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Conversationally Speaking: WHAT to Say, WHEN to Say It, and HOW to Never Run Out of Things to Say (Communication Skills, Social Skills, Small talk, People Skills) by [King, Patrick]
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Wish you knew how to walk up to anyone and break the ice effortlessly? Avoid awkward silences and make an instant impression?

You'll get more than that in this book: not only WHAT, WHEN, and HOW to say it, but the exact roots of WHY from human psychology and interaction.

Flowing conversation is the basis of all of our friendships and relationships, there's no getting around it. Yet sometimes it feels like we just can't connect in the depth we want without some luck on our part.

Why? Because Conversationally Speaking, most people haven't broken down the patterns of a great conversation. Specific principles get specific responses, and that's exactly what we want, isn't it?

Each phase of conversation analyzed, from beginning to end, complete with examples, so you can handle any conversation and see it to greater purpose. Every chapter is dense and packed with actionable steps that are far beyond the generic "make eye contact and ask questions" that typically passes for social and conversation development.

Here's what you'll learn:

* The best topics for icebreaking with friends, strangers, and anyone.
* The biggest aspect of effective storytelling.
* Three steps to take your conversations to depth and intimacy.
* An introduction to the most common patterns and structures of humor.

As well as:

* What a verbal mirror is and why people love it.
* Effective listening, and listening as a gateway to closeness.
* A 21 day conversation bootcamp plan for optimal development.

That promotion you want? That cutie you want to talk to? Better treatment and better friendships all around? Conversation skills are the common thread, and the most powerful tool to getting you everything you want. Most of all, conversation skills are necessary in our lives - making the choice to improve them will allow the best parts of you to shine.

Don’t hesitate to pick up your copy today by clicking the BUY NOW button at the top of this page!

P.S. Never run out of things to say again!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Plain Key Media (Feb. 28 2015)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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HASH(0xa24aa5d0) out of 5 stars Mastering the art of conversation and developing self-esteem March 7 2015
By excellentwheels - Published on
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This book is an excellent step-by-step guide to understanding and mastering the fine art of conversation and speaking the advice in this book can be applied to everything from public speaking for politicians to making pleasant conversation or Smalltalk to ensure that you make a positive first impression for a job interview or it can help you figure out what to say on a first date and even how to tell stories to your kids or grandkids as if you were Homer, or the Brothers Grimm. This book will teach you turn your tongue to silver and make your words flow like watercolors on a canvas.

I stumbled across this book because I have always been fascinated by words and how they can have a direct effect on people’s lives and the reasons why some people are better with words than others and how those that have the gift of gab tend to be more successful than those that have difficulty expressing themselves. This book has proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that having a way with words and being able to express yourself accurately and with feeling is a skill that can be learned and perfected over time and I will definitely be applying some of the techniques and advice in this book the next time I have to give a presentation as a docent at my local history Museum and I will also make sure to be more mindful of the words and phrases I use while engaging in conversation as according to this book words and the feeling place behind them can mean the difference between a quality meaningful conversation or just simple Smalltalk that will be forgotten about. As soon as the conversation is over. I am very pleased with this book. It has opened my eyes to the intricacies and magic of conversation and verbal communication that I don’t think I would have noticed otherwise.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to improve their conversational skills and boost their self-esteem. This book will make sure that you never again worry about what to say regardless of the situation.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24aa81c) out of 5 stars This book helped me ace my job interview and has tamed my social anxiety! March 6 2015
By Victoria - Published on
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"The average person navigates the world with themselves as the center." Best line in the book, and one of many tips that has helped me broaden my social experiences. I am familiar with a couple of other titles from Patrick King, so I decided to pick up this one. I am an introvert by nature, and I have suffered from social anxiety since age 13. This book has helped me tame my social anxiety and has provided me with valuable knowledge that has allowed me to enhance my social relationships. I will probably never get over the initial butterflies in my tummy-nervousness that comes with social anxiety, but thanks to this book I have made immense progress in my social interactions. I finally have the confidence to start conversations and keep conversations going and gone are my panic attacks from awkward conversations and the inability to speak and engage in conversations. With the knowledge obtained in this book, I have developed not only personal relationships, but professional ones as well. With tips and information from this book as my guide, I have been able to excel in job interviews. My social anxiety has been a hindrance in my career. Job interviews were always difficult for me, I always would fumble once I came face to face with a potential employer, and missed out on a lot of great opportunities that way. Yet I am writing this review today because thanks to what I have learned in this book, I have just recieved an email this morning from a company I interviewed with Wednesday, inviting me to a 2nd interview! I am so excited! Thanks to what I have learned from this book, I have gained an opportunity to advance my career! Patrick King is the King of the human psyche! This author understands humanity and truly seeks to improve us, one title at a time! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to aquire the skills to be adored and admired in life through enhanced conversational skills, and I especially recommend it to anyone suffering from social anxiety, like me or natural introverts, also like me, who just want to improve their social interactions.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This book promised to be specific and precise but lacked any degree of depth. The chapters are extremely short and hardly cover much material. Very rarely would you find a useful nugget. On his Amazon page it looks like he churns out a new book every three months so maybe he should focus on taking the time to write one detailed book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24aaad4) out of 5 stars Review of Conversationally Speaking or Real Listening Is Raw Feed! March 4 2015
By S.G.Adams - Published on
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Who knew that having a simple conversation could be deconstructed, analyzed and synthesized? Patrick King does a wonderful job of explaining the complexities and values of meaningful conversations. He bookends the text with a nod to Henry Kissinger and suggests that this influential individual must have enjoyed good relationships and was an excellent conversationalist in order to have had so much sway in his life. Topics such as “pattern recognition” explain how leaving conversations on a “high-note” are as important as small-talk is to breaking the proverbial ice. The author suggests that success requires strong relationships and these are developed through meaningful conversations. He states that none of us are born with a handbook on how to connect socially, and sometimes a few people struggle with awkwardness. Initial conversations build trust, and help us decided if we want to pursue future contact. The text is very well written and enjoyable to read. He suggests that “small talk” is under-rated since it offers a gateway to share values, knowledge, and personality traits.

King explains that “everyone likes a verbal mirror.” And instead of being nervous and anxious, “shine the conversation back onto the other person and see interactions blossom”. Why? Because people love to talk about themselves. Knowing this is powerful, and as a reader I’m glad to have learned this nugget of fascinating truth! He suggests that one can actually influence a conversation by steering it in a way so that the other person keeps talking. The irony is, the better a listener you are, the more the other person believes you are a “great conversationalist”. Thus, it is a win-win strategy, and probably one that Henry Kissinger used! The underlying factor is that “everybody loves to talk about themselves” – how true!

I love that King incorporated “key phrases” to help people learn to be great conversationalists. For example he writes that a useful prompts could be, “Tell me more about…” and “How did that affect you” or “Why did you think that?” All excellent ideas that I’m going to weave into future conversations! King’s powerful findings are relevant to most all levels of relationships, from new friends, new acquaintances, and potential business contacts to even dating fun! He mentions how “ice-breakers” can be uncomfortable and helps guide readers on the do’s and don’ts when in a “roomful of people” as this can truly be intimidating. The fear of rejection appears to be a repeating pattern for most people, and it is this fear that causes anxiety and keeps them tight-lipped. Focusing on “commonalities” or shared “in the moment” are good starting points. Asking relevant questions are ways to initiate conversation! Who knew that sometimes having too strong an opinion can be abrasive and “polarize” future relationships.

The author suggests avoiding some topics like religion, politics, and money and race issues. I disagree here, and believe these topics are the most interesting of all. Why? Because everyone has some point of view, it just may not mirror your own! But, instead of getting your knickers in a knot as the saying goes, why not ask questions and really listen and learn? Be strong enough in your own self to not be afraid to seek more knowledge. The point of the conversation should not be to dissuade or verbally attack, but to learn through good listening skills. Sometimes there are more commonalities at play than differences, but it is a matter of perspective. Being an “active listener” is paramount. Watch for corresponding body language such as how their facial expressions react to certain topics, so that “energy can be injected into future conversations” based on knowledge gleaned from past conversations. I like that the author explains how listening to the speaker involves “putting the center of gravity on them”.
Real listening is about the speaker and not you… it takes “a lot of heart, empathy and compassion”. Both verbal and non-verbal signals are involved and need to be consistent to be effective. Value peoples’ time and don’t waste it when telling a story – be respectful! Keep in mind there is no “magical topic”. Helpful suggestions I enjoyed reading about included, “I agree with you because of X and Y.” as it “allows for an intellectual level of intimacy”.

A must read for anyone who understands the power of a positive conversation! Well Done!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24aafcc) out of 5 stars Communicate better! March 7 2015
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When it comes to meeting new people I'm pretty quiet and shy. I normally won't go up to someone and start a conversation. I think that's why when I go to things like say the PTA or scout meetings with my kids I normally sit quietly alone. It takes me awhile to get into groups of friends that have already formed a bond. I get so nervous sometimes I feel panicky. Then that just makes matters worse. I'm also single so this can make dating hard. Once I am more comfortable with someone I can have a great conversation and have no issues communicating. I was excited to read this book so it could help me some with starting conversations with strangers and keep the conversations going.

He suggest putting the conversation back on the person you are talking to. Everyone likes to talk about themselves. He suggest prompts for doing this. You should also be looking them in the eye and he mentions topics to stay away from.

This book made me think about how I start conversations or why I haven't started one with someone I wanted to. It made me prepare myself for the next time I'm in a situation like this instead of being too shy to start one or thinking I may sound stupid now I know what to do. Now I have ideas in my head how to keep the conversation going and to keep the interest of the other person.

I think one of the great things about this book is anyone can gain something from it. Wether you are have great communication and social skills, have none or are somewhere in between. All of us can learn to communicate better. It's easy to read and easy to understand!