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The chapter titled "Talk Talk Talk" takes a light-hearted look at people who talk without pause or concern for others in the room. Why do they do it? Can they be stopped? How can one escape? Though light-hearted, the chapter offers insights and solutions. This leads into a chapter that gives the reader a break from working to be a better listener and offers advice on how to encourage listening in others. It also offers another angle for self-reflection, encouraging the reader to examine situations and communication styles that discourage listening in others.
The rest of the book delves into specific listening benefits, such as lie detection, understanding one's self, resolving conflict, listening "in the age of overload," and clearing "head static," such as the racing mind or repetitive thoughts. Here, the book touches on meditation, nutrition, sleep, all of which keep the mind in a better state for focus and attention. The book ends with a chapter titled: "The Touchy-Feely Section," which talks about the deep human need for connection and sums up the importance and impact of listening.
Throughout the book, the author incorporates stories and insights submitted from an array of contributors including listening experts and a poem contributed by a former poet laureate. These contributions are displayed in boxes titled "Listeners Speak."
The author wants readers to deepen their awareness of this skill and of their own listening habits and blocks. This awareness will help readers change these habits and blocks that interfere with listening. Listening is coming into its own as an important skill for both business and personal success.
Posted May 1, 2008
Listening seems to be the simpler part of communication, but good listening is rare. In a busy, noisy world, it¿s difficult to focus on one thing, even if a loved one or colleague is trying to convey something important. Linda Eve Diamond does a terrific job of addressing the undervalued art of listening with humor, skill, and an obviously wide base of knowledge. Offering techniques for speaking clearly as well as listening closely, Rule #1: Stop Talking! provides something for everyone, including tips on how to deal with those who abuse the relationship, such as scrip talkers and hate-mongers. The most unique aspect of her book is her acknowledgement that listening provides more than practical benefits. Though clearer communication between coworkers leading to better efficiency and greater success is very important, equally important is the transformation of relationships when people feel that they are being heard. Everyone has something to say, and it¿s a very powerful thing to be the person who listens for it. Even those who consider themselves good listeners will benefit from Diamond¿s insightful advice, and enjoy her lively writing style.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2009
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