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Let's Talk: How to Have Better Conversations

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When you see a true master of verbal communication, remember that these are learned behaviours, not something innate which you are either born with or not. His is a podcast that I dip into when he interviews someone of interest, and I often find that Nihal is an easy interviewer to listen to. That being said, Arthanyake conducted some great interviews for the book and I enjoyed many of his/their insights into conversations and the psychology around the subject. Brilliant, insightful and a great opportunity to reframe how you talk to people and converse with them as well as most importantly, how you listen. From tracing the evolution of dialogue to discovering what lights up in the brain when we're enjoying a good discussion, Nihal speaks to the experts - from the board room to the criminal courts - to find why good conversation has eroded over time and how we can fix it.

Which means not only can we become more effective communicators if we choose but that we should not let those who do not employ them off the hook when there is a better alternative. I was keen to read this after reading great reviews and hearing Nihal talk passionately about it on the interview circuit. So, in true Clara Cliff Notes style, here are four things you need to know about “Let’s Talk” by Nihal Arthanayake. I enjoyed the voice clips of the people he interviewed and I wish that dialogue could have been more present. When the lesson is to actually listen to other people in conversation I, sadly, need frequent reminders.Host of Today in Focus the Guardian's flagship daily news podcast and one of the top ten most listened to podcasts in the UK. It is entirely from the heart, an impassioned please for more meaningful conversation amid this era of online squabbling and all too easy animosity.

Nihal has a brilliant way of using his voice as a facilitator to help you learn from the experiences of others in a way that are understandable and compelling. There are times, in a workplace, which means this needs preparation before you start the pre-planned conversation. That’s the argument of Nihal Arthanayake, acclaimed interviewer and broadcaster for BBC Radio 5 Live, who has spent years trying to understand what makes for a great conversation. He doesn't put his ego in the way but acts as a tour guide using his vast talent from honing his career on the radio. He currently presents the daily afternoon show on BBC 5 Live and the official Penguin Books podcast.I read this at the same time as Malcolm Gladwell's Talking to Strangers and despite the books being on a similar topic/approach, this is hands down the better of the two. From tracing the evolution of dialogue to discovering what lights up in the brain when we’re enjoying a good discussion, Nihal speaks to conversational authorities including Lorraine Kelly, former president of Ireland Mary McAleese, Professor Tanya Byron, internationally bestselling author Johann Hari, Matthew Syed, and many more, to find out why good conversation has eroded over time and how we can fix it. From tracing the evolution of dialogue to discovering what lights up in the brain when we're enjoying a good discussion, Nihal speaks to conversational authorities including Lorraine Kelly, former president of Ireland Mary McAleese, Professor Tanya Byron, internationally bestselling author Johann Hari, Matthew Syed, and many more, to find out why good conversation has eroded over time and how we can fix it. From ever-decreasing face-to-face meetings to echo chambers online, we no longer have the necessary tools to talk to each other. Nihal interviews a range of people for whom communication is a key part of their life and business, whilst blending in some of his own stories and experiences along the way, to highlight his key recommendations for the importance of open and varied communication, and how we need to improve in ‘the art of conversation’.

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