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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.
Top customer reviews
But seriously, this book was so good that my dad took it from me when he saw on laying on my floor and read it twice. Helped him a lot too because he said he did a lot of the things that the book talked about as being negative behaviors towards others. It was incredibly positive, almost to a fault, but it was a good book to read if you have issues with judgement or negativity or just want to learn how to be a better conversationalist.
I also didn't realize that there was only 109 pages (kindle) with lots of white space and large text. I believe that the author could have elongated the points that she makes.
Most of the ideas and suggestions that the author shares and speaks about were rather common sense, in my mind.
I have a friend that this book might be good for because she has a very difficult time speaking with and meeting new people. Yet i couldn't in good conscious let her spend money on this book. Because, I'm left wanting my $9.99 back.
Will re- read to help me on my way in life,
What to say & what not to say, I find it hard in groups of people. If I feel uncomfortable I flee.
I am an older person, not younger
Spiegel's approach is straightforward but systematized, detailed but not laden with jargon. You can read this book in one evening, or take it slowly, tackling one or two steps at a time. Each tip is fleshed out with examples from the author's own life or the stories her students have told her. This shows not only how the steps work, but how to adapt them to your specific situation.
The book reads like a transcript of Spiegel's seminar of the same title. It's very short, with a breezy tone that has a rhythm like somebody's carefully crafted speaking voice. This impression is supported by cheerful ovations like "I am so impressed with you!" or "Look at you go!" This gives the feeling like the author is in the room, urging you to the next step.
I did have two problems with this book. The first was that it was so short. I realize that being concise is desirable for how-to books like this. And if it really is her seminar script, it probably rings nicely when spoken aloud. But especially in the later chapters, which run short, I feel the urge to raise my hand and ask questions to amplify a few of her points.
My other quibble is her overuse of exclamation marks! Every chapter title has them! They're sprinkled on every page! It makes her seem frenzied! Or maybe a little giddy! It leaves me psychically exhausted! Alternating such excitement with a more subdued tone might make the excitement seem more genuine, and allow readers to meter their own energy.
But measured against the tone and content of the book, these complaints are minor. This book has many tips I plan to put to use in my own life. I bet a Jill Spiegel seminar is plenty of fun, because she appears energetic, knowledgeable, and witty in this book. If you're as awkward as me, give this book a try; maybe you and I can have a conversation later.