From “Chit-Chat” to “Cha-Ching!” Internationally Renowned “Small Talk” Expert, Debra Fine, Keynote Speaker at Association of Independent Information Professionals

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Debra Fine, Keynote Speaker for the Association of Independent Information Professionals annual conference, held April 3rd – 7th at the Denver, Colorado Westin Hotel, will share her proven tips and techniques for turning “cocktail party small talk” into cash and a consulting contract.

“We felt that Debra’s presentation is perfect for our membership," says AIIP President Scott Brown, "her talk will prove to be powerful and effective for many of our members who know there are opportunities out there to find and win business."

If attending a Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting is intimidating, if a business lunch with a new prospect is frightening, if going to a work-related cocktail hour produces anxiety, then internationally renowned speaker Debra Fine probably has the solution to these stress-inducing events. Don’t worry—we’ve all been there, so what can you do about it? In a lively, interactive presentation, best-selling author Debra Fine is the featured Keynote Speaker for the opening session of the 27th Annual Conference of the Association of Independent Information Professionals ( Fine will present her time-tested, fun, and eye-opening methods to guide the attendees of this year’s conference to better business networking techniques: Mingling with icebreakers, starting conversations, mastering introductions and remembering names, keeping the conversation going—all these rapport building elements—and more—will be demystified.

“We are independent researchers and information professionals so most of us are accustomed to working alone,” says AIIP President Scott Brown. “We felt that Debra’s presentation is perfect for our membership. In addition to being entertaining, her talk will prove to be powerful and effective for many of our members who absolutely know there are opportunities out there to find and win business at a party or other social networking event.”

About Debra Fine

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 for more information about Debra and her work.

About AIIP

The Association of Information Professionals (AIIP, is the premier industry association for independent information professionals. The membership consists of more than 500 owners from around the world whose firms provide research and consulting services across a wide variety of industries. Business research, competitive intelligence, market analysis, database development, training, and information management consulting are just a few of the areas in which AIIP members specialize. Some of the vertical industries AIIP members serve include scientific, medical, pharmaceutical, regulatory, information technology, education, financial services, manufacturing, nonprofits and life sciences. A directory of members is available at:    

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For more information about the Association of Independent Professionals, contact AIIP Headquarters, Baton Rouge, LA; (225)408-4400, email: office(at)aiip(dot)org

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