What Do You Say When . . .: Talking to People with Confidence on Any Social or Business Occasion

What Do You Say When . . .: Talking to People with Confidence on Any Social or Business Occasion

by Florence Isaacs
     
 

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Have you ever walked alone into a room of chattering people and felt nervous? Is the idea of attending a wedding or job interview where you won't know many people intimidating? The art of conversation is a necessary skill for navigating life’s social and business occasions, and with practice you can develop the ability to easily talk to people. What Do YouSee more details below

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Have you ever walked alone into a room of chattering people and felt nervous? Is the idea of attending a wedding or job interview where you won't know many people intimidating? The art of conversation is a necessary skill for navigating life’s social and business occasions, and with practice you can develop the ability to easily talk to people. What Do You Say When ... is a smart, useful tool that helps you assess all situations and approach people with confidence.

When you can chat easily and know the right things to say, you not only feel more relaxed, but also make others feel comfortable. What Do You Say When ... provides a complete guide to conversation in a variety of circumstances. It teaches the basics, plus helpful rules that work anywhere and with anyone—at cocktail parties, dinners, charity benefits, job interviews, conferences and conventions, dates, and even at family reunions and other gatherings.

Also covered are can’t-fail conversation openers and strategies for expanding conversation and getting to know casual social or business contacts better. You’ll learn how to find appropriate words for difficult times, such as a friend’s divorce, illness, or job loss, or when someone’s loved one has died. Included, too, are tips on teaching your children to converse politely.

Filled with examples, ideas, and practical advice, What Do You Say When ... helps you master one of life’s most essential skills.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her latest, lifestyle author Isaacs (When the Man you Love is Ill, Change Your Mind, Change Your Body) shares her personally-developed techniques for breaking the ice and keeping things moving, along with anecdotes and insight into the psychology, sociology and art of the conversation. Her ten rules include finding common ground, listening, complimenting, responding to body language and exiting gracefully; none are groundbreaking, but are examined carefully, with encouragement and sympathy. Introduction chapters alone should get readers ready to stretch their comfort zones and meet new people, and subsequent chapters on a thorough list of situations-parties, dates, weddings, conventions, business meetings and more-make specific, easy-to-reference recommendations. Final chapters provide brief consideration of tricky topics (illness, divorce, losing a job) and how to teach her techniques to children and teens. For even committed introverts, this sturdy primer should instill confidence and a positive attitude toward speaking in public.
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Adult/High School

This small book lays out a strategy for successful networking and socializing through a series of simple tips related to a wide array of common business and social situations. The author offers up hundreds of conversation starters designed to elicit thoughtful responses from acquaintances, colleagues, and even complete strangers. Her underlying technique is to ask open-ended questions and to encourage others to talk about themselves. While this book will prove most useful to individuals seeking to overcome introverted tendencies, even expert conversationalists will find useful suggestions for dealing with difficult situations. Written in a simple and engaging style, this practical guide is filled with real-world scenarios depicting job interviews, family gatherings, dating, and funerals. Teens will enjoy role-playing the sample conversations and will develop skills to help them assess a variety of interactions.-Heidi Dolamore, San Mateo County Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307453686
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
776,672
File size:
2 MB

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