21, 2003 Volume 2 Issue 30
Andrea ... "The Queen of Networking"
And she wrote a book about it.
Friend Andrea Nierenberg is a slight lady with a powerful
personality. Soft, and even somewhat quiet ... except when it comes to meeting
people. And staying in touch. There she is a whiz ... and "yes", the true "Queen
Andrea and I met years ago - in another life. Yet, we've stayed
in touch. I'd like to say it was me that keep our east coast / west coast
relationship going. That's probably not so. I'm good at reaching out - Andrea is better. She's a five-star toucher.
The book jacket of Nonstop Networking ... How to Improve
Your Life, Luck and Career says this;
"Does the word "networking make you cringe?
Maybe that is why you shy away from the very skill that can help your career and your life.
... Andrea reveals unique and easy-to-use strategies for linking up with people in order to achieve mutual personal and professional goals."
And that it does.
Let me get out of the way with what I do not like about this
book. I do not like the type face or spacing. The type is all san-serif ... a
definite no-no for reading. Everyone knows serif is the typeface for the printed
page ... I do not understand why that's such a difficult thing to grasp.
And the spacing is odd. Not horrid - odd. Different. Which can
be good. Yet, ... when the lines are almost double-spaced it does not help
reading. And when most of the book has justified right margins, it reduces
readership even more. Proportional spacing in places and hyphened words other
places do make for an easy read.
Okay, enough of that. Very much on the plus side is the layout.
There are frequent lists ... one of my favorite things. A list of things to know
or to remember or to use. This is good.
Another good are the many side-bar comments included in every
chapter. Sometimes they are a list, sometimes a summary, sometimes a new
thought. If all you did was read these thoughts you'd find the book worthy.
You'd miss a lot ... much of the story telling, the examples, the true flavor.
Yet, you'd have the essence of the message Andrea shares.
Early on is a definition of "networking". It is not "getting
something from someone else". Nor "using others". Or "coercion" or
"manipulation". Instead networking can be defined as "enrichment ... empowerment ... the chance to learn something new ... an opportunity to meet interesting
people ... the best method to achieve a professional or personal goal".
And then Andrea says: "The old saying, 'It's not what you know
but who you know' is true more than ever in today's competitive world. It is
most often the 'who you know' that leads you to the next job, new client,
funding for your business, successful project in your company, or whatever you
may be looking for in life, professionally or personally."
With this approach - and attitude - it's easy to see this is an
upbeat and action book.
For instance, Twelve Techniques to Use When "It's Time to
Network" is all action - action about what you need to do.
The word S T R A T E G Y becomes an acronym for another eight
things to know and to do.
There are Eight Essential Communication Skills ... beginning
with 'smile'. So, this isn't tough stuff - it's a collection of common sense
ideas. That I forget - maybe you do, too.
Communication language is reviewed ... as it relates to those of
us who learn visually, or auditory, or kinesthetically. With a short list of
words that work best with each
Andrea talks about different types of people. Customers,
suppliers, neighbors, like-minded people, people you meet by chance, friends,
family and how each are important to your life, lifestyle, business and personal
If Andrea is anything she is enthusiastic. And full of energy.
It is natural she talks about her approach to life - and how you can adapt your
approach and still be a top networker. If you're by nature an introvert, you can
still live the life you want to live - just do it better.
i.e., Ten Networking Techniques for the Quiet Networker is
another list. Your own way - more successfully.
This book is not a text. Yet, it is very much "how to ... ".
Meaning, you must do something with it to gain the rewards.
Reading it alone won't cut it. So, my favorite summary of everything is this
list. Action oriented - sound advice - reasonable - easy to follow ... and it
Andrea's 5-step "how to ..." process that works for me goes like
1. Meet people - as it's people who make things happen,
2. Listen & learn - it's amazing what you can learn by
keeping your mouth shut,
3. Make connections - it works both ways, you connect and you help others connect,
4. Follow-up - just do it ... do what you promise you
5. Stay in touch - and stay and stay and stay ...
relationships are built with multiples, not divisions ... "never" stop reaching out.
The prime points come from Andrea. The mini-description from me.
Based on what I've learned from Andrea over the couple of decades we've know
I recommend you read this book. It's full of good ideas.
(Andrea Nierenberg's book is available in stores and online,
published by Capital Books, Sterling, Virginia. Andrea can be reached by E-mail
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. . . a loose thought
Font Sizes & Colors
Several times over recent months I've shared news, stories and
opinions about how to ensure what you write for the web at least has a chance of
Many of those discussions had to with serif vs. sans-serif type.
This time I'm going to change the topic, yet, stay within the same subject; How
to get your writing read.
Size first. For paper, my opinion, based on experience, is anything less than 9 point is unreadable. Good for legal
requirements and other nonsense stuff. I prefer nothing less than 11 ... many
times 12 or even 13.
Of course, what type determines what size. I say "of course"
because I've learned type sizes are like shoe sizes; close, yet all are not
alike. Different manufactures use different scales. And they aren't always the
How do I know this about shoes? Because twice I've mail-ordered
a pair of western style dress boots. The first time I had my foot measured in
the shop. I stood on paper, lines were drawn, a pattern cut and the boots came
perfect. It was wonderful.
The next time I did not do that ... I followed the instructions
in a mail-order catalogue. And the most beautiful, and expensive!, boots ever
came - about a 2 size too small. Only
with much patience and considerable stretching did they become wearable.
Well, the same theory applies to typeface point size; they ain't
all alike! On paper, or on the screen.
A serious study done by Michael Bernard reports that for E-mail
and web pages 10-12 and 14 point size are all equally legible. I doubt it!
Especially when you get to 14.
Why? Because when I receive an E-mail message in 14 it appears
to be S C R E A M I N G at me. No, it is not necessarily in all CAPS (also a
screaming sign). It's just so darn big on my laptop screen (I no longer have
anything except a laptop), it is overwhelming.
On the other end, 11 is the absolute
bottom of the reading ladder. Not 10 ... 11. Have yet to
see any typeface, serif or san-serif, where it is easily readable at less than
11. There is a reason 75%+ of the world wear glasses or uses contacts; we can
not see! And small makes it just that more difficult. What I do like is
11 in bold - which pumps it up just
enough to make a huge reading difference.
If you are not read you will not be understood. And you will
loose. No matter how "pretty" you may be.
Now to colors. What appears to continue to be a big problem in
both E-mail and on web pages is a screen, or wallpaper, background. It is the
same problem that happens with paper ... the background is so strong it
overwhelms the type. Making it nearly unreadable.
When you combine a small, san-serif light or pastel typeface,
with too many caps and too much italics, all on a dark or reverse background -
it frequently is totally unreadable! Paper and on the screen.
What is the answer? Especially for people like me, who recognize
we live in a color world. Some things are obvious;
... use light, pastel colors only for background - meaning
yellows, pinks, blues and mixes that are faint, probably no more than a 20% screen, (what this says is avoid large amounts of type reversed, no
matter the size, paper or on the screen, as it reduces readership)
... know that color deficit readers see red, green, brown &
purple in the same contrast as all alike - plus, they have a problem with a large spectrum of color, too. (How big this audience is, is under some debate, yet it does appear the group is larger vs. smaller)
... on the screen, just as with paper, strong contrasts are
needed - black or dark navy blue for type on a white, pale eggshell or similar works well - saving the "hot" colors for splash, as an accent or border - i.e., dark on light reads best. (if you think about doing this in reverse, i.e., light on dark, see the first point above)
Although our world is in glorious color, your E messages are to
be read. E-mail and the WWW is not an art gallery - it is a library. What this
says is text is more important than graphics. Make yours readable.
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