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Small Talk, Big Results: Chit Chat Your Way to Success! Paperback – October 30, 2010
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From the Author
Small talk isn't rocket science!
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.
About the Author
Diane Windingland, founder of Small Talk, Big Results!, speaks for organizations that want to help their people have better conversations and ones that matter most. www.smalltalkbigresults.com
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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.
There's a strong focus on networking, not small talk in the narrow sense (in my view). But that actually makes it very valuable to me: I've had my share of networking events where I came away with not really much. I'll have another such event later this week. I do think I'm much better prepared for it now.
PS: be aware that some tips may not be useful for other cultures. Eye contact (not staring, just looking someone in the eye) may be considered rude in some, for example.
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.
It is a small book which introduces a couple of concepts and explains these concepts with examples.
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