The Art of Civilized Conversation: A Guide to Expressing Yourself with Style and Grace

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The Art of Civilized Conversation: A Guide to Expressing Yourself with Style and Grace Etiquette
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In this cell-phone and e-mail age that we live in the art of the face-to-face conversation is slowly dying. Yet making polite conversation is a practical skill. For those intimidated by the complexity of personal interaction, or those simply looking to polish their speaking skills, 'The Art of Civilized Conversation' is a powerful guide to communicating in a endearing way. In its pages, author Margaret Shepherd offers opening lines, graceful apologies, thoughtful questions, and the confidence to take conversations beyond hello. This book is the perfect inspiration not only for what to say but for how to say it with style.

Editorial Reviews

Shepherd (The Art of the Handwritten Note ) now revives the all-but-forgotten art of interpersonal communication. Sure, we might joke about charm and finishing schools, but if you have ever lost control of a business meeting, stood alone in a room full of people, or simply been at a loss for words, this book is for you. There are tips on remembering names, telling jokes, and turning off a "talker," as well as guidance on the proper way to apologize, introduce people, or recover from a blunder. Shepherd's approach to teaching social skills starts and ends with a respectful interest in other people. Rules of engagement are clearly outlined, as are tips on how to keep the conversation rolling along. Not shallow or pretentious, this book, which would also make a great gift, would be an excellent addition to reference collections. Highly recommended.--Ann Schade, Madison, WI

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