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How to Talk With Practically Anybody About…

How to Talk With Practically Anybody About Practically Anything

by Barbara Walters

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This book is from the 70s, but so intriguing and helpful for anyone wanting advice on interpersonal relationships both in business and personal life. I so wish Barbara Walters would do an updated version just to get it out there again! ( )
  Victorya | May 5, 2007 |
Walters shows geniune leadership as a public figure. Her interviews are not just about herself, but about bringing out people, and especially ones with something to say.

Many of the suggestions are banal. For example, using "conversational ploys" that are "guaranteed to stimulate conversation" like "If you could be any person in history, whom would you like to have been?" [170]. What kind of question is that? However, even the banal is promising in this arena. And so many of her suggestions are real gold -- for all of us. I do particularly like her suggestion that we broaden and deepen conversation, and that we genuinely interview and poll each other for ideas, opinions, and insights.

"The best ice breakers are genuine interest, a warm introductory compliment, and smiling as you clearly say who you are and something about what you are." [172] There you go.
  keylawk | Mar 6, 2007 |
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This book is dedicated to the men I have always found it easiest to talk with -- my husband, Lee Guber, my father, Lou Walters and the enlightened males at NBC who took a chance on an unknown girl and ultimately made this book possible.
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A few years ago I found myself at lunch with Aristotle Onassis, then as now one of the world's wealthiest and most intriguing men.
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