The Fine Art of Small Talk

  • by Debra Fine
  • Narrated by Debra Fine
  • 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- John

Great advice, awful monologue.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fine Art of Small Talk to be better than the print version?

Minutes after listening to the audio book, I started thinking that the print version would have been better.


Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A there's only one character as far as I know.


What didn’t you like about Debra Fine’s performance?

She just wasn't engaging enough. At lot of times I got lost and had to listen to a chapter again because I got distracted.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nope.


Any additional comments?

Don't get me wrong, the book is really good but it'll be better with another narrator. She might be good with small talk but audiobook narrating is not her strong suit.

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- Heidi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-19-2015
  • Publisher: Canon Publishers