Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction

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Readers will be amazed at how simply learning to focus intently on a speaker improves the relationship, increases attention span, and helps develop negotiating skills. Learn the great barricades of misunderstanding, find out how to listen to ourselves, discover how to listen under stress, and boost our memory. This is a fun and practical guide filled with simple strategies to use immediately to enjoy our personal and professional lives to the fullest.

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Overview

Readers will be amazed at how simply learning to focus intently on a speaker improves the relationship, increases attention span, and helps develop negotiating skills. Learn the great barricades of misunderstanding, find out how to listen to ourselves, discover how to listen under stress, and boost our memory. This is a fun and practical guide filled with simple strategies to use immediately to enjoy our personal and professional lives to the fullest.

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Shafir, chief of speech pathology at Massachusetts's Lahey Clinic with over 25 years of clinical experience helping patients learn to speak, has written a real "heads-up" book for this age of soundbytes, multitasking, and hidden agendas. Communication is an interactive process dependent on both speaking and listening. Too often, the listening part is given short shrift, and we are left wondering why we feel "empty." Defining listening as "the willingness to see a situation through the eyes of the speaker," Shafir goes beyond the mechanics of good listening behavior to an approach requiring relaxation, focus, and a desire to learn from the speakers' perspective. In a friendly and informal tone, she discusses specific exercises, activities, and strategies to improve awareness, provides illustrations, and gives examples from her clinical experiences. While the book has relevance to anyone who spends time talking with others, counselors and those in the helping professions will find its solid and practical advice especially useful.--Denise S. Sticha, Seton Hill Coll., Greensburg, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835608268
  • Publisher: Theosophical Publishing House
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 263
  • Sales rank: 205,128
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Creating a Mindset for Good Listening 13
Chapter 2 How Well Are You Listening Now? 27
Chapter 3 Awakening Your Sense of Listening 37
Chapter 4 The Great Walls of Misunderstanding 45
Chapter 5 What's Their Movie? 81
Chapter 6 Mindfulness: Listening in the Moment 103
Chapter 7 Listening to Ourselves, Part 1: Our Response is Key 119
Chapter 8 Listening to Ourselves, Part 2: The Listener's Pariahs 147
Chapter 9 Listening Under Stress 171
Chapter 10 Boosting Your Listening Memory 195
Chapter 11 How to Help Others Listen Better 221
Chapter 12 Mindful Listening is Good for Your Health! 237
Bibliography 251
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