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More than a million people have learned the secrets of effective conversation using Conversationally Speaking. This revised edition provides more ways to improve conversational skills by asking questions that promote conversation, learning how to listen so that others will be encouraged to talk, reducing anxiety in social situations and more.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I really enjoyed reading this book, it's quite helpful! It offers some very useful advice for communicating with people you already know and of course with strangers. From the questions you ask to the way you listen back to keep the conversation going, it teaches you techniques to use on arguments while also covering some basic body language and helps you manage your social anxiety.
Totally recommended! Apr 26, Carla rated it really liked it Shelves: reads. The leader of the workshops I am attending at work recommended reading one chapter every couple of days. I loved the way I could simply try out a few things it said to do and return to it and build on knowledge. Unfortunately I had to finish the last few chapters quickly and did not enjoy its full potential.
A second read through is a must! Mar 26, Rebecca Sealfon rated it really liked it. It offers a lot of good advice, well organized by chapter. I would have wanted more specific exercises.
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Readers also enjoyed. About Alan Garner. Alan Garner. Alan Garner OBE born 17 October is an English novelist who is best known for his children's fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales. His work is firmly rooted in the landscape, history and folklore of his native county of Cheshire, North West England, being set in the region and making use of the native Cheshire dialect.
Born into a working-class family in Conglet Alan Garner OBE born 17 October is an English novelist who is best known for his children's fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales.
Born into a working-class family in Congleton, Cheshire, Garner grew up around the nearby town of Alderley Edge, and spent much of his youth in the wooded area known locally as 'The Edge', where he gained an early interest in the folklore of the region.
Studying at Manchester Grammar School and then Oxford University, in he moved to the nearby village of Blackden, where he bought and renovated an Early Modern building known as Toad Hall.
His first novel, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen , was published in A children's fantasy novel set on the Edge, it incorporated elements of local folklore in its plot and characters. Garner completed a sequel, The Moon of Gomrath , but left the third book of the trilogy he had envisioned.
Turning away from fantasy as a genre, Garner produced The Stone Book Quartet , a series of four short novellas detailing a day in the life of four generations of his family.
In his subsequent novels, Strandloper and Thursbitch , he continued writing tales revolving around Cheshire, although without the fantasy elements which had characterised his earlier work. In , he finally published a third book in the Weirdstone trilogy. See this thread for more information. Books by Alan Garner. As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young ad Read more Trivia About Conversationally No trivia or quizzes yet.
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Conversationally Speaking: Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness
Alan Garner teaches ordinary people conversation skills. However, I think the goal of interaction is mutual connection as opposed to making random and untimely noises. Few people know how to effectively formulate words and use appropriate nonverbals to communicate. The good news is that every person can learn and apply conversation skills to daily life. Alan prefers to equip others through in-person workshops, but decided to capture conversation best practices into book-form. Conversationally Speaking is a book that translates academic and technical research in communication into a quite practical and relevant handbook for all those who seek to develop their conversation skills.
A fairly lucid attempt at charting the twists and turns of everyday conversation for those who haven't mastered the art. Alan Garner Interpersonal Communications, Santa Aha College directs a workshop network in the subject, so he knows enough to include both simple and complex exchanges. Topics range from getting a conversation started via open-ended questions rather than those that promote one-line answers , to discouraging the persistent manipulator by repeating your reason for saying "no" over and over again the "broken record" technique. Readers are encouraged to be as positive as possible, wherever possible in some cases we can even help another person accept our genuine compliments graciously.