Small Talk - How to Connect Effortlessly with Anyone

  • by Betty Bohm
  • Narrated by Andy Cross, Kerem Bayrak, Michele Lambert
  • 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Want to talk to that attractive person on the train home from work, but have no idea what to say?
Do you secretly dread going to parties?
Afraid you won't fit in at your new job because you don't "do" small talk?
Like it or not, we live in a world driven by social interaction. The more real connections we can make with others, the more doors we open for deep satisfaction at work, our social life and our love life.
Small talk is a critical first step in making those connections. Yet we have all been left to figure out how to master this skill on our own. It's no wonder so many people struggle with small talk, but you no longer have to be one of them.
No matter how long you've struggled or even if English isn't your native language, this guide will show you how to unlock the power of small talk to confidently connect with anyone.
Conquer the social fears holding you back.

More

See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Boredom and repetitiveness

I am compelled to write a review on this audiobook so other people do not come to the same trap. The purchase of this book was triggered by my interest to improve my social skills and find ways to engage people. I was disappointed after purchasing this because the narrator is boring to death. It reminds me of Hal in 2001 Space Odyssey movie. Pretty much monotone and lacking energy.

The contents seem to repeat with no much examples and overall a disappointing experience. Try to find other options such as "Fine art of small talk" which is much better and easier to enjoy
Read full review

- modama

The title oversells this book's practical value

Would you try another book written by Betty Bohm or narrated by the narrators?

It is signifcantly less likely that I would try another Betty Bohm book as a result of having tried this one. The narrator (Cross) was on the other hand very good, and that might encourage me to try another book he reads.


Would you ever listen to anything by Betty Bohm again?

Unlikely


What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Not so much the narration as the actors (Bayrak and Lambert) who played out the scenarios - they helped to bring the discussions to life.


What character would you cut from Small Talk - How to Connect Effortlessly with Anyone?

N/A


Any additional comments?

This was a very disappointing book. Whilst well read by the narrator, and providing acted scenarios which brought them to life, it really provided little to no practical assistance. All the author really did was provide a number of examples of small talk and comment on what role each line played in the conversation. There was no discussion of those roles however, why they are important, when to employ/not to employ them, etc. For example, often there is a line in the dialogue which is described as showing agreement, sometimes emphatic agreement. You might accordingly infer that agreeing with the conversation partner is valuable in small talk. But the book does not say that, there is no explanation of when it is or is not helpful, no practical guidance as to using agreement in a small talk situation, or strategies for dealing with situations where you do not agree with a statement, but do not wish to offend the other party making the statement. In short, it did not seem to me that this book even came close to living up to its bold tag line.

Read full review

- Simeon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2015
  • Publisher: Jandalman Publishing