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The Art of Talking to Anyone: Essential People Skills for Success in Any Situation Paperback – May 30 2005

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (May 30 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007145229X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071452298
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #375,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Yes, you "can" learn to talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere. And here s how.

Conversation is one of the most decisive factors in our success in business and in life. It s also an art "anyone" can learn with the help of a few simple tips, guidelines and techniques.

"The Art of Talking to Anyone" makes it easy. Using sample scripts, real-life situations, and surefire strategies, this all-in-one handbook provides everything you need to become a more successful conversationalist. Whether you re chatting with co-workers at a conference, meeting new people at a party, or just talking on the telephone, this confidence-building guide can help you jumpstart your own unique skills and make a positive, lasting impression. You ll be surprised by how easy it is to express yourself, how self-assured you ll feel, and how well people respond to the right words at the right time. Filled with ready-to-use conversations and useful suggestions, this life-changing book shows you: How to be universally liked How to listen successfully How to keep a conversation going and how to end one How to ask and answer questions How and when to tell jokes How to deal with difficult conversations How to charm and persuade others

Nothing reveals more about who you are than what you say. And no book offers practical and easy-to-learn keys to successful conversations like "The Art of Talking to Anyone.""

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McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide

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Format: Paperback
Pleae don't waste your money buying this book. I made a mistake buying this book. The author's conversation ideas are out of date and don't seem to apply to today. I do not recommend this book, please do your research, there are many really good books out there on the art of conversation. A very easy read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa363aeac) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3643a5c) out of 5 stars Worst Option Oct. 12 2012
By chrispriiice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are other books in this field that are much better- How to Win Friends..., Conversationally Speaking, anything by Don Gabor. This book looked interesting because of how it breaks down specific situations (talking to people at work, talking to people on the street, etc.). The information in each of those subsections are largely pretty repetitive and not as specific as I thought they would be. The entire tone of the book is not encouraging either, which is tough for someone who is shy. The advice in the section on when to tell a joke is basically "don't tell jokes unless you are already funny because it will get awkward or you will offend someone." This may even be solid advice, but it should be phrased more positively for someone who purports to be a communications expert. I'd go with another book on the topic.
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3643ad4) out of 5 stars More annoying than helpful June 22 2007
By Brian E. Dean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have recently been into social dynamics and thought a book about the fine points of conversation would be helpful. Unfortunately, the book seems to be written by a prude who makes every effort to make your conversations as dull and boring as the book itself is.
Some major issues with the book.
a) Although "art" is the word chosen, most of the advice consists of things to avoid and in very specific detail (for example she says NEVER to say "to make a long story short")
b)More than half of the book text consists of assanine quotes from others that hardly relate to the subject as well as NUMEROUS and seemingly endless lists of statement examples (ie. "How nice of you" etc.) The author fails to realize that reading these are incredibly uninteresting and eliminate any sense of style one may develop. To top it off they are in alphabetical order which makes it easier to quickly glance over them.
c) The author seems to want to make you a parrot by telling you exactly how to respond in certain situations. She also often contradicts herself in these examples. She states to not say anything personal to anyone you meet yet reccomends a converstation starter as "you look fit, what do you do for a workout regiment".

Overall this book is a complete waste of time written by someone who I would never want to have a conversation with. She is so afraid of making a mistake that I would end up talking to her for an hour about the weather.

Conversations (at least socially) are meant to be fun, not exercises in safety. It is not the end of the world if you take a risk. It makes for a memorable conversation. I would avoid this book like SARS.
35 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3643f0c) out of 5 stars Basic and Specifics of Talking in Various Situations. Aug. 4 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Much of life starts with conversation. To some of us it comes easy, to some of us it is very difficult. Perhaps the hardest is the conversation at a job interview, or that first conversation with someone to whom you are attracted.

In the job interview, the interviewer will usually be asking questions. Your job is to provide the answers he wants to hear. Even if you decide you don't want the job, if you don't get an offer you don't get to decide.

In the romantic area it's really much easier. If both of you are interested, the conversation will flow - once you get it started. If the other person isn't interested, there isn't anything you can do to change it, move on to the next person. Getting it started is your job, and as with the other situations where you need help, this book will give you some good ideas. Good ideas of both things to say, and things not to say.

This book has eight chapters on the basics of being a good conversationalist. Then there are nine chapters on talking in various situations from the workplace to social events to talking with romance in mind. She knows what she is talking about.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa36442c4) out of 5 stars How to be a boring individual May 24 2006
By K. Ranjan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The first 1 or 2 chapters of this book do indeed give you some good pointers on how to build rapport and to look for common threads, all very important parts of a conversation. However the latter chapters really get dull and tend to advice the reader to shy away from responding openly to real life situations such as when a friend approaches you with a problem, the author advices that you shy away from really putting yourself in their shoes and offering help, rather it gives you advice on how to decline offering help to someone in need. It also advices the reader not to tell jokes in any situation or to shy away from tellign detailed stories. Whilst for a social lepper this maybe sound advice most of us want to live in a world full of excitement and have conversations that are fullfilling for everyone, not just being a bore and trying to "fit in". Perhaps as an Brit this book is very American centric, but I'm sure even Americans are not even so boring!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By H. Singh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book because of the actual examples it gives that you may adjust as you need to. Most other conversation books don't give you that, and to that effect, don't really help people that are trying to figure exactly what to say rather than just underlying concepts. Though much of the book may seem bland for those who don't like to take manners into account, it is written properly as it is. I highly recommend this book for novice/intermediate individuals who want to improve their conversation skills!