Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Art of Talking to Anyone
Let's face it, some of us are born with great people skills, and others of us have to work at them, to develop and hone our skills. The Art of Talking to Anyone: Essential People Skills for Success in Any Situation is a great book for developing skills. It is one of the books that we recommend to the collegians as we help them prepare for sorority recruitment, and in turn, job and grad school interviews and ultimately in their careers.
The book is chock full of real life examples anyone can put to use right away, and covers the basics thoroughly without being dull or dramatic. I really like the fact that it focuses on building skills and the power of a positive attitude. The author sprinkles great quotes in with the text and examples, too.
Here is the table of contents:
Part One: The Basics
Chapter 1: How to Succeed in Any Conversation: From Start to Finish
Chapter 2: How to Be Universally Liked
Chapter 3: How to Listen Successfully
Chapter 4: How to Keep the Conversation Going - or Stop One
Chapter 5: How to Ask and Answer Questions
Chapter 6: How and When to Tell Jokes
Chapter 7: How to Deal with Conversational Predicaments
Chapter 8: How to Be an Unpopular Conversationalist
Part Two: The Specifics
Chapter 9: Talking with Anyone in the Workplace
Chapter 10: Talking With Anyone at Meetings and Conferences
Chapter 11: Talking with Anyone at Business-Social Events
and so on...
Give it a read, I think you'll like it.