The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Dec 26, 2008 - Self-Help - 304 pages
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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 Pleasure

User 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 Pleasure

User 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

Contents

THE MULTITASKING MIRACLE
WHY MODERN LIFE IS BAD FOR CONVERSATION
THE LOGIC OF RUDENESS
THE MIND MECHANIC
THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY
THE CONCISE MANIFESTO
HOW GREETINGS CONNECT
THE ORIGINS OF CONFUSION
THE SOCIAL CONJUROR
WHAT IS FUNNY?
HONEST DELUSIONS
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

MAPPING BOUNDARIES
CENTRAL CASTING
TO HI OR HOW DO YOU DO?
THE ANATOMY OF SMALL TALK
THE RISE OF SMALL TALK
DISABLING SHYNESS
THE PRINCIPLES
THE DYNAMISM OF LISTENING
LISTENING AS SELFEXPRESSION AND REPRESSION
TIMELESS MEASURES FOR TAILORING TOPICS?
THE CHOICE
THE MENU
STAGING TOPICAL TAKEOVERS
WHAT IS BOREDOM?
WHAT MAKES A BORE?
INVISIBLE FLIRTING
RAISING THE GAME
HOW TO FLATTER
HOW TO BE FLATTERED
WITH RESERVATIONS
THE CHALLENGE OF SHOPTALK
MECHANICS AND FLUID DYNAMICS
TWOWAY DANCES AND HYDRAHEADED MONSTERS
MENTAL CARE FOR MEETINGS
EVASION
MEDIATION
PERSUASION
MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
SHUTUP SHOP
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Catherine Blyth is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in numerous British publications, including The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Despite her marriage to a mischievous gossip columnist, she still manages to enjoy a thriving social life.

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