The Conversationalist: Building Life-defining Relationships One Conversation at a Time

The Conversationalist: Building Life-defining Relationships One Conversation at a Time

by Russell Verhey


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When is the last time you had a catalytic conversation with an employee, a colleague, a friend, or a complete stranger?
Whether at work, church, a coffee shop, or at home, people everywhere are one conversation away from a life-defining decision. Being truly present during such moments grants you an invitation to greater levels of leadership and friendship along the way.
  • If you don’t have the heart, it limits your capacity.
  • If you don’t have the questions, it limits your access.
  • If you don’t have the discipline, it limits your engagement. 
The Conversationalist will help you to develop your heart, ask the questions, and engage your relationships—leading yourself and others into life-changing discovery. In an age driven by social media and virtual reality, we need practical tools to help take our relationships to the next level of trust, transparency, and real change for the good. An adventure is waiting for those willing to step forward courageously as a conversationalist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781424552467
Publisher: BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

RUSSELL VERHEY is an entrepreneur, leadership advocate, and consultant walking alongside leaders in coaching discussions that result in life and organizational change. He facilitates leadership forums that engage and develop stronger leaders, producing greater team alignment, engagement, and synergy. Russell is the president of The Advance and hold a master’s degree in leadership development. He and his wife with their four children make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Section 1 The Heart of the Conversationalist

Chapter 1 Why People Tell Me Their Secrets 22

Chapter 2 Navigating the Five Levels of Significant Conversations 40

Chapter 3 Coming to the Table 57

Chapter 4 What Everyone Longs For but Few Receive 73

Chapter 5 Essentials to Increase Your Conversational Capacity 91

Chapter 6 Leading People to Their Own Discovery 109

Chapter 7 Life-Giving Response 125

Section 2 The Questions of the Conversationalist

Chapter 8 Passion: What Difference Do You Hope to Make? 136

Chapter 9 Strengths: What Energizes Your Life? 144

Chapter 10 Attitude: What's the Attitude of Your Heart? 154

Chapter 11 Stewardship: What's Been Entrusted to Your Care? 163

Chapter 12 Secrets: What Thoughts Have You Never Shared? 178

Chapter 13 Gifts: Whom Can You Bless Today? 191

Chapter 14 Legacy: How Will You Be Remembered? 202

Section 3 The Disciplines of the Conversationalist

Chapter 15 Engaging the Seven Disciplines 214

Chapter 16 Conversations That Echo for Eternity: The Call to Discipleship 242

Appendix: Fifty Questions of a Conversationalist 247

Acknowledgments 251

About the Author 253

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brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free, electronic copy of this self-help book from Netgalley, Russell Verhey, and Broadstreet Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your hard work with me. I appreciate it. And this book was an eye opener, from page one. Despite my many years, I have never simply sat back and studied the in's and out's of conversation as it wanders through my life. Russell Verhey has - and has shared with us the truisms he has refined from his studied experience. I would recommend this book to anyone in the social services, from pastors to police and everything in between. This is a book I will keep, and read again as needed.