The Art of Civilized Conversation: A Guide to Expressing Yourself With Style and Grace

The Art of Civilized Conversation: A Guide to Expressing Yourself With Style and Grace

by Margaret Shepherd
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The Art of Civilized Conversation: A Guide to Expressing Yourself With Style and Grace by Margaret Shepherd

Say It with Style

In our fast-paced, electronic society, the most basic social interaction—talking face-to-face—can be a challenge for even the most educated and self-assured individuals. And yet making conversation is a highly practical skill: those who do it well shine at networking parties, interviews, and business lunches. Good conversation also opens doors to a happier love life, warmer friendships, and more rewarding time with family.

For those intimidated by the complexity of personal interaction, or those simply looking to polish their speaking skills, The Art of Civilized Conversation is a powerful guide to communicating in an endearing way. In its pages, author Margaret Shepherd offers opening lines, graceful apologies, thoughtful questions, and, ultimately, the confidence to take conversations beyond hello. From the basics—first impressions, appropriate subject matter, and graceful exits—to finding the right words for difficult situations and an insightful discussion of body language, Shepherd uses her skilled eye and humorous anecdotes to teach readers how to turn a plain conversation into an engaging encounter.

Filled with common sense and fresh insight, The Art of Civilized Conversation is the perfect inspiration not only for what to say but for how to say it with style.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307419330
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 296,283
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Margaret Shepherd is a writer, calligrapher, and teacher. In addition to The Art of the Handwritten Note, she has written thirteen books on calligraphy. Each year she speaks at MIT’s “charm school” about the importance of gracious communication. She lives in Boston.

Sharon Hogan writes books on topics that range from aging to dog training. She enjoys civilized conversations with other authors about book concepts, and she leads workshops on nonfiction writing for physicians. She lives near Boston.

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Art of Civilized Conversation: A Guide to Expressing Yourself with Style and Grace 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Aimi-OBrennan More than 1 year ago
Everyone should know how to communicate effectively and this little book shows you how. Lively and informative, it will help you have a worthwile conversation with anyone you meet ~ as well as how to get yourself out of an uncomfortable one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In looking for an etiquette book, I came across Shepherd's "The Art of Civilized Conversation." I could tell from the sample, I liked the author's tone and expressions. The entire book is full of golden nuggets of how to handle a variety of conversational paths. I've always admired those who enter into and exit out of conversations with poise. While I believe the "art" will truly take practice, the book gives you a launch pad from which to start. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a well rounded introduction to interacting with others. All the book is lacking is a brief explanation of how to pass it on to friends and family without appearing presumptuous!
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