About Don Gabor


Don Gabor has been writing books, offering communication programs and consulting since 1980. Don is the author of the best-seller, How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends plus ten books and audio programs on interpersonal communication skills. His books have been translated into more than a twenty-five foreign editions and are published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, Prentice-Hall, and McGraw-Hill.

Don 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. He has presented workshops to GenRe, Professional Association of SQL Servers, Standard & Poor’s, Marriott Hotels, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Korin Japanese Trading Corp., Shearman & Sterling LLP and many other large and small companies, professional associations and colleges.


For individuals who want personalized training, Don also offers one-on-one coaching for speeches, presentations, networking skills, media training and book writing.

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 the 60 Minutes With Andy Rooney, WSJ’s Lunch Break, Good Day NY, Entrepreneur, New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily and many others. The New Yorker called Don, “a gifted conversationalist.” He has been a member of the National Speakers Association since 1991 and was the 2010-2011 president of the New York City Chapter.

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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.