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.
©2014-2015 Jandalman Publishing (P)2015 Jandalman Publishing
I'm generally shy and tend to avoid small talk because it doesn't feel comfortable or natural to me, but this book has helped to shift my mindset a bit and put the concept of small talk in a new light where I can appreciate the potential benefits I may be missing out on by avoiding small talk situations.
I also liked the cast recording as it made the dialogue examples feel more real.
"Small Talk" delivers so many practical lessons for any level of English speaker. As a native English speaker it might be easy to take for granted or forget the power of small talk since we use it as a tool to transition into and out of daily scenarios. This book brings greater awareness to not only the techniques of small talk, but also a greater understanding of the associated human bahaviour. These are particularly helpful lessons for someone keen to sharpen their interaction skills as small talk is not always about talking, it also has much to do with social judgement and perspective.
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
Practical, helpful, encouraging
The author does a wonderful job of showing in detail how to improve conversational skills. I am a shy person who sometimes struggles to make small talk. After listening to this book I have already started using some of the strategies mentioned, with good results.
I bought the book a couple of months ago and it has been a life changer.
I always thought that I would never need to read a book on small talks since I am an introvert and don't mind it actually.
I thought I wasn't into small talks...until I read this and my relationships really changed. I found myself engaging conversation in public transportation and amazingly not only about the weather (I even closed a customer deal and met some very interesting people).
I love the audiobook because it makes the example so much more lively and easier to remember what to do in which situations. There are 3 different voices so that you can really follow the interactions of the conversation.
I'd say How to win friends and influence people from Dale Carnegie is a must for the principles and this book from betty Bohm is complementary as it illustrates in modern situations and concrete examples.
It's the first time i find an audible book that can help me to start talking to anyone
This book help me understand that it's all in our minds and how we face to different people. It's really not that hard to let us feel comfortable enough to just talk to someone about whatever we think is important or funny for us.
Recommended for anyone
Dialogues with different voices made it more "real"
My reaction was, "hey why didn't I think of (doing) it before?"
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.
Not so much the narration as the actors (Bayrak and Lambert) who played out the scenarios - they helped to bring the discussions to life.
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.
There are 'aha' moments in most good self improvement books and this was no exception. Once the subtleties are explained and pointed out it suddenly becomes clear the potential to improve your small talk skills
Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in improving their small talk skills
The book flows nicely, the narrator reminded me a little of Alain De Botton which makes a change from the numerous american audiobooks.
Simple clear and engaging, very helpful explanations and relevant examples. I especially like that it is not just tips of things to say but explores considering other peoples perspectives and motivations which can lead you to rethink your own mindsets.
Betty's enthusiasism for human interaction shines through and her positivity and encouragment turns making small talk from an unnerving prospect into an oportunity to be taken and learnt from.
A good pace, well spoken and easy to listen to and understand.
I have no idea how this book exists. It reminds me of a paper written by 5th grader on the principle of conversation
The narrator was so bad I want to swallow a full bottle of Xanax and TemazaPam to get to the pain of this handbook should've been don't get in the narrator should be pummeled with The dirty diapers a very poor children.
not sure yet
Got halfway through and it spent that time going on and on stating the obvious on how society views small talk. Then occasionally forensically breaking down a conversation about things like the weather. Provided nothing of value to me
"Very low level of information"
not what I expected. the book was very very basic and I could have written it myself. I thought personally that many of the examples in the book were not "small talk" but rather polite exchanges of words that was too short to be small talk. this is Smaller Talk
"A Work with Socio-Linguistics Interwoven into it"
Socializing through language
Starting a conversation with strangers was always problematic since I was not sure what was appropriate to say. This audio-book has several scenarios covering this. When I was going through them, I couldn't help experiencing deja vu.
Context, performance models, and supersegmental features of the langauge
No. There is a lot to learn from this audio-book. So, listening to it over and over is a necessity.
According to Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development theory, learning happens when we see a clear need for it through the performance of more experienced and expert members of the community. This might be mistaken for imitation. But, human cognition is too complex to be reduced to such a simple mechanism as imitation. This audio-book clearly shows what skills in socializing we are missing, and through modeling those skills, this audio-book facilitates learning the nuances of socio-linguistics and enables us to have smoother encounters with other human beings--something which is much needed in this modern world.
I found this audiobook to be really helpful. It has a lot of real world examples of small talk (performed by actors, so they have the feel and speed of real conversations) that are then broken down by the author in order to explain each subtlety. I also liked the section on the differences of small talk between genders. Overall, very useful!
Small talk. We all do it, and we all want to do it well.. Within this book you will find a great review of the subject written with a nice flow and I particularly enjoyed the section on what to do during the inevitable awkward moment! A very helpful book.
"Helped me to be less afraid to go to meetups!"
I sure would! Why? I am generally not the one who starts a conversation with a stranger. Now, after this weekend listening to this small talk guide, I feel confident to do so! I probably will not master it straight away, but that is not the point for me. I now have an approach, for example, to work on my credibility and how I come across. Very valuable stuff!
I loved the multiple speakers setup, and made it entertaining, too!
This question is for me irrelevant for this audio book, but again, I'd like to highlight the unique approach of this audiobook with multiple speakers. So often had I bought other "technical" books which were only narrated by one person, and honestly made it therefore quite boring for me to listen, so I stopped.
To be honest, I had a slow start, so, no, I did not listen to it in one go. I had to "get warm" with it, but once I did and I got to dig more and more into the different examples, I finished listening all in one go!
"Small talk made easy for you"
If your like me and struggle to start small talk with people you need to listen to this audio book.
Small Talk not only gives you the tactics but examples on how to use them.
I found the example of conversations very helpful.
You will learn a lot about small talk and be able to interact with people you don't know with ease.
Get this audio book now it's worth it. I promise.
"Do you smile at strangers?"
The audiobook does a great job using multiple voices for the examples that they first provide, then break down the example to really show elements.
Really was the use of multiple voice actors.
I can understand the negative comments. This book is on a subject that is very natural to many people, yet there is a very quiet majority that are not great at connecting with people, or simply have a very negative viewpoint of small talk. I prefer deep conversations, and can be annoyed with small talk. This book showed me a slightly different way to look at those conversations as a filter to figure out and get to deep conversations quicker & with the right people. Basically, if you are an extrovert - the reason this book might appeal to you is to understand how more introverted people struggle with small talk & help them out. For introverts - this books can show you steps you can take to connect with more people, at that deep level you desire by using small talk to figure out who to go deeper with. Remember to smile at strangers ;-)
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