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Whenever you talk to someone, you have less than ten seconds to capture their attention and another twenty to hold it to you. This window, or opening to getting to know someone is incredibly vital for every salesman, marketing exec, or manager out there who has ever had an important phone call or meeting. But, it is equally as important for the scores of individuals who feel nervous or uncomfortable talking to strangers — a figure estimated by many psychological studies to be upwards of 70% of individuals.

Being able to have a quick and comfortable conversation can be helpful in almost every aspect of your life, in your career, your family, and your love life. This book was written for those in the vast majority who feel nervous or unhinged the second they step into an unfamiliar conversation. In 30 seconds or less, with this book, you will be able to start and hold a conversation with nearly anyone. You will learn how to start making small talk and what is so important about being able to hold a conversation to start with. From the basic tenets of how you feel about yourself to how you assume other people see you, you will learn what conversation entails and what you can expect in one when you let down your guard and simply start talking. You will learn how to start a conversation and what people do to keep a conversation going. You will learn some basic concepts of what people are interested in talking about and how to avoid those awkward pauses through preparation.

Social interaction and discussion has been discussed with leaders in business, education, and psychology and their insights have been included to help even the shyest of individuals understand what they need to know to effectively start and hold conversations with anyone regardless of their current situation. Learn how to carry the clout in a conversation and which crimes and misdemeanors you can avoid to keep from feeling embarrassed. Learn how to gracefully exit a casual conversation and finally learn how to meet new people and find conversations to start by attending or holding networking events, holiday parties, or attending the much dreaded singles scene.

For anyone who has ever felt shy and uncomfortable, this book is a necessary tool for understanding and initiating conversation.

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Whenever you talk to someone, you have less than ten seconds to capture their attention and another twenty to hold it to you. This window, or opening to getting to know someone is incredibly vital for every salesman, marketing exec, or manager out there who has ever had an important phone call or meeting. But, it is equally as important for the scores of individuals who feel nervous or uncomfortable talking to strangers

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code7r, May 15, 2012 (view all comments by code7r)
“How to Start and Make a Conversation: How to Talk to Anyone in 30 Seconds or Less” by Chris Gottschalk is a book that is meant to help people who may be shy or awkward when starting a conversation with others.

Mr. Gottschalk covers many areas such as social anxiety, rejection, and self-esteem as possible barriers to some when it comes to conversation. He further delves into body language, making small talk, how to leave a conversation, how to have conversations with new friends and even how to ask someone on a date!

Mr. Gottschalk does a good job with breaking down the importance of conversation and how to overcome some of the difficulties people face when trying to initiate conversation. I liked that he covered how to talk with potential friends and romantic interests. And just as important and starting a conversation is the ability to end a conversation.

Although a lot of this is common sense, it helps to really understand what may be holding you back by seeing it spelled out in print. Mr. Gottschalk does not talk down to the reader but makes the reader feel understood. Do I think this book will change shy people over night? No. But it can help a shy person build up the skills to overcome their fears and make conversations more appealing.
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junecoan, May 4, 2010 (view all comments by junecoan)
“How to Start and Make a Conversation” is a great book for those who may lack self confidence or want to freshen up on their talking skills. The book gives details on how to start a conversation, hold the conversation, and how to get out of a bad conversation. It also delves into how body language plays a factor in communication, as well as what countries may consider body language differently than we do.
The book shows examples and uses case studies to demonstrate specific situations. For example, the book tells you how to differentiate between being nervous to just being someone who overpowers the conversation. The Myer-Briggs test shows that there are sixteen personality types, and even if two people are introverted, there are other qualities that within the test that can make them incompatible or personalities can conflict.
This book not only shows you how to start a conversation, but breaks it down to normal social settings, workplace, dating, and conferences for example. Each situation is different, plus you may be dealing with multiple people in one situation, but just one or two people in the next situation. It tells you how to digress from a conversation with a person that is boring without being rude, or how your body language can tell someone to back off. “How to Start and Make a Conversation” takes you through a journey that can improve your social speaking skills and make you feel confident in any situation by the time you are done reading it.
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Jay Sapir, April 20, 2010 (view all comments by Jay Sapir)
Judging by the cover you might dismiss this as a bit tawdry or tabloid. 30 seconds? Anyone? anywhere? But wade through the chill clinical chapters on personality types mixed with Maslow's time-tested "Priority of Needs." You soon realize this guy knows what he is talking about: Talk. Gottschalk's emphasis on "active listening" should be required reading for grade-schoolers and many boomer-age friends. In a time of fear and loathing over immigration, it is refreshing to see a chapter on communicating with the growing groups of foreign-language speakers our kids -- and theirs -- will grow up with. Body language, especially with hands and fingers, is arguably more important than lingo.
But what about that 30-second icebreaker? Get it right you get a friend. Get it wrong you hit an iceberg. All the finer points and talking tips hundreds of pages taught you amount to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. For starters, shut your mouth, open your ears, and begin with your body. A welcoming, open posture while that vital organ inside your head sizes up the situation and subject of attention.
Some of the text is less conversational than pedantic, with some tired clichés not to mention "not to mention" which is mentioned more than lively talkers do. Also, maybe I’m the only fellow on earth who never got anything resembling a positive response by winking at women. Or responding to woman’s fluttering eyelids. Actually, none ever have. Still, this is packed with a friendly arsenal of icebreakers, attention grabbers, and graceful enter and exit moves that give old guru Dale Carnegie a much-needed update and may pave the way for your much needed next date.


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Product Details

ISBN:
9781601383839
Author:
Gottschalk, Chris
Publisher:
Atlantic Publishing Group (FL)
Foreword by:
Anderson, Deanna
Foreword:
Anderson, Deanna
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Interpersonal communication
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Communication Studies
Subject:
Intercultural Communications-General
Copyright:
Series:
Back-To-Basics
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.90x6.00x.90 in. .75 lbs.

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