Timidly, at first, she dipped her toes into the pool of small talk But, Fine soon realized that conversation, like most things in life, comes easier with practice.
Now the formerly shy, tongue-tied “enginerd” is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, trainer and best selling author.
A former engineer Debra Fine established her Denver based company The FINE Art of Small Talk to teach all variety of C-Level, manager and stake holder, along with the spouse who is dragged along to banquets and meetings conversation skills for use at business networking events, conventions and meetings, trade shows, as well as when interacting with clients, customers and patients. Fine studied the art of conversation as diligently as she had once studied engineering.
A member of the National Speakers Association Fine receives high accolades from her clients, which include Cisco Systems, Wells Fargo Banks, Hinckley, Allen and Snyder LLP, Spectra Energy, The US Treasury Department, Toyota, the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, Lockheed Martin, Vermont Law School and hundreds of associations including insurance, real estate, legal, financial, engineering/technology, health care, and Chambers of Commerce and civic organizations across the country. Debra is also a member of Rotary International serving on the board of her club during her membership over the past 18+ years. In addition she is a past member of the Advisory Council of the University Of Colorado School Of Engineering, Mountain States Anti-Defamation League and the Communities Advisory Council of the Junior League.
Debra authored the best selling books “The Fine Art of Small Talk How to Start a Conversation,” “Keep it Going,” “Build Rapport and Leave a Positive Impression” plus another in the Fine Art series: “The Fine Art of Big Talk: How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work.” Debra’s media appearances include The Today Show, CNN, The Early Show, and NPR Morning Edition.
- The Fine Art of Small Talk
- The Fine Art of Building Business Relationships: One Conversation at a Time
- The Fine Art of Enhancing Leadership Skills: Gain Visibility, Build Relationships and Expand Networks
- The Fine Art of Small Talk: Cultivating Campus/Alumni Connections
Communication, Networking, Women
Click topic above to see more speakers on that topic
Speaker's Asking Fee Range
$5,000 - $7,499
Click on fee range to see more speakers.
This is the starting keynote fee range - other programs may be higher.
Click on state above to see more speakers from that state.
The fee range quoted means the speaker's fee starts somewhere within that range. Note that speaker's fees are subject to change and some speakers may have special fee quotes.
“Debra’s presentation was well-received by our members. Lots of laughs, good interaction and audience participation. I overheard several people the day after making comments like “ Today I used what Debra taught” or “we should have her back for …..” -WA Association of County Officials
"Our group of 500 participants thought you were wonderful. They loved the topic and your wonderfully energetic and amusing delivery. Many people told me we should have given you twice as much time. In the eight years that we have sponsored this conference you have proved to be our most popular luncheon speaker. The response was simply overwhelming" - Colorado Safety Association
"It is rare that someone in a short period of time can have such a great impact on a group. You accomplished this feat extremely well. Demonstrating conversational skills and techniques that build rapport and relationships in both social and business situations is key to success. You gave all of us a learning gift in a meaningful, humorous, and creative way." - AmerUs Group
"Your workshop had immediate results - our Specialists walked out of the classroom with more confidence in their communication skills and a better understanding of how to strengthen customer relationships. You did a great job of tailoring the presentation to our specific needs. Your ability to address the communication objectives of our employees made believers out of a potentially skeptical group of people." - US Dept. of Transportation
"Your presentation at lunch on Saturday was interesting, helpful, and very well-received. Several partners commented to me how much they enjoyed your presentation, and how useful they felt it was to them personally. Engaging an "after-lunch" group of attorneys is difficult enough on any given day, but accomplishing it in a setting like Beaver Creek on a Saturday is truly amazing! The fact that we lost no one during the presentation is testimony to your effectiveness." - Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP
"Our guests thoroughly enjoyed your program. Due to the overwhelming response we have received, we plan to invite you to return to KMZ for repeat presentations to our staff. It was a pleasure meeting and working with you. We look forward to our continued business relationship." - Rosenman LLP