If you are looking to gather some skills to network, advance your career, or meet clients, Reach Out by Molly Beck is a great primer. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed this easy-to-follow guide.

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The summary, from Amazon:

A practical guide to building valuable career connections—through tools you already have and people you already know

Success in life is more than having goals and skills. You need connections. And to get connections, you need to Reach Outfearlessly, strategically, and every day of the work week.

For many, this is a daunting and confusing task.

Reach Out shows readers how to use social media and simple digital tools to begin building and expanding the number of people they know. Author Molly Beck explains how to:

•Establish and strengthen your digital presence

•Develop career goals that Reaching Out can help you obtain

•Think strategically about who you have already met, who you could strengthen a relationship with, and who your current connections know

•Determine who to Reach Out to and push past common networking fears to do it

• Apply step-by-step instructions on how to craft email and social media messages to those you want to connect with

•Optimize your efforts by managing both your time and your inbox

The book features personal stories on networking from some of today’s top thought leaders. Studies, statistics, and real world examples illustrate the key concepts of Reaching Out. Whether you’re just starting out, changing jobs, or well-established and just eager to know more people, Reaching Out will help you turn career dreams into professional success by helping you connect with others who can put you on the fast track.

Buy Reach Out here.

Reach Out by Molly Beck is a simple guide to using the contacts you already have to further yourself in your career. I am not familiar with Miss Beck’s other works such as her blog, but I immediately connected with her voice. I listened to the audiobook, and she does a fantastic job narrating. You can tell that reaching out has served her well.

While not all of her tips were relevant to me at this time, I took away quite a lot from this book. I don’t see myself needing to reach out for my current career, but I plan to write novels one day and will definitely use her tips to reach out to publishers, reviewers, and other industry connections.

This is a pretty basic guide, and while that was very helpful to me, a newbie at this sort of thing, others might want some more in-depth information. Some of it is a little repetitive, though that does stop you from having to go back and read chapters you might forget when you pick this book up again to consult it for a particular passage in the future – which I definitely can see myself doing. Overall, this was a 4 star listen for me and I think it could benefit anyone looking to expand their connection or to make the most of the connections they already have.

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Reach Out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your InfluenceReach Out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence by Molly Beck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a quick and informative listen. I enjoyed the narration of the audiobook. Molly Beck shows us her strategy for reaching out while teaching us how to develop and enact our own reach out strategy. It’s a little simplistic but I still learned a lot. I took notes on what was valuable to me at this point in my career.

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Book Club Questions

  1. Have you reached out to anyone since finishing this book? How has it gone?
  2. Share some of your favorite parts of your Reach Out strategy with the group. Let’s give one another feedback.
  3. Would we benefit from a Reach Out club?


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