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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441220660
ISBN-13: 9781441220660

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As our use of technology has increased, our communication skills have decreased. We text when we should talk. We tweet firings and breakups. Technology creates the illusion of being in touch, but we lose the deeper meaning conveyed by body language, facial expression, and tone of voice. What we need are real, face-to-face conversations. Have we lost that art?

Whether it's with a spouse, a friend, a boss, a co-worker, or children, tough conversations can create high anxiety. Communication expert Mike Bechtle offers practical help. He shows readers how to build strong relationships and teaches tried-and-true methods to navigate the muddy waters of tough conversations. Readers learn to be better listeners, give and receive genuine feedback, saturate their relationships with kindness, and much more. With the right skills and tools, anyone can feel more confident handling a tough conversation.

Author Bio

Dr. Mike Bechtle (EdD, Arizona State University) is the author of People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them the Keys and How to Communicate with Confidence. His articles have appeared in publications such as Writer's Digest, Pastors.com, and Entrepreneur. A frequent speaker, Bechtle lives in California.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Because texting isn't real communication - even when you wish it were.
    October 22, 2015
    Laura
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    When you're facing a situation where there's potential for misunderstanding, where the message is important, or where what you're saying is unpleasant but it really needs to be said, how do you choose to communicate? If you're like those on the tail end of generation X and going into the millennial generation, you probably pick up your phone to shoot off a quick text or - if it's really a big deal - hammer out an email.

    I grew up in a world where the internet and instant messaging were a matter of course, and that quickly became a world where data messages are seen as more efficient communication (even if it takes you twice as long to de-crypt the abbreviations and emojis). It's easy for people like me to avoid potentially painful or awkward interchanges by sending a text, IM, or email, and then pretending we're not around when the other person is venting their hurt feelings through the same means. In fact, I'd even say that texting has become an integral part of our communication. I've heard people who used to be best friends saying things like "But she just never texts me first, so I stopped texting first and we're really just not friends anymore."

    Mike Bechtle does a great job of capturing the ways that we can blunder in our text communication and how harmful that can be to real relationships, while also advising his readers on how to avoid such common missteps like misinterpreting body language when you're in person or adding emotional vocal context to a text message when you don't really know what the other person's actually feeling. He also takes a unique approach, for someone telling us to text less: He doesn't believe technology is evil.

    This is the primary reason I would recommend this book for people between 15 and 35 - and I know 20 years is a big gap but I think it's relevant. Where so many people tell us that we should be more "present," that we should be "leaning in" or "going unplugged," Mike is the first one I've read who doesn't demonize technology. Instead he recognizes it as a tool, and an important one at that. In fact within the first chapter he admits that anyone who thinks we should learn to do without technology is fooling themselves because it's such an integral part of our lives. At the same time, he encourages us to understand when it is - and when it isn't - appropriate to let your typing do the talking.

    I think learning the balance between fully utilizing the wonderful tech available to us and still fully engaging with the people who matter in our lives is a skill we could all learn a little better. And I think that You Can't Text a Tough Conversation is an excellent first step in picking up that skill.

    *I received my copy of this book from the Revell Reads program for review and have not been paid for my opinion.
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Essential tools for effective communication
    October 21, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We text, email, and update our status on social sites to communicate with others. There's a definite place for social media, Bechtle writes, but it's not for making deep connections with people and growing relationships. It's for keeping track of others in a casual way... This book is a good reminder that a key to healthy relationships is effective communication. Often, the text or email is just not enough. We need face to face conversation.

    We are reminded how much of communication is beyond the mere words being said. There is body language and tone of voice that we miss by communicating technologically. That can be up to 90% of the tools essential for effective communication.

    Bechtle wants us to communicate well so he gives us a strategy to use with various tools and techniques. This book is a good exploration of communication, looking at the needs of people, the tools we can use for conversation and the techniques for using those tools. He includes other aspects of relationships too, like how they mature and how communication problems develop.

    I liked his thoughts on listening and how important it is to establishing authentic communication. He encourages us to be present, really listening, not thinking of our next response. His teachings on humility and pride are excellent.

    Bechtle says we can always refresh our communication toolbox. We can learn new skills to be more effective communicators. He give practical steps to do just that. He has some good ideas to keep technology from taking over relationship times, like turning off cell phones during family meals.

    The bottom line is that we must be intentional to communicate well and build good relationships. Technology should be a way of enhancing our communication, not replacing it.

    I highly recommend this book to those who desire to communicate well. You'll learn essential skills for good communication, even when the conversation is a tough one.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  3. Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent communication resource!
    October 20, 2015
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    SUMMARY:

    LOLTTYLTMIJKvery real communication today yet lacking depth, emotion, connections and true conversation. Lack of face-to-face communication seems almost the norm these days yet author Mike Bechtle, in his new book, You Cant Text A Tough Conversation, explains how conversation works, what healthy communication sounds like, the necessary skills in communication, the effective connection through strong, though sometimes tough, conversations and the ensuing results. Trust, ownership, expectations, relations, confidence, responses, and respect issues all figure into efficient exchanges

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Actually a book on communication, I found myself nodding my head in agreement so many times, my neck hurt! Truly an engaging, crucial, significant book on an important topic, not only does it offer ways to improve communication skills but it also helps explain how we got here. Living in a different type of world (due to technology), the method of communication may have changed yet the key ingredients are still consistent. Texting has surpassed the phone call as the major means of communication yet lacks the depth of face-to-face conversation; appropriate in some instances, texting a tough conversation just doesnt work. I especially found interesting the reasons for responses we give (criticism, negative thoughts, lack of listening, mistrust, emotions, pride) as well as the connection chapters. Well-written in an easy to read manner with just the right amount of humor and seriousness, I definitely will check out this authors other books.

    IMHOGR8! (In My Humble Opiniongreat!)

    RATING:

    5+ (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of You Cant Text A Tough Conversation from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
  4. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    New Tools To Have Healthy Tough Conversations
    October 18, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mike Bechtle in his new book, You Cant Text a Tough Conversation published by Revell gives us the ability to have a good conversation.

    From the back cover: When it comes to the tough stuff, we need real, face-to-face conversations. But have we lost the art?

    Theres no denying that as our use of technology has increased, our communication skills have decreased. Technology creates the illusion of being in touch, but we lose the deeper meaning conveyed by body language, facial expression, and tone of voice. We text when we should talk. We tweet firings and breakups. We vent our frustrations with other people online. Whether its with a spouse, a friend, a boss, a co-worker, or children, those tough conversations create high anxiety. In the end, what we have are broken relationships and hurt feelings.

    In this timely book, communication expert Mike Bechtle shows you how to build strong relationships, offering tried-and-true methods to navigate the muddy waters of having tough conversationsin person. With his help, youll learn to be a better listener, give and receive genuine feedback, saturate your relationships with kindness, and much moreso that youll feel confident when it comes time to actually talk.

    Relationships get challenging and conversations get tough. Sometimes the tools we have do not work well and we give up in frustration. Mike Bechtle has given us new tools we need to deal with these situations in his new book, You Cant Text a Tough Conversation. He has divided the book into four parts: Part One: The Process Of Conversation, Part Two: Tools For A Healthy Conversation, Part Three: Skills For Healthy Conversation and Part Four: Growing Into Connection. If we really think about it we learned our communication skills from watching our parents and they from theirs, so these skills have been in play for generations. Lets face it they dont work so well in our current time and we need to embrace a new skill set. Mr. Bechtle has written this book to do exactly that. This is a great book. You might want to hold it in a special place on your shelf you might be referring to it again and again. This is also a great book to give as gifts to family and friends. They will think of you every time they put it to use. I recommend it highly.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  5. Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    You Can't Text A Tough Conversation ~ Mike Bechtle
    October 17, 2015
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
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    The author of this book wants us to all get back to the simple things in life and talking to each other - no more texting, no more technology, just plain one on one communicating with those that interact with us. This is a very basic book that is very easy to understand and very practical advise. I found this to be so interesting and had great tips to having better relationships with people all on how you communicate with them.

    I would recommend this to anyone that has problems with confrontation to difficult everyday situations. If you want to get out of the rut of technology communications in todays world read this book and use the advice given in your everyday world. Very easy to read and great resources are in this book. I was impressed at how much sense this made.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
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