Let's Talk: How to Have Better Conversations

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Let's Talk: How to Have Better Conversations

Let's Talk: How to Have Better Conversations

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Rather the book is a meandering (and sometimes somewhat self-indulgent) description about why conversation is a lost art (yes, you guessed it… phones/social media/increasingly polarised societies) and why this needs to be reversed. In conclusion, “Let’s Talk: How to Have Better Conversations” is a book that gives us insight into why conversations, even the most difficult, as ones that are worth having, I leave you with a quote from one of our previous book club authors, Matt Haig “ A very impassioned defence of conversation as an art”. Really enjoyed the writing style, but it felt like this was an autobiography packaged as something else.

When you see a true master of verbal communication, remember that these are learned behaviours, not something innate which you are either born with or not. Annoyingly, I couldn't finish it as I couldn't renew the library copy - three people in line behind me to read it!Now he wants to understand how he developed his skills, what it exactly means to have a 'great conversation' and, most importantly, how he can teach us to have better interactions in our everyday lives. Host of Today in Focus the Guardian's flagship daily news podcast and one of the top ten most listened to podcasts in the UK.

When I first heard him interviewing someone, I genuinely thought he had forgotten his train of thought, the pauses and space between the interviewees conversation and his was something I’d never heard on radio before. That being said it was an easy read and some of the stories were fun to go through, but if you are looking for ways to have better conversations this isn’t the book. Part how-to and part manifesto, Let’s Talk is Nihal’s accessible, anecdotal and invigorating toolkit to having better conversations with anyone, any time. The title is a bit misleading, as it’s not so much ‘let’s talk’ but more let’s get other people’s experiences, views, and reflections then share with the audience - which worked for me , as the author introduces some interesting individuals.From tracing the evolution of dialogue to discovering what lights up in the brain when we're enjoying a good discussion, Nihal speaks to the experts - from the board room to the criminal courts - to find why good conversation has eroded over time and how we can fix it.

Have long thought Nihal was the best interviewer around, reeling me into listening to debates on subject areas I wouldn't normally think about with people I've not previously heard of, and this has just reaffirmed that belief. The book has signposted me to some really interesting new media to check out though with some great examples of interesting conversationalists, so it’s worth a read on that aspect!The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai - a reason for being; the thing that gets you out of bed each morning. According to Johann Hari which is literally quoted in this book saying that such a thing as tweeting keeps you distracted for about 25 minutes every time.

A self-declared passion project which reminds a great radio presenter and his audience that we have two ears, should be curious and find common ground with enemies. Nothing new or groundbreaking but the repetition helps hone in on a really basic yet key point point we forget a lot of the time: having a better conversation is all about listening and being curious. They make them at the dinner table, or in a meeting room, where personal history, your own unique view of the world, ego, pride, marketing, and odd incentives are scrambled together. I hope that most of us won’t be in the positions that some of the interviewees were in, there are lessons to be learned about having better conversations with those we disagree with.

Being with your partner may feel like rainbows and unicorns, but that doesn't mean you have a healthy, functioning relationship. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. This is such an important book right now, and I find that I need to heed many of these tips and process many of the questions raised. It's a worthwhile read but I think it would've been improved by Nihal directly quoting his interviewees more often, rather than telling us what they'd done or said.

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