The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills--and Leave a Positive Impression!

The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills--and Leave a Positive Impression!

by Debra Fine
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The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills -- and Leave a Positive Impression 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish I knew about this book 10 years ago. I think I would be a much different person. It's never too late to start. I can relate to the author's delima and I needed a something that would give me time tested information in talking to people informally. I'd recommend it to anyone who does not know how to start up conservations. I know I always had a problem of not knowing what to ask or say to start a conservation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A 1 star because you wouldn't even buy a book at five or below. The type is large, margins are large, and it's almost double spaced. Plus she repeats herself constantly. All the information could have been put on half to a quarter of the pages easily. Also, I couldn't believe she added the comic of her in the book makes her appear very arrogant like everyone is dying to talk to her. If you are looking for a book strictly for 'small talk', then I might rate it two stars and a 7/10. But, that is all the book offers and doesn't have anything about real social skills or conversation, just small talk 'which is basically just superfluous, artificial, static talk' Which can some times be interesting and a good skill to have in networking, but even then she really just gives you grounding. Had she not wasted so many pages already, she could have included what she's left out. In short: not recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish this book had been available when I embarked on a career after college. I would have known then that I wasn't the only person who dreaded being put into social and/or business settings requiring 'mingling'. This book is a quick read that helps build the skills necessary to be a good conversationalist. Just reading the book helped my confidence and made an impression about how important these skills are and how being a good conversationalist enriches one's life. I thought so much of the book that I bought it for both of my daughters who are just beginning their careers. I wish I would have had the benefit of Debra Fine's insights when I was 'just starting out'!
CraziCrystal More than 1 year ago
This book goes over the basics of conversations, how to start them, how to keep them flowing, and how to end them. It also gives pointers on how to small talk with people that can lead to real conversations. It is a must read for people that are quiet in groups.
ohifonly More than 1 year ago
This book was on a suggested reading list I received when promoted to a management position at my job. I was excited to read it because I sometimes struggle with the social aspect of my work. I was very disappointed. There are maybe three pages in the book that I considered useful. I am amazed that this woman is a professional and is considered an "expert". I also didn't need to hear about the author's weight loss every other chapter, considering the book had absolutely nothing to do with weight loss. What good information she did have was overshadowed by her ego and the subsequent lack of professionalism by letting her ego permeate her "research". I would absolutely not recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing the author on the Today Show I bought her well-written book which is filled with good advice with regards to talking the talk.
Jordan Epistola More than 1 year ago
This book was alright. Didn't really leave a impression on me or was very interesting or engaging. It does cover the very basics of small talk and perception, if you need to brush up on very basic material. Overall this book kinda was "eh."
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really great tool
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This book offers terrible advice and is written in a very monotone voice
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