Art of Friendship: 70 Simple Rules for Making Meaningful Connections

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The frantic pace and casual attitudes of modern life have made real friendship a rare experience. The Art of Friendship shows how making true connections can greatly enhance one's life. Seventy brief essays present simple but effective "rules of connecting" with action points to help you put each rule into practice in daily life. Woven throughout are personal anecdotes from the Horchows, sharing their experiences of friendship.

Recognizing that friendships take many forms, the ...

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Overview

The frantic pace and casual attitudes of modern life have made real friendship a rare experience. The Art of Friendship shows how making true connections can greatly enhance one's life. Seventy brief essays present simple but effective "rules of connecting" with action points to help you put each rule into practice in daily life. Woven throughout are personal anecdotes from the Horchows, sharing their experiences of friendship.

Recognizing that friendships take many forms, the authors offer practical, proven advice that demystifies the process of making friends.

The rules include:

How to create rapport— even in a crowd

How to transform an acquaintance into a friend

When to e-mail, pick up the phone, send a note, or meet in person

How to maintain long-term friendships —and even when it's time to quit

The book opens with a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell (author of The Tipping Point) that explores the Horchows' special talent for making and keeping friends. Whether your goal is to start a new relationship or reinvest in a longstanding friendship, this inspiring book will reveal how you can build more meaningful connections in your life.

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Author Roger Horchow's friendship skills have been recognized in print: In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell cites him as an exemplary "connector." In The Art of Friendship, Horchow partners with his daughter Sally to write a book that is neither a self-help manual or a friendship etiquette guide. Instead, this multigenerational pair examine the nature and experience of friendship, hoping to share their sense of the value and ease of these relationships.
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Believing that women's friendships are some of the most intense relationships in the universe, Carol (Journeys of Courage) draws on research findings, opinions, and case studies to validate the power of these friendships and provide solutions to possible problems. Carol discusses the important role played by mothers and sisters as a woman's first friends and explores that bond's implications in later life. A particularly helpful feature is the Q&A section at the end of each chapter, in which the author pulls together solutions women have managed when dealing with a particular dilemma. The Art of Friendship is not so much a narrative as a compilation of tips and rules garnered from a lifetime of experience. Catalog entrepreneur and Broadway producer Roger Horchow and his journalist daughter, Sally, offer suggestions on how to meet people, maintain quality friendships, deal with problems, and end a relationship if the need should arise. A lot of the advice seems fairly obvious and almost redundant (e.g., listen before you speak, express affection), but the authors' writing style and anecdotes make for a fairly engaging read. While Carol's book is satisfactory, Liz Pryor's What Did I Do Wrong? would be a better purchase because it deals more fully with the demise and pain of women's friendships. The Horchows' book is recommended for larger public libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Praise for The Art of Friendship from the foreword:

"The premise of what Sally and Roger Horchow have written is that The Art of Friendship has a few simple guidelines that anyone can be taught—it's a good deal easier to learn something that looks very difficult from the outside if you're being taught by an expert and trust me, in the case of the Horchows senior and junior, you're in the hands of experts."

—Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of The Tipping Point

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312360399
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2006
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

ROGER HORCHOW is the founder of the Horchow Collection, the first luxury mail order only retailer, and a Tony Award winning Broadway producer. His talent for connecting earned him a chapter in Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point.

SALLY HORCHOW is a lifestyle and trend writer whose work appears regularly in publications like the New York Times, Town & Country and DailyCandy.com

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    A REMINDER THAT FRIENDS ARE WORTH KEEPING

    'Friendship, friendship, just the perfect blendship...When other friendships have been forgot.....' We might wonder today just how many friendships have been 'forgot.' It's not necessary tp detail the reasons for this - fast paced society, miles of separation, ad infinitum. Of course, in this respect, we're thinking of old friends - what about making new ones? Do we take the time to do that, do we know how? Roger Horchow, founder of the luxury mail order house The Horchow Collection, and his daughter, Sally, have created a small treasure of a book which not only reminds us of the importance of friendship but also offers guidelines on how to nurture relationships of long standing and how to make new friends in today's hectic world. Suggestions offered by the Horchow's are simple but true, such as this conversation technique: 'To be an active participant in a conversation you must receive as well as give. Don't be so focused on your approach that you forget the goal: to get to know another person. A successful conversation, like a relationship, requires give and take¿sometimes at the rigorous pace of a tennis rally and at other times as leisurely as a waltz¿and you should be attuned to this pattern. Allow your conversational partner the opportunity to respond look for ways to draw them into the dance. Do not come on too strong: if you are overly loquacious, argumentative, or revealing, you will end up creating resistance just when you want to lower it. Worst of all, if you don't stop and let him or her respond, you might discourage your new conversational partner entirely.' Perhaps you sometimes wonder what an appropriate approach might be - you'll find advice on when to e-mail, when to telephone, when to write a note, and when to be there in person. Throughout this all too short audio the Horchows share some of their experiences regarding friendship, one of the most valuable but perhaps often neglected aspect of our lives. It's enjoyable to hear these instances related in their own voices while the main narrative is ably provided by actor Holter Graham. Highly recommended. - Gail Cooke

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