How To Start A Conversation And Make Friends: Revised and Updated
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More than that, I consider myself someone with fairly bad social issues - I have a mental illness. But this book is really for people who have absolutely no idea about propriety at all. Not for me!
This book is similar to the bookHow to Win Friends and Influence People.
tricks on starting and keeping conversations going, etc.... but does it lead to friendships ? :-)
Points that stood out for me: Introducing yourself ASAP to avoid an uncomfortable silence, using acronyms to remember names in a group ( I am terrible when it comes to names) and indulging in pointless chit chat is essential to sustain future conversations.
The aim of this book is to give instructions on how to talk to potential friends. Unfortunately, I notice also a few "readers" dislike the book because it is not the book they thought it was. This is obviously not a business book, language training book, small talk book, or mental health book. Contrary to other reviews, this book has no information on meeting the opposite sex. This is a book on talkin ...more
One may be tempted to think after reading Dale Carnegie's "How to make friends" there is nothing more to be written.
But there is more. A lot more.
Don Gabor's writing helps establish lasting conversation. It mentions the methods that I personally use for my conversations. The book also covers online networking tools and guidelines.It also gives unimaginable dimension of how different cultures may consider different gestures ( last few pages).
Summing up, it could be ...more
Updated: I have been putting this skill into practice the last 3 months. I am getting better at making small talk, but it's definitely not a skill that comes naturally to me. (95% of my brainpower is taken up with figuring out what to say next.)
Good for brushing up and review your conversational patterns. I like the focus on not only mingling and networking (compared to Debra Fine's), but also on handling the maintenance of an ongoing relationship with people, even when it means cutting a conversation short.
I found interesting that it had a chapter on chat rooms, but in the end it was very basic and introductory, like it was written in 1995.