Messages: The Communication Skills Book

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Many people assume that good communicators possess an intrinsic talent for speaking and listening to others, a gift that can't be learned or improved. The reality is that communication skills are developed with deliberate effort and practice, and learning to understand others and communicate your ideas more clearly will improve every facet of your life.

Now in its third edition, Messages has helped thousands of readers cultivate better relationships with friends, family members, coworkers, and partners. You'll discover new skills to help you communicate your ideas more effectively and become a better listener. Learn how to:

  • Read body language
  • Develop skills for couples communication
  • Negotiate and resolve conflicts
  • Communicate with family members
  • Handle group interactions
  • Talk to children
  • Master public speaking
  • Prepare for job interviews
If you can communicate effectively, you can do just about anything. Arm yourself with the interpersonal skills needed to thrive.

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A Complete Program for Effective Communication

You need strong communication skills to survive. The better able you are to communicate with others, the happier and more successful you will be. Rewarding and lucrative careers, strong and lasting friendships, meaningful and satisfying romance all hang on this one uniquely human ability. Communication is a skill that can always be improved with good information and practice. Whatever your communication needs, this book offers you real tools you can use to express yourself well and relate to others effectively.

The original Messages taught you the fundamental skills you need to communicate well. This workbook offers you exercises and scripts you can use to practice these skills and make them your own. The workbook extends the techniques of Messages to a wide range of situations: Exercises teach you to communciate with teens and children. They help facilitate partner understanding by exploring gender communication differences. Step-by-step worksheets, fill-ins, and case stories help you avoid communication pitfalls and make long-lasting, life-enhancing changes. The workbook guides you through challenging communication situations like talking through a power dynamic with a boss or a subordinate, with elders, or with people of different cultures.

· Learn to listen well, disclose information honestly, and express yourself clearly · Communicate effectively with children, teens, elders, and coworkers · Handle difficult conversations and manage conflict with poise, tact, and assertiveness · Master the art of persuasion and succeed at work, at home, and in public life · Meet new people, cultivate friendships, and relate well to the opposite gender · Speak to groups large and small with conviction and confidence

About the Author:

Matthew McKay, Ph.D., is Clinical Director of Haight-Ashbury Psychological Services and in private practice in San Francisco. Dr. McKay is coauthor of several popular books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, The Anger Control Workbook, Thoughts & Feelings, Self-Esteem, The Self-Esteem Companion, The Daily Relaxer, When Anger Hurts and Couple Skills.

Martha Davis, Ph.D., is a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, California, where she does individual, couple, and group psychotherapy. Dr. Davis is author of Re;lax: The Stress Reduction System, and coauthor of The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook, and Thoughts & Feelings.

Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field. He is the author of Visualization for Change and Lifetime Weight Control and coauthor of several self-help books including Thoughts & Feelings and 50 Ways to Simplify Your Life.

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