Why Don't We Listen Better? Communicating & Connecting in Relationships 2nd Edition

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Using a light touch and sensible techniques, Why Don t We Listen Better? puts the experience of Jim Petersen s forty years of counseling and pastoral ministry at your service in improving your communication and relationships. A Talker-Listener Card process and specific listening techniques for instant use show you how to turn win-lose communication into come-alive cooperation.

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About Dr. Jim Petersen An experienced seminar and workshop leader, Jim Petersen has developed his own practical techniques for improving communication and relationships. Among them are the Flat-Brain Theory of Emotions and the Talker-Listener Card, key tools featured in Why Don t We Listen Better? Communicating & Connecting in Relationships. Dr. Petersen s material has benefited corporate clients, city governments, colleges and universities, the hearing-impaired community, students, teachers, parents, couples, and churches. His informal manner endears him to novices and experts alike. In addition to communication work, he teaches courses and workshops in personal growth, informal peer counseling, problem solving, motivation and decision making, conflict resolution, life-planning, couples counseling, Biblical reflection, and discovering meaning through assessing life experiences. He provided pastoral leadership to three Presbyterian churches in Oregon over forty years. He was named Pastor Emeritus at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton Oregon, honoring his thirty-two year pastorate there. In retirement he maintains a counseling practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oregon. He specializes in counseling couples and teaching classes on effective communication. His degrees include Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California, and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. On a more personal level he is an avid fisherman and plans his next book to be essays on his life-learnings from angling experiences. He plays tennis and a mean game of ping-pong and lives and travels with his writer wife, Sally.

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What an eye-opener! When I started the book I thought I was a good listener. Now I know better. I am a card carrying listener/talker now. Insightful, thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable to read. --Jim Misko, Northwest Ventures Press, Anchorage, AK

Why Don t We Listen Better? is a sensible guide to transforming verbal confrontation habits into good, healthy communication. Best of all, it comes with a Talker-Listener Card that provides a handy tool for practice. I carry the TLC in my wallet to introduce others to this listening strategy or as a reminder to keep even the most difficult and challenging conversations on a positive track by listening rather than trying to win. --Ben Vose, Astoria, OR

At last! The ingenious little card gets its due. I have used them for years. I keep one by each phone to remind me to be present in conversations with friends, family and clients. They enhance relationships with children (especially teenagers), with partners, and with parents. Why Don t We Listen Better? will open your eyes (and ears) to a new world of effective communication techniques. Pam Gross, B.A.Ed., Co-author of Want to Find a New Better Fantastic Job?, Founder of CareerMakers Inc., Portland, OR USA --Pam Gross, CareerMakers, Portland, OR

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