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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

Just finished reading the above and it's a pretty good read. The author has a bit of that air of arrogance regarding how seemingly wealthy and successful he is, but that aside here are some good tips:

1. There's no such thing as a self-made man/woman (others around us are critical).

2. Create a personal board of advisors. This is one of my action points, especially as a sole practitioner attorney.

3. Those who are best at it don't network, they make friends.

4. Share your hobbies and passions with others.

5. Be a conference commando. I thought this was one of his better areas. He talks about all of the perhaps less obvious ways to benefit from a conference such as sort of creating a mini-conference within a conference with dinner/golf, ect.

6. Connect multiple peoples' networks together.

7. Develop a personal branding message.

8. Find mentors, find mentees, repeat. If you're not using some of the mentor programs through local bar associations you're a fool. Additionally, especially since I started my law practice, I really feel I am a good resource for attorneys considering doing the same thing and have been mentoring some other attorneys.


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