• The Fine Art of Small Talk

  • How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills - and Leave a Positive Impression!
  • By: Debra Fine
  • Narrated by: Debra Fine
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-19-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Canon Publishers
  • 4.0 (179 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nationally recognized communication expert, keynote speaker and trainer, and best-selling author Debra Fine reveals the techniques and strategies anyone can use to make small talk - in any situation. Do you spend an abnormal amount of time hiding out in the bathroom or hanging out at the buffet table at social gatherings? Does the thought of striking up a conversation with a stranger make your stomach do flip-flops? Do you sit nervously through job interviews waiting for the other person to speak? Are you a Nervous Ned or Nellie; when it comes to networking? Then it's time you mastered The Fine Art of Small Talk. With practical advice and conversation cheat sheets, The Fine Art of Small Talk will help you learn to feel more comfortable in any type of social situation, from lunch with the boss, to an industry event, to a business networking opportunity or even a cocktail party where you don't know a soul. This fast paced, informative audio program offers concrete tools to:


Strike up conversations and keep them going
Master introductions and remember names
Come across as composed and self-assured when interacting with decision makers, clients, and colleagues
Develop rapport with anyone
Become an "active" listener
Overcome communication barriers
Handle awkward situations
Come up with topics to discuss
Avoid conversation "killers"
Prepare for successful conversation
Exit conversations with grace
Feel more at ease at award receptions, banquets, receptions and networking events

©2005 Debra Fine (P)2004 Debra Fine
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By John on 06-25-15

Helpful but not entertaining

This book is for introverted people who need help with approaching and talking to people. It offers good advise, but it's a little more florid than it needs to be and, as with most books, it would be better if it was read by a professional and not the author.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful


By Heidi on 01-04-16

Great advice, awful monologue.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By James Hurr on 10-06-16

Badly paced, not great to listen to.

The content seemed quite good, but the narrator speaks too fast and sounds awkward, almost shouting at the listener.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful


By qwerty on 09-22-16

Load of crap

Learnt nothing. I think Debroah Fine was bored so decided to write a book, badly

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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