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Publisher's Summary

Think quickly on your feet: be smooth, funny, and clever - all at once. Goodbye awkward silences, hello conversational agility!

In any interaction, witty banter is almost always the end goal. It allows you to (1) disarm and connect with anyone, (2) immediately exit boring small talk mode, and (3) instantly build rapport like you’re old friends.

Flow with the conversational twists and turns like water.

The Art of Witty Banter examines the art, nuance, and mechanics of banter and charm to make you a witty comeback machine, the likes of which your friends have never seen. You’ll be able to handle, defend, disarm, and engage others in a way that makes you comfortable and confident with each growing day.

Transform "interview" conversations into comfortable rapport.

Patrick King is an internationally best-selling author and social skills and conversation coach. As someone who teaches people to speak for a living, he’s broken wit and banter down to a science and given you real guidelines on what to say and when.

Make a sharp, smart, and savvy impression every time.

Learn:

  • Why the questions you use make people freeze
  • How to master teasing, witty comebacks, and initiating jokes and humor
  • What free association is and how it makes you quick-witted 

There’s no guesswork here - you’ll get exact examples and phrases to plug into your daily conversations.

Find out about:

  • The reactions and exact phrases to make yourself be heard.
  • The best types of compliments to give and what you’re doing wrong.
  • What a fallback story is and how it can save you. 

Never again be boring, awkward, or generic.

Conversation is the key to all that you want in life. Moving up in your career, making new friends, and romantic success - it all starts from the same foundation of conversation. So, make the most out of them and specialize in witty banter. You’ll have a waiting list of new friends.

This is the eighth book in the How to be More Likable and Charismatic series.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Patrick King (P)2020 Patrick King

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  • Alyssa Boisson
  • 2022-01-05

“Women should be seen and not heard”

I thought this book would be cute and funny; a cultural observation of the behavior of some of the world’s most clever conversationalists.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This book full of cringe-worthy advice that perpetuates the echo chamber of bro-y white dudes telling cheesy jokes. I wish I could say it was interesting to see the blueprints for the conversations that construct the “old boys club.” It was not.

I listened to this book during a drive. Within the first quarter I could tell it was going to be tortuous. Why did I finish it? I wanted to see if the author would grant a woman a speaking role in a book about conversations. Spoiler alert: nope.

EVERY example of dialogue and “wit” (including fictional references to pop culture characters as well as and scenarios invented or experienced by the author) featured only males. Meanwhile, the narrator (male, shocker) doesn’t know how to pronounce the word “hyperbole.”

In over 20 conversation examples that range from David Letterman to Fresh Prince of Bel Air to some dude named Bob at work, this author does not grant a woman a speaking role. That’s right: this book about having conversations doesn’t pass the Bechdel Test.

Chapter 5 includes the largest amount of female presence (still no speaking roles… just a story about a man who is going to take one female colleague’s job while she’s out on maternity leave… after having an affair with his other female coworker).

No part of this was funny, creative, or novel. All of it was sexist, gross, and filled with advice sure to repel anyone around you with an ounce of humor and authenticity.

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  • Jennifer W. Rickard
  • 2021-02-02

Great tips for any one that speaks.

I really found this an easy to understand guide. I will be listening multiple times until I master some of these techniques. I plan to use some of these suggestions in my writing as well. Especially liked the comedy triple. Well written and relatable examples.

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  • mike
  • 2021-06-03

weak

I am disappointed. most of the stuff in this book is just common sense. I shut the tape off halfway through

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  • Nyk
  • 2021-11-16

“How to be an even whiter white guy”…

This is a guide for meeting new people and making them like you. It’s not about being authentic while being witty and comedic, unfortunately.

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  • Sean Burget
  • 2022-07-22

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Easily understood information that is practical and useful in real life. You will be able to put this book to use right away.

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  • Amanda Rucker
  • 2022-06-07

A sociopaths guide to pretending you are normal.

Nothing innovative or interesting about this book

It is a guideline on how to man the barbecue at your neighborhood cookout. It should come with a pair of New Balance sneakers

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  • Sarterus Rowe
  • 2022-05-24

Practical Light Advice

Quick read with no source cite, just some useful tips. Book would be a lit better if I cludedsome of the spycology behind the advice or stronger examples. Not a home run but if stuck at the plate it will help you get on base.

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  • Nick k
  • 2022-04-14

Good ideas.

This book outlines a great starting point to become more socially engaged and connecting with people.