Good conversation is at the heart of networking, meetings, interviews, negotiations and raising your profile. It can ease your way in work, enabling you to build alliances, create strong relationships with staff, bosses and clients, succeed at interviews, motivate and inspire. But conversation is something most of us were never taught! We learn to speak as babies, but how conversation actually works is something most of us pick up only haphazardly, and many have yet to learn. Why is it some of us are stuck for words, but others blabber or can’t stop? What is it that some people have naturally which enables them to converse comfortably and easily, to engage people and build better relationships? The Art of Conversation will show you step by step how to converse skillfully and enjoyably with other people, at home, at work, on the phone and in the street - even if you’re daunted now, discover the difference good conversation can make in every aspect of your life.
©2014 Judy Apps (P)2014 Audible Studios
"Apps leaves readers with the necessary confidence – and perhaps a little swagger - to become a venerable master of conversation." (Elite Business, June 2014)
The content of the book isn't much - platitudes mixed in with filler like "why conversation is important" (duh) and "be relaxed when conversing" (uh yeh?). I just wanted some tools for mixing better at industry conferences; this book wasn't for me.
"a must read"
having an intellectual understanding of a concept is step towards mastering it. this book provides fundamental principles and situations which have helped me become more aware of what we witness happening everyday but don't recognize. also there are several helpful exercises and suggestions to help practice what you've learned therefore you can make steps towards internalizing the principles. after all it is inefficient to strive towards improvement when unaware of what needs to be improved. the only thing more I can recommend you do with this book is bring your own personal reasons for being motivated to learn and you'll gain a lot from this book.
"It's also about the way you talk"
Great audio book and very useful but so spoiled by the fact that the lady voicing it talks to you like you are a moron. Why can't she just speak normally??
I bought this book, influenced to a large extent by the title and its "promise". Sadly, this is just "another" book about communication with subject areas covered much better by others in other books I have read. There wasn't much original work in this book and a lot is taken from other people's quotes or work. The book talks a lot about why communication is important, dealing with conflict etc, but I found little practical help on "the art of conversation". Very disappointing.
I work with individuals who have special needs. This book really helped me look at ways to encourage others to communicate,
"Hello, I'm X. I'm so pleased to meet you..."
It is strange to look at the art, or more likely, the lack of Art in conversation as one would examine or analyse something in the lab or class room. I think we have all encountered the dead-end, hard-work types of encounters with people who rebuff our attempts at some sort of dialogue, frustrating at the time but amusing when you hear the examples given here.
I hope that this will give me a better understanding and incentive to try harder to find a means to communicate and converse with friends and, with practise, as with strangers. The science and sincerity of trying to be a better listener, I think, will eventually pay dividends. I shall start immediately!
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