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Award-Winning Finalist in the self-help category of the National Best Books 2008 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News --USA Book News

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TALK LIKE A WINNER! 21 SIMPLE RULES FOR ACHIEVING EVERYDAY COMMUNICATION SUCCESS is the one comprehensive guidebook that effectively helps people master their conversational skills. The author is Steve Nakamoto, iVillage.com's Mr. Answer Man relationship expert, who shows people how to build stronger personal and professional relationships one conversation at a time.

In this easy-to-understand book, you will learn how to handle the 21 most critical steps to accelerating your success with everyday communication. Using these powerful ideas in your daily routine will allow you to take charge of your own life in the following ways:

* Develop unshakable self-confidence
* Connect quickly & easily with others
* Keep your romantic connections alive
* Get other people to like & respect you
* Bring out the best in yourself & others
* Avoid costly & unnecessary arguments
* Build strong & healthy relationships that last a lifetime
* Enjoy the unlimited freedom of self-expression anytime & anywhere

Conversation is one of life's most essential basic skills, yet the vast majority of people have never been taught a simple way to master it...until now. With the help of this entertaining book, you too will soon be talking like a winner!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Java Books (April 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967089352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967089355
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My name is Steve Nakamoto, "The Friendly Voice of the Other Half" and featured expert on the DVD movie, Love Talk (Summer 2009).

I don't want to sound like I'm bragging or anything but here goes:

I am the author of the award-winning books MEN ARE LIKE FISH: What Every Woman Needs To Know About Catching A Man (Writer's Digest 2000 Nonfiction Book Awards), DATING ROCKS! The 21 Smartest Moves Women Make for Love (Writer's Digest 2006 Nonfiction Book Awards & USA Book News 2006 Best Books Award Finalist for Self-Help/Relationships category) and TALK LIKE A WINNER: 21 Simple Rules For Achieving Everyday Communication Success (USA Book News 2008 Best Books Award Finalist for Self-Help/General category).

My newest book is titled, WALL STREET CRAPS: How To Play Today's Hot & Cold Stock Market For Fast Money With Less Risk. In this book, I return to my original college major in finance and lifelong love for stock market trading.

Before becoming an author, I was a human relations/communication instructor for Dale Carnegie & Associates where I taught the principles of How To Win Friends and Influence People and Effective Public Speaking. I also had the honor of serving for 7 years as an NLP/personal development/Life Mastery seminar trainer for motivational expert Tony Robbins.

Over the years, I've appeared on over 230 radio and TV talk shows. And for nearly 6 years, I've served as the iVillage.com Mr. Answer Man dating & relationship expert where I've helped women around the world figure out the men in their love lives from an honest male perspective.

And while all of this may sound pretty impressive in print, I'm also just a regular guy trying to make a difference by sharing the truth as God has shown me. I hope that there will be a time and place where I can be of help to you in your quest for building stronger love relationships through better understanding and more effective communication.

Thank you.

With love and to your success!

Steve

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gary Dale Cearley on January 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Too shy to strike up a conversation? Can get one started but cannot keep it going? Or is it that you are often putting your foot in your mouth? You'd be surprised at how many of us out there need help in basic communication skills. Steve Nakamoto, the author of Talk Like a Winner: 21 Simple Rules for Achieving Everyday Communication Success, is considered and expert in this area. Steve has been interviewed on a plethora of media outlets: television, radio, newspapers, magazines... But until now Steve Nakamoto has been considered more of a dating expert. He was previously the author of the best sellers Men are like Fish and Dating Rocks which shot him initially to fame and led to his career as the "Ask Mr. Answer Man" on iVillage.com. Steve has helped a multitude of women with dating and now he aims to open up the field with his sage conversation advice.

Steve's book focuses on the 21 areas where people often find themselves weak when it comes to communicating with others. Personally when I looked at the table of contents I thought "Well, if there are any areas listed here where I am weak, it is because it is an area that I haven't cared to focus on." But in reading the book I started to see areas that I thought before I was adequate and found that maybe I did need a little more work. Examples? Adjusting to get the listener more involved and controlling the flow of the conversation better to keep it from turning unnecessarily negative. The book is full of advice that, when heeded, will act as fillers to wherever you might have gaps in your skills. And in the areas where you might not have gaps Steve's advice can act as a reminder.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charity J. Becker on June 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Thinking steers your vehicle in life" is one of the quotes in this book that stood out for me most. My own personal issues with speaking have a lot to do with my brain just simply shutting down when I must speak to someone I don't know well. On a professional level I do okay, but in social settings I'm never sure what to say or how to say what I'm thinking--then my brain shuts off and I just don't say anything at all. This one simple quote put it into perspective for me.

Think.

That's really what this book is about. Each of Mr. Nakamoto's tips gives you a new way of thinking about things. It changes your perception of events and people and helps you change the way you then react. It all results in vastly improved experiences when applied in everyday situations.

I recently attended a convention where I was promoting my new novel, Presence: Awakening, and I was simply terrified at the idea I'd be speaking one on one with complete strangers. I took Mr. Nakamoto's book with me for a bit of support, and I applied what I'd learned from it. I'm happy to say that I walked away from all those discussions feeling confident and like I came across as comfortable and approachable.

A lot of his tips are common sense, and I knew them on a subconscious level, but seeing them in print and seeing them explained with examples help me put them into perspective and to compare them to my own life experiences.

Great job, Mr. Nakamoto! This is a very helpful book for those who struggle with everyday communication!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Colin Carr on September 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
Talk Like a Winner is a friendly book that suggests that friendliness is always a good beginning, while you assess the expectations, interest and needs of others. It's an informal book with Steve's personal embarrassing stories for the what NOT-to-do. It includes considerations, followed by simple exercises to do on your own to build and polish your skills. There is kindness in his presentation as well as his intention.

Steve encourages you to talk to everyone for practice. I have no doubt it will make the world feel less scary. It's the Golden Rule elaborated in 21 ways.

"Except for the more serious circumstances, a warm and enthusiastic smile creates the best starting point for a mutually enjoyable conversation."(p.58)

Each chapter has a formula: Definitions and story, elaboration of main point, specifics of main point, how to look at own pattern, and ways to practice changing your old patterns whenever there's anyone to talk with.

David Carr, editor and writer, workshop leader, [...]
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Analysis on September 30, 2011
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I bought this book in order to learn strategies for more effective communication with others.

The book is poorly written and full of platitudes and poor examples. The author really needs to take a class in writing before putting out any more books. Every chapter is written based on a template, so each one starts referencing something in real life (the first chapter talks about luxury cars and how they have navigation systems), takes a couple of paragraphs, and then the last paragraph will say something like, "regardless of whether you drive a luxury car or want to be successful, you need a navigation system!" In another chapter it's, "regardless of whether you are in the NFL or want to achieve more, you can do it." First of all these stories have nothing to do with anything and are just space fillers. Next, I don't need to know that a car has a navigation system to know that I need a plan for my life. If this is what he wanted to say, he could have said it in 1 sentence, why take up several paragraphs? Besides this, if you've read one chapter you've read the introduction for every chapter so you're just wasting time. Some of the introductions are so contrived that you can tell he tried to fit some topic into his template.

Next, in terms of the actual advice, it's quite lousy. At one point he says that "you just have to go out and talk to more people." I don't think I needed a book to tell me this, what I was hoping for are STRATEGIES for talking to others, maybe something about content, or how to approach someone. Here and there he tells stories which I hoped would illustrate the point but the stories are so bad that it is not any better than the text. Eg, there is a story where he criticized his brother and the moral is not to criticize others.
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