Here are Some quotes from Teach Yourself To Think:
- Thinking and action are not separate. Thinking should continue into the action stage.
- The output of thinking must be put into the real world. It is not enough to think of a solution to a problem. You also need to consider how that solution will be put into action.
- People are frightened of making plans because they feel theory would be restricted by that plan. This need not be so. The plan itself is never restrictive. The way you use the plan may be restrictive.
- When you have something down in front of you it is very different from that something existing in your head.
- In terms of action an expert is someone who has refined the action so that all unnecessary bits have been thrown out.
- Effective people get on with things and do them. Less effective people have to keep coming back for encouragement and instruction.
- Expectations are more powerful than incentives. If there is an expectation that people should be creative, then they will seek to be creative at every possible opportunity.
- The purpose of thinking is to deliver to you the values you seek just as the purpose of a bicycle is to get you to where you want to go.
- We need values, feelings and thinking. Feeling is no substitute for thinking. Thinking without values is aimless.
- Complacency is the enemy of all progress. So is resignation. If you believe you are perfect, then you make no effort to get better. If you have given up, you also make no effort.
Here are some quotes from Successful Networking in 7 Simple Steps. You can also read a review of the book here.
- Simply put, networking is the process of meeting new people, and maintaining valuable contact with these people, to benefit both you and them.
- Surprisingly, it’s the people you know least that could be most useful to you.
- It’s generally believed that a person can only sustain around 150 meaningful social relationships; all those people you see on Facebook with 350+ friends don’t really have 350 lifelong buddies; they’ll have a few, the rest acquaintances.
- Networking relies mostly on your ability to listen and converse.
- Making social media work for, not against you, relies on having a strong awareness at all times of what you want people to see and what you don’t.
- Creating an online brand sounds complicated, but it isn’t: it’s simply the process of ensuring that what people can find about you online is consistent with, and underlines, the persona you’ve worked hard to develop face to face.
- When online, it’s safest to act as if you have paparazzi on your tail. Google doesn’t forget or keep secrets.
- Only choose events that may have valuable relevance to you, and work with your diary.
- It’s not rocket science to suggest that when meeting new people, it’s a good idea to look your best.
- If you want to feel confident and fully engaged in conversation, then it’s no surprise that the first thing you have to do is look confident and fully engaged.
You can read my review of the book here, but these are two quick lessons I learnt from reading it.
How can I begin to use social media much better?
Networking via social media is something that has become common place, but being able to use it properly is important. Here are some actions that can help to improve your online networking: Continue reading
Successful Networking In 7 Simple Steps by Clare Dignall is a straightforward book that does exactly what its title says. In 7 short chapters it presents some key information about how to improve our network capabilities. The book has just 144 pages so you won’t get bored with unnecessary content. It is also a very structured book. Each chapter opens with a quote, five ways to succeed and five ways to fail in relation to the topic being discussed. Each chapter of the book is labelled as one of the seven steps and ends with a summary table for you to write down what you will take away from the chapter. Following is a brief description of each step.
Step 1 – Creating networking opportunities
What is my purpose for networking? What is my existing network and how do I exploit them? How do I create new networks? These are questions answered in this chapter. You will also learn about getting ready for networking events, how to plan your networking and how to avoid hiccups on the day (of the networking event). Continue reading