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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 27 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 Aug. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EF9BHT0
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How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone: Confident Communication in Every Situation Audio Download – Unabridged
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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.)
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book yet again from Mark . I have had the pleasure of meeting with and talking to him, he is very humble and genuine. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
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 on 5 Mar. 2014 by Derek Coldwell
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 morePublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by Mr. Martyn Poole
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 morePublished on 28 Nov. 2013 by KateC
...but certainly nothing new. You will find similar information to this book freely available online, it is a pretty standard self-help guide. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2013 by Impulse Buyer
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 morePublished on 25 Oct. 2013 by chipfat
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 morePublished on 18 Oct. 2013 by Michael Jacobs
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 morePublished on 18 Oct. 2013 by K. Slater