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No relationship is perfect--but it can be better. The secret to stronger relationships isn't to become more charming or funny or to solve the world's problems or to just try harder. All you have to do is listen. It's that simple.
With warmth and a touch of humor, personal coach and expert communicator Becky Harling shares simple, practical listening tools that will help you become a person others are drawn to and want to spend time with,
When you learn to listen well, your marriage will grow stronger, your parenting will flourish, your friendships will thrive, and your influence at work will increase. You will be amazed at how one simple act can transform the hearts of others--as well as your own.
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Frosty5 Stars Out Of 5great info on listeiingSeptember 11, 2017FrostyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5How to Listen so People Will Talk is more than a how to book on listening. The author includes thoughts about not just listening to people but also, listening to God. Hearing his voice as he speaks to our hearts. When we learn to listen to God, we'll hear the voices of the people around us with deeper meaning. Becky gives some excellent exercises that help the reader check their attitude and increase listening skills. I like that she talks about hearing other people's stories and learning more about those we care about. I recommend this book as a great tool that will help us all listen better. I received this book for free.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Full of practical ideasAugust 31, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I highly recommend this book. It has been a while since I have read a book containing so much insight and practical information. The topic is listening and the character traits and behaviors that make us good listeners are covered well.
The part of the book that had the greatest impact on me was the section explaining how humility is a requirement to being a good listener. Harling believes growth requires getting honest feedback. Humility is essential to listening well and getting the feedback we need.
The book includes lots of practical suggestions about life in general. If you want to appear more inviting to other people, smile more and walk with a bounce in your step. If you want to assess the emotional state of others, body language tips are given to increase our observation skills. She also has a great chapter on navigating conflict, including good suggestions for dealing with toxic people.
Harling includes many practical ideas. For example, she has questions to ask ourselves when we feel like we are compelled to give advice rather than compassionately listen. She has ideas for drawing out other people's stories. She has a great section on the necessity of being self aware and how to get there.
We Christians are admonished to be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19). That is not an easy task in our egotistical society. Harling offers biblically based practical ideas for being good listeners. If you want people to feel heard and loved, I highly recommend this book to you. In addition of great content in the text, she has added questions at the end of each chapter to help us listen to God, our heart, and others. Mastering the art of being a good listener comes with a cost but the rewards are great.
Food for thought: "...it is impossible to be a good listener without developing a humble spirit." (Loc 453/2726)
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Gini3 Stars Out Of 5How to ListenAugust 30, 2017GiniQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3New author to me, but I went ahead and picked this book. Certainly not for the cover design or the title, though. The publishers did her no favors with either of their choices. But, the content is worth reading, particularly if you want to improve communication with just about anyone
Harley covers the bases well in this easy to read book. Listening with the intent of engagement with the other person is the point. Each chapter has a set of short activities, exercises to practice, which start with listening to God, then move to listening to your own heart, and finally listening to others. She identifies plenty of ways to improve and some of the most common pitfalls of real communication.
Theres nothing here thats really new. You know this stuff from experience or maybe a seminar you attended years ago. What she has done in her book calls attention to the things that are most likely to impede genuine communication or conversation. Things like inattention to the speaker, lack of empathy, or interrupting with your own stories from the negative side and on the more positive side she suggests ways to encourage the other person with questions, time, and genuine interest. Theres a little psychology along the way, but nothing that again you dont already know. Like why you jump in to fix whatever the other person has mentioned is troubling her.
Overall, I found the book to be a good review of some very basic communication skills that most of us know but just have totally forgotten to use.
I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.