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Small Talk, Big Results: Chit Chat Your Way to Success! Paperback – October 30, 2010
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It is a learned skill that can be greatly improved with practice. And, like many skills, the better you get at it, the more fun it is and the more fun it is, the better you get at it. Got that?
It is my hope that by reading and re-reading this short book from time to time that you will increase your ability to chit chat your way to success!
I have tried to write a book that is interesting, practical and concise. I didn't want to write one of those books that have a lot of "fluff" just to make the book seem more "important." I'm pretty sure most people could read the whole book in an hour, but will want to review it from time to time, or target in on specific skills.
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyone who thinks the opening line of Small Talk, Big Results! describes them, raise your hand. You can't see it but I'm sitting here waving my hand in the air! In theory, I knew about networking. I had the business cards, the firm handshake, and the sparkling smile. I just didn't know how to get people to talk about more than where the bathroom was or how nice the weather had been. So Small Talk, Big Results! is the book I'd been waiting for all my life.
Two words say it all: small talk. This book not only tells you why small talk is important but it gives you some concrete lessons: what to say, how to say it, some examples of what NOT to say directly from conversations Windingland eavesdropped on, how to get yourself out of trouble when you say something stupid. Introductions, memory tricks, business cards, body language, international rules--it's all there.
This book is divided into short chapters each focusing on a necessary skill. Windingland has filled the book with funny, personal stories and easy tricks that make this a quick read that you actually remember after you've closed the book. She takes a big idea like "make a personal connection" and breaks it down into practical steps. She also brings up things you may never have thought about before such as body language. I'm giving this book to my college aged daughter and think everyone high school aged and older should read it.
I read the book within 24 hours and then the next time I was out in public, I started doing the easy steps that Diane lays out in her book. Wow! I found #1 that I was not nervous, #2 I had great energy because I felt I knew what to do, and #3 because of that it seemed liked people wanted to talk to me. I did not really have to sit lonely and not know what to do. It was a 180 turn on how I felt and what I accomplished compared to some past offline networking experiences.
Most of the advice, however, was mundane, incorrect, or outright painful. For example, "So what's the big secret to getting other people's business cards? ASK!" Gee, thanks. I think even the most introverted among us can get that far. And, sorry pop-psychology fans, but folding one's arms is not inherently a sign of defensiveness or indifference. Some people just like to fold their arms. Finally, her advice to use the "name game" at networking events is just shy of outlandish. Can one imagine walking into a business mixer, grabbing 10-20 random people, and sitting them down so that you can play the name game to memorize their names? Good luck with that.
The book's quick read is the main saving grace. One should be able to remember a few quick tips before a networking event by browsing the book without trying too hard. The book may work well in conjunction with Windingland's speaking events. It seems trite and a bit shallow as a standalone effort. I had high hopes, but it left me wanting much more.
I've always had a serious issue speaking with others, let alone having small talk. It's strange because I come from a family of social butterflies; my mom is a waitress, dad is a tour guide and brother is a salesman. I guess I'm quite the oddball of the family in regards to socializing (I'm a programmer). Aside from my pool of friends and family, it was always difficult for me to talk to others because I've always been naturally shy and timid.
However, the book teaches you some tips to be comfortable when speaking with others. At 70 pages you can finish it in one afternoon. I highly recommend this book if you need some pointers. If you implement some of the tips presented from the book you will see immediate results. My only criticism is that though the book is excellent at providing strategies, it doesn't necessarily pinpoint the issue. Of course that is up to the individual to discover and ultimately solve. But most of the tips felt like short-term strategies rather than long-term solutions. Don't expect to become a motivational speaker overnight. On the flip side, becoming a better speaker and talker is a life-long practice. The book certainly lays out the foundations to walk that path if you chose to. With practice I've seen myself engaging better with others and avoiding that dreaded awkward silence.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really delightful book on small talk. Very well written and informative. Very positive and uplifting. 5 starsPublished 15 months ago by 265XUE
I found this book to be useful and the brevity of the book was appropriate to the topic. This was a good, easy read.Published 17 months ago by sbalentine
Very thin booklet. Clearly written but no ground breaking ideas. If you want to get started it will work. It you want some more ideas - look elsewhere.Published on May 9, 2014 by Mila D
Very basic generic information; I got a few nuggets out of it, but overall it wasn't worth the time. At least it was a brief book.Published on May 5, 2014 by margiemic
ment! Most especially offended by the "regard story" a writer should be able to cite many examples to make a point- should have thought more out of the box and... Read more
This book is very easy to read and describes in a practical manner how to do smalltalk.
It is a small book which introduces a couple of concepts and explains these concepts... Read more
Loved this quick read! Windingland really well! Made a difficult subject fun and easy! Written with humor made for an easy and quick readPublished on January 22, 2014 by Bec
This book was easy to understand and thoughtfully well written to help those who need help small talking. Buy it!Published on August 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
While I did enjoy some major points the book had, some information was unnecessary. The book is useful to glance over from time to time.Published on August 2, 2013 by daniel