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How To Talk To Absolutely Anyone: Confident Communication for Work, Life and Relationships Paperback – 20 november 2017
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How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone is your personal handbook for stepping up your communication game. Part confidence coach and part social manual, this book reveals the reasons behind your reserve and offers real, practical ways to break through the barriers and make a connection. Whether you fear judgement and rejection or just don't know what to say, these simple exercises will equip you with a gold mine of social tools to get you through any situation. This new second edition has been updated to include the complete 30-day Zero to Hero Personal Confidence Course, to help you build your skills and increase your chances of getting what you want out of any conversation. Working step-by-step, you'll learn how to approach strangers, strike up a conversation and exit gracefully; by first changing your outlook, you develop the ability to navigate even tricky situations with confidence and ease.
Conversation skills affect more than your social life — they can impact your career as well. In removing your social hesitance, you open up a whole new world of effective communication with customers and colleagues, and begin building the relationships that get you closer to your goals. This book provides real-world techniques to help you get better and better every day, enabling you to:
- Overcome your fear of rejection.
- Strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere.
- Open up to make real connections and build strong rapport.
- Carry your confidence into networking, sales and more.
Leave the days of awkwardness behind you. Stop running away from uncomfortable interactions and start getting comfortable instead. Whether you need to close the deal, build contacts or just make small talk at a party, How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone helps you build the confidence and skills you need to talk your way to success.
“…this book is a well written piece of art, which gives the reader practical skills and tips on how to start and maintain conversations in any situation.” (Nursing Times, April 2018)
'Easy-to-follow steps and ideas on how to instantly boost your confidence to approach anyone in any situation'
Armand Beasley, International Image Expert and Celebrity Makeup Artist
Talk Your Way To The Top
Are you a conversation starter or a shrinking violet? It's completely natural to feel nervous talking to other people, but communication is key in all areas of life. Networking can build your career, and even personal relationships involve difficult conversations. So how can a wallflower get ahead?
Become A Confident Communicator And Get The Life You Want
Any conversation can be the start of something new, so it's time to master the art of confident communication. With proven guidance from personal mentor Mark Rhodes, you'll learn how to overcome the obstacles holding you back and awaken the conversation starter within. Now including the 31 Day "Zero To Hero" Talk To Absolutely Anyone Plan, this second edition of How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone will show you how to:
- Be confident in business and social situations
- Strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere
- Make a connection and make yourself understood
- Avoid common pitfalls and communication mistakes
- Broach even difficult topics with clarity and grace
Stop letting fear and anxiety keep you in the shadows step out into the light and make yourself heard. How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone gives you the confidence you need to claim your happiness and success.
'Communication, and the ability to be able to build relationships, are absolutely crucial for business and personal success. Mark brings his knowledge and experience in the area of communication to everyone in How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone.'
Charlie Lawson, National Director, BNI UK & Ireland
- Uitgever : John Wiley and Sons Ltd; 2nd editie (20 november 2017)
- Taal : Engels
- Paperback : 240 pagina's
- ISBN-10 : 0857087452
- ISBN-13 : 978-0857087454
- Afmetingen : 13.97 x 1.52 x 21.34 cm
- Plaats in bestsellerlijst: #185,576 in Boeken (Top 100 in bekijkenBoeken)
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Little did I realise I actually do have beliefs that hold me back from both initiating conversation and keeping a conversation going. This book highlights these beliefs and I found myself realising that yes, in certain - what I believe to be - 'unsafe' situations I can clam up and refuse to take the lead in a conversation. For example, at a party or gathering I will stick to those I know rather than extend to talking to others I maybe don't know yet.
So, with the help of this book, I am getting to the bottom of why I have these beliefs and fears and now have the tools to tackle them.
Mark gives some specific examples throughout the book that may not apply to everyone. It seems to come from quite a 'business' background and that is why I decided to give 4 stars rather than 5.
In spite of this leaning however, I have been able to locate examples and techniques I have successfully applied in my work (not a business setting).
I believe that utilising these techniques will certainly help anyone overcome the 'awkward silence' situations that we are all faced with at some point. So really it is a book to dip back into for reminders and to boost confidence too.
The stand out point for me, highlighted by Mark, is that most future success/personal growth will depend on people you don't know yet! So with an awareness of how we communicate it is possible to expand opportunity and self esteem.
This really was a book to get me thinking about talking. Talking can become such an unconscious process it is fascinating to discover more about how people persuade, convince and generally interact.
In saying this I need to state that I have read a great deal of books on the topic of communication, initially from my teenage years I began with a lot of popular self-help books like Dale Carnegie's How To Make Friends And Influence People (which I found better than this one in terms of content but less well structured than this one) or How To Gain Confidence Through Public Speaking, later it communication theory formed part of my studies at university. I also work in a profession in which a variety of communication skills are important (as is the case in most service sector jobs).
This book I think would have been interesting and valuable to me when I was much younger, at the very least because it is well structured and clear, it is easy to discover what insights it does contain quickly and without much time spent reading. The contents break down into four parts:
Part One: Common Fears and Barriers about Talking to Absolutely Anyone: 1. Fear - Does It Hold You Back?; 2. "I Don't Want to Experience Rejection"; 3. "I Worry about What Other People Might Think"; 4. "I Hate Talking to Strangers - Why Would I Want to?";
Part Two: The Four Stages of an Interaction: 5. Stage 1 - Your Outcome and Starting a Conversation; 6. How - How Do You Mentally and Physically Approach?; 7. What - What Do You Say?; 8. Stage 2 - Creating Curiosity and Interest; 9. Stage 3 - Making a Connection and Being Understood; 10. Stage 4 - Get Them to Take Action;
Part Three: Making Your Communication Even Better: 11. Making Your Voice Work for You; 12. Common Pitfalls; 13. Difficult Work and Business Conversations; 14. Final Thoughts;
Part Four: 31 Day "Zero to Hero" Talk To Absolutely Anyone Plan.
There is a good index also and a list of blog articles and links, including youtube videos, which are all still functioning. The thing about it is that some of the information appears prosaic, maybe when I was younger I would have really appreciated this information. Also I thought the one chapter which proved of the most interest to me, the one on "why would I want to?" was unpersuasive in its points about, essentially, making "small talk" with strangers.
It contrasts some what with Legum and other books of that kind which describe how in Scandinavian countries they have largely given up on small talk, long winded explanations to others when short apologies will do or trivial talk. There are even psychologists like Erich Fromm who have criticised it as closely associated with trends towards a "marketing character" or "selling the self".
I also was unsure of the book's audience and wondered if it was liable to be bought by shy people, the author then confirms that their worst suspicions about themselves, ie they do not approach others because they are experiencing fear (which is distinguished from anxiety), the fear of rejection but they have a the answer by way of a simple point plan presentation. This could be a case of "snake oil salesmanship", personally I think that would be uncharitable to the author but might be the conclusion anyone who has read it and been disapointed may draw. On the other hand someone who has not much acquaintance with any good, confident, conversationalists or other sources, like Carnegie, may find it helpful.
It is a short read, structured well, the text is broken up with bullet points, bolding, good use of headings and subheadings, the style of writing and pace are not uneven or particularly dull, it is in the style of a presentation or a little journalistic perhaps but equally it does not "pad out" its core material. So I can only give this a qualified recommendation depending on how familiar you are with the topic already.
I found the chapters easy to digest and have read several points multiple times to fully absorb what’s been said. I didn’t find the author to be full of ego, rather more honest and aiming to be helpful. It’s helped me feel more at ease in some social situations (and also made me realise that sometimes you/I don’t have to say anything at all!) It also made me appreciate that I’m not the only one who finds striking up a conversation to be difficult.
I can’t commit or promise that’s I’m a different person, I’m still more introvert than extrovert, but it’s given me a better perspective and insight to some situations I’ll find myself in. That I am grateful for.