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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399530665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399530661
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to the 2000 census, there are 82 million single adults in the United States. Why, then, do so many have such a difficult time finding a partner? The problem, Wygant contends, is that too many people are "Passive Waiters," who lazily wait for love to arrive while, everyday, opportunities are passing them by. A dating coach billed as the "Dr. Phil for the single set," Wygant offers a sensible book that deconstructs the "myths" that contribute to this mentality (i.e., that everyone is "entitled" to love; that "love is fate"; that "men are supposed to make the first move"; etc.) and gives singles advice on how to achieve a new sense of self and improve their perspective on dating. He walks readers through a mental and physical makeover, complete with checklists that include tips on personal hygiene and overcoming dating anxiety. Then he discusses all types of dating scenarios, from blind dating to Internet dating. He even suggests out-of-the-ordinary places to meet people (gas stations, political campaign rallies, etc.) and guides readers over various hurdles (i.e., how to approach a potential date and how and when to make the first phone call). "Meeting new people to date is easy and fun, and can open up your entire world if you treat it as a journey rather than a chore," Wygant writes. This accessible book, with its practical advice and breezing writing, will help readers take the first step on that journey.
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About the Author

David Wygant's clientele ranges from everyday people to celebrities, actors, and millionaires. He is a ubiquitous radio personality, and has appeared on Dateline, MTV's Made and Sex2k, CBS Good Morning, UPN News, ABC News, Inside Edition, and Blind Date. He has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Journal, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, and New York. He also lectures at seminars such as The Singles Boot Camp and has recorded a CD series entitled The Pickup Game.

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It is a great, informative, and easy read.
Cristian Bosch
It really was good at driving that point home, and also in getting one in the mindset to take risks and meet people.
Glenn Yates
The book gives fairly detailed steps to take in Internet dating and, to a lesser extent, blind dating.
A. Reader

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By kthdimension on April 3, 2005
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Wygant paints a promising picture for those navigating the landscape that is singledom and toward that end, he proferrs three fundamentals for overhauling your dating life: Preparation, When & Where to Meet People, and Making Contact. Wygant has little confidence in the possibility of meeting potential love interests in bars and clubs and instead advocates trying to meet people during your daily routine. The section on "Making Contact" is, really, the crux of the book and probably the most revealing and helpful among the three fundamentals. Wygant presents the material well and liberally adds anecdotes to emphasize or illustrate points. Although some (most?) of what Wygant presents is common sense (he indicates as much in a few parts of the book), his advice is worth heeding and -- I suspect -- will yield success not only in singledom but also in other areas of your life.
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful By David Wygant on July 25, 2005
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Normally, I would not dignify the so-called reviews of my book by BcWendel or Dave Badger by posting a response. However, when one spends two years of his life writing a book that two people wrote about, but obviously didn't read I have no choice but to set the record straight. Starting with Mr. Bc Wendell who says that my tips for a physical makeover sucked and were lame. The tips on the physical makeover section of the book are not meant to make everyone look the same. They are however a common sense guide to what is and what is not in style at the moment. I wonder exactly which style and hygiene tips Mr. Wendal takes issue with. Was it that we encourage people to clean their nails, remove long strands of hair from their ears and nose, discourage flashy diamonds and gaudy gold jewelry, or was it our disparaging remarks about the mullet.

Moving on-Mr. Wendel states that the parts about meeting people are "dumb." First, Mr. Wendel states that he has never known anyone to have gone on a blind date. According to New York Magazine over 43% of the people they've polled have been on blind dates as a single person. That's almost 1 in 2 people Mr. Wendel. As for online dating being a "horrible scam." Over 10 million single people a year use the internet now to meet new people to date. Personally, I know many couples who have met and married through internet dating sites. Internet dating is not a scam and is a healthy modern way for busy adults to meet other adults.

As for the dialogue for meeting people on the streets seeming fake-again, I wonder what Mr. Wendel takes issue with. Is it a mature adult man being able to walk up to a mature woman and say, "Hello. My name is BC Wendel. I saw you, thought you looked interesting and wanted to introduce myself?
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By KJ on March 1, 2005
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I am New York City-kinda girl living in New York City...it's virtually impossible to not meet someone in this city. There are kinds of places for all the kinds of people you want to meet. Clubs, bars, restaurants, museums, parks, subways, standing in one of the inevitable lines, street-corners(and, no, I am not alluding to the "professional" variety. But if that's your thing...). And up until a few years ago, I was doing all right. First, second and third dates were more then norm than the exception. Then came the end of school, working full time and studying for the bar exam. I got myself into a routine of leaving for work before the mad rush, leaving for home after the mad rush, eating lunch at my desk and eating dinner in bed before I went to sleep. I walked to and fro with my mind, eyes and ears buried in my iPod.

Then I happened upon ALWAYS TALK TO STRANGERS. For me, (I like to think) it wasn't so much a source of new tools, new avenues for meeting people. It was a reminder. A reminder to be proactive: walk to and fro with your head up, ears open and look at people. Smile at those who look back. Talk to the man who's in the same section of the books store, even if you have to ask him a question you already know the answer to. And being in New York, it's always easy to strike up conversation anywhere. For example, my last date was the result of "Someone forgot to take her medication this morning": my comment to an attractive man on the street corner about someone who was talking to "one of the friends" in her head.

My lesson from this book: Anytime, anywhere, anyplace...just speak up! It isn't about about finding your soul mate, it isn't about finding the love of your life. It's about the possibility of finding those things, and possibilities increase with each and every chance you take on the stranger standing next to you.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By JB on March 1, 2005
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As a single woman in NYC, I find it becoming increasingly difficult to meet someone new in this city's "perpetual meat market". This is a town where many singles are in too much of a rush to get to the next place in their lives, or too wrapped up in the autonomous lifestyle of this great city to stop and take the time to meet new people. A girlfriend of mine had read about this book in the paper, and after we'd both tried "Hes Just Not That Into You" and felt let down by its blanket credo--we figured it was worth a shot.

I must say that ALWAYS TALK TO STRANGERS delivers on exactly what it promises. The book is filled with real life situations and anecodotes, plenty of honest advice, and useful tools such as checklists. It's a quick, easy and enjoyable read, and I was able to finish in a little over a day. Needless to say, I decided to "test" it out this morning...I went to my usual Starbucks by my office for my morning coffee and smiled at a cute guy on line behind me. The smile turned into a conversation, and the conversation turned into meeting for drinks later this week. It turns out that he works in my office building and has wanted to speak to me before, but didn't know how to break the ice...so I did it for him and it worked.

David Wygant and Bryan Swerling's book is a MUST read for any single person who feels lost in the world of so many people who seem so hard to meet. I'd recommend this book to every single one of my single friends. It's far different than anything else I have ever read.
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