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Click offers anyone longing for meaningful connections in and out of the office Ten Truths on how to find their social voice, cultivate their beneficial offerings to others, and how to truly “click” with like-minded counterparts. Find out more. Read this review.
In Click, author George C. Fraser reveals offers anyone longing for meaningful connections in and out of the office Ten Truths to finding their social voice, successfully cultivating their beneficial offerings to others, changing their relationship destiny, and truly “clicking” with like-minded counterparts.
From the first Truth (“Be Authentic”) to the last (“It Takes Teamwork to Make the Dream Work”), Fraser reveals that many of the techniques of traditional networking are broken and backwards, and then presents a new way to view meeting, greeting, and ultimately forming extraordinary alliances with colleagues and friends. The first step, according to Fraser, is to redefine the term itself.
Networking can be superficial, whereas connecting or clicking is about sharing common ground. Networking is goal-based. Clicking is value-based. Networking is often selfish and one-sided. Clicking is mutually beneficial. But bridge the gap between the two, and real relationships form and real bonds are made. Learn the truths about talking and listening, giving and receiving, trusting and respecting, says Fraser, and anyone can hear the not-quite audible click of a meaningful relationship being formed.
Most important to clicking, says Fraser, is a willing person’s ability to make the first step toward connection—changing one’s own attitude. In this way, networking is like gardening. Individuals with selfish, short-term, personal goals for one-sided relationships are doomed to plant seeds for fast-blooming foliage that dies quickly. Long-term connectors, however, those who seek truly meaningful, lifelong alliances, plant seeds for deep-rooted plants that, when nurtured, bloom year after year. His advice: be a connector.
Based as much on the principles of self-fulfilling prophecy, the idea of serendipity, and the humanistic teachings of the Bible as much as on business theory or sociological principles, the Ten Truths presented this book offer anyone dissatisfied with the typical business networking opportunity or the fruitless search for meaningful personal connection an alternative to going through the motions in search of someone with whom they click. The answer is introspection—changing one’s own behavior to elicit change in others’. From simply knowing oneself and having a positive attitude, to learning about the people in their offices and their communities, to taking the time to actually listen to the wants, needs, and ideas of those around them, any person seeking the long-lost joy of a truly meaningful connection can find that friends and partners are all around them every day. At first, says Fraser, these unknown individuals are strangers. Then, after some time, some patience, and some effort, those who work at communication and connection will often hear a strange, nearly inaudible sound when shaking hands with someone new. It is called the click.