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How to Work a Room [Hardcover]

Susan Roanne , Susan RoAne , RoAne
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: S.P.I. Books; Reprint edition (Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944007066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944007068
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,135,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers secrets to perfecting social skills in business or social settings using strategies designed to promote business and personal advancement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars delivers less than the title suggests 7 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Quite disappointed at the lack of 'meat on the bones' with this book. It does provide a basic set of guidelines and strategies, but does little to guide the reader in the implementation fo the material.
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2.0 out of 5 stars How to waste money and make this autor rich 27 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Book tells you what you should be doing but it doesn't tell you HOW, which is what the author promises to do. I felt this book might be good for people who have absolutely no experience with self help books or self improvement but for anyone else it's just fluff. It provides very few examples. All the material could have been nicely summarized in a pamphlet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good standard guidance for socialising! 23 Dec 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In the good tradition of standard self-help like -how to win friends and influence people- this one is a good guidance for people wanting to be better in the art of socialising. Should be read by anyone with people-to-people communication whether at job or for personal gratification. Should become standard text book in a communication and public relation trainnings. Good to laymen and easy to follow. Tanadi Santoso 12/97
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars Keep looking.. this is not the book you need.. 1 Oct 2000
By M. Curry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
..if you really want to learn how to work a room. The book is written for women who are shy. Even if that describes you, there are better books to read. Most of the book addresses the issues of how to shake hands, how not to wear see-through blouses, and how to avoid having sex at trade shows. Unless these are burning issues for you, you will find nothing of value in this book. I am a professional consultant and attend conferences and networking events several times per month. I bought the book in an airport, read the first half, skimmed the second half and left it on the plane for the next person. It was a waste of an hour and a half and [my money]. Save yourself the time and expense, unless you are a 22 year female college grad in her first sales job who needs instruction on who to flirt without getting in over your head and need to be told that you shouldn't have sex at trade shows.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How to waste money and make this autor rich 28 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Book tells you what you should be doing but it doesn't tell you HOW, which is what the author promises to do. I felt this book might be good for people who have absolutely no experience with self help books or self improvement but for anyone else it's just fluff. It provides very few examples. All the material could have been nicely summarized in a pamphlet.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good topic, poor execution 23 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
How to work a room. What a great concept for a book. Unfortunately the book barely delivers. While there were a few good suggestions, this book was too basic and offered little except some common sense ideas. The author seemed more at home talking about how women can meet men than the real art of working a room.
In summary great title, very poor execution. I would say more but this book offers very little to respond to.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "How to Work a Room" works for me 22 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
How do you judge whether a "How-to" book is worthwhile? With business books, I ask one simple question: After reading the book, did I bring away at least one thing that made a positive, measureable difference in my life? If so, it was worth the time and money spent on it. "How to Work a Room" is just such a book. I picked this book up while waiting for someone, opened it to a random page, and read the short section on meeting people at parties by "acting like a host instead of a guest". A week later I went to a meeting of an organization I wanted to join, and found that I arrived at the same time as the woman in charge. Remembering what I had read, I immediately pitched in (before even introducing myself, and ignoring her pro forma protests) to help her get set up. Along the way, we introduced ourselves, and as the other officers drifted in, I was introduced to them (with the president's obvious stamp of approval), and so on until not only was I known to everybody there, but I was in the thick of things as a comfortable part of the inner circle. Now, maybe everybody else in the world already knows this stuff, but this kinda shy 40-something man didn't. I made more friends and business contacts in 3 hours than I had in the entire month before. Bottom line: I haven't even read more than a few pages yet and I've already got my positive, measureable difference! Buy it, read it, use it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and effective techniques 20 Nov 2000
By M. P. Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
How to Work a Room includes very practical common sense ideas that can help overcome fear and shyness as well as offering encouragement for putting the ideas into practice. Ms RoAne set our to write a book that would enable anyone, particularly someone prone to fright at large crowds, to walk into a room and connect with people. Her techniques can help wallflowers move into the mainstream of a business or social gathering and have a more satisfying time (and have more fun). For example, one of Ms. RoAne's more powerful techniques is to encourage moving from guest behavior to hosting behavior. The idea is simple and non-threatening, yet by providing a purpose to interact with others at a gathering, a user of this technique can turn a situation that is usually intimidating into a good experience. Other techniques and strategies are also useful and all are summarized in the final chapter as the ten commandments of connecting with people.
A reader focussing mostly on the techniques presented by the author and not taking some of the examples too literally will benefit most from this book. I have seen her strategies and techniques work first hand and recommend this book.
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