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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.

Don’s Clients

Don’s Clients

Clients in this list include corporations, associations and small businesses.



  • AOL Time-Warner
  • Bowne Business Solutions
  • MTV
  • National Basketball Association
  • USA Today
  • Viacom


  • American Management Assoc.
  • Children’s Television Workshop
  • Dartmouth Tuck School of Business
  • D.E.I. Franchise Systems
  • Katherine Gibbs School
  • New York University
  • Slim Goodbody Productions
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • SUNY – Kingsborough, Marymount Colleges
  • Taylor Business Institute
  • Technical Career Institute
  • TEC (The Executive Committee)
  • The Learning Annex

Food/Restaurant Supply

  • Frito-Lay
  • Gohan Society
  • Grand Marnier
  • Korin Japanese Trading Corp.
  • Machiko Cooking, USA

Manufacturing, Sales & Service

  • Air Conditioners Assoc. of America
  • Arista Air Conditioning Corp.
  • Burks Paper Supply Company
  • Twinco Supply Company

Public Relations

  • Golin Harris Communications
  • Nike Communications


  • Books 24×7
  • Different Roads to Learning
  • Kodansha Publishers, Ltd.
  • Embassy Books, India
  • Macmillan Publishers
  • McGraw-Hill Professional
  • Penguin Book Publishers and Prentice-Hall
  • Random House/Crown Book Publishers
  • Simon & Schuster


  • CSEA Ed Locals Nassau 865 & Suffolk 870
  • United States Postal Service
  • Wharton Club of Long Island

Technology & Telecommunications

  • Microsoft
  • NYNEX Telephone
  • Professional Association of SQL Servers and SQL Saturday
  • Sprint


  • Bovis Lend Lease
  • Middlesex Water Company
  • Wingate Consulting Group, Inc


  • American Express
  • AXA Equitable
  • Assoc. of the Bar of the City of NY
  • Credit Suisse and First Boston Bank
  • FM Global
  • General Reinsurance
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Navigant
  • N.Y. County Lawyer’s Association
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Standard & Poors


  • Association for Worksite Health
  • Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc.
  • Reliant Pharmaceuticals

Non-Profits/Networking Groups

  • American Business Women’s Association NY
  • Miss California Scholarship Pageant
  • New York Public Library
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Rotary International District 7150
  • Swap the Biz
  • US-China Partners

Real Estate

  • Assoc. of Co-Op & Condo Managers
  • Century 21 Realty
  • Julien Studley, Inc.
  • New York Assoc. of Real Estate Managers
  • New York Real Estate Academy
  • Prudential California Realty

Speaker Bureaus

  • Body Formula Speakers Bureau
  • Eagle Talent Speakers Bureau
  • Erica Prince Speakers Bureau
  • Jack Morton Production Speakers Bureau
  • Meeting Professionals Intl.

Travel & Hospitality

  • Marriott Hotels
  • NEWH Network of Exec. Women in Hospitality