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We Need to Talk

How to Have Conversations That Matter

by Celeste Headlee

On Sale: 09/19/2017

Price: $26.99

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We Need to Talk

How to Have Conversations That Matter

by Celeste Headlee

On Sale: 09/19/2017

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Price: $26.99

About the Book

It's no secret that the art of effective communication is on the decline.  Between the rise of technology and the increasingly erosive political landscape, Americans feel less connected and more divided than ever.

In an incredibly timely and insightful book, NPR veteran Celeste Headlee outlines strategies to become a better conversationalist and improve communication skills:

Be there or go elsewhere. Human beings are incapable of multitasking, and this is especially true of tasks that involve language. Think you can type up a few emails while on a business call, or hold a conversation with your child while texting your spouse? Think again.

Check your bias. The belief that your intelligence protects you from erroneous assumptions can end up making you more vulnerable to them. We all have blind spots that affect the way we view others. Check your bias before you judge someone else.

Hide your phone. Don’t just put down your phone, put it away. New research suggests that the mere presence of a cell phone can negatively impact the quality of a conversation. 

Critical Praise

“Civil discourse is one of humanity’s founding institutions and it faces an existential threat: We, the people, need to talk about how we talk to one another. Celeste Headlee shows us how.”   - Ron Fournier, New York Times bestselling author of Love That Boy and Publisher and Crain’s Detroit

“We Need To Talk is an important read for a conversationally-challenged, disconnected age. Headlee is a talented, honest storyteller, and her advice has helped me become a better spouse, friend, and mother.”  - Jessica Lahey, author of New York Times bestseller The Gift of Failure

“A well-researched and careful analysis of how and why we talk with one another—our strengths and (myriad) weaknesses…A thoughtful discussion and sometimes-passionate plea for civility and consideration in conversation.” - Kirkus Reviews

“This powerful debut offers 10 strategies for improving conversational skills. Tidbits from sociological studies and anecdotes from history, including from civil rights activist Xernona Clayton’s groundbreaking conversations with KKK leader Calvin Craig, round out a book that takes its own advice and has much to communicate.” - Publishers Weekly

“In the course of her career, Headlee has interviewed thousands of people from all walks of life and learned that sparking a great conversation is really a matter of a few simple habits that anyone can learn.” - Jessica Stillman, Inc.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062669001
  • ISBN 10: 0062669001
  • Imprint: Harper Wave
  • On Sale: 09/19/2017
  • Trimsize: 5.500 in (w) x 8.250 in (h) x 0.930 in (d)
  • Pages: 272
  • List Price: $26.99
  • BISAC1: SELF-HELP / Communication & Social Skills
  • BISAC2: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Conflict Resolution
  • BISAC3: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies