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How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone: Confident Communication in Every Situation [Paperback]

Mark Rhodes
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28 Jun 2013
Be a people magnet! Improving your people skills and becoming a people–person is a surefire route to success, happiness, and confidence. Weíve all looked enviously across the room at that person who seems to effortlessly interact with everyone – humorous, confident and well liked. That person is confident with people they donít know, they have no fear of rejection, they can handle difficult situations with apparent ease. Well now you can too. How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone will show you exactly how to develop better communication for better results. With Mark Rhodes sound advice you will be able to build rapport with absolutely anyone. Learn how to: • Overcome fear of rejection • Be confident with people you donít know • Deal with difficult situations • Get better outcomes from disputes • Communicate better to win you more business and more sales • Be more effective at networking at both business and social events

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (28 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085708402X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857084026
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘At the very least readers will be challenged to think about the effect of the words they use, and at the most, less confident people will take away some inspiring tips on how to start chatting to strangers, how to use them as ‘guinea pigs’ for practice and how this approach will help them communicate better, build confidence and get better outcomes.’ (B2B Marketing, 27th August) ‘This book is a bible for anyone who needs help with their communication skills and confidence.’ (Talk Business, September 2013)

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Give your communication a confidence boost When you′re with other people do you open up or clam up? Are you a conversation starter or a shrinking violet? Feeling nervous about talking to other people is completely normal, but it′s important not to let fears about what people might think of you, or what to say first, stop you from starting one in the first place. Being a confident communicator creates success and happiness Every conversation could be the start of something new; a new career, a new business idea or a new friendship. When you clam up in public, you close off all of those opportunities as if they never existed. How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone will help you see conversation differently; as an enjoyable, positive activity that might just change your life. Learn how to: Be confident with people you don′t know Overcome common fears and barriers about talking to others Make a connection and build rapport Communicate better in business and social situations Be more effective at networking Win more business and sales All the tools you need to help you talk, listen and build rapport with absolutely anyone are here. Start communicating more confidently today and increase your chances of getting the outcomes you′re looking for, more often.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Might be worth talking about 2 Oct 2013
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I'm generally ok with speaking to people, have a good job and have delivered three best man speeches and not died on my feet so far. I picked this up more out of curiosity than dire need, to see if there was room for improvement. My problem is more often not "Can I speak to someone?" but more "Can I be bothered..." and like a lot of peeps often text or mail before calling anyone these day.

The book itself is not too jargon-heavy but although fairly short it does repeat itself quite often. Many of the suggestions are pretty obvious to anyone with a modicum of common sense or feeling for body language e.g. don't talk to somebody if their back is turned or arms folded etc. Some of the terms used such as "hijacking" or "owning" a conversation are slightly sinister. The element of competition is prevalent - for example, the author seemed unfeasibly proud of "owning" a conversation in an apple store. Basically, he began a pretty unexciting conversation with other customers at a table that didn't really lead anywhere. Hardly the Yalta Conference. If this book was aimed more squarely at the sales exec the tone would make more sense.

Whilst this book is certainly of interest, the "Absolutely Anyone" tag is a bit of an exaggeration with most of the scenarios seemingly at the ubiquitous conference or sales meeting where he clearly spends a lot of his time. No clues on asking the girl in the bakers out or how to persuade the chav next door to stop spraying graffiti on your wall. Occasional forays into a coffee shop or bookstore aren't the "great stories" we are led to believe and most of the conversations discussed don't deliver much of a result (if any) which often lead me back to my "Why bother" thought.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I suffer from chronic social anxiety. I've tried several things to combat this daily problem (from a course of NHS CBT to attending a NLP seminar, to medication to reading several other books about it). I'm currently re-reading "Overcoming Social Anxiety" (a CBT book, which seemed to help a lot (the only thing that really has) the first time around--though I lapsed after several months work).

I saw this on Amazon Vine, so thought I would give it a go (not really wishing to fill countless CBT forms in again), but, whilst I found it interesting in parts, it wasn't really what I need at present.

The level is somewhat similar to a business course (very similar to the NLP seminar I attended) and the style is likewise friendly and motivational but still serious. There is a reasonable amount of depth, without it getting too psychological (which is probably the problem for me). It is probably just about right for someone who is suffering from a lack of confidence holding conversations (rather than someone with a "condition") or for someone who is reasonably confident in social situations, but wishes to be a bit more extroverted.

Personally, I read the first 50 pages and skimmed the rest (even though it is only 170 pages long!) as I'd read enough to realise that it wasn't really the right book to help me at present. I may well come back to it (as I did find several sections that sounded like they could be useful), but this is probably more useful for people who are ready to make conversations (rather than if--like me--you struggle simply to pay for petrol etc.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good use of psychology 15 Aug 2013
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The author gives a good set of insights based on psychology and in particular NLP. I would have given this five stars but I had a couple of points on which I wasn't convinced by the thesis.

The first is motivation - I don't like talking to people at random and the explanation given in this book is that this is a fear problem. This may be true deep down but for me I believe I just don't want to talk to everyone just for the sake of it, or for the possibility that it might be interesting.

The second is more specific. There is an example in the book of 'why not start a conversation when you are stuck on a platform and waiting a late train? The way this is done in the book would be more likely to generate some abuse if used on me at 6 in the morning when I just want to get on the train and switch off from the world!

These gripes aside there was plenty in the book to keep me interested and the author also has a blog / forum connected to the book that readers can get involved with
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it SUDs or just more soft-soap? 17 Oct 2013
By b4-its-2-l8 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Clearly this author has an entrepreneurial flair and he has used his confident entrepreneurship to create a book which is mainly a repackaging of other people's ideas. That is not to say that this it is that bad a book as such, it's just that it is not original, therefore, if you are already familiar with any of a wide range of different publications from the self-help book industry you won't be likely to learn too much here and sticking with books the likes of Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway: How to Turn Your Fear and Indecision into Confidence and Action or How to Win Friends and Influence People may be better options for you.

Furthermore, Rhodes sails dangerously close to plagiarism, in one example, there's a section near the start dedicated to SUD levels (which Rhodes explains are "Subjective Units of Discomfort" although for other people elsewhere the 'D' stands for Distress or Disturbance), a self-rating scale in Behaviour Therapy devised by a noted psychiatrist; Joseph Wolpe, in the 1960's which he further developed and used for the "Systematic Desensitization" treatment of anxiety disorders. Yet Rhodes not only fails to reference the work of Wolpe (or any of his successors or contemporaries) he presents the SUD scale in a more meaningless, dumbed down fashion without giving any real guidance to individuals on how they should create and score their own, i.e. the vital `Subjective' part, which is important as it's how he states you're meant to monitor your progress - which is difficult to do given the vague parameters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Mark's books are great
Bought this to read and then promote for my partners who say they find it difficult to start a conversation. Mark in down to earth and practical.
Published 4 months ago by Derek Coldwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Down to the individual
I am mostly fine speaking to people especially at work but having said that I am not so great at starting conversations with an absolute stranger maybe on a bus (not that I travel... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Martyn Poole
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for anyone nervous of talking to strangers
An invaluable tool for anyone who is nervous of talking to strangers. Learn to chat to someone in the queue in a coffee shop or to the person you're sharing a lift with. Read more
Published 8 months ago by KateC
3.0 out of 5 stars Some minor helpful things...
...but certainly nothing new. You will find similar information to this book freely available online, it is a pretty standard self-help guide. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and informative read
How to Talk To Absolutely Anyone is a fairy easy to digest book for people who want to learn more about the skills of communicating with others. Read more
Published 9 months ago by chipfat
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but effective?
I decided to give this book a read, not because I have any issues with communication or confidence, but it's always interesting to hear what experts in the field say, particularly... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Jacobs
2.0 out of 5 stars Talking skills
To be frank I rather struggled with this book. In my professional life talking and listening were very important so I didn't read this book as an ignoramus. Read more
Published 9 months ago by K. Slater
3.0 out of 5 stars The book's ok. Nothing new.
Before I start my review I'd like to say that if you've never read anything on positive psychology and limiting beliefs, this book may well be very useful for you and you may learn... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chatterbox
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful guide to handling conversations
Some people seem to find it effortless to engage anyone in conversation whether they know them or not. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard fare
Having once been dubbed a "conversational spastic" by talk radio shock-jock Tommy Boyd (shortly before he banned me from calling his radio programme), I thought this sounded worthy... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wayne Redhart
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