Debra Fine

The Fine Art of Small Talk

Bestselling author, keynote speaker, and trainer, Fine began her career as an engineer, an occupation that allowed her to maintain her natural shyness and avoid situations that required social and personal interactions. Fast forward, and Debra is now a long-time member of the National Speakers Association…as she presents and trains audiences across the globe.

Fine designs her programs and researches her books to teach leaders, professional services, membership organizations and front-line staff, conversation skills and business networking techniques that help to develop meaningful business relationships, gain visibility and build rapport.

Fine’s bestselling books The Fine Art of Small Talk and The Fine Art of the Big Talk joined recently by the third in the “Fine Art” series: Beyond Texting: The Fine Art of Face-to-Face Communication for Teenagers, are translated and published in two dozen countries across the globe. A regular Huffington Post blogger, Fine’s recent media appearances include The Today Show, The Early Show, NPR Morning Edition, Fox Business News and CNN. In 2018, she shared conversation tips in the New York Times.

Recognized as a conversation and business networking expert, Fine spent the last 20 years training and presenting to leading organizations around the world, including Deloitte, Florida Blue, Van Cleef and Arpels, RE/MAX, Texas Association of School Boards,  Google, and NASA.

Debra’s most popular programs:

  • The Fine Art of Building Relationships and Expanding Networks
  • Cultivating Community Connections: One Conversation at a Time (perfect for government and education conferences)
  • The Fine Art of Influencing Others: One Conversation at a Time
  • The Fine Art of Making the Most of Meetings and Conferences
  • The Fine Art of Business Networking: Rainmaking for the Non-Salesperson
  • The Fine Art of Engaging Customers, Clients and Referral Sources


Building rapport
Business Networking

Small Talk is Big News in this New York Times piece in which Debra Fine is quoted.

Enjoy a short segment of Debra Fine’s appearance on CBS Sunday Morning: