We Need to Talk

We Need to Talk

How to Have Conversations That Matter

Book - 2017
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"Today most of us communicate from behind electronic screens, and studies show that Americans feel less connected and more divided than ever before. The blame for some of this disconnect can be attributed to our political landscape, but the erosion of our conversational skills as a society lies with us as individuals. And the only way forward, says Celeste Headlee, is to start talking to each other. In We Need to Talk, she outlines the strategies that have made her a better conversationalist and offers actionable steps anyone can take to improve their communication skills."-- book jacket
Publisher: New York : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062669001
Characteristics: xix, 244 pages ; 22 cm


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PimaLib_SamR Aug 23, 2018

Since our country has become so polarized, I feel the need to recognize my own biases and learn how to engage in conversations that allow me to see other points of view, and validate the person holding that view, without feeling like I have to relinquish my own stance. This engaging, illuminating worthwhile book is helping me do that. Headlee cites scientific data to underscore her points, and uses her own encounters, rather than other people's, to illustrate where conversations have gone wrong, or gotten back on track.

May 01, 2018

This book is sorely needed. I highly recommend it for the strategies and for the science that backs up Headlee's analysis of the basis of the world-wide decline of conversational skills and the disturbing consequences.


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