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Publisher's Summary

For more than 25 years, small-talk expert Don Gabor has helped thousands of people communicate with wit, confidence, and enthusiasm with his best seller How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends. This newly revised and updated edition combines classic techniques in the art of conversation with necessary skills for communicating in the 21st century.

By following the simple and dynamic guidelines you’ll be ready to strike up a great conversation anytime, anywhere. Learn how to keep the conversation going by asking the right questions, using body language effectively, and avoiding conversation pitfalls. Combining his tried-and-true methods with a whole new section on communicating online and through social networking, Don Gabor shows you how to:

  • Identify your personal conversation style
  • Engage in online conversations using proper etiquette and security
  • Turn online conversations into face-to-face relationships
  • Boost your personal and professional speaking skills to the next level

How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends is sure to help you connect with others at home, work, and everywhere in between for years to come.

©2011 Don Gabor (P)2011 Random House

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Simply just average. Don't expect too much here,

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is just a big collection of tips on making friends. There was nothing I could call groundbreaking, not even innovative for that matter.

The author seems to be someone who read how to make friends and influence people and decided to make it shorter and more "wired". The last third of the book is all about how to become part of an online community.

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nice narrative, but lack of examples

mostly built on general and common sense suggestions that without concrete examples remain quite vague. A little bit desapointed, specially after reading the genius book "How to make friends and influence people"

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Short and sweet!

Very good tips on convo and small talk! This is a great read from start to finish.

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  • Dion
  • detroit, mi United States
  • 12-29-15

The part about how...

The part about how to remember names of people is priceless! I'm still using these tips today!!

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its ok

Not 100% helpfull most of the way how to start conversation in this audio we already doing it nothing special

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  • Roman
  • Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 05-12-12

Good info, useless chapters on online conversation

It's a nice little book with good info about how to construct conversations. I wouldn't say it gives you a full framework, but maybe a bit of a framework that is useful enough to boost your conversational skills, as well as some specific techniques to do so.

One thing that I found useless is the part on online conversations/etiquette, those things are obvious. Maybe it's just me though, because it may have been targeted at the older generation who are not familiar with online communication very good.

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If you don't have anything better to listen...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is very short. There is not much information. Very general, but, if you don't have anything better you can give it a shot.

Would you recommend How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends to your friends? Why or why not?

I won't recommend it to my friends.

Any additional comments?

The Dale Carnagie's book called "How to make friends and influence people" is muuuuuch more informative.
"How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends" is more like, "when you at the party, SMILE!" - really?
Dale Carnegie is going deeper, into psychology, the way of thinking, arguments, etc. Way better book.

I do not recommend "How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends."

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dry

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

people that really need to learn how to talk to people, this book could help.

Any additional comments?

It was just a dry read and a dry listen. not for me.

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