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Book suggestions on social skills and networking.
July 2, 2012 9:49 PM   Subscribe

Hello Mefites, I'd like some suggestions for books on social skills and networking in order to get ahead professionally(and also on the personal front). Books with a Kindle edition would be a bonus. Thanks a lot!
posted by synapse2512 to Human Relations (8 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
'How to Win Friends and Influence People' is an old favorite.

If you tell us more about your profession, we may have more useful and specific recommendations.
posted by box at 10:02 PM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


If you happen to be in library management, 'the Challenge of Library Management: Leading with Emotional Engagement' is a pretty good one I've read recently.
posted by box at 10:04 PM on July 2, 2012


Thanks for your suggestions.
About me: I am an architect by training, but working in a very niche area - green buildings and building energy simulations. I am working in a relatively small, but well known company in my field.
posted by synapse2512 at 10:11 PM on July 2, 2012


I came here to suggest "How to Win Friends and Influence People" too, and to add that I am a person who generally thinks of self-help books as dumb and insincere but was taken in by Carnegie (perhaps just because I love the past, and hadn't realized that it was first published in 1936).
posted by bubukaba at 10:34 PM on July 2, 2012


How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes
posted by John Cohen at 11:01 PM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


There's some useful advice and exercises in Keith Ferrazzi's Never Eat Alone, but it may be a bit OTT if you are not a naturally outgoing person.
posted by crocomancer at 3:13 AM on July 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


"How To Win Friends and Influence People" - this is a classic business book, written in the 1930s, before the genre of business books even really existed. This is a must read on the subject of business networking.
(Also, since the book is so old, the copyright has expired, so you can download the pdf into your kindle for free)
posted by Flood at 4:42 AM on July 3, 2012


Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, together with the Dale Carnegie book, will serve you well.
posted by gauche at 6:26 AM on July 3, 2012


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