The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure (Google eBook)
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Reclaim the pleasures and possibilities of great conversation with this sparkling guide from the witty pen of an Englishwoman wise to its art
Every day we use cell phones and computers to communicate, but it's easy to forget that we possess a communication technology that has been in research and development for thousands of years. Catherine Blyth points out the sorry state of disrepair that conversation has fallen into-and then, taking examples from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and popular culture, she gives us the tools to rebuild.
The Art of Conversation isn't about etiquette, elocution, or knowing how to hold your teacup with your little finger crooked just so. It's about something simple and profound: connecting. Conversation costs nothing, but can bring you the world, because it transcends the ability to talk to anyone. What transforms encounters into adventures is how we listen, laugh, flirt, and flatter. Blyth celebrates techniques for reading and changing minds, whether you're in a bar or a boardroom.
As Alexander Pope nearly wrote, "True ease in talking comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learned to dance." When you have read The Art of Conversation, you'll not only know the steps, but hear the music like never before.
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Review: The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected PleasureUser Review - BreAnna Long - Goodreads
Ok, so I didn't actually finish reading this one, but I just couldn't. It was so dull and terribly written in my opinion. There was only a small thread that attempted to tie together all the chapters ... Read full review
Review: The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected PleasureUser Review - Kate Diffley - Goodreads
A friend gave me this book a few months ago. It was written in 2012. The message I got like my friend is today with Facebook, Twitter, Voice Mail, Selfie, Tex Messages, E-mail, etc... We are not ... Read full review
THE SOCIAL CONJUROR
WHAT IS FUNNY?
A USERS GUIDE
TELL A LIE?
GUIDELINES FOR SNARING LIARS OR ALTERNATIVELY NOT GETTING CAUGHT
THE RISING PRICE OF NEGOTIATING FOR LOVE
COURTSHIP LOVE BOMBS AND OTHER VERBAL ATTACKS
TO HI OR HOW DO YOU DO?
THE ANATOMY OF SMALL TALK
THE RISE OF SMALL TALK
THE DYNAMISM OF LISTENING
LISTENING AS SELFEXPRESSION AND REPRESSION
TIMELESS MEASURES FOR TAILORING TOPICS?
STAGING TOPICAL TAKEOVERS
WHAT IS BOREDOM?
WHAT MAKES A BORE?
RAISING THE GAME
HOW TO FLATTER
HOW TO BE FLATTERED
THE CHALLENGE OF SHOPTALK
MECHANICS AND FLUID DYNAMICS
TWOWAY DANCES AND HYDRAHEADED MONSTERS
MENTAL CARE FOR MEETINGS
MIND YOUR LANGUAGE