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How to Talk to Anyone

Overcome Shyness, Social Anxiety and Low Self-Confidence & Be Able to Chat to Anyone!
Narrated by: Rachel Austin
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

Have the ability to talk to anyone with confidence. Always know what to say.

Overcome shyness and gain excellent communication skills fast with easy practical steps.

Updated for 2020, Jennifer Alisons' How to Talk to Anyone is a much-praised international best seller, thanks to its practical and easy-to-implement advice. You do not need to become a doctor and learn endless and often useless medical jargon to become a great conversationalist or know to deal with difficult situations in your life. You just need good solid advice you can implement into your daily life immediately and with ease.
 

Here's a preview of what you'll learn when you buy this book:

  • Overcome conversational obstacles fast
  • The secret trick that makes conversation so much easier!
  • Quickly overcome difficult thoughts, feelings, and bad habits
  • Do not let social anxiety hold your back
  • What people want from a conversation and how to deliver it
  • The top 15 skills required to be a great conversationalist
  • Dealing with specific difficult circumstances
  • Get over shyness fast, day-by-day
  • Real-life situations and how to solve them
  • Instant confidence tips
  • And much more.
     

Critic Reviews

“The essential guide to conversation skills, especially for those who usually struggle in social situations.” (London Weekend Magazine, February 2020)

“A book that is sure to help countless people gain the conversation knowledge they have always desired.” (Ellen Rosaland, author)

“....which is why we recommend this book every year.” (NY Knowledge, September 2019)

©2016 Jennifer Alison (P)2016 Jennifer Alison

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Very helpful, fantastic book

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Very helpful, original, easy to follow and effective. Fantastic booK!

I would recommend this to anyone who feels they need help with conversational matters, small talk, overcoming shyness etc.

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Good tips

This is a very good set of tips presented in a very relatable way
Will listen to again

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nicely presented

every thing about this book. loved the way it's read. like to put in to practice in daily life.

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Shyness? What shyness??!?!? :)

What did you like most about How to Talk to Anyone?

My problem has always been shyness, since i was a kid. I hated social situations or anything i didn't have full control over. I have been following the advice in this book for about a month now and can feel myself gradually but surely getting better.

I no longer have huge fear over social situations, i am getting there slowly and for that i am very grateful to the author of this book. x

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I liked the narrator a lot...only criticism would be the cover of this book which is not great.

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So helpful!

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Really useful nook, full of very good practical advice. I have been dealing with general social anxiety, shyness etc for most of my life. This is not an overnight cure but i can sincerely say I am handling difficult situations so much easier. I can now see why so many people have recommended this book to me.

Perfect length. Not too long, not too short. The perfect length to get the message across. Narrator i would say was 4 / 5.

Great book, i feel so much better and will continue to use the advice in this book everyday!

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This book really worked for me, a real booster

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An excellent resource, one full of very valuable informations, and tactics. My shyness has plagued me all my life but i am slowly (it takes time!) getting better, thanks to what I have learnt from this book. I am now on my 4th listen to it, which should say a lot. Recommend this for anyone who needs help with shyness, social anxiety and just general help with what to say in different situations and how to act / carry yourself. Great book!

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Fantastic book!!

Great !!! I will definitely use the advise given in this book to reduce my anxiety.

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Hugely informative, hugely enjoyable

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As my subject says, this was a hugely informative but also hugely enjoyable book to listen to, really helping me with everything from shyness to making small chat and actually mostly with dealing with an upcoming wedding and upcoming job interview. I feel more prepared, more relaxed and more realistic.

Terrible cover but great book! :-)

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Helped with shyness issues

What made the experience of listening to How to Talk to Anyone the most enjoyable?

That it worked!

Have you listened to any of Rachel Austin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not that i know of.
Her voice was great.
Easy to understand and to follow.
Professional recording.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry once...in the best way.
Because I felt a positive change inside.

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I hate how i am in public situations, to the point i often avoid them.
I feel awkward, never know what to say, i feel nervous and at times properly frightened.
Avoidance is easier than tackling it.

No more.

Things have changed and I put it 90% down to this book and 10% to myself.

Proper advice.
Advice anyone can use.

I am so much better and for that I am eternally grateful to the author. I still have a little bit more to go but i have never felt so positive.

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Great common sense book.

This was a great book lots of common sense advice but very important for anyone to learn. I recommend this book to anyone even people with great social skills, we can all improve even just little bit more.

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  • Audioaddict
  • 26-11-16

Incredibly helpful.

If you could sum up How to Talk to Anyone in three words, what would they be?

Helpful, genuine and life-changing.

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A genuinely incredible book, helpful to myself who suffers from social anxiety and shyness issues and I'm sure helpful to people from all walks of life.

I now find small-chat and striking up conversations quite easy - this is something i used to find, literally, impossible!

Excellent book, very helpful.

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  • Marianne
  • 05-11-16

Feel more at ease in social situations

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Absolutely fantastic book and most definitely my favorite in a very long time. Helped me deal with a load of issues. Social anxiety and shyness issues have always plagued me and they are most definitely not easy to overcome but i found the advice in this book to be excellent.

Of course not everything worked immediately, it did take a week or two for some things to click into place and their is one section (to do with social occasions) i had to listen to several times, but that is fine - u cant expect a life long list of bad habits to be eradicated with a single listen. It does take time but it is worth it.

A wonderful book and i hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.

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  • J1982
  • 12-01-17

Shyness is almost totally gone

Would you consider the audio edition of How to Talk to Anyone to be better than the print version?

Well i guess some people prefer to read books but personally i find audiobooks a lot easier to consume

What about Rachel Austin’s performance did you like?

Liked her voice, simple and easy to follow and understand.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

IT ACTUALLY WORKS...which makes a change for books in this genre!

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I would give this book 9 out of 10. I would have liked a few more of examples of other people who got better but apart from that I LOVED the advice and tips and found it all very very useful!

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  • Chris Wee
  • 28-11-16

Incredibly helpful

If you could sum up How to Talk to Anyone in three words, what would they be?

Very helpful book, full of very good practical advice - the best part is the advice actually felt realistic, it felt like things i could actually do in my own life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Talk to Anyone?

Narration was very good. Loud, clear and engaging voice.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

I guess the thing to remember is the things you will learn from this book will take time to seep in (although i found positive changes immediately!) as you cant expect to change a life-time of habits overnight, but stick with it, it does work. I am walking testament of that!

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Dealing with social anxiety / anxiety / self-esteem / shyness issues is not easy but it can be beaten. This is a fantastic book that will give you a lot of the tools you need to progress in life.

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  • Ian
  • 03-01-17

So much better than i expected it to be

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES.

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So much better than i expected it to be. I learned so much and got real practical SOLID tools to use in my own life, really helping with shyness and being able to talk to people, especially strangers or difficult / awkward situations. Highly recommended.

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  • Anna Hart
  • 12-10-16

Fantastic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. This is a really great book full of solid practical advice with just the right amount of self discovery. It covers a wide spectrum of conversational skills; from body language to conversation starters. There is a lot of focus on how to get people to enjoy talking to you, including some top notch advice on how to be a good listener and how to show people that you're interested in what they have to say. I hadn't ever thought about conversation in this light and I really think the author did a fantastic job with it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Talk to Anyone?

There are quite a few humorous moments throughout the book which is quite rare in books about self progression. I love the fact that it's impactful without being too heavy or monotonous.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Initially I did listen in one sitting but I'm planning to listen to it again over the space of a week or two so I can really focus on it and get even more out of it.

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Conversation is such an integral part of life. Feeling confident when you're speaking to people can make such a difference to your experience with others. I feel a lot more secure in myself now and I already feel less anxious about socialising (including when talking to people I find intimidating!). I highly recommend this book and I think anyone could benefit from it. It's great to learn how to really have time for other people and keep our communication with one another healthy and enjoyable!

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  • Nipun
  • 17-11-16

So helpful, Great Book!

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I took a chance on this book, something a little different from what I would usually go for - i am incredibly grateful I took the risk! This is a fantastic book, full of very good and workable strategies to help deal with shyness and anxiety issues about being around people.

Some of the advice took a bit longer to seep in than other parts, but generally i loved this book and can only say good things about it.

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  • Graham
  • 08-10-16

An excellent book, highly recommended

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely and I already have! Because it gives actual practical advice, not just a load of nonsense that does nothing to actually help me. I needed help. I got help from this book. I got it fast.

What about Rachel Austin’s performance did you like?

Really good narration. For me a narrator can really make or break an audiobook. I found her voice to be engaging without being annoying. The speed of her voice was perfect too.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

To be honest, both! A few parts really hit me, as they finally fully explained why i was having issues with chatting to people and social situations. Ultimately I came away very happy as I could feel the difference and knew this would have a positive effect on my life forever.

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Absolutely fantastic book. I can only speak from personal experience but for me this is truly life changing.

I am sick of books that just talk theory - i wanted practical advice and this is what I got. I have had issues with social situations, small chat, big conversations etc all my life and whilst I am not totally cured, I can sincerely say I started to feel better immediately upon getting this book. Thank you.

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  • JohnDoe931
  • 07-11-16

It's like she knew me for years

Loved this book!! I've always been the "shy guy" at work, struggling specifically with speaking in groups and to superiors. I'm the one that only opens up when among like-minded introverts (I'm sure you know the type!). I've been trying hard to work on this recently and this must be my 3rd purchase of a book on the subject. It's cheesy but I feel like the author perfectly describes my behaviour, and can predict my exact thought process when confronted with social situations. It's like she can read my mind, and that made me really comfortable and confident in her suggestions and advice. I've listened through it twice (second time taking a few notes, Audible app is great for that). The language is simple and easily understood, and it honestly feels like listening to a digital therapist at times. Might pick up a kindle version if available.

Some key takeaways you can expect:
- How to deal with worrying about what people might think about you
- How to be a better listener
- When and when NOT to speak (you'll find that us introverts actually have a very good sense of emotional/social cues)

If you pick it up, try to internalize as much as you can, and listen through it a second time (maybe at a higher playback speed if you want) to help you recall.

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  • Rebecca Campbell
  • 19-10-16

Recommend!

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Fantastic book, very impressed with just how much I learned from this. I had feared it would be the same content as i have read before, but a lot of it was unique and the stuff i had read before we told in a very unique and different way. Excellent book and one I have gained a lot from, so i have no hesitation in recommending it!

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