Does the Idea of "Breaking the Ice," Leave You Feeling Cold?

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Breaking the Ice, 306 Great Conversation Starters, will help anyone feel more comfortable and confident when meeting and connecting with others.

Say you’ve just encountered somebody you’d like to know better, so you summon the nerve to introduce yourself. What happens next could make the difference between a good, lasting relationship and no relationship at all. Many times, what happens next is the nothingness of total silence -- unless a nervous giggle counts as something. Oh well, you say with resignation; there goes that potential new business - or personal-connection.

It needn’t be that way, says Dave Sherman, founder of Scottsdale-based Connection Pros. Widely known as The Networking Guy, the nationally known speaker/coach has just come out with a new book that helps people get beyond that obligatory name - or business card- exchange that often is followed by a dreaded stillness that can lead absolutely nowhere.

Breaking the Ice – 306 Great Conversation Starters is packed with suggestions for helping people get beyond hello” when meeting people for the first time. Sherman, who maintains, “It’s not what you do, it’s who you are” that determines whether or not people will want to get to know you better, says solid relationships must be built on initial likeability and commonality. Though several of the book’s pages are devoted to business settings, most of its content is targeted to any kind of situation. Sherman also is author of the book, The Networking Guy’s 50 Top Tips. http://www.connectionpros.com.

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