Have you ever wondered why some people seem to naturally hit it off with others? Are you impressed with how they’re able to transform that positive first impression into a relationship that helps them achieve their goals in life or business? Would you like to deepen your relationships with the people who are important to you in your life? If so, HIT IT OFF: 21 Rules for Mastering the Art and Science of Relationships In Life and Business will be a refreshing and rewarding resource for you.
Use the 21 Rules to hit it off with people from the moment you meet them. Walk into a new situation with anyone and fit right in, establish rapport, and be perceived as nice and fun, and a person of integrity—someone who can be trusted with business and friendship. As you continue to get to know people, use the 21 Rules to cultivate unique relationships for a lifetime.
Learn about what science says about the 21 Rules and get a deeper perspective on their practical usefulness and importance in building relationships. The importance of each rule is further illustrated through real-life “train-wreck” stories about what happens when the rules “derail.” The good news is that no matter what has happened in the past, you can improve. Stories about the "Zen” of each rule in these pages will inspire you to envision the many unique relationships that await you in your future.
Use the 21 Rules every day to create win-win relationships and become a master of the art and science of relationships in life and business!
“Joe Brocato’s Hit It Off is a must-read book, packed with compelling scientific research and practical, real-world stories. His 21 Rules will allow readers to hit it off with everyone they meet and develop unique, lasting personal and business relationships.” —Keith Ferrazzi, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Never Eat Alone, Who’s Got Your Back, and Leading Without Authority
“Hit It Off reminds me of a beautifully written song that includes all the essential elements of success. Joe Brocato’s 21 Rules are like a catchy melody that you’ll always remember. The rhythm of how Joe presents each Rule and the science that backs it up will inspire you. And the overall feeling of the book will motivate you to look at relationships with others in a more conscious way. Joe’s written a No. 1 hit here!” —Jim Peterik, Songwriter and musician Cowriter of the Grammy Award-winning song “Eye of the Tiger"
“Our enduring desire as human beings is to belong—to be deeply connected—to know that we are valued! Joe’s concise, researched guidelines will assure that you create an ambience in your relationships where others are visible, heard, and validated! They will come back to you for business! They will stay with you for life!” —Cher A. Geiger, Psy.D. Licensed clinical psychologist
“As a strategic communications consultant for high performing CEOs and executive management teams, I am particularly cognizant of the fact that interpersonal and communication skills are necessary for maximum impact and influence. Hit It Off’s 21 Rules home in on the essence of these skills and will empower you to maximize your personal and professional goals!”—Jennifer Wojan CEO/Founder, Capture Communications Group
"One of the key components to success is building relationships. Some people are born with a natural curiosity and the gift of gab. Others struggle when it comes to sparking and keeping a conversation going. Whichever you are, the 21 Rules in Joe's book will make a huge difference, not just in your professional life, but in your personal one as well. The world revolves around people and relationships. Read Hit It Off and build a better you!” —Andrew D. Pitcairn, Pitcairn Family Council Chair/Director
“From my first meeting with Joe, I knew that I wanted to be a client of his. He’s smart and savvy with excellent people skills. Hit It Off embodies his insightful perspective on relationships with the bonus of terrific personal anecdotes.” —Victoria Sopik CEO, Kids & Company (Toronto)
“Even after a professional football career and 27 years in the insurance and investment business, I’ve never seen all these important relationship-building concepts in one place backed by science. Joe Brocato’s Hit It Off is your own personal game plan around important people skills. Joe’s engaging style reminds me of a perfect spiral connecting quarterback and receiver, as they partner toward a touchdown. This book will make a great holiday gift for my adult children and everyone in my network! Absolutely loved it!” —Brent Novoselsky, ChFC® Former professional football player, Chicago Bears & Minnesota Vikings and and investment management professional
“In the world of executive talent, building and developing relationships is at the heart of the matter. Joe provides the perfect playbook with a sense of real authenticity and life experience. We can all use a bit of help sometimes in how we are building relationships. This is a great guide, reminder, and educator. Hit It Off gives something for everybody.” —Andrew Stoneham Knott CEO, Miramar Global (London)
“In professional services the ability to develop and maintain deep meaningful relationships is a key factor in being successful and ultimately making partner. Joe Brocato’s Hit It Off gives any aspiring professional 21 key elements—rules—to live by. The practical examples are all relatable and help bring the rules to reality. As a 30+ year veteran I also picked up some helpful tips to improve my relationship development.” —Antony Nettleton Northern Illinois Market Leader and Assurance Practice Leader, Sikich LLP
“As the Founder of Forum, a global peer group of principals and experts drawn from the senior echelons of the business community and family offices, I am particularly sensitive to the concept of meaningful relationships among people from around the world. Hit It Off is a literal map for navigating the essential skills with people you will need to achieve your goals in life and business.” —Simon Jacot de Boinod Founder, Forum (London)
“Joe Brocato’s book, Hit It Off, is a succinct extrapolation of and 'how to' guide to building lasting business relationships. Without a solid business relationship database, it is difficult to succeed in any endeavor. Joe’s distilled playbook on building relationships a must read for everyone who values having a deep experiential pool at the ready.” —Tony Beyer Owner & President, Tek Pak, Inc., and Chicagoland Entrepreneur of the Year
“Working in strategic communication between Asia and the Western World, my goal is to facilitate meaningful connections between people of different cultures. Empathy, trust and conscious listening are key in order to learn about different viewpoints and create deeper understanding. Meaningful relationships are the foundation for long-lasting opportunities. Joe’s experience and Hit It Off’s 21 Rules will provide great insights and surely help you connect with other people in more meaningful ways.” —Stefan Pellech CEO/Founder, Sinotan (Mainland China)
“Joe Brocato’s Hit It Off is a direct, clear, and compelling read that dives deep into the essence of what makes business grow and life meaningful—the cultivation of real, deep relationships. For those striving to grow their business or who are curious to connect with others on a deeper level, this is a must read!” —Michael Cklamovski President, Northern California at Northern Trust
“As a career relationship manager and mother of three, Joe’s 21 Rules to 'hit it off' provide an easy-to-use framework to develop mutually-beneficial relationships in business and in life generally. Just like the works of Zig Ziglar and Dale Carnegie, Hit It Off is a must read! I’m excited to share this handy guide with my team at work and my family!” —Laura S. Collins, CCIM Senior Director, Asset Management & Advisory, Westmount Realty Capital
“Hit It Off reminds us that the best way to build meaningful and long-lasting relationships is to truly care about the other person’s success and well-being.” —Jack Downing Assistant Vice President, Marsh USA, Inc.
“Joe’s Hit It Off is right on point. It’s all about building relationships. The longer and deeper the better. It’s about building trust. Good relationships build trust. Following Joe’s mantra and listening, you’ll find that you don’t need to ‘sell’ services, you’ll provide solutions. Many of my business relationships became personal relationships—a deeply-rewarding part of life and business.” —Barry M. Masek, CPA Partner Emeritus, Baker Tilly US, LLP and Former Illinois Regional Assurance Leader and Sales Leader
“Building really enjoyable and highly-profitable business relationships is both an art and a skill. You will find no better guide than Joe Brocato. He has walked his talk doing this at every level for over thirty hard-earned years. Follow the nuance and detail to his rules and his genuine love of people and you will be astonished by the rewards!” —Matt Anderson, Author of Fearless Referrals and President of Breakthrough Bound
“Hit It Off elevates relationship science to a new level. Joe Brocato uses empathy as a tool to build successful business relationships.” —Caren Yanis Principal, Croland Consulting, LLC
“If you are fascinated by life’s unstated rules, want to elevate your game, and feel the urgency to know more, this guide—full of relevant science, thoughtful reflections, and practical life lessons—will help you figure it out. Hit It Off will give you the insight you know is out there but is often unspoken. You should know about this and let it serve as your North Star. Be brave and look to this unique and instructive book. It will significantly advance your work and life. You were just handed a gift. Take it.” —Karnit Braun Partner, Employee Justice Legal Group
“Hit It Off is a great playbook for establishing, developing and furthering relationships of all types. Joe Brocato’s 21 Rules are a wonderful compendium to the reader who is looking for personal and professional enrichment through their relationship with others. Joe presents each Rule with scientific research to further underscore the efficacy of the 21 Rules. A wonderful motivational book focusing the reader on ways to develop meaningful relationships with others. An absolute must read.” —Tim Lavender Partner, National Law Firm