Let's Talk: How to Have Better Conversations
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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. To coin one of Nihal's own phrases, it's 'more light than noise' and as such, I found it truly inspirational. Imagine having three life-coaches who had been through the toughest mental and physical challenges; a crack team of problem-solvers who knew in their day job that one mistake could be the difference between life - and death.
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. The best thing about this book is that Nihal practices what he preaches—he models how to have better conversations by interviewing people who have powerful stories to share. Nihal’s writing is engaging as his interviews, bringing us a book that covers a range of topics including The Evolution of Communication, The Mechanics of Communication. To say I’m slightly addicted to listening to his voice through his Radio 5 Live show is downplaying it. He doesn't put his ego in the way but acts as a tour guide using his vast talent from honing his career on the radio.His is a podcast that I dip into when he interviews someone of interest, and I often find that Nihal is an easy interviewer to listen to. From tracing the evolution of dialogue to discovering what lights up in the brain when we're enjoying a good discussion, Nihal speaks to conversational authorities including Lorraine Kelly, former president of Ireland Mary McAleese, Professor Tanya Byron, internationally bestselling author Johann Hari, Matthew Syed, and many more, to find out why good conversation has eroded over time and how we can fix it. To read him is to get a lesson from a master practitioner of the art -- Anita Anand, author of The Patient Assassin You may also be interested in. With insights from ‘professional conversationalists’ from various sectors, this is a thoughtful read with some practical takeaways on how to have better conversations. 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.
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. He won interviewer of the year for the BBC Radio and Music Awards and his first book is Let's Talk: How to Have Better Conversations. The pandemic has exacerbated the trend towards fewer face-to-face interactions, while the growth of social media has led to heated arguments online. Guests from the world's biggest stars to leaders of inner-city gangs have lauded his seemingly innate ability to stimulate positive discussions without the need for confrontation. He wants to know what it really means to have a ‘great conversation’ and, most importantly, how he can teach us to have better interactions in our everyday lives.
In Love Is Not Enough, Mark’s first Audible Original, you’ll follow five real people over the course of six months as they navigate f--ked up romantic situations, ranging from dating app addiction to marital affairs to absurd fantasies. Waking up 117 years later, Bob discovers his mind has been uploaded into a sentient space probe with the ability to replicate itself. 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! I really can’t do this book justice in the review; it’s packed to the brim with such fascinating insights; we are lucky to have a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the conversations that would have happened to generate the content.
Nihal has a brilliant way of using his voice as a facilitator to help you learn from the experiences of others in a way that are understandable and compelling. This is the first time I have come across a book like this, which brings together an authority in conversation (in my opinion) alongside an eclectic mix of experts, and psychological theories, combined with celebrity opinion. Relevant to everyone—those in high-powered leadership positions, those who want to have better conversations at home and everyone in between.
P34 [ Johann Hari] - ‘ If you’re interrupted , it takes you on average twenty-three minutes to get back to the same level of focus that you had before you were interrupted . Naturally you don't agree with everything but you understand the logic and the argument is of course well made. The overarching message for all these sub-chapters was to find someone willing to listen; find a common ground and slowly build trust.
The taverna is the only place that Kostas and Defne can meet in secret, hidden beneath the blackened beams from which hang garlands of garlic and chilli peppers, creeping honeysuckle, and in the centre, growing through a cavity in the roof, a fig tree. I was keen to read this after reading great reviews and hearing Nihal talk passionately about it on the interview circuit. One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. Listen in as she takes six different people on a career change journey to help them figure out what work they would really love to do and create a plan of how to make that career change happen.In many ways this is not like any of the books I have read in the past, in the sense that this is not an easily read fiction book, or even an autobiography. Think about how this, and how you can make other people feel when you are interacting with them; however brief that connection may be.