- Spiral-bound: 86 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Guide Pub; 1 edition (February 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967751705
- ISBN-13: 978-0967751702
- Package Dimensions: 5.8 x 3.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pocket Guide to Making Successful Small Talk : How to Talk to Anyone Anytime Anywhere About Anything 1st Edition
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About the Author
Bernardo J. Carducci, Ph.D. (Kansas State University, 1981) is professor of psychology, full-time classroom teacher, and Director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast; a fellow of the American Psychological Association; a member of "Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology"; and a consultant with Social Performance Enhancement Services, which serves to help individuals plan strategies to increase their interpersonal effectiveness and reach their personal and professional goals.
In addition to The Pocket Guide to Making Successful Small Talk: How to Talk to Anyone Anytime Anywhere About Anything (1999, Pocket Guide Publishing), Bernie is the author of The Psychology of Personality: Viewpoints, Research, and Applications (1998, Brooks/Cole), a college-level textbook, and Shyness: A Bold New Approach (1999, HarperCollins), a popular-press book offering strategies for controlling shyness in adults and children. He has made multiple! appearances on Good Morning America and has been interviewed on radio all over the world. His writings and advice have been featured in such diverse sources as U.S. News and World Report, Psychology Today, USA Weekend Magazine, Glamour, Jet, Vogue, the New York Times, and The London Times, as well as others.
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Keep this in mind: this booklet(and it is small,about 77 half pages)zeros in on small talk, not the details of indepth conversation, developing friendship, or overcoming shyness. Carducci provides sample conversations to show how not to do it, and then offers the positive alternative approach.The author outlines key concepts and so that you can get a handle on them.
He could emphasize body language more than he does, yet he does touch on it. So if you are wanting to improve your small talking skills, this is a quick summary of how to do just that.
All three of these books cover the exact same topics, such as listening (instead of waiting for your turn to speak) and asking questions that promote conversation, along with various other skills meant to improve your conversational ability. Of the three books, Carducci's book is the shortest and most poorly organized, and the language used is rather awkward and difficult to read. The book also contains a surprisingly large number of minor grammatical and punctuation errors. It is also the most limited in scope, focusing exclusively on small talk, but without offering more information on this subject that Gabor's and Garner's books. This is a problem, since anybody looking to improve their ability to make "small talk" is probably really looking to improve their conversation skills, and good conversation includes more than just "small talk".
I read Carducci's book last, and I would have given it a more favorable review if I had not read Gabor's and Garner's books first. If you only buy one book on conversation skills, I would suggest Gabor's "How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends." If possible, buy both Gabor's and Garner's books, I feel that reading both together really helped improve my conversation skills! Garner's book is a bit more in-depth, while Gabor's is better organized and somewhat easier to read. I suggest avoiding this book entirely, since the other two books are both much more valuable, as well as slightly less expensive.
The content was "ok" but not practical for the introverts that struggle to begin a conversation. If you want to spend this amount on a communication book and learn important details in communicating, I suggest ordering Conversationally Speaking that lists how others perceive you as you converse and how to read others' "signals" during a conversation. Another suggestion is How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less that also gave better advise on conversations than this pocket guide.