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The Fine Art of Small Talk Audiobook

The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills - and Leave a Positive Impression!

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Publisher's Summary

Nationally recognized communication expert, keynote speaker and trainer, and best-selling author Debra Fine reveals the techniques and strategies anyone can use to make small talk - in any situation. Do you spend an abnormal amount of time hiding out in the bathroom or hanging out at the buffet table at social gatherings? Does the thought of striking up a conversation with a stranger make your stomach do flip-flops? Do you sit nervously through job interviews waiting for the other person to speak? Are you a Nervous Ned or Nellie; when it comes to networking? Then it's time you mastered The Fine Art of Small Talk. With practical advice and conversation cheat sheets, The Fine Art of Small Talk will help you learn to feel more comfortable in any type of social situation, from lunch with the boss, to an industry event, to a business networking opportunity or even a cocktail party where you don't know a soul. This fast paced, informative audio program offers concrete tools to:

  • Strike up conversations and keep them going
  • Master introductions and remember names
  • Come across as composed and self-assured when interacting with decision makers, clients, and colleagues
  • Develop rapport with anyone
  • Become an "active" listener
  • Overcome communication barriers
  • Handle awkward situations
  • Come up with topics to discuss
  • Avoid conversation "killers"
  • Prepare for successful conversation
  • Exit conversations with grace
  • Feel more at ease at award receptions, banquets, receptions and networking events

©2005 Debra Fine (P)2004 Debra Fine

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    John 06-25-15
    John 06-25-15
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    "Helpful but not entertaining"

    This book is for introverted people who need help with approaching and talking to people. It offers good advise, but it's a little more florid than it needs to be and, as with most books, it would be better if it was read by a professional and not the author.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    C. Johnson 09-29-15
    C. Johnson 09-29-15

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    "Excellent book!!!"

    Gentle instructions of how to become a skilled small talker. The most important skill I have learned so far. I noticed immediate change, thank you!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi 01-04-16
    Heidi 01-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great advice, awful monologue."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fine Art of Small Talk to be better than the print version?

    Minutes after listening to the audio book, I started thinking that the print version would have been better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A there's only one character as far as I know.


    What didn’t you like about Debra Fine’s performance?

    She just wasn't engaging enough. At lot of times I got lost and had to listen to a chapter again because I got distracted.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get me wrong, the book is really good but it'll be better with another narrator. She might be good with small talk but audiobook narrating is not her strong suit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 04-27-15
    Troy 04-27-15

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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    "Exactly What I Expected"

    I spend a lot of time alone, both at work and at home, so my social skills are dismal to say the least. Every now and again, I feel the need to remind myself that such things are exactly that: skills. They can be improved and practiced. It's just a question of getting the basics fresh in your mind. Building a solid foundation is the always the most important part.

    And that's the entire nature of this book. Most of it is common sense to those who are have built the skill set, and even for people like me, it makes sense. Anything more than what this book covers is going to come down to personality. Some things you just can't get from a book. For what this audiobook offers, it's worth the listen if you're inclined to to give it a go.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Alix 05-03-15
    Alix 05-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book"

    Facile a ecouter, ce livre donne d excellents conseils et trucs pour les personnes qui ne sont pas a l aise dans les evenements publics.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    aashwinder 04-18-16
    aashwinder 04-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    would have given it five stars if the narration would have been better, which at times gets too monotonous

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Dan
    10/9/15
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    "Social noob"

    I read two other books on the subject via audible that were rubbish and unpractical. This was great, the right mix of practical and theory, lots of situations covered. Give it a go if your looking for some help!

    Would give the performance 5 star but my app won't let me!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley Peat
    9/22/16
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    "Load of crap"

    Learnt nothing. I think Debroah Fine was bored so decided to write a book, badly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juan Fandino
    8/26/16
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    "Useless unless you are a hermit"

    Defintely give her credit for managing to get published with this. As my title says, unless youhave lived in a cave for your entire life, this shows you nothing. It makes you feel like a fool for even wasting some time on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jolita A.
    7/11/16
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    "A must read"

    Anyone interested in improving small talk skills should surely benefit from suggestions in this book. However it presumes that you have all you need already and the issue is that you dont know how to 'get out of your shell'. It gives quite a few good tips, but the list and conversation examples are not exhaustive, so it could be a little more practical. To conclude however its definately worth a read. information is presented in a nice clear manner.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1/24/16
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    "Practical"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fine Art of Small Talk the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the practical tips and also actual sample dialogues which put real life conversations in perspective. Read this ahead of a networking event and can't wait to get the tips tested.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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