Books: Three of a kind - Add value to your conversation


Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

A book with a laudable aim - to transform those 'Good weekend?' conversations into something more meaningful. Fine's message is clear: listen, take an interest in people, have something to say. One warning about the text, though: it's a little simplistic. Any readers who need to be told that 'fondling body parts' during a conversation is a bad idea may require more help than this book can provide.***

Debra Fine Piatkus £7.99


The master of lateral thinking gives us a collection of brain exercises that if worked through properly will have you coming out in a sweat. De Bono alludes to the 'playground' of the mind, but this is more of a workhouse. Nevertheless, hard work never harmed anyone, and if you have the staying power, this could be a winner.**

Edward de Bono Penguin £8.99


Lowndes' 'little tricks for big success' range from the commonplace to the deeply Machiavellian. She's big on body language and advises brushing up your 'flooding' smiles and 'epoxy' eyes. More independent-minded readers will baulk at her conversational techniques: 'echoing' the speaker; agreeing with everything they utter. If you're not careful, you might end up more doormat than listener.*

Leil Lowndes Thorsons £7.99 *** best of its kind ** could be useful * of minor interest none: avoid

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