How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: The Secrets of Good Communication

How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: The Secrets of Good Communication

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by Larry King, Bill Gilbert
     
 

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America's best-known master of conversation unveils his secrets for getting the talk flowing smoothly in any situation. "Communication is a necessary skill: Larry King is a master of communication, and now he's shared what he knows. If only he'd written the book sooner, I might have had a more interesting career."—Dan Rather.

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America's best-known master of conversation unveils his secrets for getting the talk flowing smoothly in any situation. "Communication is a necessary skill: Larry King is a master of communication, and now he's shared what he knows. If only he'd written the book sooner, I might have had a more interesting career."—Dan Rather.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
King, host of CNN's Larry King Live, here sets out to instruct readers on how to talk confidently and effectively in a variety of situations, such as job interviews, business presentations, social events and even discussions with one's spouse. Shyness and ``bloopers'' can be turned into assets, comments King, who relates how he clammed up the first time he was on a radio show. By openly admitting his nervousness, he claims he disarmed his listeners. Filled with practical advice, amusing anecdotes and a chapter on his ``best and worst guests,'' this self-help guide, written with freelancer Gilbert, will be a hit with King devotees. Fortune Book Club selection; BOMC and QPB alternates; author tour. (Nov.)
Library Journal
You might not be as smooth a talker as King after finishing this book, but it doesn't hurt to try. King, who has talked to everyone from Gorbachev to Michael Jackson, tells us how he does it.
Ilene Cooper
Larry King does how-to--in this case, how to make conversation. Unfortunately, he fails to tell us much of anything new about the intricacies of the lively art. Instead, he offers mostly old saws (look listeners right in the eye, don't monopolize the conversation), and some of his advice is downright laughable. Larry sez: When you strike up a conversation with the opposite sex, avoid openers like, What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this? "Lines like this don't work anymore." Oh, duh, Larry. There's another unintentionally hysterical section in which he counsels readers on how to talk to celebrities ("Ask Woody Allen about the New York Knicks basketball team, or Paul Newman about his charity work with kids"). Say, what a good idea. Next time I'm having dinner at Elaine's, I'll waltz right over and ask Woody about Patrick Ewing's health, though I'd rather know what the heck he sees in Soon-Yi. More interesting than King's advice are his recollections of broadcasts where the conversation was either terrific or turgid and his take on the good and bad guests he's had on his shows (Bob Kennedy, good; Bob Hope, bad; Bob Mitchum, very bad). Despite this largely silly book's numerous flaws, King's name will create demand, and, who knows, there may be patrons out there who want to know what to say at a funeral.
From the Publisher
"Full of some of the smartest, most practical advice I've come across...Larry King is a master of communication." —Dan Rather

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517599051
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/18/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: The Secrets of Good Communication 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remeber being a young girl reading this book in borders. I always wanted to finish it & I still remeber the exact words I was reading. Iam now 23 years old. I think this speaks for itself.
Matthew_Kehayias More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to help me gain confidence speaking with strangers and meeting new people. I actually read it twice, back to back. I did this because frankly the text did not tie well to the title for me on the first pass. I was much more successful on the second. In this book Larry King uses personal experience and examples, written in a conversational tone, to illustrate his points. At first it indeed feels like an autobiographical rather than a "how-to" work. This does mask the meat of the content, and may frustrate some readers. This writing style does make the reader comfortable and the book very readable. I personally felt like I was sitting across the table with Mr. King conversing over a glass of wine. On the second read I did in fact extrapolate some very useful information. My take a ways from the experience include: -Be interested and show that you are to the person you are talking to. -Ask questions. -Be honest. -Listen attentively and build the conversation on answers you receive. -Have something to say. Learn something about your audience or have something to discuss. There were other lessons learned from this, these are the most significant. Overall I really like this book. If the reader expects a list of instructions that will teach them how to talk to anyone anytime, this is not the right book. If the reader can engage the book and read past the tone and tenor of the writing there is a wealth of information between the covers. Larry King is the King of Conversation, this book provides examples, advice, and wisdom anyone can use.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised that the King of Talk and I had something in common. He worked on mastering his communication style while I am working on mine. The thing that resonates with me regarding the book it that he points the ingredients for having a great commuincation: being honest with yourself and keep talking. Everyone know Larry King is Jewish and from Brooklyn and from now on everyone is going to know I am Jamaican and I live in Atlanta. Thanks Larry for being so clear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every mintutes we are communicate with other,i am finding some ways to improve this skill, especially the talking skill.Larry King ,who on the TV and radio boradcasting can share his successful screct on talking with us.His special experience is so intresting and practical,that why i try to finish the book.But some of the skill he mentioned is not easy to follow.And it cover so many differnt occasions,this is useful for different person, don't miss the chance to upgrade your communiation skill.TRY IT NOW!~
Guest More than 1 year ago
Larry King has interviewed over 40,000, according to one of their previous CNN commericals. To interview so many people for so long, he must know the formula to keep himself going. Well this book will help you do that. He uses lots of tips in a very informal way. He might say a suggestion of how to act in front of the opposite gender. Well he gives you informative information but he backs it up by learning it from experience. It reminds me of writing essays in English. In order to make a point, you have to write concrete details to support what you are saying. In that case, Larry King successfully achieves this criteria. I know lots of people may write a 'how to' book but don't even realize what they have learned for themselves. I recommend for people who may be shy or uncomfortable associating with people. The 'king of talk' can and will help you out along step of the way.