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How to Talk to Anyone: 62 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships | [Leil Lowndes]

How to Talk to Anyone: 62 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

You've admired successful people who seem to have it all, seen them chatting confidently at parties and being listened to in business meetings. They're the ones with the best jobs, nicest parties, and most interesting friends.
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Publisher's Summary

You've admired successful people who seem to have it all, seen them chatting confidently at parties and being listened to in business meetings. They're the ones with the best jobs, nicest parties, and most interesting friends.

But they're not necessarily smarter than you or even better looking. What it comes down to is their more skillful way of communicating with other people. Now How to Talk to Anyone reveals the secrets of successful communication. With Leil Lowndes's easy and effective techniques, you will discover how to become a master communicator in life, love, and business.

Combining the latest research with Leil's trademark wit and warm-hearted observations of human foibles, How to Talk to Anyone shows you how to make an unforgettable entrance and meet the people you want to meet; sound like an insider in any crowd, no matter how little you have in common; use body language to captivate audiences of all sizes; work a party the way a politician works a room; andalways come across confident, credible, and charismatic wherever you are.

©2003 Leil Lowndes; (P)2004 Listen and Live Audio, Inc.

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"You'll not only break the ice, you'll melt it away with your new skills." (Larry King)

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    William Bainbridge Island, WA, USA 07-14-04
    William Bainbridge Island, WA, USA 07-14-04
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    "Annoying but helpful"

    The perky, "I tried this, and everything was tied up with a neat little bow!" bit gets REALLY OLD, REALLY Fast, but I still found a lot of wisdom within this book. Prepare to be thoroughly annoyed by the over-the-top Polyanna attitude of this woman. Still, I would get it, since this author has done some adequate research on various methods of conversation.

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Brighton, MA, USA 07-13-04
    Jaime Brighton, MA, USA 07-13-04
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    "Easy-to-use advice"

    At first it seems cheesy, but this book offers many easy-to-use tips on how to talk to anyone, and more. Even the most socially-adept person can find some unique ideas. I have already started using some, and plan to listen to the book periodically for a refresher...there are so many tips to use, but you can only incorporate a few at a time!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Hillsboro, OR, USA 01-23-05
    Ryan Hillsboro, OR, USA 01-23-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Not all that bad."

    The bit of information that prompted me to write was that the audio version of this book contains 62 tips, and not the 92 the image indicates. While I just chalk it up to abridging, you don't get the number of tips you think you will.

    I didn't have a problem with Leil's voice tone, as most reviewers did. After listening to the book, I feel like she is a warm person whom I really wouldn't mind having a face to face conversation with.

    The tips range from rediculously simple to rediculously out of touch with reality. While some people would take offense at this inconsistensy, I find it suitable to the concept of this book. She is providing advice, and advice will not always directly apply to your situations.

    Overall, I am glad I bought this book, and that is the best praise I can give.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Iowa City, IA, USA 06-16-08
    Jonathan Iowa City, IA, USA 06-16-08
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    "Audio hard to listen to"

    I think the advice in this book is good, however, I found the authors reading so off putting I could barely listen to it. I would suggest listening to a preview of the audio before downloading it, had I done that, I don't think I would have made this purchase.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Austin, TX, USA 10-10-07
    Stephen Austin, TX, USA 10-10-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent advice"

    I really enjoyed this book. The advice is delivered in a very clear and entertaining manner. The author reads her own work, and you can hear her passion for the material in her voice. Listening to her made otherwise dull material sound exciting and fun. The tips really work well, and have produced noticeable results in both my personal and professional life. I highly recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas louisville, KY, USA 07-27-04
    Nicholas louisville, KY, USA 07-27-04
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    "Excellent, simple tips"

    This book was well written and acted. I tried several tips immediately with success. Some tips seem quite simple and obvious, but are very effective.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Leon canton, CT, USA 03-03-08
    Leon canton, CT, USA 03-03-08
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    "Lots of"

    No mind-blowing secret or earth shattering info here, but lots of "little" things you can use every day. These "little" things are presented in stories and examples to help you relate.

    The first time I listened I thought; "I already know all that". I later found myself conscious of the techniques and using them where I wouldn't have done so previously. I was also surprised to notice that others (whom I always thought of as great “people” persons) were using the same techniques. I now listen once or twice a month and each time I pick up something else I can try.

    Just having someone point out and making me aware of these basic techniques was a great help. I use them on a regular basis - and people are responding in a wonderfully positive way!

    This audio isn’t something you can listen to once and magically “know it all”, but use it as a tool to gradually change how you approach talking to people. Each time you listen – find that one “little” thing you can easily change.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Kent, WA, USA 10-11-09
    Brian Kent, WA, USA 10-11-09
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    "62 tricks, not 92 but they are all good!"

    The author has that 'happy school-marm' quality to her voice which has turned off a few reviewers apparently, but I found it easy to listen to and full of well thought out concepts. While many of her ideas seem fairly obvious, the fact that they all give you the sense of 'oh yeah, that's a good one too!' should tell you that the value is the collection of these pearls in one place as much as the content itself. I've already used several of these ideas and have had some pretty memorable conversations. I think one of the values of this book is it gives you ideas on how to interact productively with almost anyone. Thankfully, most of us have the option of just giving up on a conversation that hits the point of diminishing returns. For those that don't have that option, keep a quick reference of the tools in the book handy so you don't draw a blank at a crucial moment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul West Newton, MA, USA 02-26-09
    Paul West Newton, MA, USA 02-26-09
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    "This is the 62 little tricks version not the 92"

    I wanted the 92 little tricks version as is listed but was given the 62 little trick version here. They have different ISBN numbers so I don't know why Audible thinks they are the same. This is a good book audio book but I could have gotten the 62 version from my library, I paid here because I though I was getting the 92 version based on the title and image when I purchased. My library doesn't have that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Waltham, MA, USA 07-03-05
    Joel Waltham, MA, USA 07-03-05
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    "excellent"

    This book is full of excellent useful advice. I've emailed some of the tips to friends (like how to improve communication skills with 50 incremental increases to one's vocabulary). I recommend this book to friends and will buy her other audio book.

    Part 1 seemed more geared towards women. I am making a point of using nearly every tip in Parts 2 and 3 however.

    Since everyone else is commenting on the author's voice I feel compelled to also. Her voice and precise enunciation definitely grab my attention, but I don't find it annoying. She sounds just like someone I used to know who grew up in Chicago and studied art in New York City.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • John
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    1/8/06
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    "how to talk to anyone"

    this is one of those books that should really have been a short article in a womens magazine . take out the padding and there is very little substance . but for a book on talking the reader herself is totally irritating with a false girly amused voice which made me want to strangle her . she really needs to read a book on public speaking

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    11/26/09
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    "CONTENT OVER STYLE.........."

    Having read 'How To win....' I thought I would give this a go. This knocks the living spots off of Dale. Actually read the book and was so impressed I got it in audio form as there is so much to learn. The tips and insights are brilliant and unlike 'How...' they are user friendly and RELEVENT for use in the real world. Leil also gives her tips names -such as the 'Big Baby Pivot' to help you remember and visualise the tips for future use. Having clearly understood the contents I now know where I have been going wrong and why I am so unpopular and friendless. I have also been quite shy and fear of making 'small talk' with strangers fills me with frozen dread, BUT - yes you guessed it- not anymore. I actually now relish these occasions to show off my skills and net myself some popularity and realise that actually I am just as good, if not better, than most people in social occasions. I now have friends too. To truely learn and adapt to your life all these tips would take a truely long time as there is so much relevent stuff to take on board and use. My only critism is her voice and presentation - for someone who makes a living on 'how to talk to anyone' she sure has a voice silent movies. Slightly high pitched, neurotic voice with a cheesy last sentence (which she says in a cheesy slow low tone) to every paragraph. Repetative and you just know its coming and starts to grate after a short while. Having said that Leil sure knows her onions and if you can concentrate on the brilliant contents you're laughing - all the way to the popularity bank.(Imagine I just said that last bit and a slow low tone with a cheesy grin on my face and you get the picture) Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    swindon, United Kingdom
    3/11/09
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    "Unbearable!"

    I had really high hopes for this, as I'm often thrust into work situations with people I wouldn't choose to spend time with, and I've never quite figured out whether I'm shy or anti social.

    Within seconds of the book starting, the american accent, with very forced sounding conspiratorial laughter, became so unbearable I had to switch it off. The prose is so flowery and over embellished it is as tedious as the narration.

    I would score this 0 stars if it was an option, it's very lucky to get 1 - I can only suggest you avoid this at all costs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bilgin
    ISTANBULTurkey
    12/1/05
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    "It helps every aspect of your life"

    I've listened it twice. It's not something that advises you to pretend or to play some tricks. I've learned new ways to be 'myself' and be successful in human relations. Business, friends and marriage. Strongly recommended.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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