- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Harper Element; 1st edition edition (16 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0722538073
- ISBN-13: 978-0722538074
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks For Big Success In Relationships Paperback – 16 Jan 2014
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Praise for Leil Lowndes:
‘Leil is the best. Absolutely the best!’ Sally Jessy Raphael
Praise for How To Talk To Anyone:
‘Does what is says on the tin, with heaps of helpful tips for developing ease in social situations.’ Time Out
‘Your ability to communicate with power and impact can change your life – and Leil shows you HOW! Truly extraordinary.’ Brian Tracy
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By the bestselling author of How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You). This book is written in the same hilarious style with its 92 simple and effective techniques.See all Product Description
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This book is better than others because a) it is easy to read (the chapters are short, and straight to the point) b) the tips are very, very practical and easy to put into practice you can do most of them almost immediately, and c) it is not boring and written like a school textbook like many other help books.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their communication skills instantly. The only negative comment I have is that there are many references to Leil's 'high society friends' - the average person doesn't associate with the CEO of multi-national companies or have friends that are work for famous actors - so there is a lot of indirect name-dropping which I couldn't relate to but despite this I did think of situations where I could use her advice even though I'm not 'high society'.
One section I read was when the author was hired to teach a trade association "scintillating conversation" as the keynote speaker on networking. She meets the head of the association, a Mrs Devlin, and begins with the usual "where are you from?" and "what do you do?". Well Mrs Devlin says she's from Columbus, Ohio and the conversation comes to a halt. The author has no further conversation, she's stumped and cannot think of anything to say to continue the conversation or to move it forward or somehow divert it from imminent disaster. She then goes on to advise her readers that we should provide additional information about our hometown so that the other person has something to latch on to in order to continue the conversation. However, the author does not teach us how to deal with this particular situation. She does not teach you how to talk to anyone! I read on looking for her resolution to this predicament, preparing myself for what must have been exotically inspirational and completely out of this world. Something which sets this author, top conversationalist and networking guru to the lofty heights which she obviously deserves...but nothing, not a thing. It's like she whimpered off and later gave her speech, took the money and ran for her life.
She later goes on to research Columbus, Ohio and talk about all the facts she has learned.Read more ›
I found this book interesting; I've tried many of the techniques and found that they work very well.
Unfortunately, the author has little genuine warmth, empathy or interest in other people.
One example (not untypical). The authors 'good friend' had started a business and Leil (the author) introduced her to an important - powerful - contact. The author's friend 'messed up' when she contacted the 'important person' - she didn't have a pen and asked him to wait a few minutes whilst she got one. The author's reaction 'that's the last time I'll introduce her to anyone'. Jeez - I'm glad she's not my 'good friend'.
I thoroughly recommend it to anybody who wants to communicate more effectively i.e. get what they want out of other people - respect, friendship, business, a job, etc.
However don't let it turn you into a self-centered, manipulative, jerk.
Remember that communications techniques can help in one off relationships (e.g. a job interview, sales call), can help lubricate new relationships (a first date), and increase your social standing (working a party, or social engagement).
They can't help in long-term relationships (when a date becomes your girl/guy, on the job, parenting, etc.) For that you need to invest in your character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very wonderful book. It is a treasure to have. The secrets/techniques may sound simple but it takes real effort to master them and when you do, it goes really work big... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Gives you a totally different view on how to understand people, which in turn makes it easier to talk to them, and feel more comfortable doing so.Published 2 months ago by John Doyle
Wish I'd read this when I was a teenager or in fact at any earlier stage of my life.
This is incredibly insightful and of great value to anyone aspiring to improve their... Read more
Useful tips on breaking the ice, making polite conversation or opening up the "Yes"and "No" types to hold an interesting conversation in the lift or at a conferencePublished 3 months ago by A Farndale
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