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Our favorite moments from How to Build Meaningful Relationships Through Conversation

Lecture 1, Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
  • Lecture 1, Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
"Real conversations include complexities."
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Lecture 1, Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
  • Lecture 1, Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
What’s the cost of a real conversation and what does one have to lose?
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Lecture 2, Chapter 2: Prioritizing People
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Making connections with people and focusing on outcomes
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  • Lecture 1, Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
  • "Real conversations include complexities."
  • Lecture 1, Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
  • What’s the cost of a real conversation and what does one have to lose?
  • Lecture 2, Chapter 2: Prioritizing People
  • Making connections with people and focusing on outcomes

About the Professor

Carol Ann Lloyd is a keynote speaker, presenter, and teacher of professional communication strategies for organizations across the country—including the Smithsonian, Royal Oak Foundation, George Mason University, and many businesses, as well as nonprofit and government agencies. She is the author of Building Relationships One Conversation at a Time and has presented a TEDx Talk. With proven expertise in the fields of communication and education, Carol Ann is known for her ability to relate instructional material to a wide variety of individuals. She creates learning experiences by weaving instruction, humor, and self-reflection into her presentations. Her communication programs include instruction in business conversations, professional writing and speaking, customer service, public speaking, and professional presence. She has a unique ability to combine her in-depth knowledge with an entertaining style that leaves audiences laughing, learning, and longing for more. Her programs regularly sell out, and she receives rave reviews from audiences nationwide. Carol Ann holds graduate degrees in English and Education. She is a member of the National Speakers Association.

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From the start, I didn't connect with the tone of the narrator/author. The content has potential to be good if you can past her and the word "conversation". This isn't a conversation I'm interested in hearing from her. But you will get to know all her achievements.

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Maybe it’s effective, I wouldn’t know now

I didn’t finish the book. I couldn’t stand hearing the word “conversation” in every sentence, I understand it’s a book about conversation, but there’s got to have a better approach or something. I got the same feeling of someone nagging at me, maybe it’s a great effective book, I guess I’ll never know now, but I’ll leave it a good rating.

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Generic Platitudes Strung Together

I could have googled inspirational quotes and strung them all together to make this book. It did not help me whatsoever with learning to have conversations.

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Might have been a good book....... I couldn't stand hearing the word "conversation" in every sentence. Moving past that you get to hear Shakespeares name Or reference every few sentences. I stopped during the first chapter once the writer was going on and on about Romeo and juliet.

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Wanted to pull my hair out after 5 minutes.

Want to speak at a pace appropriate for addressing an audience composed largely of deaf kindergartners learning to read lips? Argh, fine. Want to repeat the same 4 sentences each 5 times in as many minutes? Gah, fine, you monster. Wait, your doing both? #&$+@($?@!!!

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For Beginners

This is a very good beginners guide on how to have better conversations with people. I would recommend this to someone who has bad social issues, otherwise, the whole audiobook will sound like common sense. Additionally, the author had very cheesey/bs acronyms that were repetitive and sounded like they took only a few seconds to come up with. If you have already read/listened to better-conversation-skills books, this will come as a review to you. If you are looking for something with more substance, read Verbal Judo. I highly recommend that over this.

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Worth a listen

It is a good message and has some important tips for conversations. I listened to it on 2x speed and was good otherwise might be slow . The most important was to really
Be a good listener to know how to talk . It can apply to a lot of areas .

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Not really an entertaining book but worth listening. I learned a lot! The narrator was very good, which is important to me. It is not like listening to a good story but like sitting in a classroom learning, but the information was great. It made me realize why people irritate me when I am trying to visit with them and carry on conversations in an informal setting, and also why I was irritated a lot of times when I worked around several people. All of us need this lesson!

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To be honest I did not make it very far into this book, she seems to repeat everything 3 to 4 times before moving on. She disrupts her own flow and it just becomes annoying very quickly.

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Please stop yelling at me.

I like the content but now I feel like I have been scolded. I realize the tone was meant to emphasize certain points but it felt very cranky and condescending to me.

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Useful case studies

The tips itself sound cliche without practical guidance, but she knows how to add that practical guidance to all her examples, that's what I liked about the book.