’The book gave me practical tools including being kind to oneself, laughing it off or telling other people and moving on; strategies which I can also pass on to those I come into contact with’
Title: How To Talk To Absolutely Anyone
Author: Mark Rhodes
Publisher: Capstone, A Wiley Brand
Book Reviewer: Daisy Chasauka-Maradzika
What was it like?
As a practicing healthcare professional in psychiatric nursing, public health and nutrition, this book is a well written piece of art, which gives the reader practical skills and tips on how to start and maintain conversations in any situation. The book evoked so many memories and I was able to reflect on those conversations I had previously avoided because of not knowing what to say including recovering from disastrous ones and the classic “Fear Factor”. The book gives practical tips on how to overcome fear; adopting a positive mindset, an awareness of own voice tone and overcoming the many excuses; that stops people from reaching their full potential. The author beautifully gives the reader some practical tips that are useful and transferable in any context at both a professional and a personal level. The book is well organised, broken into easily understood chapters and clearly articulated; attributes, crucial in communication.
What were the highlights?
In my day job as a healthcare professional, I communicate with people at all levels, who have different life experiences including my own. The book highlights communication as a two way street; where one should be able to understand the other person, the way they want to be understood. Most importantly, the book highlights the importance of acknowledging emotions, and that an awareness of a communication gap will improve communication effectively. Moreover, the author gives the reader relevant content and strategies that helps with communication skills that are transferable in any context. The greatest highlights of this book are the practical techniques that empower the reader with innovative ways to talk to absolutely anyone in any situation.
Strengths & weaknesses:
Developing good enough reasons and beliefs to start a conversation as an exciting adventure, is one of the strengths of this book. Moreover, while reading through the chapters I was able to also reflect on my own experiences including those conversations gone horribly wrong. The book gave me practical tools including being kind to oneself, laughing it off or telling other people and moving on; strategies which I can also pass on to those I come into contact with. This book also acknowledges and highlights the presence of fear including teaching the reader on how to measure their own fear using the Subjective Unit of Distress (SUD) level. Moreover, the book also acknowledges that fear does not have to be eliminated for one to take action; however fear just needs to be brought down to comfortable levels, which allows an individual to talk to absolutely anyone. The author clearly articulates the practical skills required to break the cycles of fear, rejection and excuses.
Who should read it?
This book is for both healthcare and non-healthcare professionals. More so this book is also for those who would want to learn the art of talking to absolutely anyone, and those who like an excellent read.
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