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I would not consider myself to be an introvert, and I am most certainly not seeking world domination--yet I still found myself identifying with more than a few of the character traits and circumstances that Nick Shelton describes in "An Introvert's Guide to World Domination."
While the title projects a whimsical confidence, the subtitle--"Become a High Level Networker and Upgrade Your Life"--lays the practical foundation for the primary focus of this book. Indeed, it was there that I hoped to find a list of suggestions of how to meet people, how to start a conversation, and maybe some funny and/or heart-warming stories to serve as examples. To be clear, those practical topics--from the 'Cape Walk' to the 'Walkthrough' and many others--were there, and they exceeded my expectations.
But what really sets this book apart as truly compelling was the overarching appeal to the humanity, the underlying purpose, of following these simple suggestions: to "add value" to another's project is to first acknowledge the value you yourself bring to the relationship. Nick establishes credibility by sharing his personal journey to discover his own value, then generously offers his arm to casually guide the reader through the process of not only recognizing your own value but more importantly how--and why--to share it with others. The balance that Nick strikes navigating and networking with "peers" (hint: everyone you meet is your peer) cannot be overstated.
The casual style and simplified format make this book accessible to everyone: whether you are looking to overcome certain socialization fears, improve your interpersonal communication skills, or learn how to level-up your career, you need to read this book. And if you truly are an introvert in pursuit of 'World Domination,' this book is required reading!
While An Introverts Guide to World Domination claims its intended audience in its title, author Nick Shelton’s charming and disarming set of anecdotal tips, life hacks, and social reminders hold value for everyone, whether they identify as introvert, extrovert, or something else. Peppered with delighting stories and some powerful personal reveals, this isn’t just any old self-help text. It’s more like a thoughtful conversation between friends; the reader, and Mr. Shelton. From imagery like embracing “the Cape Walk” and remembering to think “Cookies are Coming!” to defuse resting anxiety at new or awkward social events, An Introverts Guide, gives you laughs and joy with every page. This isn’t a preachy book. It’s author doesn’t claim some incredible knowledge or power. Instead, it’s a story of practical steps, that he, himself, has lived, to make his life better, more connected, more joyous and more his own. And honestly, as any good book of this kind should, all of Nick Shelton’s lessons feel right and natural. They will remind even the most avid extrovert about the importance of cultivating and maintaining relationships, generating real human connections, and above all else, holding onto and reaching for the dream life you’ve always wanted to live. This is a book about living enthusiastically, regardless of how you may view your default mode, and that’s, perhaps, its most valuable gift (of many).
- Nate Ragolia, publisher at Spaceboy Books, LLC, author of There You Feel Free and The Retroactivist
You can achieve nearly anything in life if you can develop a great network of people. Some people seem to be born with the networking gene; others have no clue how to begin. Well, if you want to increase your net worth or value in any area of your life, get this book. Once you learn, and more importantly, apply, Nick Shelton’s clearly laid out steps on how to become a high-level networker, you’ll experience a quantum leap in the quality of your life. You’ll break through the self-imposed barriers that stop you from being an ace networker, identify and practice the keys to successfully networking, learn how to become an interesting conversationalist as well as the power of being a great listener, and how to meet and make a memorable connection with V.I.P at a crowded event. These are just a few take-aways from this book. And this book is not just for introverts; I recommend it to anyone who wants to up their networking game. James E. Trapp, J.D., President of Star Human Capital and author of “Take Back Your Future.”
Being an introvert can suck. Being in social situations really feels uncomfortable and it’s something I’ve struggled with my whole life. What I enjoyed about this book is the author provided his back story and his thoughts, experiences and decisions that led him to not only become more self confident, but to have some pretty amazing life experiences.
I know the book is focused on teaching an introvert to become a high level networker, he says that in the book. But there is just very good information that one can use just to socialize, or to make socializing easier for an introverted person.
Again, I really enjoyed this book and I really appreciate the details provided to essentially make socializing in general easier. I’m happy with my purchase and I plan to use this knowledge to my benefit!
Most people would consider me an extrovert, but I actually sit somewhere in the middle between extrovert and introvert. It's so much easier to be an extrovert when you're already known in a specific group or familiar with the setting.
The hard part is in the beginning when you need to go outside your comfort zone and actively meet people to build your network.
That's where this book comes in!
Nick provides actionable insights for Building, Expanding, and Maintaining a high level network. It doesn't matter what social skill level you have, the tips and techniques taught in this book can be used by anyone.
This book is THE handbook of networking and it combines strategies and plans with a great sense of humor. As an introvert, immigrant and ESL (English as a Second Language) speaker I wish I read this book in my early twenties. I guess it is never too late :) I can't wait to start implementing what I learned once things go back to normal. I read this book on my kindle but I am ordering the hard copy so I can go back to this rich resource of networking when it is needed!
I've been to good parties and bad ones. There are times at event when I've felt "on" and others where I've just felt lost and awkward. Until now, I hadn't put much thought as to what I'm doing when I'm at my best. I'd never really had any more than a vague idea of what I sought to accomplish in meeting people until I ran across this treasure trove of helpful hints.
From "The Magic of Three" to "Duke Cookie Face", this book was gold with takeaway after practical takeaway with concrete steps that you can use on a daily basis. Whether you're looking to expand your network or take better care of your existing network, this guide can come in handy. That said, to say that this book will just help you become a better networking individual truly undersells the content. The advice will help you build relationships rather than mere contacts and most importantly, can also give you the tools to become a more interesting person and a better friend.
Many years ago, I set out into the world, to find my way, via the United States Air Force. I knew I wanted to see the world and explore different cultures and countries. Asia, was at the heart of these desires. I ended up in Japan, and wanted to go to Vietnam. I had dreamed of exploring it. I planed it, was ready to go, and yet I was going alone. This caused some hesitation. I met a guy at work. We did not know each other all too well at the time, but as weeks past, we became chums. He said "I'll go with you". So we began to make our plans. Nick Shelton was the guy that helped me over the hurdle, to get out of my comfort zone. This book embraces that. By the way, we had an awesome time in Vietnam!
Picked this up on the recommendation of a friend, and was not disappointed. This isn't a re-hash of other people's advice, and some very valuable stuff in here. It's also not just for introverts - I'm extroverted and everything applies just the same. It's well-written and easy to read. He repeats himself, but that's done intentionally, and actually makes things easier to read.