Leil Lowndes offers a cafeteria of tips for exceptional conversational starters and mind blending hacks to brew you into a people person. Read this honest review of How to Talk to Anyone to know my takeaways and take on the book and why I recommend it to you.
About How To Talk To Anyone
Title: How To Talk To Anyone
Author: Leil Lowndes
Publisher: Contemporary Books
Goodreads rating: 3.7/5
How To Talk to Anyone was first published in 2003, written by Leil Lowndes, an internationally recognized communication expert. As the title promises, the book talks about how to speak from the first page to the end. In addition, this book offers a bag of 92 tricks; you will find hacks on how to smile on the first meeting or develop eye contact through sticky eyes or parroting techniques; like this, the author throws a plethora of subliminal techniques for the beginners to master the premium communication skills. Continue to read the book review of How To Talk To Anyone for more.
How To Talk To Anyone – Book Review
I didn’t pick this book! Gifted by my dad to his introverted daughter back in 2011. In the beginning, I thought this book would be like usual motivational stuff like being confident while talking, watching your tone of voice, and other internet pieces of preachy advice. But after a few pages, to my astonishment, I had wow moments like ‘Oh, this is how it is!’
The title and cover are very apt to each other with their color combination and the pretty straightforward label of the book, as it serves the same as promised on the book cover.
So let me give you a glimpse of what is inside the book, first an introduction of what one can expect from this book and how this is apt in 21 st century. Then, the author starts regarding Dale Carnegie’s relevant principles even today, even after over 66 years, like showing interest in other people, smiling, etc. Continuing further, she gives exact two reasons why this particular book of How To Talk To Anyone is needed to practice the principles of famous communication experts.
“Your eyes are personal grenades that have the power to detonate people’s emotions.”Leil Lowndes
The techniques mentioned in the book are efficient, and she has explicitly explained how to do them. For example, if you read Carnegie’s book, you might read about the impact of a smile. The author of this book explicitly gives hacks and how to smile. Yeah, you heard it right! We know to smile, how to smile we may not know, observe yourself which creates impact in you, a flashy quick smile like a camera click or a smile flooding slowly and reflecting in eyes. Which gives a warm wave of greeting? This is what the author exposes these types of little hacks to the mind, which we tend to ignore many times.
What you can expect from this book is 92 techniques, backed by the author’s personal experiences and observations and a decent detailed explanation of how to implement the method—most of these tap into the subconscious mind, which releases a high rate of likeliness towards the person.
“There are two kinds of people in this life: Those who walk into a room and say,
‘Well, here I am!’ And those who walk in and say,
‘Ahh, there you are.”Leil Lowndes
If you ask me what I liked, her catchy names for her techniques like Sticky eyes, Epoxy eyes or the Flooding smile or Exclusive smile and the exclusive style and hooks to keep us engaged. I was like, ‘Oh, there are different eye contact and different types of smiles!’ I started to observe people around me who were at the peak of communication, especially my younger sister; yeah, I’m very sneaky. All of these were unknowingly using one or the other techniques.
If you ask me what I didn’t like, I felt these tricks were like cosmetics to socialize, a quick way to create impressions. It lacked the depth of thought through several engagements, from strangers to best buddies; in short, I mean creating a long-lasting connection instead of quick grand impressions on the outer surface.
But still, there is a lot to learn from this book. And irrespective of the shortcoming, this book has a lot to offer.
Rating: 5 / 5
Recommendation: Definitely yes! Read and create that wow impact on social gatherings.
I can assure you this book is positively practical, and insightful, and gives you the right direction to socialize without facing any awkwardness. If you have liked how to Win Friends and Influence People, ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts’ or any other books like this, you will like this one.
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About the Author
Leil Lowndes is an internationally proclaimed communication coach. She worked with Elementary school children, then as an international flight attendant to Crusie Director. Leil also worked as a substitute host on New York’s #1 radio talk show. After decades of experimentation in communicating with all ages and people, she now conducts hundreds of seminars in corporations. In addition, she has written around ten books and translated over 26 languages, all surrounding to sharpen her communication skills.
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