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Get rid of that ‘Ack!’ feeling networking brings by using our structured system to overcome your fear of reaching out, make proper introductions, and open opportunity’s door.

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The New York Times: Good News for Young Strivers; Networking is Overrated

The University of Chicago Press Journals: The Matthew Effect in Science, II

Annual Reviews: Cumulative Advantages as a Mechanism for Inequality: A Review of Theoretical and Empirical Developments

Lesson 1

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives -- How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do by James H. Fowler & Nicholas A. Christakis MD PhD

Wikipedia: Five Whys

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by James Latham

Lesson 2

Nature Communications: "A neural link between generosity and happiness"

Greater Good Magazine: "The Activism Cure"

SAGE journals: "A Longitudinal Study of the Development of Emotional Deception Detection Within New Same-Sex Friendships"

Harvard Business Review: "Beat Generosity Burnout"

Forbes: "Pay It Forward with the Five-Minute Favor"

Give and Take by Adam Grant

Influence with Authority (2nd Edition) by Allan R. Cohen & David L. Bradford

Lesson 3

Phys Org: “Physicists investigate ‘best friends forever’”

LinkedIn: “Downloading Your Account Data”

Your Network Is Your Net Worth by Porter Gale

The Career Manifesto by Mike Steib

Lesson 4

HBR article by Dorie Clark: "Start Networking with People Outside Your Industry"

Stanford University article by Mark S. Granovetter: “The Strength of Weak Ties”

HBR an article by Brian Uzzi & Shannon Dunlap: "How to Build Your Network"

The Medici Effect, With a New Preface and Discussion Guide: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation by Frans Johansson

Lesson 5

NCBI an article by Bhattacharya, Ghosh, Monsivais, Dunbar, & Kaski: "Sex differences in social focus across the life cycle in humans"

SSRN an article by Levin, Walter, & Murnighan: "Dormant Ties: The Value of Reconnecting"

HBR article by Jodi Glickman: “How to Reach Out After Losing Touch” 

fs article: ”The Narrative Fallacy and What You Can Do About It

Barking Up The Wrong Tree by Eric Barker

Lesson 6

Forbes article by Michael Simmons "The Surprising Science Behind How Super Connectors Scale Their Networks"

Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker (link found in Lesson 5, above)

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Christakis and Fowler (link found in Lesson 1, above)

Lesson 7

Psychology Today article by Scott Barry Kaufman: “Want People to Know Your True Self? Show Your Best Self!” 

Self Compassion article: “Self-kindness when facing stress: The role of self-compassion, goal regulation, and support in college students’ well-being

Wikipedia: Practice (learning method)

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams

Lesson 8

Columbia article by Ingram & Morris: Do People Mix at Mixers? Structure, Homophily, and the “Life of the Party”

Science Direct article by Koudenburg, Postmes, & Gordijn: Disrupting the flow: How brief silences in group conversations affect social needs

Sage Journals article by Greenaway, Wright, Willingham, et al.: Shared Identity Is Key to Effective Communication 

University of Groningen article by Koudenburg, Namkje; Postmes, Tom; Gordijn, Ernestine: Beyond Content of Conversation 

Harvard Business School article by Carmen Nobel: Professional Networking Makes People Feel Dirty 

Open Source article by Rebecca Fernandez: Six ways to build a solid community” 

Open Source article by Chris Grams: Are you building a community or a club?

Lesson 9

Research Gate article by Pfeffer, Fong, Cialdini, & Portnoy: Overcoming the Self-Promotion Dilemma: Interpersonal Attraction and Extra Help as a Consequence of Who Sings One’s Praises” 

Research Gate article by Pfeffer, Fong, Cialdini, and Portnoy: Consequence of Who Sings One's Praises

Boomerang article by Alex Moore: 7 Tips for Getting More Responses to Your Emails (with Data)!

Lesson 10

The Harvard Gazette article by Chuck Leddy: The power of ‘thanks’

Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston M.D.