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

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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by Debra Fine
     
 

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? With…  See more details below

Overview

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? With practical advice and conversation "cheat sheets," The Fine Art of Small Talk reveals techniques and strategies to feel more comfortable in any type of social situation, from lunch with the boss to an association event to a singles party where you don't know a soul. Small talk can be a powerful conversation tool if you know how to use it correctly. This book will help you meet people easily; introduce yourself naturally, allow you to gracefully shift from one topic to another. It provides a light "appetizer" to business conversations and helps you get and keep people involved in what you are saying.

This program will help you…

  • Come across as composed and self-assured when talking to people or entertaining clients at conventions, trade shows and other work-related functions.
  • Feel more at ease at parties, interviews, networking events, meetings and receptions.
  • Engage anyone in conversation with poise and confidence.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These two books treat similar subjects, but the contrasts are significant. One covers the entire landscape of speaking, whereas the other focuses just on "small talk." The title of Speak from the Heart describes the book's very solid premise. Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and motivational speaker Adubato emphasizes the importance of being genuine as he attempts to cover every conceivable speaking situation, including public speaking, private conversations, group discussions, and listening. He guides readers in the use of eye contact, developing a conversational style, and being comfortable with their message. Despite many charming personal anecdotes and stories drawn from other sources, this book remains a heavy read. Ironically, while Adubato tells us to make a connection with our audience rather than to "cover the material," he does a much better job of covering the material than of connecting. In contrast, Fine fully engages her audience. She involves readers in the discussion and gives lists of lines people can use to start, maintain, or end a conversation. She discusses conversation topics and how to use them and also includes quizzes, throws in a poem, and scatters a few cartoons to break up the text. Originally released as an audiocassette in 1997, this work comes across much like one of her seminars on small talk. The Fine Art of Small Talk does everything that Speak from the Heart says should be done. Adubato's book is best for academic libraries or large public and business libraries. Fine's is a better choice for most public libraries, as well as business libraries. David Leonhardt, Toronto Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971132238
Publisher:
SmallTalk Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
Unabridged, 1 CD, 2 hours 6 minutes
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(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 divorcee 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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Anonymous44 More than 1 year ago
If you really need this book, you must have been home-schooled all your life and are interacting with other people for the very first time. This book is strictly small talk. No real conversation advice. If you need to learn how to ask "what do you do for a living?" then buy the book.