• Small Talk Made Simple

  • Discover How to Start Conversations, Connect with People, and Master the Art of Networking
  • By: Gerald Confienza
  • Narrated by: Eric LaCord
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Do you hate being the awkward one in conversations? Do you dread the uncomfortable silence that comes after you’ve run out of things to say? Do you wish you had a magic pill that could help you master the art of small talk? If so, then keep reading.

Because I understand the importance of meeting new people and keeping friendships, I have written Small Talk Made Simple. In this book, I have broken down the art of small talk into a step by step procedure anyone can easily navigate through. 

In Small Talk Made Simple, you will: 

  • Discover simple conversation hacks that will put you one step ahead of the rest. 
  • Discover proven techniques to build rapport and connect with people you’ve just met. 
  • Learn how to never run of things to say! 
  • Learn how to ask the right questions and how to avoid the wrong ones. Apply expert secrets for building your social confidence.
  • Discover a simple method for overcoming shyness and social anxiety.
  • Put into practice proven lines, phrases and conversation starters that will get you connecting with others in no time!

If you’re ready to finally master the fine art of small talk, then get your copy of this book today!

©2019 Gerald Confienza (P)2019 Gerald Confienza

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Absolutely awful

Given all the glowing reviews of this book. I actually checked twice to make sure they were all reviewing the same book I just listened to. To begin with, the narrator is automated. Not a real person. But I had listened to the preview and was willing to give it a try. The real problem with the book is that it offered no usable insight for anyone but people with severe social disorder who have trouble leaving home. (And, in case you think that is who the book is for, the author states that that is not who this book is for).

There was no insight or advice that was usable or new. I could have written this book in about the same time it took me to listen to it (which was faster than advertised because I was forced to listen to it at 1.5X because it was so repetitive and lame). All I would have to do is repurpose a few Google articles on the topic.

Total waste of money and time.

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Underwhelming and Borderline Annoying

This isn't the worst audio book, but there are better ones available.

The worst part of the experience is the narrator. He has a whinny quality to his voice while also reading the content with extreme emotional detachment. There are moments in the book where the advice that is being given is practically being contradicted by the narrator because of his style. Really makes immersion difficult.

The first section of the book is less about small talk and more about how to develop your confidence to the point you can engage in small talk. Important in its own right, but it takes up more real-estate in the book that is warranted by the stated subject matter on the cover. It is a waste of time for people that don't have crippling social anxiety or confidence issues.

The advice given about small talk sounds like the author went online and looked up lists of tips on small talk and making conversation then tried to build a narrative around them and attempt to expand on them a bit. There was little that seemed insightful or new that I haven't run into after some simple searches on the internet.

If you have virtually no social and conversational skills because of anxiety and confidence issues then this book will probably be a help. Otherwise, there are better books available.

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This is an awesome audiobook

This book have simple way to learn about develop your communication skill in conversation. Highly prefer to all.

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Insightful

Many informative ideas included via Author. I chose that from Amazon. I discovered that this book exceeded all of my expectations. It is loaded with practical actionable advice that will take ones small talk skills to the next level. I prefer that for everyone.

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Everyone should listen to this audiobook.

Learning and applying the concepts presented here will change your life - personally and professionally - for the better. The lectures start from the basics and work their way through exactly how communication works. This is useful for anyone who wants to learn how to better communicate with others.

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Good one

I liked this book a lot. it inspired me to actually want to go make small talk with strangers. I can't wait to give it a try and look forward to practicing these techniques.

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So great and filled with useful info

Quick and easy listen with quick and easy tips. An enjoyable and educational read easily understood and very well written.

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Love this one

Gentle instructions of how to become a skilled small talker. The most important skill I have learned so far. I noticed immediate change, thank you!!!

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Read by a computer, content is lacking

I read the few bad reviews and thought they just weren’t being fair. I hate leaving negative reviews, but this audio book is terrible.

The content is beyond lacking. I forced myself to continue listening, trying to get some value out of this book. I’m sorry, this book is terrible.

The absolute worst part is the computer reading. My 9 year old is a better public reader.

Do not waste your money.

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this was not worth the time

What the heck...this book was beyond elementary. you will not find any help here. on top of the lesser value, the audio voice was terrible.

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  • 10-11-19

Narrator....

Absolutely terrible narrator. Sounds like a robot, impossible to get through the whole book. Cannot recommend.

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  • Willdor
  • 11-09-19

Content OK but abysmal narration

Couldn’t get past the narrator’s unnatural English. Really makes listening to the book a 1 star experience.

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  • DadGeek101
  • 09-30-19

Terrible

The narrator is awful to listen too - very slow and condescending way of speaking. The book however is worse. It includes gems such as brush your teeth and wear clean clothes. How this relates to the title is tenuous and just filler material. Returned.

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  • Paul Castillo
  • 06-07-22

Worst audio book I've ever purchased!

Please don't waste your money or time with this. The narration is horrific and so hard to follow, that it does not matter how "great" the content is. Probably better off buying the actual book or kindle.

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  • I. d
  • 01-13-22

Not what I expected

I don't want to appear rude but after listening to the narrator for about 5 minutes and I genuinely gave it that long I think I'll stay an Introvert.

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  • bottyburps
  • 09-14-21

Fantastic material, thanks.

Book is amazing, thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this book. Highly recommend it. Narration is a little monotone, because of the great material, I pushed past this.

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  • Rosie Smyth
  • 12-03-20

Narrated by a Robot

I wish so badly I had listened to a sample of this...because WOW...the narration is so so bad that initially I thought my phone was fritzing out on me. The narrator sounds like a stoned robot that’s trying to appear normal by making strange inflections. Literally couldn’t get past the first 5 minutes so I’ve no idea if the content of the book is good or not. But wow. Just wow. It’s so bad it’s laughable.

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  • Nicholas Peacock
  • 09-11-19

Everybody should listen this book!

This book had great advice for improving communication with job interviews and life in general! The narrator was awesome and as someone already said, sounded like he was speaking to me rather than reading a book. I enjoyed this audiobook and highly recommend it.

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  • Millie Wong
  • 09-11-19

Excellent Audiobook

I really enjoyed this book! I immediately put in to practice some of the common sense approaches for better communicating. I look forward to listening to other books written by this author

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  • Lola Bibi
  • 09-09-19

This audio book inspired me

Loved this book! It covers more areas of social, professional and personal communication than expected! two thumbs up! A must read!