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Communication fuels the ties that bind, whether in relationships, business, or everyday interactions. Most of us, however, have never been taught the fundamental skills of communication - or how to best represent our true selves. Effective communication is as important to our well-being and happiness as the food we put into our bodies. It can be either healthy (and nourishing) or toxic (and destructive).
In this precise and practical guide, Zen master and Buddhist monk Thick Nhat Hanh reveals how to listen mindfully and express your fullest and most authentic self. With examples from his work with couples, families, and international conflicts, The Art of Communicating helps us move beyond the perils and frustrations of misrepresentation and misunderstanding to learn the listening and speaking skills that will forever change how we experience and impact the world.
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By DaemonZeiro on 07-02-15
Decent short-ish listen for connecting with others
The narrator is very good (as this book represents teachings he readily follows). The greatest emphasis here is on mindfulness, understanding suffering and careful consideration (with empathy and reason) that others are also human.
The book is arranged into 9 subsections that range from <10min to 20-30min which can make listening to the chapters convenient if you only have relatively short time slots available. That said, I had to return to this book after months of lapse due to getting distracted with 'more interesting' audiobooks.
While this book does emphasize the importance of listening and present some helpful 'mantras', these mantras represent the bulk of the strategies talked about.
If you are interested in books like this, I would further recommend "Just Listen" which goes into more depth about dealing with different types of people and different types of situations that this book does not address.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Victor on 09-19-13
Slow start but good message
Would you listen to The Art of Communicating again? Why?
I plan to listen to parts of it again. The six mantras are very good. I've tried some of them and they seem to work.
What did you like best about this story?
I enjoyed the practicality of the book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
While suffering is not unique to Buddhism I do think that the emphasis on the recognition of one's own suffering, the suffering of others, and the role suffering plays in communication is very poignant.
Any additional comments?
The book seems to start as a primer on Buddhism perhaps because the communication premise of the book is based upon some principles of Buddhism. I was a little worried at first that it would not tie into communication as I expected; perhaps it didn't but it gave me some important insights into the role of communication when dealing with others.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By Safron Thomas on 08-10-18
Inspiration for healing yourself and your relationships
I think this is one of the most beautiful and profound books I’ve ever listened to. Whether you are Buddhist, Christian, Atheist, Pagan, Wiccan or not sure, Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s beautiful mindful logic is inspiring and uplifting and would bring peace to the hardest of hearts. We are all suffering inside, and we all have the ability to relieve the suffering in ourselves and others through the way we communicate with each other at home, work and anywhere else. #mindfulness #meditation #selfawareness #compassion #kindness #communication
By Anonymous User on 07-26-18
Take a mindfull breathe before doing anything.
Finally completed listening to this masterpiece. Great job played by the narrator too.