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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Canon Publishers; 1 edition (May 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988969602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988969605
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Fine, who has written titles for adults, now turns to teens with advice on conversation and social skills to help with friendship, jobs, and social events. Short chapters use pithy titles to describe various topics ("Entering the Chatroom" discusses icebreakers, while "Sending Instant Messages" deals with body language) and, in a nod to Facebook, end with a "poke," or a brief sum-up. Unfortunately, these metaphors feel a bit forced and may date quickly. The book is divided into three sections: "Conquering the Conversational Basics," "Dealing with Difficult Interactions," and "Managing the Digital World." The first section is the most successful and contains some helpful suggestions for starting a conversation that both adults and teens should find beneficial, while the latter two have some fairly predictable advice without real insight. Overall, the author's style is accessible to teens. However, despite its eye-catching, bright yellow color, the cover is cluttered with writing and lacks illustrations, meaning most teens will probably give this title a pass. A useful book, but one that may have limited appeal to its intended audience.—Michelle Anderson, Tauranga City Libraries, New Zealand

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Fine aims to help teenagers navigate their social and professional lives through effective communication. Suggesting that early relationships inform later ones, she encourages readers to move beyond their comfort zones to better understand themselves and others. Included are anecdotes about individuals facing various dilemmas (one student “comes across as disengaged in class” because she is shy and avoids eye contact with her teacher), as well as tips for making conversation, saying “no” to peer pressure, and balancing online and in-person relationships. Fine is keenly aware of the role technology plays in teenage relationships, while recognizing that building meaningful connections still requires work. Ages 13–up. (May) 

(Publishers Weekly)

Grades 7-11 This how-to-communicate guidebook offers young readers active tips for putting forward their best selves clearly and accessibly in all manner of social situations. From basics such as breaking the ice, keeping a conversation humming, and speaking with adults to more advanced topics making romantic connections, handling confrontation, dealing with cyber bullying, and integrating digital and in-person interactions, this slim volume offers a wealth of information. Fine cleverly draws comparisons between digital spheres and in-person interactions, and she helpfully offers suggestions for moving from virtual conversations to IRL (in real life) with a special exhortation to be careful when meeting online friends in person for the first time. While the advice for teens is handy, this may find a wider readership among adults who want to impart good advice to teens or better understand electronic communication. Though the block like paragraphs and sparse illustrations are less likely to appeal to the social media savvy, the advice calling for direct, honest, respectful, and confident in-person conversations is certainly valuable.
(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

(Booklist)

More About the Author

Bestselling author, keynote speaker and communication expert Debra Fine began her career as an engineer, an occupation that allowed her to maintain her natural shyness and avoid situations that required social and personal interactions. Fine is the author of the bestselling book The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills--and Leave a Positive Impression (Hyperion), and the second in the Fine Art series, The Fine Art of the Big Talk How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work (Hyperion), both translated and published in 20+ countries around the world. Her newest title, Beyond Texting: The Fine Art of Face-To-Face Communication for Teenagers is to be published May 2014. Fine is a 15+ year member of the National Speakers Association presenting her programs to hundreds of audiences around the world that include Cisco Systems, Google, University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, Texas Association of School Boards, Credit Suisse First Boston, Spectra Energy, General Electric, COMERICA Banks, Alaska Forum on the Environment, Johns Manville, and NYU Stern Graduate School of Business. Her recent media appearances include The Today Show, "The Early Show," "NPR Morning Edition," "Fox Business News" and CNN. Fine is a regular contributor to Huffington Post as well as Blogher.com. Learn more about Fine at www.DebraFine.com

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What a great resource for parents and teens.
Jonathan Tilliss
I will be so very helpful to teenagers (and parents) in relating to them why face to face communication is so important.
Kathrine Erber
The Fine Art of (Small) Talk is still a book that everyone gets a lot out of.
Stephen M Werner

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JONEEN MACKENZIE on May 19, 2014
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I work with teenagers,educators, parents, and youth serving personnel and many tell me that although they have hundreds of friends on social media, they feel alone and isolated. That is because they do not have the skills to really connect. What I find in my work is that teens will connect with activities, parallel play, risk taking such as drinking and drugging so they can feel connected to something. Gangs form because young people do not feel connected and the gang life makes them feel like they are part of something. This book will impart the skills necessary to help teenagers connect with their words, with their hearts and with their young lives. Learning the Fine art of Face to Face Communication will be a protective factor for adolescents. Anyone who works with adolescents must get this book! Thank you Debra Fine for writing this!

Joneen Mackenzie RN, BSN, CPS II
President, Center for Relationship Education
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arlene Buchanan on June 16, 2014
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My autistic (Aspergers) grandson (age 17) requested a book on communications so I selected Beyond Texting. At first he didn't want to read it because he thought it was about texting. I skimmed through the book and tagged the pages that might apply to his situations. Once he started reading it, he became quite interested in the tips. Applying these tips will still be difficult for those with Aspergers, but at least it's a start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. Kelly on May 19, 2014
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Texting is a way of life for most of us, including our teenagers. While the immediacy and connectivity of texting is great, it is causing some of our kids to focus on their phones instead of on each other.

Just walk around any high school or college campus. People have headphones on, Bluetooths in, and thumbs working hard, but there is little actual conversation.

This book bridges the gap between where our children are and where they need to be for happy, successful relationships both at home and at work.

Highly recommended for anyone with teenagers, working with teenagers, or the parents of teenagers.

A PERFECT graduation gift!

Another great book by Debra Fine!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Jackson on May 19, 2014
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This is the perfect graduation gift for teenagers. Its what I'm buying for the several that we'll be buying for. Debra Fine is the go-to person in the world of networking, communication, relationship building and the power and effectiveness of pressing the flesh. Its <most> logical that she has now written this guide on the importance of human interactive, face-to-face meeting skills.
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So at first my mom bought me this book and I had said to myself, "this is beyond tacky, there is no way I am going to read this." But after reading it, and now looking back, I must say that I certainly learned quite a bit about communicating with others; most specifically reading an individuals body language. I had no idea prior to this book how many small details actually go into "understanding" communication. Also, the author does a fabulous job of making this information extremely easy to grasp and very relatable, which I found very eye opening because I could actually relate to what was being discussed in the book. In addition, before reading this book I was pretty hooked on technology, and I still am, but I have gotten a lot better with not being so attached because this book thoroughly understands our (a teenagers) point of view and I really appreciated that. Lastly, I must say that after reading this book, I saw a huge change in my confidence for all of the right reasons and now I am happy to say I have a boyfriend!
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By David on August 14, 2014
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My mom bought this for me and I avoided reading it for the longest time. I'm glad I finally read it though. It has a lot of tips about how to fit in and it talks about body language and things that you just don't think about, but turn out are really important. After reading this and trying to actually use some of the ideas from it I've come out of my shell a lot, and I even got with this girl I've been crushing on for a long time.
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By Danny George on August 17, 2014
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My mom got me this book and I am not much of a reader but we have to read 3 books a quarter for my English class. This was the best book I read, it taught me so much and I owe my girlfriend of 2 months to this book. I love her a lot and I'm really happy I have a girlfriend. I told my mom I'd write a comment because it actually really helped me and I think it could help others people too!
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This is a fantastic read for both parents and their teenage children. In such an evolving and shifting communication landscape, a book like this helps bring the focus back to the most effective methods. Beyond Texting provides great examples for employing digital dialogue in everyday face-to-face interactions. I highly recommend this quick, but powerful read.
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