Let's Talk: How to Have Better Conversations

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Let's Talk: How to Have Better Conversations

Let's Talk: How to Have Better Conversations

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While effective dialogue is supposed to lead to greater fulfilment in our personal and professional lives, all the scientific evidence points towards us sharing fewer interactions than previous generations. We have a great resource as part of the bibliography at the back, and I would like to read the conversations too! The beginning of the book, with its history of how societies perceived conversation, was interesting enough to me to raise this to a 3* review.

When I first heard him interviewing someone, I genuinely thought he had forgotten his train of thought, the pauses and space between the interviewees conversation and his was something I’d never heard on radio before. Brilliant, insightful and a great opportunity to reframe how you talk to people and converse with them as well as most importantly, how you listen. Throughout the book, we are shown the importance of a good conversationalist being driven by knowledge. We're not currently in the golden era of conversation - it has either eroded away into emojis or escalated into online wildfires.That being said it was an easy read and some of the stories were fun to go through, but if you are looking for ways to have better conversations this isn’t the book. Worryingly good'' Jeremy Vine'An insightful, important read' Stacey Dooley'A genuinely brilliant broadcaster' Matthew Syed'Fascinating and thought-provoking' Jane Fallon'Informed, open-minded, fair, astute, caring and funny' Ricky Gervais 'A grand theory of conversation' Dan Snow'The conversation king' Laura Whitmore . When you see a true master of verbal communication, remember that these are learned behaviours, not something innate which you are either born with or not. Nihal can also be heard on the official Penguin Books podcast, interviewing some of the top authors in the UK today, including the likes of Richard Osman and Bernadine Evaristo.

When the lesson is to actually listen to other people in conversation I, sadly, need frequent reminders. The most valuable conversations themselves are spaces where the participants give over a part of themselves to each other to explore, illuminate and connect" Nihal makes communication natual and accessible to all. I like that he uses the final chapter to summarise the majority of the key points from his interviewees.And while effective dialogue is supposed to lead to greater fulfilment in our personal and professional lives, all the scientific evidence points towards us sharing fewer interactions than previous generations. To say I’m slightly addicted to listening to his voice through his Radio 5 Live show is downplaying it. In conclusion, “Let’s Talk: How to Have Better Conversations” is a book that gives us insight into why conversations, even the most difficult, as ones that are worth having, I leave you with a quote from one of our previous book club authors, Matt Haig “ A very impassioned defence of conversation as an art”.

In August 2022 he came to Intelligence Squared to discuss his new book Let’s Talk, which explores the evolution of dialogue and the science behind stimulating conversation. It's clever, original, surprising and reading it made me appreciate why he is so good at what he does - he actually listens to the people he consults. A lot of the time this worked well to link together the individuals the author spoke to for the book, but at times it did feel more like I was being sold his radio show/podcasts. I found it really interesting in a number of ways, not least because it made me review my own conversations. But by the end, after much repitition, it became clear to me that good conversation means listening a lot more.Really enjoyed the start, particularly the bit about children maths test snd how their hormones were impacted depending on whether they spoke to someone after or if the texted.



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