Friday, April 20, 2012

Review: How to Start and Make a Conversation

How to Start and Make a Conversation: How to Talk to Anyone in 30 Seconds of Less
BY: Christ Gottchalk
FORWARD BY: Deanna Anderson, M.ED, CCC/SLP Speech Language Pathologist
PUBLISHED BY: Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-60138-383-9

                               Pages: 288

 Before there was Facebook and Twitter, there was a thing called talking - actual face to face communication. In the book How to Start and Make a Conversation you'll learn how to talk to anyone in thirty seconds or less. You may think this is easy and just text somebody, but in the competitive business world, or just life in general, good communication skills are required.

The book's target readers will be mostly shy men and women who have a hard time getting up the nerve to talk to someone, but it can easily be used by students, teachers, business owners, etc. The author quickly takes you through the basic reasons of why conversation is important in our society. There are many reasons why someone can struggle with communications, like social anxiety, fear of rejection, self-esteem, etc. Throughout the book you'll learn about how important body language is; speaking to a stranger in thirty seconds or less; how to make small talk; how to leave a conversation; communicating at work; making friends; the romantic art of conversation; and learning how to communicate in the social media world.

This book sparked my interests because I have always been a shy person and, for the most part, avoided small talk. At a social or family event, I would just to into the other room and avoid the conversation. How to Start and Make a Conversation is a great read for shy people, or anyone who wants to brush up on their social skills. There are many helpful tips to get a person through an awkward situation, including starting conversations/small talk at work (even learn how to talk to your boss) and even starting a meaningful conversation on a first date. If you are having any sort of trouble communicating, need to brush up before that big job interview, or are just looking for topics to discuss on a date, then I would recommend this book. 

*I would like to thank Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc for sending me a copy to review.

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