The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills--and Leave a Positive Impression!

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Nationally recognized communication expert Debra Fine reveals the techniques and strategies anyone can use to make small talk?in any situation. Do you spend an abnormal amount of time hiding out in the bathroom or hanging out at the buffet table at social gatherings? Does the thought of striking up a conversation with a stranger make your stomach do flip-flops? Do you sit nervously through job interviews waiting for the other person to speak? Are you a "Nervous Ned or Nellie" when it comes to networking? Then ...

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Overview

Nationally recognized communication expert Debra Fine reveals the techniques and strategies anyone can use to make small talk—in any situation. Do you spend an abnormal amount of time hiding out in the bathroom or hanging out at the buffet table at social gatherings? Does the thought of striking up a conversation with a stranger make your stomach do flip-flops? Do you sit nervously through job interviews waiting for the other person to speak? Are you a "Nervous Ned or Nellie" when it comes to networking? Then it's time you mastered The Fine Art of Small Talk.

With practical advice and conversation "cheat sheets," The Fine Art of Small Talk will help you learn to feel more comfortable in any type of social situation, from lunch with the boss to an association event to a cocktail party where you don't know a soul.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401302269
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 103,546
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Former engineer Debra Fine was a wallflower if there ever was one. But when she found herself a single mom and divorcée at 40, who had watched her more affable colleague get promoted around her, she decided she needed to step up her conversational skills. And in doing so developed a system she now teaches to countless others. Debra has become a nationally recognized expert on communication skills, presenting keynotes, training sessions and workshops for numerous corporations and organizations along with hundreds of insurance, real estate, legal, financial, and health care associations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2007

    Where was this book 10 years ago?

    I wish I knew about this book 10 years ago. I think I would be a much different person. It's never too late to start. I can relate to the author's delima and I needed a something that would give me time tested information in talking to people informally. I'd recommend it to anyone who does not know how to start up conservations. I know I always had a problem of not knowing what to ask or say to start a conservation.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    6/10

    A 1 star because you wouldn't even buy a book at five or below. The type is large, margins are large, and it's almost double spaced. Plus she repeats herself constantly. All the information could have been put on half to a quarter of the pages easily. Also, I couldn't believe she added the comic of her in the book makes her appear very arrogant like everyone is dying to talk to her. If you are looking for a book strictly for 'small talk', then I might rate it two stars and a 7/10. But, that is all the book offers and doesn't have anything about real social skills or conversation, just small talk 'which is basically just superfluous, artificial, static talk' Which can some times be interesting and a good skill to have in networking, but even then she really just gives you grounding. Had she not wasted so many pages already, she could have included what she's left out. In short: not recommended

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2006

    Where was this book 25 years ago?!

    I wish this book had been available when I embarked on a career after college. I would have known then that I wasn't the only person who dreaded being put into social and/or business settings requiring 'mingling'. This book is a quick read that helps build the skills necessary to be a good conversationalist. Just reading the book helped my confidence and made an impression about how important these skills are and how being a good conversationalist enriches one's life. I thought so much of the book that I bought it for both of my daughters who are just beginning their careers. I wish I would have had the benefit of Debra Fine's insights when I was 'just starting out'!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    Highly Recommended for Quiet People

    This book goes over the basics of conversations, how to start them, how to keep them flowing, and how to end them. It also gives pointers on how to small talk with people that can lead to real conversations. It is a must read for people that are quiet in groups.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    A Swing and a Miss

    This book was on a suggested reading list I received when promoted to a management position at my job. I was excited to read it because I sometimes struggle with the social aspect of my work. I was very disappointed. There are maybe three pages in the book that I considered useful. I am amazed that this woman is a professional and is considered an "expert". I also didn't need to hear about the author's weight loss every other chapter, considering the book had absolutely nothing to do with weight loss. What good information she did have was overshadowed by her ego and the subsequent lack of professionalism by letting her ego permeate her "research". I would absolutely not recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    Now I know how.....

    Straight forward and easy to read. Very helpful

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2006

    Great Advice!

    After seeing the author on the Today Show I bought her well-written book which is filled with good advice with regards to talking the talk.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    This book was alright. Didn't really leave a impression on me or

    This book was alright. Didn't really leave a impression on me or was very interesting or engaging. It does cover the very basics of small talk and perception, if you need to brush up on very basic material. Overall this book kinda was "eh."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    helpful

    really great tool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Not very helpful

    This book offers terrible advice and is written in a very monotone voice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Wonderful Self Improvement Tool

    For all of us who have awkward pauses or trouble initiating or continuing a small talk conversation, this is a great tool. It's not just about shyness, but one of confidence as well. One of the best self improvement books I have ever read. The application is immediate, easy to implement and very rewarding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2009

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    Good for those of us who are shy.

    This is a good book for people who are shy and need help honing their converstation skills. The tips might seem somewhat elementary to some, but to others it will be a big help. Get it, especially, if you have trouble meeting women.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

    As good as it gets!!!!!!!

    From the very start, asking about small talk to a friend that obviously knew of this subject in that he was cool at school, I enjoyed listening to the tapes so much that I bought my own set of tapes. Right now I am working at Wal-Mart, saying hey to everyone I see!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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