Art of Talking So That People Will Listen, by Swets
A Simon & Schuster eBook
Awesome lessons in positive communication
By A Customer - December 19, 1998
I feel a need to write a review of this book for two simple reasons: Number one is that it has had a profound effect on my life regarding my self-image and effectiveness in dealing with others, and number two, it will do the same for you. The bonus is that just by learning the information presented by Dr. Swets, it will also have a tremendously positive impact on those you love as well. The title gives a hint (yet can't possibly do justice) to the actual wisdom and teachings contained in the book. Obviously, most people, because they are talking, feel as though they are also communicating. But that's not so. Just hearing you or me talk does not necessarily mean that the other person is "listening." And unless they are listening, what you and I say will not have much impact. A key to personal success is talking so that the other person not only will listen, but be inclined to take your point of view as well. This is true regardless of whether one is... read more
very helpful book, I recommend it
By "modestominnesota" - October 31, 2003
The art of talking so that people will listen help you (1) establish goals to improve (2) understand and improve in communicating (3) provide strategy for persuasive communication. Having read other similar books, I'd say this one was very helpful. This book would probably be of little value to experienced communicators, because it covers basics. Which is good for beginners, it is short. You really must practice what you learn from the book in order to improve, not just read it. To help you better understand what's in the book, here are some topics.1) Eliminate negative commutation habits 2) Learn the art of listening 3) Discover how communication works 4) Win peoples attention 5) Develop the courage to say no 6) Establish respect when talking to kids 7) Create closeness with people you care about 8) Dissolve discord 9) Persuade people to cooperate with youThe most helpful chapter for me was on perusing people to cooperate with you. He... read more
A wise book on listening
By Dr. Thomas W. Mckeown - March 8, 2007
I expected cliches. Instead, this book gives wonderfully useful advice on how to communicate with people. I found it wise, profound, easy-to-read, and packed with practical steps to improve listening. I have taught a listening course for years. Paul Swets' book taught me about many techniques that I did not already know. It also taught me how to listen much better than I had been doing--although I was already a trained mediator. More than that, it taught me a lot about how to be a better human. I recommend it strongly to anyone who teaches communication, or who simply wants to communicate better. Enjoy!
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