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Book Club for Professional Development

The Staff Center's Book Club is an opportunity for our non-MPP staff to network and discuss topics related to professional development.

 Spring 2023 Book Club 

Bookcover for How to Talk to Anyone.How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
Leil Lowndes

What is that magic quality makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover!) In business, they rise swiftly to the top of the corporate ladder. What is their "Midas touch?" What it boils down to is a more skillful way of dealing with people.

The author has spent her career teaching people how to communicate for success. In her book How to Talk to Anyone (Contemporary Books, October 2003) Lowndes offers 92 easy and effective sure-fire success techniques-- she takes the reader from first meeting all the way up to sophisticated techniques used by the big winners in life. In this information-packed book you’ll find: 9 ways to make a dynamite first impression, 14 ways to master small talk, "big talk," and body language, 14 ways to walk and talk like a VIP or celebrity, 6 ways to sound like an insider in any crowd, 7 ways to establish deep subliminal rapport with anyone, 9 ways to feed someone's ego (and know when NOT to!), 11 ways to make your phone a powerful communications tool, 15 ways to work a party like a politician works a room, and 7 ways to talk with tigers and not get eaten alive. - Expert taken from

Book Pick-up
Location: Staff Center (Commons 109)
Tuesday, Feb. 14
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Feel free to reach out to us if this time doesn't work.

1st Half Book Discussions
In-person Discussion
Location: Com 109
March 23
2 - 3 p.m.

March 22
10 - 11 a.m.

2nd Half Book Discussions
In-person Discussion
Location: Com 109
April 27
10 - 11 a.m.

April 26
2 - 3 p.m

Part 1 discussion

Previous Reads

All previous reads are available for loan through the Unversity Library.

  • Spring 2023
    Stop Overthinking Book Cover

    Stop Overthinking: 23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present by Nick Trenton