What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss

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Homo sapiens have been speaking for hundreds of years—and yet basic communication still stymies us. We freeze up in elevators, on dates, at parties, under Dumpsters. We stagger through our exchanges merely hoping not to crash, never considering that we might soar. We go home sweaty and eat a birthday cake in the shower.

But no more. With What to Talk About you'll learn to speak—fluently, intelligently, charmingly—to family, friends, coworkers, lovers, future lovers, horse ...

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What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss

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Overview

Homo sapiens have been speaking for hundreds of years—and yet basic communication still stymies us. We freeze up in elevators, on dates, at parties, under Dumpsters. We stagger through our exchanges merely hoping not to crash, never considering that we might soar. We go home sweaty and eat a birthday cake in the shower.

But no more. With What to Talk About you'll learn to speak—fluently, intelligently, charmingly—to family, friends, coworkers, lovers, future lovers, horse trainers, children, even yourself. This hilarious manual, written by two award-winning authors and illustrated by legendary cartoonist Tony Millionaire, is tailor-made for anyone who might one day attend a dinner party, start a job, celebrate a birthday, graduate from school, date a human, or otherwise use words.

What to Talk About is not rocket science, but it is a lot like brain surgery, in the sense that is terrifying, risky—and could change you forever.

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"The content is very tongue-in-cheek and laced with humor. This isn't a full- on self-help book, but a fun way of rethinking our daily conversations. It will definitely give you some ideas on how to change up your small talk and would be fun to read aloud at a party."
- New Orleans Advocate
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452114507
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 364,763
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Colin is an author and journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, and McSweeney's Quarterly. He lives in San Francisco.

Rob Baedeker is a writer, performer, and co-founder of the Kasper Hauser comedy group. He lives in Oakland, California.

Tony Millionaire is best known for the Sock Monkey series of comics and the syndicated comic strip Maakies. He lives in Pasadena, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2015

    Silence is golden

    Count to ten and mention you have a tape recorder because of short term memory loss tucked in your pocket if they dont want to be recorded take dated notes surprising how many become mute

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2015

    If this book was meant to be funny it missed the mark!!!!!!!!!!!

    If this book was meant to be funny it missed the mark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so bad I could not finish it. It was a joke and just stupid!!!! Definitely a waste of money!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2015

    Read it with a sense of humor

    This is no Emily Post Guide book. It is written with humor and should be read with humor also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2015

    Are you Kidding Me?

    I pride myself on finishing every book I start, but this was jus to stupid. Do not bother. This would be a waste of money if it was free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2015

    Worth the price I paid

    This is an fine book for a short plane trip. It is less than 100 pages, and doesn't take the subject or itself too seriously. I found it humorous in places, although I expected more after reading that it was written by two comedians. To each his/her own...

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  • Posted March 13, 2015

    A bit disappointed

    I actually bought this book looking for ideas about talking to people only to discover that it is almost exclusively a spoof. Their ideas are mainly the smart-a** type that would convince most people to never speak to you again.

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  • Posted March 13, 2015

    not bad

    This isn't reallyy what I expected. It was kind of funny thou however a bit unrealistic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2015

    Not entertaining or informative

    By this books definition, I am a pancake. Didn't read anything useful and I really wasn't entertained. I am glad I only paid $1.99 for this short book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2015

    OMG, don't waste your money. This author thinks himself very fu

    OMG, don't waste your money. This author thinks himself very funny, actually he is inane and his jokes are stupid. As an example, his advice on approaching a shy person is to say, "Oh my god! Is that a spider monkey on that giant cat's muscle car?"
    Horribly stupid and of no redeeming value. I had to quit at page 24.

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