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The Art of Mingling: Proven Techniques for Mastering Any Room Paperback – Oct 31 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 2 edition (Oct. 31 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312354312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312354312
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 327 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

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.

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Even the most confidant among us has had the uncomfortable experience of going to a party and finding a sea of smiling, talking strangers. Discomfort may turn to knocking knees and a tied tongue when this happens to those of us with an average quota of self-confidence.

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
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Terrified of networking? This book is a refreshing, fun guide to "working the room". Plenty of very useable tools, tips and tricks that you can actually use in actual situations. Whether you are meeting new contacts for your business or just navigating your social atmosphere, this handy guide will get you out there without having to act like a used car salesman.

I enjoyed the author's realistic edge - it made the book a joy to read.
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HASH(0xa437e93c) out of 5 stars Not as good as I had hoped Aug. 20 2008
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I liked the introduction, in which the author talked about her friends asking her how she had managed to talk to everyone at the event they had just been at, while they had failed to mingle. She does give a few useful tips in the book, but don't buy this book if mingling is not, for you, an end in itself, as it is for the author. If, for example, you want to improve your mingling skills in order to make friends, this book won't help at all. The book might help you learn to meet everyone in a room, spending 30 seconds or one minute on each person, but the sorts of things she suggests you say to people made me cringe. Her system will help you meet people who are the most confident and who are fellow mingling lovers, but if you want to put people at ease so that you can discover who might be someone with whom you might like to create a friendship, her suggestions will prove counterproductive. If you want to mingle to make friends (or at least not to destroy any hope of making a friend or two) read the excellent book by Don Gabor, How To Start A Conversation And Make Friends. Finally, The Art of Mingling actually makes the author sound rather shallow, silly and even narcissistic (and believe me, I have nothing against finding ways to get away from the party bore with bad breath who has you cornered, etc). Disappointing, unless, for you, mingling is an end in itself.
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa437eb88) out of 5 stars Mingle All The Way Dec 16 2006
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I heard about this book in the Style section of the New York Times and was immediately intrigued. I'm one of those guys who SEEM outgoing and outspoken (when I'm with my friends), BUT throw me in a mixed party or work function and I totally clam up. For closet shy types like me, this book is extremely helpful, full of clever ideas, and a lot of fun to read. The author is extremely witty, sometimes silly, but always insightful. Her greatest revelation is that most people at parties are thinking about THEMSELVES, not YOU. Just this week, I got a chance to try some of the author's advice at a couple Christmas parties and gosh-darn-it. It worked! I stopped worrying about trying to impress people and actually managed to relax and have fun. Very cool. Check it out.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa437edc8) out of 5 stars Give It To A Wallflower Nov. 3 2006
By Jay Freeman - Published on
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This book -- well, this book and Bacardi -- cured me of my social anxiety disorder, or whatever it was that made me basically melt down in social situations. I got it as a gift from somebody who had seen me implode at parties, and it got me to see meeting strangers as an opportunity for fun and exploration, believe it or not, instead of nauseating dread. It worked right away the first time I road tested it. The book has a lot of useful information, it's also written in a hilarious, sympathetic style that lets you know the author has her own misgivings and insecurities -- which makes it even more convincing and helpful.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa256e060) out of 5 stars Excellent exits Feb. 24 2009
By Steven B. Bowling - Published on
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I'm so glad the author included a lenghty chapter on various means of escape, because if I ever meet a group of people like the author, I will want to escape from them as quickly as possible.

Also, avoid the audio version at all costs. It's painful to listen to.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa256e354) out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny, Invaluable Advice For Mingling & Making New Friends! Aug. 25 2007
By Iris - Published on
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I am a friendly, professional, outgoing person, who isn't shy around friends, but put me in a room full of people I have never met before, and like so many others, I become a complete -- "Minglephobe"!

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.