The Art of Mingling: Proven Techniques for Mastering Any Room Paperback – Oct 31 2006
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“Jeanne Martinet's amusing guide contains nifty ideas designed to get the flower off the wall and into circulation.” ―Letitia Baldridge
“Martinet has developed techniques for working any event with ease.” ―Chicago Tribune
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Jeanne Martinet is the author of The Faux Pas Survival Guide; Getting Beyond Hello; Come-Ons, Comebacks and Kiss-offs; Artful Dodging; and Truer Than True Romance. She lives, writes, and mingles in New York City.See all Product Description
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How do you fit in? How do you begin a conversation with someone about whom you know absolutely nothing? Heaven forbid you mention the weather! Maybe you should just keep eating canapes and leave early!
Not at all, thanks to Jeanne Martinet (author of "Getting Beyond Hello") and her witty wellspring of advice all of us can discover opening lines that really do the trick, master polite escape techniques, and not only recover but triumph over a social faux pas.
The days of terror at teas or being struck dumb at soirees are over because Martinet's tutorial includes The Flattery Entree, the Hors d'oeuvre Maneuver, The Fade (and the Fade Out) plus many more ideas to get you and keep you in the swim.
Read in a warm, assured voice by the author "The Art of Mingling" will soon have you morphing into the social butterfly you were meant to be.
- Gail Cooke
I enjoyed the author's realistic edge - it made the book a joy to read.
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Also, avoid the audio version at all costs. It's painful to listen to.
I freeze up and immediately take physical inventory of all possible exits while the mind is grasping to retrieve all possible excuses that might be believable enough to give me the reprieve I need to make a quick and stealthy exit. Okay, okay, I'm not that bad, but those thoughts do run through my mind.
I've also recently realized that I get completely tongue tied with opening lines anytime I approach someone new and want to start a conversation.
I have purchased several books to help overcome this "phobia" and this by far, is the best of all the books.
I would highly recommend "The Art of Mingling." Even if you don't want to become an expert on mingling, this author provides some really wonderful insight, suggestions and methods for approaching strangers, some great conversation starters, tips on how to approach groups of people, and even how to get out of a conversation that is not going well.
I don't understand how the reviewer that said he was trying to improve his social skills found no value to this book. My girlfriend, who is one of those super-friendly people that can make friends with a room full of strangers in 15 minutes-flat also read and loved this book. She said it had some wonderful tips and she can't wait to try out some of the advice.
I think "The Art of Mingling" is an invaluable tool, and I would recommend this book to anyone that really wants some real-world, applicable solutions for making new friends.
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