Listen Up: How to Improve Relationships, Reduce Stress, and Be More Productive by Using the Power of Listening

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Have you been listening? Throughout our lives we have learned to read, write, and do arithmetic, but most of us were never taught how to truly listen. The authors of this groundbreaking audiobook, Larry L. Barker, Ph.D. and Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., focus on how to be a listener and improve your listening power to better relate to and understand the different people you encounter throughout your day€”from your employer to your loved ones and from your colleagues to the next person you meet. Listen Up explains: €¢ how to use your power as a listener to get what you want from every conversation €¢ why people tune out and how you can hold their attention €¢ what kind of listener you and those around you are Listen Up provides important new advice to reduce the stress of miscommunication and be more productive by developing the other half of your communication skills€”learning how to listen.

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"Research has consistently demonstrated that ineffective listening habits present the most common barriers to success in relationships," according to authors Larry Barker, Ph.D. and Kittie Watson, Ph.D. Yet most people consider listening a passive act, even a no-brainer at times, unaware that the ability to effectively listen--not just hear--is one of our most crucial skills. In fact, many readers will be surprised to learn that it is the listener, not the talker, who holds the most power and control in a conversation.

In their opening chapters, Barker and Watson outline all the payoffs for improving listening skills, such as reducing stress in households, creating marital intimacy, shortening business meeting times, increasing sales (not surprisingly, the most successful sales representatives are effective listeners), and improving business performance. They then help readers identify their listening style and bad listening habits before teaching skills that will help readers gain more control when communicating and become more successful partners, learners, and employees. They even devote a chapter to the fascinating differences between how women and men listen. Some of the exercises may seem tedious, and the authors occasionally lapse into self-help jargon. But overall, the authors remain conversational and anecdotal (using make-believe people and situations to illustrate common problems), which makes it easier for readers to listen to all this sound advice. --Gail Hudson

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Larry L. Barker, Ph.D. and Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D. are internationally recognized social science researchers. Together they are principals in Spectra, Inc., a consulting firm that coaches Fortune 100 companies. They have appeared on 20/20 and Today. They both live in New Orleans.

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