How Conversation Works: 6 Lessons for Better Communication : The Great Courses: Professional

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Anne Curzan
  • Series: The Great Courses: Professional
  • 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Regardless of age or occupation, conversation can be tricky. But like it or not, it's one of the most important things you do on a daily basis. Successful conversations help you advance professionally and make, maintain, and deepen relationships. Moreover, research shows that talking, when done on a substantive level, is correlated with a feeling of happiness and general well-being.
In just six lectures, Professor Curzan teaches you key strategies that can dramatically improve your ability to converse with anyone, from strangers to supervisors. This highly practical course focuses on the fundamental principles you need to become more conversationally aware and savvy at home, in the workplace, and beyond. You'll learn graceful ways of pointing out a mistake, asking someone to do something he or she doesn't want to do, preparing a person for "no," asking for a big favor, and providing information the recipient doesn't want to hear. You'll also learn devices for skillfully opening and closing exchanges, taking turns "negotiating the conversational floor," sending people subtle signals, and sharing the conversational burden to make discussions feel more mutual and enjoyable.
Whether you want to build rapport with colleagues, promote yourself in an interview, give a winning presentation, ingratiate yourself with your boss, or even create a connection on a first date, knowing what to say and how to say it allows for more productive, smoother interactions.Professor Curzan helps you get ahead by outlining simple techniques for accomplishing all of these goals and more.
Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Okay if you've read anything on the subject

Having read other books and articles on this subject, I consider this lecture series to be at a beginner level. This lecture series would be good for anyone who daily has problems speaking with others (i.e. an introvert). Extroverts may find this lecture series simplistic or obvious or just a way to identify things they may naturally already do. It may be of some use for young people starting to work for the first time. I didn't hear anything that was ground breaking.
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- Kern

Left wanting more

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Anne Curzan?

The Professor was engaging and inviting to listen to her lecture. However, the content seemed to jump around to try and reach a wide scope of listeners, from students, to professionals, to single people to married people. The topics always seemed to fall short on following through with the chapter theme. I even listened a second time to see if I missed some of the content, but reached the same conclusion.

Any additional comments?

The lectures touched on the key points needed for communication and the importance it plays from relationships, to being a parent and surviving in the workplace. Listen.

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- Gina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses