Debra Fine developed The Fine Art of Small Talk to teach technically oriented professionals conversation skills, relationship building techniques, and business networking approaches. Debra’s programs are held regularly for Fortune 500 firms, educational institutions, and organizations in finance, law, health care, real estate, government, and engineering. Her bestselling book "The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills – and Leave a Positive Impression" (Hyperion) received excellent reviews in Library Journal and USA Today and was the subject of feature stories in New York Times and Chicago Tribune. Debra’s latest book in the Fine Art series is "The Fine Art of the Big Talk: How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work" (Hyperion). Recent media appearances include the Today Show, the Early Show, NPR Morning Edition, Fox Business News, and CNN. Go to www.DebraFine.com for more information about Debra and her work.
Keynote 1: Debra Fine on The Fine Art of Small Talk
Presenter: Debra Fine
Moderator: Jan Davis
Do you dread corporate cocktail parties where you are expected to schmooze with complete strangers? Do you spend an abnormal amount of time hiding out in the bathroom or hanging out at the buffet table at social gatherings? In a lively, interactive session, best selling author Debra Fine guides us to better business networking techniques: Mingling with icebreakers, starting conversations, mastering introductions and remembering names, keeping the conversation going, and other rapport building elements.