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The Art of Communicating | [Thich Nhat Hanh]

The Art of Communicating

Zen master Thick Nhat Hanh, best-selling author of Peace is Every Step and one of the most respected and celebrated religious leaders in the world, delivers a powerful path to happiness through mastering life's most important skill: How do we say what we mean in a way that the other person can really hear? How can we listen with compassion and understanding? Communication fuels the ties that bind, whether in relationships, business, or everyday interactions.
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Zen master Thick Nhat Hanh, best-selling author of Peace is Every Step and one of the most respected and celebrated religious leaders in the world, delivers a powerful path to happiness through mastering life's most important skill: How do we say what we mean in a way that the other person can really hear? How can we listen with compassion and understanding?

Communication fuels the ties that bind, whether in relationships, business, or everyday interactions. Most of us, however, have never been taught the fundamental skills of communication - or how to best represent our true selves. Effective communication is as important to our well-being and happiness as the food we put into our bodies. It can be either healthy (and nourishing) or toxic (and destructive).

In this precise and practical guide, Zen master and Buddhist monk Thick Nhat Hanh reveals how to listen mindfully and express your fullest and most authentic self. With examples from his work with couples, families, and international conflicts, The Art of Communicating helps us move beyond the perils and frustrations of misrepresentation and misunderstanding to learn the listening and speaking skills that will forever change how we experience and impact the world.

©2013 Unified Buddhist Church (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Victor Pasadena, CA, United States 09-19-13
    Victor Pasadena, CA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2001
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    Would you listen to The Art of Communicating again? Why?

    I plan to listen to parts of it again. The six mantras are very good. I've tried some of them and they seem to work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the practicality of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    While suffering is not unique to Buddhism I do think that the emphasis on the recognition of one's own suffering, the suffering of others, and the role suffering plays in communication is very poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    The book seems to start as a primer on Buddhism perhaps because the communication premise of the book is based upon some principles of Buddhism. I was a little worried at first that it would not tie into communication as I expected; perhaps it didn't but it gave me some important insights into the role of communication when dealing with others.

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    "The message is a good one but monotonously read"
    Would you try another book written by Thich Nhat Hanh or narrated by Dan Woren?

    I would recommend the author but not the narrator.


    Would you recommend The Art of Communicating to your friends? Why or why not?

    probably - the message is a good one. More examples of applying the ideas in different circumstances (like business, or negotiations) would be useful.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very monotonous "self help" style voice


    Could you see The Art of Communicating being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No


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