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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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Product Details

  • 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: #408,107 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 The author's conversation ideas are out of date and don't seem to apply to today.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: 3.5 out of 5 stars 17 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Read all reviews before buying this book Aug. 17 2016
By Zack G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This books get 3 stars from me because it wasn't a total waste of my time as it was for others. If I had to share my opinion- I would say that this is for people who are in the beginning of there careers, who haven't had a ton of interaction or awareness with interpersonal skills, or just for someone who's picking up a book randomly, thought it would be interesting. If you're looking for something profound.. this isn't the book for you.. if you're looking for something that "should" be common sense, that most people still don't apply.. this book does a great job at pointing out the obvious-- it repeats itself a lot, the format gets pretty dry, and the last chapter is pointless because it doesn't flow with the other 16 chapters.. outside of that-- i'm sure there's something in this book for somebody-- do yourself a favor and not pay full price-- try to buy the penny version ;-)
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh Oct. 22 2016
By r.yosh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book as part of a recommended reading list and was fairly disappointed. It has several good sections based on "what to say" vs "what not to say", but I'd really hope a lot of the "what not to say" examples are common sense. I also got the feeling that the book tried to fill the pages with gratuitous examples rather than actual content.
11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I was hoping for June 20 2006
By Mbow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I put this audiobook in my Wish List several weeks before it came out. What I was hoping for was some good info on the psychology and execution of the lost art of conversation. What I got was an endless list of do's and do nots. I ONLY recommend this for EXTREME introverts. If you are looking to polish your social skills or socialize with anyone other than friends then keep looking.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Talking to Anyone June 29 2006
By Jeffrey S. Mckay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The author provides savvy, helpful ideas on improving communication in all situations. Very good.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 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.