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How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends: Revised And Updated    by Don Gabor Amazon.com order for
How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends
by Don Gabor
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Touchstone, 2011 (2001)
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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Gabor's book begins with an explanation of body language and how it can help or hurt the first impression you make on others. SOFTEN is the term often used as a way to remember six body language softeners. S is for smile, O is for open arms, F means lean forward and T is for touch. E means make eye contact and N means nod to show you are listening. These six are only the beginning of being aware of what body postures often say to others.

There are many ways to begin a conversation. Gabor gives advice on breaking the ice at any social function. He explains how to continue conversations and end them gracefully. The pages also include helpful charts, graphs and quizzes that teach the reader how to recognize his own conversational style and use this insight in daily life.

These days your presence online is often important. There are ways to create a winning online profile, engage others, join online conversations and social networking. Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn are mentioned, with advice about deciding which to join and how these and other networks can introduce you to groups with interests like your own. There are other books with tips on navigating online networks, but Gabor's advice is a good place to begin.

Body language, conversations and networking are all topics that will make being friended easier whether online or at a party.

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