How to Work a Room

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How to Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections In Person and Online
AuthorSusan RoAne
CountryUnited States
Publication date
Media typePrint

How to Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections In Person and Online is a self-help book by Susan RoAne.[1][2][3][4][5] It was first published in 1988 as How to Work a Room: A Guide to Successfully Managing the Mingling.[6]


It is a guidebook on how to socialize at parties and other events, oriented towards the business community.[7][8] The 25th Anniversary edition[9][10] was published in 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks. The book has sold over a million copies,[11] and was number one on Book-of-the-Month Club's list of best-selling nonfiction books in 1990.[12] RoAne spent six weeks writing the book.[13]

The book starts by outlining the benefits of socializing, and the problems typically encountered when doing so.[14][15] It then dismantles these problems one by one while offering practical advice using specific examples.[14] The text is oriented towards business people.[14][16][17][18]

The book has been in print since its publication and has gone through a number of revisions and reprints.[19]


David Brooks in The Wall Street Journal (1988) wrote a tongue-in-cheek review of the book as a guide for shallow and manipulative people who are otherwise not very interesting but wish to appear so.[20][21]

Paula Yee Sing-Edwards of Fast Company (2008) wrote that the book was "well written and pertinent" while being a "great read with great communication pointers."[22]


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  3. ^ "The Best Ways To Work A Room For Job Hunting" Forbes. Retrieved 2014-7-14.
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  5. ^ "How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide" The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  6. ^ "TO START WITH ...; THE HOW-TO'S OF HOWDY-DO'S" The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-2-17.
  7. ^ "How Networking Master Susan RoAne Works a Room" Forbes. Retrieved 2014-4-21.
  8. ^ "The surprising reason millennials won't get hired" CNBC. Retrieved 2014-7-14.
  9. ^ "Mingle bells: How to work a holiday party" Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2014-2-17.
  10. ^ "5 Tips for Impressing Everyone You Meet" Women's Health. Retrieved 2014-2-17.
  11. ^ "Commentary: How to Work a Room and Have Fun Doing It - Long Island Business News - November 04, 2005 - Id. 68841458 - vLex". 2005-11-04. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  12. ^ Galloway, Paul (1990-04-06). "Savvy Socializing, Or, Getting A Grip On Getting Ahead". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
  13. ^ Deborah Fineblum Raub. "On a rain-drenched Saturday night about 100 people sat in rows of metal folding chairs and listened to author Susan RoAne talk. She'd come all the way from San Francisco to teach them the art of networking. And they loved her.", USA Today (December 13, 1988). Abstract: Reviews Susan RoAne's speech. (Database: NewsBank)
  14. ^ a b c Debbie Gumulauski. "How to Work a Room." Library Journal. 9/15/1991, Vol. 116 Issue 15. Abstract: Reviews the audiobook "How to Work a Room," by Susan RoAne.(Database: EBSCO)
  15. ^ "How to save face during 8 of the season's most awkward situations" Men's Fitness, Retrieved 2015-1-25.
  16. ^ "Job interview? No sweat...but go buy some deodorant first" Today. Retrieved 2015-1-25.
  17. ^ "Navigate your work night out" Men's Health. Retrieved 2015-1-25.
  18. ^ "The Official StyleWatch Guide to a Stress-Free Holiday Party Season" Archived 2014-12-30 at the Wayback Machine People. Retrieved 2015-1-25.
  19. ^ "TUESDAY: Mark Kram Jr., Jason Berry, & Susan RoAne." WWNO. Retrieved 2014-4-21.
  20. ^ Hoffman, Barbara (2001-02-15). "Schmooze Or Lose ; The Maven Of Mingling Writes How To Nix Shyness And 'Work A Room' | New York Post". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  21. ^ David Brooks. "How-To Books for Sharks and Dogs". Wall Street Journal (November 8, 1988). Abstract: Book reviews of Susan RoAne's "How to Work a Room: A Guide to Successfully Managing the Mingling" and Job Michael Evans's "The Evans Guide for Civilized City Canines" (Database: ProQuest)
  22. ^ "BOOK REVIEW- HOW TO WORK A ROOM BY SUSAN ROANE" Fast Company. Retrieved 2014-4-21.

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