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How to Work a Room, 25th Anniversary Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections--In Person and Online Paperback – December 31, 2013
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“I read this book 25 years ago and it helped me tremendously. The updated version makes it more relevant and useful than ever . . . I can’t imagine trying to navigate successfully in the business world today without this amazing tool. ” (Larry Winget, television personality and five-time bestselling author of Grow A Pair: How To Stop Being A Victim and Take Back Your Life, Your Business and Your Sanity)
“Walking into a roomful of strangers? Pleasant? Productive? Profitable? Fun? From tradeshow suites to virtual ‘rooms,’ RoAne promises a lot--and delivers even more! There’s no more critical skill in today’s marketplace than becoming the connected communicator. Highly recommended.” (Dianna Booher, author of Creating Personal Presence and Communicate With Confidence)
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The classic bestseller on socializing—now fully updated for social interactions in a digital age
How to Work a Room® is the classic bestselling book on improving communication and socializing skills, and using them to create and leverage connections. This Silver Anniversary Edition is fully revised and updated to include the role of technology and social media in networking, as well as Susan RoAne's proven tips for using digital strategies to your advantage—plus practical hints for starting conversations and strengthening rapport with strangers. How to Work a Room®: The 25th Anniversary Edition is a vital tool for business professionals, job seekers and career changers of all ages.
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But this is not some boring textbook which can substitute for a soothing lullaby. Not at all. This book is packed with both fun and interesting stories. Most of them came directly from Susan’s rich array of experiences. That makes the book far from the dreadful image of a textbook.
First some areas where it may have fell short for some users. As a representative of a (relatively) young generation I found her explanations of different social platforms boring. I skimmed through these and went straight to more “meaty” parts. But someone in his sixties may feel exactly opposite.
I also find the book a bit repetitive, but I’m not the kind of guy who shun from repetition. It helps to retain the lessons longer.
Connecting is hard, but she makes it easy
Susan also writes vividly. When she admits that mingling and talking to strangers is hard, I wholeheartedly agree with her. I was a shrinking violet who transformed into a confident person, so I went through quite a lot. 30 months ago I couldn’t say “Hi” to a stranger.
When Susan explains how to make it happen, it sounds fun and easy. I vote for her methods. I verified everything she teaches; every trick from her arsenal, which I knew and used worked as she prescribed. And I got some interesting results too. Since “shrinking violet” times I built a couple of deep friendships by starting conversations on a train to work. I also spoke with strangers about life-death issues.Read more ›
As I read this book, I kept saying to myself, "Big deal. I know that." The problem is that a great many younger people don't and that is what will make this book useful for them. When I read Chapter 21 where the author basically summarizes the "advice" that was presented earlier, I realized that she did cover a lot of ground. Up to that point, it really appeared that she was beating the same drum and that was attributable to her style.
I've found a few faults with the book. First, the content is a little uneven. There are some things that the author goes into too much detail compared to others. I thought that some of the "side stories" were weak. And, please give me a break. "Planet Points?" You have to be kidding Susan. The book would have been much better without mentioning the left-wing kooks and ideas, etc.
Lastly, the copy editing in this book is terrible. Such that the author had to insert a special disclaimer. A case in point is e-mail vs email. The former is correct; the later is not. Interesting, since the other e-words were done correctly.
Bottom line: A worthwhile read for all of us. A must read for younger generations -- take it to heart.
Farrell J. Chiles, author, "As BIG As It Gets"
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Having met and worked with Susan, I can put hand on heart and say she is an absolute treasure. This book is too! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adèle M McLay
A lot of good information, but can tend to be repetitive. Overall, a great blueprint for how to be successful in engaging others.Published 7 months ago by John Cooney
If you ever get nervous about entering a room full of strangers at a networking event or cocktail party, you need to pick up this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by John Corcoran
This is the 3rd time I've bought this book... It is so good I keep sharing it with all my friends.Published 10 months ago by Clark's R Us
Whether you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert, get this book and make the most of the interactions you have with people in any setting. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Shallow and superficial advice. Most of the positive reviews are likely written by her "network." Much of it is common sense and basic social competence. Read morePublished 11 months ago by James