My Current Read – ‘The Anatomy of Scars’

Hello, everyone! Reading has always been such an important part of my life. It made my childhood magical and again improved my life when I turned 40. Last year was a bit insane with the pandemic, and I read 55 books. Otherwise, I was reading 25 books a year on an average. So this year, to balance it out, I plan to read 12 books. I’m excited to participate in the TBR Challenge by Blogchatter.

My first book this year was Matthew Pollard’s “The Introvert’s Edge to Networking: Work the Room. Leverage Social Media. Develop Powerful Connections. I have reviewed it here.

I’m also excited to announce that I’m now a part of The Himalayan Book Club. My current read is the ARC of the Anatomy of Scars by Arjun Raj Gaind.

Here’s a short summary of the book –  The book opens in the year 1984 when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. A young boy Himmat visits his grandparents in Amritsar, and he experiences first-hand the troubles that afflict Punjab. In 2014, Himmat lives in London and is still haunted by the events of the past that he was witness to in his childhood. He is unable to form lasting relationships with people, and he is wracked with guilt, wrestling with alcoholism and substance abuse. When he returns to India due to his grandfather’s illness, he begins his journey of healing and deals with what Operation Blue star left behind. The book is based on real events and talks about the impact of the assassination of the former Prime Minister on Punjab and India today.

The book will be released on 26th January 2021.  The Kindle edition is up for pre-order at INR 99 and it will be free on Kindle Unlimited.

The Introvert’s Edge to Networking

‘The Introvert’s Edge to Networking: Work the room. Leverage social media. Develop powerful connections.’ is a must-read book for all introverts who need to realize that introversion is their superpower and not a liability. Introverted people actually have an advantage since they are more thoughtful and make more meaningful interactions with people. Sadly, many introverts think that sales jobs are for extroverts since they have a natural way with people. Introverts find it hard to push themselves forward and occupy the spotlight.

In this book, Matthew Pollard deconstructs how to do networking if you are an introvert. By giving specific examples like ” you need to define who you are, not your functional skill” and by telling us how to construct a story around ourselves( of course genuine and truthful) that we can use to explain the value we bring to the table.

It’s all about what we say and how we say it. For example, Matthew plays out the scenario where he introduced himself as a “sales coach” and how it bombed. The next time, he said “I’m a cross between a sales trainer and a marketing coach for small business owners,” which was better than before but not quite there. That’s when he positioned himself as ‘The rapid growth guy.’ The book is full of useful examples, nuggets, and insights that one can put into practice to get results the next time they need to network.

Matthew also talks about the concept of a unified message and tells us how it can help us and how to craft one for ourselves. He guides us every step of the way and shows us the light.

I highly recommend this book for all working introverts, not just the ones in sales. It will give you tips on how to get ahead in life.

Note – I received a copy of the book from HarperCollins Leadership. All opinions are honest and my own.

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