“The Fine Art of Small Talk”
How to Start a Conversation, Keep it Going, Build Rapport and Leave a Positive Impression (Hyperion)
Looking for the perfect gift for anyone on your list? Look no further. The Fine Art of Small Talk covers everything from icebreakers to exit lines, remembering names, mastering introductions, building business networking skills, getting dates, making friends or landing jobs and the interview process, this book is guaranteed to improve conversational skills, mingling ability, and networking techniques.
“Fine fully engages her audience. She involves readers in the discussion and gives the lists of lines people can use to start, maintain, or end a conversation. She discusses conversation topics and how to use them and also includes quizzes, throws in a poem and scatters a few cartoons to break up the test. Originally released as an audiocassette in 1997, this work comes across much like one of her seminars on small talk.”
– The Library Journal
“The Fine Art of the Big Talk”
How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations and Solve Conflicts at Work (Hyperion)
Important discussions at the office—whether asking for a raise and promotion, or telling an employee that there’s a problem with his or her performance—are often difficult and easy to put off. We all know what it’s like to avoid these “big talk” conversations, and how the longer we procrastinate, the harder it is when we finally confront the issue. In THE FINE ART OF THE BIG TALK: How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work conversation guru Debra Fine shows us how to handle the most uncomfortable office interactions and achieve what we want in each situation.
After mastering the art of small talk in her previous book, The Fine Art of Small Talk, Fine is back to show you how to transition to The Big Talk and take conversations to the next level. Knowing your audience, managing the conversation, identifying sources of conflict, and sending out positive energy are just some of the keys that Fine outlines that will help everyone conquer the Biggest of talks.
Conversation – Big Talk – is the key to achieving nearly all our goals, and everyone is capable of having a productive conversation, even when the topic at hand isn’t an easy one to discuss. Fine’s specific advice demonstrates how to broach any subject with your boss, co-worker, or client, and how to walk away from the interaction without having damaged your professional relationship. By providing advice that is both relevant and simple to implement, THE FINE ART OF THE BIG TALK is the perfect book for every step on the corporate ladder, from the CEO to the administrative staff. Readers will gain the techniques that will result in improved work environments, increased revenues, and positive interactions in the workplace.
THE FINE ART OF THE BIG TALK includes specific advice on what to say, when to say it, and what body language to use to achieve the desired results. This book will help readers learn how to:
- Determine “sales” messages.
- Analyze what your body language conveys.
- Become skilled in the art of quiet negotiation.
- Offer constructive and productive feedback to employees and bosses alike.
- Keep meetings on track and on point.
- Build conversational clout by using specific techniques to achieve goals and influence others.
- Get conversation closure and leave a meeting with a great final impression.
In addition, a final chapter, “Master Tech Talk,” includes instructions on how to leave clear voicemail messages, send e-mails that won’t be misinterpreted, and take advantage of online marketing. With this extra tool in your belt, you can be an expert at communication in the 21st century.
Reassuring and easy to implement, THE FINE ART OF THE BIG TALK is the necessary guidebook for anyone who has ever worried about how to approach a tough conversation. It will help even the most awkward speakers tackle the weightiest subjects. Go ahead—conquer The Big Talk!
Praise for The Fine Art of The Big Talk:
“The Fine Art of The Big Talk provides us with all the techniques and tactics we need to win over the people we live with and work alongside. I can’t recommend this book enough.
It’s a must-have!”
– Susan Fenner, Ph.D., Education and Professional Development Manager, IAAP
Praise for Debra Fine:
“Anyone who’s ever panicked over the prospect of talking to people they don’t know would do well to read Debra Fine’s book.”
– Boston Globe
“Fine is a mixture of stand-up comic, therapist, and teacher.”
– Denver Post
Adults should buy this book for a teen as teenagers sign up for phone plans with unlimited text messages and 200 talk minutes, yet can’t carry on an ordinary dinner conversation.
Beyond Texting is the first book for teens to explain how to be plugged in without neglecting the necessity and power of physical, human interaction.
Sure, MySpace and Facebook are wonderful ways to communicate with friends or stay in touch with a far off relative. Yet success in the online world does not transfer to success in the art of conversation. Even the most outgoing teen may find a job interview, first date, or meeting with a teacher to be challenging because of lack of skills.
Beyond Texting presents communication tools and conversation skills to boost confidence, survive AND thrive.
This book describes how to develop the ability to have a 3-D conversation while gaining interpersonal communication skills. Offering practical advice and cheat sheets Beyond Texting strives to help teens balance their digital and real world image and relationships. Beyond Texting is a reminder to a teenager that you do have the courage to speak up at school, that you should feel confident going on a date, that you can attend a school organization meeting alone and that you are capable of a successful job interview all without the crutch of technology.
Authored by Debra Fine, bestselling author of The Fine Art of Small Talk, a nationally recognized conversation and communication guru.
Any adult from parent/teacher, camp counselor and mentor to clergy and scout leader will help teens succeed both personally and professionally by buying this book for a teen.
“SMALL TALK” on flash drive
Feel more at ease at parties, banquets, receptions, and networking events. Use icebreakers that work every time. Engage anyone in conversation with poise and confidence.
All In One USB Flash Drive (Mac or PC compatible): 3.5 hours
~ Read by the author
I-Tunes Download The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills – And Leave a Positive Impression! (Unabridged)
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.
By Debra Fine