What to Do When You're New

How to Be Comfortable, Confident, and Successful in New Situations

 What to Do When You're New

Author: Keith Rollag
Pub Date: September 2015
Print Edition: $17.95
Print ISBN: 9780814434895
Page Count: 240
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814434901

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Success starts with a simple act: doing something new. It can be starting a new job or school, or moving to a new neighborhood. It can be meeting a prospective client or attending a networking event. To achieve anything in life, you have to put yourself out there, meet new people, and try new things. But sometimes we freeze. Awkwardness, worry, and reluctance keep us stuck in our boxes. If we learn to conquer these natural anxieties, we can confidently seize life’s opportunities.

In What to Do When You’re New, Keith Rollag distills the work of leading scientists and his own original research into a groundbreaking formula for success. You’ll learn not only why we feel so uneasy in new situations, but what you can do to become a more comfortable and effective newcomer. With practice, anyone can get better at being new. Strategies, tools, and exercises help you:

Confidently introduce yourself to strangers • Make great first impressions • Consistently remember names. • Quickly get up to speed in any situation • Boldly ask questions • Effortlessly start new relationships • Fearlessly perform new roles and tasks • Live life to its fullest, and find success wherever you go!

“A must-read for anyone looking to make a great first impression and take relationship-building to the next level. Keith Rollag’s insights . . . are a revelation, while his tips for remembering new names are absolutely priceless. Whether you’re starting a new job, moving to a new neighborhood, or simply hoping to create deeper connections with the people around you, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in this charming new book.”— Ron Friedman, Ph.D., author of The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace

“Whether in school, relationship, or work, this is the essential guide to overcoming fear, taking action, and finding success in new beginnings.”— Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson, social psychologist and author of No One Understands You And What To Do About It

“The best book ever written on how to navigate those difficult early days in a new job or organization. Rollag provides one useful tip after another. This well-crafted book is a delight to read.”— Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor and co-author of Scaling Up Excellence

Keith Rollag, Ph.D. (Stanford University), is an organizational researcher, consultant, and associate professor of management, and chair of the Management Division at Babson College. His work and ideas have been featured in The New York Times, Newsday, Investor’s Business Daily, MIT Sloan Management Review, Wired News, Harvard Management Update, and other publications.

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