How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships Paperback – Oct 10 2003
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Leil Lowndes' How to Talk to Anyone offers 101 time-tested hints, tips, and techniques for confidently communicating with others. A bestselling author and renowned communications consultant, Lowndes focuses on ice-breaking skills and communication techniques that are proven successful when making a positive first impression, establishing instant rapport and credibility, and more. Packeed with basic, no-nonsense advice and solid research evidence about which techniques work best in which areas, How to Talk to Anyone show readers how to:
From the Back Cover
"You'll not only break the ice, you'll melt it away with your new skills."
"The ultimate guide to the thinking person . . . an invaluable tool for conversations."
--Sally Jesse Raphael
Become a master communicator and succeed in life, love, and business
Have you ever admired those successful people who seem to have it all? You see them chatting confidently at parties and being listened to in business meetings. They're the ones with the best jobs, nicest parties, and most interesting friends.
But wait a minute. They're not necessarily smarter than you or even better looking. What it comes down to is their more skillful way of communicating with other people. Now How to Talk to Anyone reveals the secrets of successful communication. With Leil Lowndes's ninety-two easy and effective techniques, you will discover how to become a master communicator in life, love, and business.
Combining the latest research with Leil's trademark wit and warm-hearted observations of human foibles, How to Talk to Anyone shows you how to:
- Make an unforgettable entrance and meet the people you want to meet
- Sound like an insider in any crowd, no matter how little you have in common
- Use body language to captivate audiences of all sizes
- Work a party the way a politician works a room
- Always come across confident, credible, and charismatic wherever you are
How to Talk to Anyone, which is an update of her popular book, Talking the Winner's Way (see the 5-star reviews of the latter) is based on solid research about techniques that work!See all Product Description
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I love talking to people, and find it easy to handle conversations where the other person is interested in chatting as well. So I used some of the techniques to see if I could charm my way with the "introverts" at an artsy party.
First, I wore a very peculiar starfish pendant (the book advises us to wear something others can comment on.)
Avoided telling them exactly what I enjoy doing (the book says to clarify it in a sentence like "As a hobby I love to wander through many lives and loose myself in stories" -- instead of I read.)
Tried to include others in the conversation to get the motor running
Gave everyone a different special smile
Allowed for pauses
Laughed to put others at ease...
All in all it was a lot of effort, just to meet people who weren't all that interested in talking to begin with. Although, the book contains several good tips, my advise is to use them sporadically, and only when you are extremely interesting in getting to know someone.
The positive aspects:
- Concise, good to read in various small instalments and take time to reflect on the different techniques, appreciate them, and even make some real-life experiments in-between reading sessions. Easily discard the ones that don't make sense to your particular way of life.
- Contains some really good new ideas and excellent techniques that you can use to effectively communicate with people in various situations, things to keep in mind, blunders to avoid and good postures to adopt. One should not undermine the potential life-enhancing benefits of reading the few truly excellent gems.
- Several of these guidelines appear to be simple common sense if you have any perceptive amount of social experience, but it's appreciated to be reminded about these things by an external source to better grasp their implications.
- Some amusing anecdotes will make you laugh, such as the businesswoman's encounter with a group of potential Japanese partners.
The negative aspects:
- Early on, the tone gave me the impression of a much older, chiefly superficial woman, who does not fundamentally encourage having any sense of humour.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
These tips might be useful...for octogenarians. Kind of outdated frankly and not relevant for younger readers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J-A
A book about manipulation. Not what I was looking for. Very disappointed.Published 4 months ago by Lindsay
It is always good to see things from others view's. I enjoyed all the pointers and will note them.Published 7 months ago by Maria.K
Here is a great book which enables you to 'show others what they want to see'. I love the way the book is set out, and each idea is illustrated to perfection. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2010 by James Taylor
I have recently finished reading Leil's book "How to Talk to Anyone" and am now the proud owner of "How to Instantly Connect with Anyone." What amazing messages! Read morePublished on Dec 11 2009 by Catherine Lam
I'm not a shy person by nature but I've always loathed small talk and struggled with carrying conversations in business situations. Read morePublished on June 2 2009 by Jennifer Dunlop