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Publisher's Summary

The fear of talking to people is very real and effects millions of people - but fortunately it is completely curable. Overcome it fast with easy practical steps.

Feeling incapable of chatting to people is a horrific curse and one which can affect every part of your life. Don't let it ruin your life. Overcoming shyness, social anxiety, and low self-confidence fast. Get on with your life!

Dr. Jennifer Alisons' How to Talk to Anyone is a much praised international best seller, thanks to its practical and easy-to-implement advice. You do not need to become a doctor and learn endless and often useless medical jargon to become a great conversationalist or know to deal with difficult situations in your life. You just need good solid advice you can implement into your daily life immediately with ease.

Here's a preview of what you'll learn when you buy this book:

  • Overcome conversational obstacles fast
  • The secret trick that makes conversation so much easier!
  • Quickly overcome difficult thoughts, feelings & bad habits
  • Do not let social anxiety hold your back
  • What people want from a conversation & how to deliver it
  • The top 15 skills required to be a great conversationalist
  • Dealing with specific difficult circumstances
  • Get over shyness fast, day by day
  • And much more

©2016 Jennifer Alison (P)2016 Jennifer Alison

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Incredibly helpful

If you could sum up How to Talk to Anyone in three words, what would they be?

Very helpful book, full of very good practical advice - the best part is the advice actually felt realistic, it felt like things i could actually do in my own life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Talk to Anyone?

Narration was very good. Loud, clear and engaging voice.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

I guess the thing to remember is the things you will learn from this book will take time to seep in (although i found positive changes immediately!) as you cant expect to change a life-time of habits overnight, but stick with it, it does work. I am walking testament of that!

Any additional comments?

Dealing with social anxiety / anxiety / self-esteem / shyness issues is not easy but it can be beaten. This is a fantastic book that will give you a lot of the tools you need to progress in life.

32 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Incredibly helpful.

If you could sum up How to Talk to Anyone in three words, what would they be?

Helpful, genuine and life-changing.

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A genuinely incredible book, helpful to myself who suffers from social anxiety and shyness issues and I'm sure helpful to people from all walks of life.

I now find small-chat and striking up conversations quite easy - this is something i used to find, literally, impossible!

Excellent book, very helpful.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Feel more at ease in social situations

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Absolutely fantastic book and most definitely my favorite in a very long time. Helped me deal with a load of issues. Social anxiety and shyness issues have always plagued me and they are most definitely not easy to overcome but i found the advice in this book to be excellent.

Of course not everything worked immediately, it did take a week or two for some things to click into place and their is one section (to do with social occasions) i had to listen to several times, but that is fine - u cant expect a life long list of bad habits to be eradicated with a single listen. It does take time but it is worth it.

A wonderful book and i hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Awesome Book!

What did you love best about How to Talk to Anyone?

This book is the kind of book that I think everyone should read and/or listen to. Jennifer provides very real strategies and advice for overcoming the doubt or anxiety that may be associated with certain social situations. Social anxiety can be a crippling thing, and it’s something that many of us go through. I think that Jennifer does a great job in offering her advice. The best part about it is that what she offers, her solutions, are incredibly practical and easy to apply to your own life. That’s what makes it such a great read. If you’re looking for answers to problems that keep surfacing—shyness, the inability to maintain a quality conversation, difficult thoughts, feelings, tough circumstances—then you will want to check this out.

Any additional comments?

Definitely going to recommend this to my friends. In a way, helping spread this information to other people kind of helps all of us in the end. If we all approach social interactions with a level of openness and comfort then it just means that conversations, social gatherings, etc will be more fun and engaging. Glad that I read it!

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Shyness is almost totally gone

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Talk to Anyone to be better than the print version?

Well i guess some people prefer to read books but personally i find audiobooks a lot easier to consume

What about Rachel Austin’s performance did you like?

Liked her voice, simple and easy to follow and understand.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

IT ACTUALLY WORKS...which makes a change for books in this genre!

Any additional comments?

I would give this book 9 out of 10. I would have liked a few more of examples of other people who got better but apart from that I LOVED the advice and tips and found it all very very useful!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Different, but in the best possible way

What did you love best about How to Talk to Anyone?

It was different from the other books i have read about this sort of thing...which was a good thing!

What did you learn from How to Talk to Anyone that you would use in your daily life?

So much about small talk, how to impress people in an HONEST way and not being manipulative or fake.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic. Helpful. Great. An awesome book I have already recommended to many people.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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So much better than i expected it to be

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES.

Any additional comments?

So much better than i expected it to be. I learned so much and got real practical SOLID tools to use in my own life, really helping with shyness and being able to talk to people, especially strangers or difficult / awkward situations. Highly recommended.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. This is a really great book full of solid practical advice with just the right amount of self discovery. It covers a wide spectrum of conversational skills; from body language to conversation starters. There is a lot of focus on how to get people to enjoy talking to you, including some top notch advice on how to be a good listener and how to show people that you're interested in what they have to say. I hadn't ever thought about conversation in this light and I really think the author did a fantastic job with it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Talk to Anyone?

There are quite a few humorous moments throughout the book which is quite rare in books about self progression. I love the fact that it's impactful without being too heavy or monotonous.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Initially I did listen in one sitting but I'm planning to listen to it again over the space of a week or two so I can really focus on it and get even more out of it.

Any additional comments?

Conversation is such an integral part of life. Feeling confident when you're speaking to people can make such a difference to your experience with others. I feel a lot more secure in myself now and I already feel less anxious about socialising (including when talking to people I find intimidating!). I highly recommend this book and I think anyone could benefit from it. It's great to learn how to really have time for other people and keep our communication with one another healthy and enjoyable!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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An excellent book, highly recommended

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely and I already have! Because it gives actual practical advice, not just a load of nonsense that does nothing to actually help me. I needed help. I got help from this book. I got it fast.

What about Rachel Austin’s performance did you like?

Really good narration. For me a narrator can really make or break an audiobook. I found her voice to be engaging without being annoying. The speed of her voice was perfect too.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

To be honest, both! A few parts really hit me, as they finally fully explained why i was having issues with chatting to people and social situations. Ultimately I came away very happy as I could feel the difference and knew this would have a positive effect on my life forever.

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Absolutely fantastic book. I can only speak from personal experience but for me this is truly life changing.

I am sick of books that just talk theory - i wanted practical advice and this is what I got. I have had issues with social situations, small chat, big conversations etc all my life and whilst I am not totally cured, I can sincerely say I started to feel better immediately upon getting this book. Thank you.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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So helpful, Great Book!

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I took a chance on this book, something a little different from what I would usually go for - i am incredibly grateful I took the risk! This is a fantastic book, full of very good and workable strategies to help deal with shyness and anxiety issues about being around people.

Some of the advice took a bit longer to seep in than other parts, but generally i loved this book and can only say good things about it.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Sasha
  • 04-18-17

Very helpful, fantastic book

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Very helpful, original, easy to follow and effective. Fantastic booK!

I would recommend this to anyone who feels they need help with conversational matters, small talk, overcoming shyness etc.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • ListenEveryday
  • 01-08-17

Shyness? What shyness??!?!? :)

What did you like most about How to Talk to Anyone?

My problem has always been shyness, since i was a kid. I hated social situations or anything i didn't have full control over. I have been following the advice in this book for about a month now and can feel myself gradually but surely getting better.

I no longer have huge fear over social situations, i am getting there slowly and for that i am very grateful to the author of this book. x

Any additional comments?

I liked the narrator a lot...only criticism would be the cover of this book which is not great.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • saieba2
  • 09-29-17

Great common sense book.

This was a great book lots of common sense advice but very important for anyone to learn. I recommend this book to anyone even people with great social skills, we can all improve even just little bit more.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr Nick McIvor
  • 09-22-17

Good tips

This is a very good set of tips presented in a very relatable way
Will listen to again

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • conny
  • 09-14-17

Fantastic book!!

Great !!! I will definitely use the advise given in this book to reduce my anxiety.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Marianne
  • 11-02-16

So helpful!

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Really useful nook, full of very good practical advice. I have been dealing with general social anxiety, shyness etc for most of my life. This is not an overnight cure but i can sincerely say I am handling difficult situations so much easier. I can now see why so many people have recommended this book to me.

Perfect length. Not too long, not too short. The perfect length to get the message across. Narrator i would say was 4 / 5.

Great book, i feel so much better and will continue to use the advice in this book everyday!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • CuratedByMe
  • 01-21-17

Hugely informative, hugely enjoyable

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As my subject says, this was a hugely informative but also hugely enjoyable book to listen to, really helping me with everything from shyness to making small chat and actually mostly with dealing with an upcoming wedding and upcoming job interview. I feel more prepared, more relaxed and more realistic.

Terrible cover but great book! :-)

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • W1992
  • 11-11-16

Helped with shyness issues

What made the experience of listening to How to Talk to Anyone the most enjoyable?

That it worked!

Have you listened to any of Rachel Austin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not that i know of.
Her voice was great.
Easy to understand and to follow.
Professional recording.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry once...in the best way.
Because I felt a positive change inside.

Any additional comments?

I hate how i am in public situations, to the point i often avoid them.
I feel awkward, never know what to say, i feel nervous and at times properly frightened.
Avoidance is easier than tackling it.

No more.

Things have changed and I put it 90% down to this book and 10% to myself.

Proper advice.
Advice anyone can use.

I am so much better and for that I am eternally grateful to the author. I still have a little bit more to go but i have never felt so positive.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Jays
  • 10-10-16

This book really worked for me, a real booster

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An excellent resource, one full of very valuable informations, and tactics. My shyness has plagued me all my life but i am slowly (it takes time!) getting better, thanks to what I have learnt from this book. I am now on my 4th listen to it, which should say a lot. Recommend this for anyone who needs help with shyness, social anxiety and just general help with what to say in different situations and how to act / carry yourself. Great book!

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Anna Hart
  • 10-09-16

Current, Intelligent and Immensely Helpful.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely! This book exceeds expectations. A lot of books like this take a very generic approach and I'm happy to say that this one really stood out. I've read a few of Jennifer Alison's books now and they just keep getting better. Her style is refreshing. Unlike so many other authors, she seems to really respect her readers. She doesn't patronise or offer loads of generalised advice. Rather, she always starts by encouraging you to really think about yourself, your experience, your feelings and your behaviours. Then she guides you through the self progression. I have found that this approach really works; the more you understand your fears, flaws and anxieties, the more you get out of the advice that follows. She challenges you to step outside your comfort zone and she gives you the confidence you need to do so. In my opinion, this is another winner from a great writer.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the chapter on conversation in the digital age. It's very current and really it's something we could all benefit from reading. The fact that we spend so much time texting and emailing nowadays really does make face to face conversation harder. Nearly everyone I know has social anxiety to some degree and this part of the book really gets to the bottom of it.

Any additional comments?

I think this book would be good for just about anyone. Whether you have social anxiety or you just don't know how to successfully strike up a conversation. I got it because I get nervous when speaking to groups at work and I'd like to feel more comfortable going out on dates. So far I'm happy to say that it's definitely working :)

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • W1992
  • 12-08-16

Incredible book, life changing in fact

Would you listen to How to Talk to Anyone again? Why?

YES many times, because it is full of so much info, it will take a few listens to really absorb it all.

Any additional comments?

Incredible book helping me deal with some pretty deep rooted social anxiety issues. I now find social gathering and talking to people (friends, family, opposite sex and strangers) so much easier, more natural and more effective. This is about proper honest communication, not cheap tricks.

A fantastic book and for me, life changing.

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  • Open Ears
  • 10-26-16

Fantastic, helped me deal with social situations

What did you like most about How to Talk to Anyone?

It was realistic. I find a lot of books to be silly and not real life situations (or be horrendously out of date!!!) but this one was real, modern and applicable to life today.

Have you listened to any of Rachel Austin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Never, but her voice was good.

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

I just recognised myself in some of the scenarios and most importantly i tried out some of the advice immediately and saw very positive results. I got pretty emotional over this to be honest, as i have been dealing with shyness (and self-esteem) issues all my life. It feels amazing to be slowly getting better.

Any additional comments?

This book as recommended to me by a friend on a forum (and i have already read another Jennifer Alison book) and i can see why. Its great, proper real work advice, laid out in a neat and very easy to follow way.

Sometimes, in our darkest hour, it seems that we cannot overcome major issues such as social anxiety / shyness / self-esteem, but really we can. I am walking testament to that. Do not give up. You can get better. Day by day, you CAN get better.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Charlie
  • 04-28-17

Recommended

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I was recommended this book by a friend and i was slightly dubious at first but it proved to be incredibly helpful but also realistic. Very happy with my purchase

Any additional comments?

Good narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Coffee4Life
  • 10-28-16

This helped me a lot!

Where does How to Talk to Anyone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up with one of the best, definitely!

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

Moved me in the sense that it made me believe (and finally see the results) that I can get better in dealing with situations.

Any additional comments?

Social situations have ALWAYS been difficult for me. Some days are worse than others. Sometimes its just mild shyness and sometimes its quite crippling social anxiety. This helped me a lot. I picked up so much genuine advice, that really helped me. I am so much better already, especially when dealing with social situations at work.

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  • Simon
  • 06-02-17

Life changing

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Listened to this 5 times now which says a lot. A life changing book for me. It has helped me in numerous ways. The ability to get over my shyness and awkwardness with people and always know what to say has proven to be so so powerful.

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  • Barry
  • 10-07-17

EXCELLENT!

A very definite 5 stars out of 5 stars for this book. Helped me deal with shyness issues and just feeling awkward when talking to people, especially strangers. Small talk in particular was very very difficult for me, but is vastly improved now.

Very grateful for this book.

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  • ListenEveryday
  • 05-06-17

So good!

Any additional comments?

Personally i loved it and it helped me a lot with various social events and getting over my awkwardness with people. Really good and i am very grateful

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  • Sarah
  • 12-30-17

Couldn’t stand it

Couldn’t stand the lady reading this, every sentence when she breathed in it sounded like someone turned my vacuum cleaner on. Couldn’t stand it.... I also hate people who eat loudly so could just be me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-28-17

No, just no

the most annoying narration of a book, possibly ever. this audio book should be pulled from sale.

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  • Ben
  • 01-02-17

Wouldn't reccomend

Struggled to finish this one. The whole book is written with such a negative tone.. highlighting all of the negative things that effect people with poor conversational skills offering very little positive reinforcement or helpfull advice to counter.

Narration is very monotoned also.

I'm a very happy and confident person and this book left even me feeling bad. Wayyyyyy too much focus on the negative here.

0 of 13 people found this review helpful