“WE NEED TO TALK.”
On this pressing and insightful e-book, public radio journalist Celeste Headlee reveals us the best way to bridge what divides us–by having actual conversations
BASED ON THE TED TALK WITH OVER 10 MILLION VIEWS
NPR’s Finest Books of 2017
Winner of the 2017 Silver Nautilus Award in Relationships & Communication
“We Have to Speak is a crucial learn for a conversationally-challenged, disconnected age. Headlee is a proficient, trustworthy storyteller, and her recommendation has helped me develop into a greater partner, buddy, and mom.” (Jessica Lahey, creator of New York Instances bestseller The Reward of Failure)
Right now most of us talk from behind digital screens, and research present that Individuals really feel much less linked and extra divided than ever earlier than. The blame for a few of this disconnect might be attributed to our political panorama, however the erosion of our conversational abilities as a society lies with us as people.
And the one means ahead, says Headlee, is to start out speaking to one another. In We Have to Speak, she outlines the methods which have made her a greater conversationalist — and gives easy instruments that may enhance anybody’s communication. For instance:
• BE THERE OR GO ELSEWHERE. Human beings are incapable of multitasking, and that is very true of duties that contain language. Assume you’ll be able to sort up a number of emails whereas on a enterprise name, or maintain a dialog along with your little one whereas texting your partner? Assume once more.
• CHECK YOUR BIAS. The assumption that your intelligence protects you from inaccurate assumptions can find yourself making you extra susceptible to them. All of us have blind spots that have an effect on the way in which we view others. Test your bias earlier than you decide another person.
• HIDE YOUR PHONE. Do not simply put down your cellphone, put it away. New analysis means that the mere presence of a cellphone can negatively impression the standard of a dialog.
Whether or not you are struggling to speak along with your child’s instructor at college, an worker at work, or the folks you like essentially the most — Headlee gives sensible methods that may assist us all have conversations that matter.