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How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships Paperback – October 10, 2003
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"The lost art of verbal communication may be revitalized by Leil Lowndes."
Leil Lowndes' How to Talk to Anyone offers 101 time-tested hints, tips, and techniques for confidently communicating with others. A bestselling author and renowned communications consultant, Lowndes focuses on ice-breaking skills and communication techniques that are proven successful when making a positive first impression, establishing instant rapport and credibility, and more. Packeed with basic, no-nonsense advice and solid research evidence about which techniques work best in which areas, How to Talk to Anyone show readers how to:
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"You'll not only break the ice, you'll melt it away with your new skills."
"The ultimate guide to the thinking person . . . an invaluable tool for conversations."
--Sally Jesse Raphael
Become a master communicator and succeed in life, love, and business
Have you ever admired those successful people who seem to have it all? You see them chatting confidently at parties and being listened to in business meetings. They're the ones with the best jobs, nicest parties, and most interesting friends.
But wait a minute. They're not necessarily smarter than you or even better looking. What it comes down to is their more skillful way of communicating with other people. Now How to Talk to Anyone reveals the secrets of successful communication. With Leil Lowndes's ninety-two easy and effective techniques, you will discover how to become a master communicator in life, love, and business.
Combining the latest research with Leil's trademark wit and warm-hearted observations of human foibles, How to Talk to Anyone shows you how to:
- Make an unforgettable entrance and meet the people you want to meet
- Sound like an insider in any crowd, no matter how little you have in common
- Use body language to captivate audiences of all sizes
- Work a party the way a politician works a room
- Always come across confident, credible, and charismatic wherever you are
How to Talk to Anyone, which is an update of her popular book, Talking the Winner's Way (see the 5-star reviews of the latter) is based on solid research about techniques that work!
Top Customer Reviews
When you're in the business/professional world, social skills sign your checks, so this is an essential read for career-oriented people who are a little shy or are rusty at communicating. Not knowing how to make diplomatic small talk in this world is like showing up to work everyday wearing a HITLER WAS FRAMED t-shirt. The people who have natural social skills don't appreciate the fact that good social skills are taught. They're taught by parents, they're taught by friends, and some people just have to teach themselves. This book is pretty damn good for those people.
This book helped me so much in understanding how to hold a conversation with people. Leil Lowndes is a great writer and she really udnerstands what it takes to become more confident in your conversation and in yourself as a person.
Could you use this to be phony and superficial? Yup, but that's up to your personality and what you wish to take from this book. I decided to use this to be able to understand how to hold conversations with people and know how to create relationships. I used this one technique called the flooding smile and that as well as a few other techniques from this book and I'm now dating this beautiful girl and have a few new friends who are positive and make me feel good about myself. I bought this and the other books by Leil Lowndes. I'd definitely consider this book as one of my Meccas as well as a few other books.
The five top tricks that I want to remember are: look at someone for a moment before breaking into a smile (to make them feel that the smile is a response to them in particular, rather than something that's always pasted on your face); hang by your teeth posture (it seems like a good way to remember what good posture is supposed to look like); match the energy level of your conversation partner; when asked where you're from or what you do, give some story to make it interesting rather than merely giving a naked city or job; regularly scramble your life (do something you'd never dream of doing, to get a broad base of experiences that will give you something in common with a larger number of people).
For instance, the publisher's blurb on this site brags that the book shows you "7 ways to establish deep subliminal rapport with anyone". What they don't specify is that the author only shows you tricks to SIMULATE rapport with that person. This book is mostly about creating a complex, flexible illusion.
Although the author had many useful tips (I made myself a list of the 19 excellent tips I want to remember and incorporate into my own life) and her writing was very entertaining, I found myself thinking - "I'm glad she's not my friend. She may be a cool cat and a charmer, but she's also plastic."
So I'm giving the book a mixed review. Be aware of why you are buying it. If you want tips on how to network (a necessity for many people to succeed in their field), this book is probably nothing short of brilliant. She's keenly observant and gifted with the ability to analyze behavior and articulate it in an easy to understand manner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great read. It has helped me especially being an introvert. It's helped me pray pretend when I need to do for social interaction especially if your just not social and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by norma d. aguon
Just started reading this book and so far I have learn and used a few of this techniques and they work. its amaizingPublished 4 days ago by Enrique@Amazon
I take care of wealthy patients in the home healthcare field. I have gone to weddings, flown in a private jet, attended countless dinner and cocktail parties with my patient's and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by David
Listening to audiobook and SUFFERING through every single syllable. Sophomoric. Author says she's from Soho in NYC and Washington, DC, but the writing is unsophisticated, and some... Read morePublished 14 days ago by MamboChick
I haven't even finished this gem yet and I had to write a 5-star review. I'm not comfortable in large groups of people that I don't know, and thanks to this book I will never... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kay Weiss
Not enough instruction and too quick for my six year old. She couldn't keep up.Published 16 days ago by Chrissy Beamer
It came one month too early so it crashed my schedule of reading my other bookPublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer