Conversation Skills for the Shy

How to Easily Talk to Anyone
Narrated by: Ginger White
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
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Would you like to learn how to be able to talk to anyone, anywhere at anytime? Would you like to quickly learn the skills to overcome your shyness in social situations? Would you like to improve your influence, respect, assertiveness, self-esteem, conversation skills and confidence?

"The perfect book for the modern man or woman who needs a confidence boost and skills growth in the world of conversation and social skills." (Rachel Longton, London Today)

As a previously shy person, Emma Watkins is perfectly placed to write the definitive guide to conversation skills and social interactions for people who find communicating difficult. Long recognized as an expert in this field, Watkins has removed all the nonsense and produced a simple and easy-to-follow guide to conversation and social interactions for the shy person.

Topics covered include:

  • Learn How To Talk To Anyone
  • How To Use Eye Contact To Your Benefit
  • How To Understand Other People And How To Respond To Them
  • Dealing With Job Interviews, Meetings, Office Parties And Everyday Work Life
  • The Key To Making Friends With People
  • How To Be Assertive
  • Small Talk - This Is The Key
  • Overcoming Fear And Social Anxiety
  • Leaving Shy Behind
  • How To Handle Formal Events
  • Tips To Handle Any Life Situation
  • And So Much More!
©2018 Emma Watkins (P)2018 Emma Watkins

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An excellent and helpful guide

Being a shy person all my life, I find conversation and social events very tough but this guide was great for laying out the stepson advice to overcome this. Already (a week after getting it) I am a lot better and able to handle events and situations with ease. I am not totally 100% fine yet but I feel this book has helped me a lot.

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Loved it, a really great book which helped me build confidence and overcome a lot of the previous fear and reluctance i had about social situations, meeting new people, going into uncertain situations etc. Loved it!

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Always been shy

I have been shy since a child and that is unlikely to change overnight - what I needed was some skills / tools / tactics to deal with conversations and social situations which is what I got here. Its not that it has "cured" my shyness, but it has made certain situations a lot more bearable. 5/5

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First class.

A first class book which I now own in print and audiobook which should tell you how much I enjoyed it and more importantly how much value I gleamed from this.

Good narrator too which obviously helps a lot.

Liked how it dealt with shyness and gave me a lot of general social skills

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I found this book very engaging and ended up listening to it twice in a row and have already dived back to other parts when i needed more advice about social situations. Very happy with this, i feel a good bit better already and more capable.

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Shyness has improved

I am, gradually, day by day, finding social situations a lot "easier" to cope with. At the very least I am no longer cringing all the times or avoiding events / chats / people the way I used to do.

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Get an A in confidence and overcome your shyness!

When I first listened to this book, I was sceptical. I was not the confident, social and popular girl in school nor was I the 'Employee of the Month' at work. I was just a simple girl that nobody seems to understand. After I listened to the audiobook, it gave me a sense of purpose and boosted my confidence. So if you're an overly shy person like me, I recommend you buy this audiobook.

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  • 03-19-18

Able to talk to people

I HATE social situations. Well I don’t hate them, i just hate that i feel incapable of being normal in them lol! I got this about a month ago and at first ignored it but in the past week i have started to try out some of the advice and its working so far, very very happy.

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A huge help

I have struggled with shyness / awkwardness in certain situations (mostly social) for much of my life. Even talking on the phone felt awkward. This book has been a monumental help to me. Mostly it has been helpful with always knowing what to say, how to start / respond / keep going with shall chat etc. I also just generally feel a lot more confident and assertive. I have more to go on my journey but i am so much better in the past few weeks.

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Decided to give this one 5 out of 5 because personally i got a lot of value from this book for such a cheap price. The content I received is sure to help me through a lot of social situations in life, therefore it feels more than worth it to me.

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  • Sarah
  • 02-04-18

Such a huge help

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It actually helped me, wasn't full of the usual stuff and the things it suggested actually really got me over my problems with conversations, small talk and social events.

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Fantastic.
I recommend it.

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  • Alex
  • 02-15-18

Complete Game Changer

This book is a complete eye opener when it comes to how much our confidence and ability to engage in face to face conversation is regressing. It's definitely a book for anyone with an introverted personality that struggles with face to face interaction. It gives you the vital skills that are often neglected when it comes to successful everyday human interaction.
The guidelines offer invaluable wisdom that help you to show to remain present in the moments rather than looking awkward and rude. After listening to this book, I have definitely noticed that my confidence has increased in everyday interactions after learning how my social awkwardness translates to looking plain rude!
What I liked in particular about this audiobook was the fact that it was written by someone that previously suffered with social shyness. I will definitely revisit this book frequently!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-19

Helpful for shy people

I am quite a shy and awkward person especially in social situations (or weirdly on the phone). I found 95% of the advice very helpful and I already feel more confident and capable.

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  • Audible Customer
  • 01-24-20

AWESOME

Awesome book for anyone suffering from shyness. Shyness stops a lot of us from social exchanges - this book gave me the confidence to go for it!

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  • Suzanne
  • 12-29-19

Fave book of the decade

Fave book of the decade simply because I am crediting this book with changing my life forever. I got a restart. I can talk to new people. I have made new friends. I am in a new relationships. THANK YOU

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  • Charlie
  • 10-25-19

Feeling more confident

Feeling more confident now, using the strategies from the second half of the book. The first half was good too but I felt it was the second half that really came alive with actual advice on how to handle social situations as a shy person.

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  • AudibleFan1
  • 10-16-19

One of my faves.

Been shy for most of my life, hate hate hate social situations. Gone thru this book a few times and already feel ten times more capable.

Narrator was a tiny bit annoying at times but apart from that the book is exceptional.

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  • David
  • 02-16-19

An effective strategy

Very useful book which is proving to be invaluable with helping me deal with social situations, knowing what to say, being less shy / awkward etc.

Really liked the sections on small talk.

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  • Yvonne
  • 02-11-19

Loved this book!!

Loved this book as I HATE social situations usually, never seem to know what to say or how to say it. But this book is improving all that, gave me some real cast iron tight techniques which have been, MOSTLY, successful, Delighted I took a chance on this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-19

Good content

Always been shy which is not a problem in a lot of areas but obviously really effects social situations. This book really helped me with both small talk AND "big" talk. I am not exactly miss sociable now but definitely a lot more capable with being in social settings and talking to people.

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  • Anthony Rae
  • 06-28-18

Excellent

thank you for the great tips and advice , i like the speakers voice and this audio book covers so many situations

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  • Charlie
  • 02-17-18

A huge help

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This book has given me a huge help in my life, allowing me to deal better with situations and conversations that used to really frighten me or not know what to say. I feel a lot more capable now, a lot more confident and always seem to know what to say.

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  • Simon
  • 10-05-19

Incredible book

This book helped me (finally, after years of struggle) to overcome shyness and anxiety and know exactly what to say and how to behave in any sort of social situation. I will always be grateful to Emma Watkins for writing this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-18

Good information, reader a little patronizing

Comprehensive and helpful information covering a range of topics, reader sounded a bit patronizing the whole way through but I don't think this was intended!