May 8, 2010

Never Eat Alone

Each person eats. And eating by yourself is no fun. An easy way to build your personal network and be more effective at work is to follow the advice of Keith Ferrazzi's book Never Eat Alone: eat lunch and other meals with other people as often as possible.

This simple action has done so much for my relationships, my networking, and my career. I wish I followed it better, because every time I meet someone for lunch, get coffee with a friend or take the time to eat dinner together with my spouse, I always enjoy it.

Eating with other people doesn't have to be expensive, either. Bring lunches and meet in a park or the break room. And don't be shy about asking your boss, vice-president or CEO, either. Everybody eats!