Don Gabor will show you…How to start conversations, network, make friends, and be more successful!

Every business, social, and personal relationship starts with a conversation. Learn how to break the ice, remember names, know what to say next, work the room, and make profitable connections with everyone you meet.


  • How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends

    How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends

    Small-talk expert Don Gabor has helped thousands of people…

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  • Turn Small Talk Into Big Deals

    Turn Small Talk Into Big Deals

    Revolutionary new approach to the timeless topic of networking.

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  • Speaking Your Mind in 101 Difficult Situations

    Speaking Your Mind in 101 Difficult Situations

    Don Gabor provides answers to conversation challenges…

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  • Talking with Confidence for the Painfully Shy

    Talking with Confidence for the Painfully Shy

    Speak out in any business or social situation.

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  • Words That Win: What to Say to Get What You Want

    Words That Win: What to Say to Get What You Want

    Don Gabor tells you how to assert yourself and get what you want.

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  • Big Things Happen When You Do the Little Things Right

    Big Things Happen When You Do the Little Things Right

    Realize your most ambitious goals.

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  • Plane-Talk: Networking at 30,000 Feet

    Plane-Talk: Networking at 30,000 Feet

    Use the time you spend in airports and on airplanes to build…

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  • Intimate Conversations: How to Talk to the People You Love

    Intimate Conversations: How to Talk to the People You Love

    Converse assertively and openly…

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Don Gabor
The New Yorker called Don,
“A gifted conversationalist.”

Who is Don?

don2Don Gabor is an author, conversation and networking expert. He founded Conversation Arts Media in 1991, a communications consulting company based in Brooklyn, NY. He shows business people from all disciplines how to grow their revenues by starting profitable conversations and networking in business and social situations.

Don has presented workshops to GenRe, Marriott Hotels, Professional Association of SQL Servers, Standard & Poor’s, Korin Japanese Trading Corp., Shearman & Sterling LLP and many other large and small companies, professional associations and colleges. Don was a media spokesperson for Grand Marnier, Sprint and Frito-Lay.

As a frequent media guest, his books have been featured in hundreds of print, radio, social media and television interviews, including 60 Minutes With Andy Rooney, WSJ’s “Lunch Break,” Good Day NY, Entrepreneur, New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily and many others. He has been a member of the National Speakers Association since 1991 and was the 2010-2011 president of the New York City Chapter.

Books in English

Don is the author of the best seller, How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends, plus books and audio programs published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, Random House Audio Books, Prentice-Hall and McGraw-Hill. His books help people improve their ability to communicate at home, work and everywhere in between.

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Foreign Editions

Don Gabor’s books have been translated into twenty-five languages including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, Polish, German, Hindi, Korean, and Portuguese, and published in more than 30 countries.

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Don Gabor’s workshops and keynotes are fast-paced, interactive and entertaining. He delivers 45-minute to full-day programs on networking, public speaking and book writing that consist of approximately 40% theory and demonstration and 60% application, role plays, practice and feedback.

With more than 30 years training experience, Don’s sessions offer communication strategies, skills and tips that will help attendees better connect and converse with colleagues, clients and prospects at company events, industry conferences, and other business meetings.


For individuals who want personalized one-on-one coaching for presentations, conversation skills, media training and book writing is only a telephone call away!

Call Don at 718-768-0824 if you are looking coaching in how to:

  • Create, prepare and present an entertaining and impactful speech or workshop
  • Write a non-fiction book proposal to pitch to a publisher
  • Organize and write a self-help book on your topic
  • Prepare for media or job interviews
  • Converse, network and connect in business, social and personal situations

Don is “The Small Talk Guy”

Topics in Don’s blog, “The Small Talk Guy” focus on communication issues and opportunities that you face everyday when talking to clients, prospects, customers, coworkers, friends and family—even strangers on airplanes. Don’s blog offers answers to readers’ questions, career and relationship tips, snippets of his books, interviews with interesting people, and his unique take on current and cultural events. Click to read these recent posts that focus on how public speaking and networking can boost your career:

Would You Like to Get Paid to Speak?

Pitching Posits and Problems to a Panel of Experts Pumps Up Your Profile

IT Pros Who Speak Up Move Up

Networking at 30,000 Feet Can Pay Off Big Time

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Author Interview about How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends

In this Simon & Schuster interview Don discusses how you can use your conversation skills, online media, and social networks to make new friends and enhance your relationships.

Hospitality Industry Leadership Conference, "Surf's Up! Let's Go Networking" (demo)

This 8-minute demo shows Don introducing his interactive keynote with his ukulele version of "Networkin' USA" (based on The Beach Boys hit, "Surfin' USA"), plus tips and techniques for places to network, breaking the ice, making small talk, remembering names and catching waves of business contacts at networking events.

Don sings "Annoying Networker Blues" at Swap the Biz, New York City

Like most people, Don has met his share of networking sharks, chatterboxes, bores and know-it-alls at business and social events. That's why the audience at the Swap the Biz event in NYC chuckles when he plays his ukulele and sings his original song, "Annoying Networker Blues."

Don conducts his Learning Annex workshop, "50 Sure-Fire Ways to Break the Ice and Improve Your Conversations"

Don interactive workshops present all the communications skills, tips, and strategies you need to start, continue and end your conversations with poise and confidence in business, social, and personal situations.