Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

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Difficult Conversations 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
ParentsDigest_Pam More than 1 year ago
This book provides excellent advice for everyone, but especially those of us for whom confrontation is excruciating. I will take away many pointers from this book (that I thankfully found while browsing book summaries on ParentsDigest.com) and feel better prepared for my next 'difficult conversation'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
indeed an effective overview of how we communicate with the people we care about. This work will remain a timeless classic as it is guided by universal principles of human dialog. Very well written, and easy to relate to the stories and examples, as we encounter situations with difficult conversations more often than we realize.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found 'Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes Are High' by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Al Switzler, Ron McMillan far more useful and practical. I have actually applied it's principals in my daily life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book on CD because the title intrigued me, and I had been noticing lately that I have any number of 'difficult' conversations in my life, one's that i just don't want to have. I consider myself a decent communicator, willing to confront any number of difficult subjects. I also have a couple of people in my life where I now, always have good conversations, no matter what the subject. I have been frustrated that my competence in some conversations did not seem to bleed through to other contexts. Most of the material I have read about communications seems to either be incredibly esoteric or so over simplifying that it is not useful. I found this book both incredibly useful and in a useable structure that addresses the very real complexities of something that I believe challenges most of us. I found myself able to retrieve and use the information easily. I am here buying a copy for each of my 5 siblings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book amazingly useful. Some of this I understood intuitively, but never could have verbalized what was going on or understood how to deal with it. This book provides a great framework for understanding verbal interactions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Either the timing was right or this was just a plain great book. I don't usually write reviews nor do I purchase a book from my "management" reading list. But I did this one. It gives you a breakdown of the perspectives people have (including your own) as well as dissecting it into understandable parts and usable techniques. This works for the office or home. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for us who have difficulties starting difficult discussions. Practical and useful. I could only apply a little at a time because there was so much information. I found the book not only useful but setup in a very logical structure. A great tool for people of all ages.
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This is one of those books that you will want to underline and highlight and refer back to when you need them most. Some books gloss over certain topics, this book will guide you through them. This should be apart of your permanent library. For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that the book was just about forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. I was about how you should deal with friends, family and yourself and more importantly, how to keep these relationships strong when things go wrong. Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it.
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babycakeskid More than 1 year ago
The first time I read this book, I only got to page 42 before I realized I couldn't go any further... This book is SO JAM-PACKED with useful information, that I had to put it down come back to it a year later (after digesting the first bits of info). It is SUCH a great book. It points to the real conversations that people are having in their heads as they talk to you, and it teaches you to recognize those things and put them out on the table. Highly recommend, just like most books I'm reviewing.
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