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Jill Spiegel's How To Talk To Anyone About Anything! Paperback – October 1, 2008

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About the Author

As seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, in People magazine and more, Author, Entrepreneur and Award-winning Speaker Jill Spiegel has built a career on talking to anyone about anything! She inspires people around the world.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Goal Getters; First Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964332574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964332577
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steve Burns VINE VOICE on April 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this powerful little book, Jill Spiegel's energy and enthusiasm really could be felt while reading it. She does a great job showing her readers how to talk with people, meet new people, handle passive aggressive types, gossipers, and braggarts in a way that makes you both walk away feeling good. One of her magic formulas: compliment-feedback-compliment.
Example,for a gossiper:
"No I did not notice how tight Anne's dress was, but I did notice your beautiful new hair cut. I really like Anne's smile. Who did such a great job on your hair?"

Jill encourages us to think positive thoughts and send out positive mind messages to ourselves and others. It works! Negativity does not lead to anything positive.

What you will learn about:
Nine ways to start a conversation:
The simple introduction.
Say something positive.
Pay a compliment
Ask a question.
Refer to your surroundings
"You remind me of....."
Admit you are nervous.
Be creative and meaningful.
Joining a group in progress.
Rejection means a miracle is on its way.

Four ways to build a conversation.
Share information about yourself.
Keep a journal or a topic list.
Share and tell.
The magic answer to "What do you do"?

After you read this book your social intelligence will increase!
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Format: Paperback
Jill Spiegel's book, HOW TO TALK TO ANYONE ABOUT ANYTHING is a godsend to everyone from all walks of life, as it helps us learn how we can open conversations, keep them going, and make positive uplifting exits. I love all kinds of people, and care about how others are feeling, yet for most of my childhood and young adult life I have felt very shy about talking with people I don't know.

I love the way HOW TO TALK TO ANYONE ABOUT ANYTHING is such a slender volume, yet somehow manages to be jam-packed with memorable and useful information readers can put to use immediately. As I read each chapter with mounting excitement, I found myself wondering, "Why isn't any of this priceless information taught in our schools?" It became abundantly clear to me after trying just a few of Jill Spiegel's tips that my life is moving to a whole new level of fun, joy and abundance as I gain skill and confidence talking with everyone I meet.

I am especially impressed with the way HOW TO TALK TO ANYONE ABOUT ANYTHING encourages us to converse smoothly about topics we really love, sharing our enthusiasm with others. Jill Spiegel shows us how much more fun, exciting and interesting conversations can be when we share the aspects of life we genuinely enjoy the most.

I give this book my highest recommendation... this should be required reading for everyone, everywhere!
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I must first say that my friends and colleagues may classify me as cynical or even a curmudgeon. That being said, I was somewhat turned off by the yippity and constant positivism of the book's voice. While I was not overly impressed with the detail of the book, this is one of those books that really screams common sense at every corner, if only we stopped to think about our personal connections once in a while.

In a world of self fulfillment, instant access, and instant gratification this book could be very helpful for those who have difficulty conversing in real time instead of over AIM, text messages, and other such communication devices.

The content is presented simply, and is very easy to follow and understand. There are countless examples of people who attended Jill's seminar. It is a quick read and should provide a good starting point for people looking to improve their communication skills.

My only complaint (besides the eternal optimism which makes everything seem almost unrealistic) is the formatting of the book. There is tons of white space, a very large font, and no chapter headings. The book seems bloated since there is relatively little substance or great detail about each section and tip.

All in all, a decent introduction. This book could have used an extra hundred pages (at the least), more detailed examples, and better formatting. As with many "self help" books, it is simply common sense spoken in a way anyone can understand.

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This booklet was OK. It was well written and well organized. But the print was kind of large. The pages had a lot of white. And the page count was kind of low at 110. My gut reaction after finishing my reading was that there was some good content included, but the tome was little more than a mere outline of what could have been a good book. Take a look at the Search Inside feature Amazon provides for this booklet where you can see the Table of Contents (TOC). You'll be able to see that the point headings in the TOC rarely covered in more than 2 or 3 pages. In fact, you can skim the TOC for free and probably get most of what you need out of the book without even buying it.

We are told that this booklet is a write-up of a popular seminar the author has presented for a number of years. I assume this to be true, but if it is, then there should have been a ton of information gathered while presenting those seminars that could (and should) have been included to morph the outline into at least a 230 page book. Unfortunately we didn't get that ton of info in this booklet. One book that I thoroughly enjoyed that started as a seminar and later become a book is "Beyond Fundraising" (ISBN: 9780471707134). Why couldn't the instant booklet being reviewed have turned out as nice? Oh well. :(

I have opted to read and review the instant book being reviewed because I think it has something to add to a few other books that I believe are important when it comes to running a small business. The first of which I would like to mention is "Make Your Contacts Count" (ISBN: 9780814474020). It's a networking and self promotion book that I believe every consultant, coach, or similar professional should have, study, and adopt. But it is not a book on how to communicate.
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