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What Do You Say When . . .: Talking to People with Confidence on Any Social or Business Occasion Kindle Edition

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In her latest, lifestyle author Isaacs (When the Man you Love is Ill, Change Your Mind, Change Your Body) shares her personally-developed techniques for breaking the ice and keeping things moving, along with anecdotes and insight into the psychology, sociology and art of the conversation. Her ten rules include finding common ground, listening, complimenting, responding to body language and exiting gracefully; none are groundbreaking, but are examined carefully, with encouragement and sympathy. Introduction chapters alone should get readers ready to stretch their comfort zones and meet new people, and subsequent chapters on a thorough list of situations-parties, dates, weddings, conventions, business meetings and more-make specific, easy-to-reference recommendations. Final chapters provide brief consideration of tricky topics (illness, divorce, losing a job) and how to teach her techniques to children and teens. For even committed introverts, this sturdy primer should instill confidence and a positive attitude toward speaking in public.
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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School—This small book lays out a strategy for successful networking and socializing through a series of simple tips related to a wide array of common business and social situations. The author offers up hundreds of conversation starters designed to elicit thoughtful responses from acquaintances, colleagues, and even complete strangers. Her underlying technique is to ask open-ended questions and to encourage others to talk about themselves. While this book will prove most useful to individuals seeking to overcome introverted tendencies, even expert conversationalists will find useful suggestions for dealing with difficult situations. Written in a simple and engaging style, this practical guide is filled with real-world scenarios depicting job interviews, family gatherings, dating, and funerals. Teens will enjoy role-playing the sample conversations and will develop skills to help them assess a variety of interactions.—Heidi Dolamore, San Mateo County Library, CA
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Product Details

  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307405281
  • Publisher: Potter Style (May 5, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028MBKTS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. B HOGAN on August 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I, too, have been tongue-tied many times at parties and business events. In fact, I've often worried so much about what I'm going to say I've forgotten to listen! I saw the author, Florence Isaacs, on a morning talk show and raced out to buy her book. While I can't say it's changed my life, it HAS changed my social life. The author gives practical tips that are truly helpful in getting over any initial conversational hump. I feel like I'm now armed with tools to get conversations started and keep them rolling (without rolling into a ditch!).The tips aren't silly, either. They are practical and real. And really work. Whew! Wanna talk? Bring it on!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on September 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"What Do You Say When..." is an extremely useful book. I used a few of the conversation strategies recently when I had to attend a wake. Rather than feeling tongue-tied, I knew what to say. It's a wonderful idea for a book and the author has pulled it off really well.
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By GrannyG on February 4, 2014
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Not everything in this book is applicable to all people. But there is something for everyone! Whether you need to learn to speak up or you need to learn to give others a chance to speak, this book will be quite helpful. It is an enjoyable read with many entertaining stories as examples.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat O. on November 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is such a useful book. It can help at networking and other business events, which can be so important in this economy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anayansi on September 11, 2014
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