More than a million people have learned the secrets of effective conversation using Conversationally Speaking. This revised edition provides more ways to improve conversational skills by asking questions that promote conversation, learning how to listen so that others will be encouraged to talk, reducing anxiety in social situations and more.
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About the Author
Alan Garner has taught hundreds of Conversationally Speaking workshops. He is the coauthor of Lifers for Adult Children.
Table of ContentsIntroduction to the Third Edition xi
1. Asking Questions That Promote Coversation 1
2. Delivering Honest Positives 15
3. Listening So Others Will Talk 35
4. Taking Advantage of Free Information 49
5. Letting Others Know Who You Are 55
6. Starting Conversations 71
7. Issuing Invitations That Are Likely to Be Accepted 79
8. Handling Criticism Constructively 87
9. Resisting Attempts at Manipulation 111
10. Requesting Change 121
11. Conveying Meaning by Motion 137
12. Reducing Anxiety in Social Situations 153
13. Organizing Your Efforts 181
The Beginning 195
Selected References 201
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I first read this book in college and I still rate it as one of the most important books I have read. The concepts are realistic without gimmicky, wierd questions to ask someone. If you actually practice what it teaches, this book can change your life. The conversation examples are helpful. I highly recommend this as one of the best of all conversation books.
I thought the book was a nice read for someone like myself who really isn't much of a conversationalist. It breaks down the fundamentals and can take edge off of striking up and maintaining conversations of substance.
I really wanted to give this book a chance, but this book was just awful. This book is for special ed, and for special ed only. If you're actually learning things from this book, that you didn't already know, then lol just give up. Or if you think you couldn't talk to people already with the examples that are given in here.. give up