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cover thumbnail: messages, the communication skills book MESSAGES: The Communication Skills Book , by Matthew McKay, Martha Davis and Patrick Fanning. Oakland: New Harbinger.  3rd Edition. 2009. 

Many people assume that good communicators possess an intrinsic talent for speaking and listening to others, a gift that can’t be learned or improved. The reality is that communication skills are developed with deliberate effort and practice, and learning to understand others and communicate your ideas more clearly will improve every facet of your life. Now in its third edition, Messages has helped thousands of readers cultivate better relationships with friends, family members, coworkers, and partners. You’ll discover new skills to help you communicate your ideas more effectively and become a better listener. Learn how to:
    • Read body language
    • Develop skills for couples communication
    • Negotiate and resolve conflicts
    • Communicate with family members
    • Handle group interactions
    • Talk to children
    • Master public speaking
    • Prepare for job interviews

Messages is a comprehensive handbook in a most important human skill-personal communication. Reading it made me feel like an enthusiastic partner in an achievable learning endeavor. -Virginia Satir, author of Peoplemaking and The New Peoplemaking

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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion by  Marshall B. Rosenberg. (Del Mar, CA: PuddleDancer Press. 1999.)

This book presents Rosenberg’s vision of empathic communication and the four essential messages that we need to express so that other people can understand what we are experiencing.  These same four elements are what we need to listen for in order to understand other people (and ourselves) better.  One reader wrote: “A clinical psychologist who studied with Carl Rogers, Dr. Rosenberg pulls together in lucid, flowing prose, information from many respected sources on the art and science of the practical use of language in creating empathy and human connection. Beautifully written in language that demonstrates his compassion.”  (Price: appx. $17.95.  ISBN: 1892005026. Look for this book at your local library, or g et m ore info about this book plus purchase links to many countries at Global-Find-A-Book .

The Talk Book : with six prize-winning talk tools that strengthen relationships and repair communcation breakdowns by Gerald Goodman.  Book Surge. 2009. 

This book presents Goodman’s vision of the six most important “Talk Tools.”  His chapters include lively transcripts of phone conversations showing exactly how the “Talk Tools” can help.  The principles discussed are applied in both work and family contexts.  Includes a great reference section that will introduce you to the most interesting and promising work in the area of interpersonal communication studies.  Look for this book at your local library, or g et m ore info about this book plus purchase links to many countries at Global-Find-A-Book . . . .
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