.
Real networking is the art of building meaningful, lasting, mutually beneficial connections one person at a time.