Satisfactions

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Xlibris Corporation, May 1, 2010 - Self-Help - 494 pages
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Premise: From newborn infants to dying adults, we all communicate to reduce local discomforts - i.e. to "fill current needs." Doing that promotes satisfaction. Anything you do that causes a significant emotional-spiritual-physical-mental change in another person can be called communication. It´s impossible to "not communicate" with other people, for silence and inactivity cause reactions and presumed meanings.


    The quality of your life and key relationships depends largely on the effectiveness of the way you communicate - yet you probably don´t know what you need to know about this vital life skill. To reality check that, mull these five challenges:


1) Name a learned skill that you rely on more often than communicating to get your key needs met. Note that thinking is internal communication.


2) How do you distinguish between effective and ineffective communication? If you´re not sure, how can you tell if you´re communicating effectively in important situations?"


3) On a scale of 1 (totally ineffective) to 10 (totally effective), generally how effective a communicator would you rate yourself in calm times __ and in conflicts __ recently?


4) Identify the five most important people in your current life. From 1 to 10, how effective would you rate yourself in your communication with each of them in calm __ and conflictual __ times? How effective would each of them rate you?


5) Take your time, and see how well you do with this communication quiz. Then return.


Would you like to improve your communication effectiveness with others and yourself?

Seven Essential Skills

This unique guidebook describes and illustrates seven vital communication skills that any motivated person can learn, with practice. They are:



  • Awareness

  • Clear thinking,

  • Digging down,

  • Effective assertion,

  • Metatalking (talking cooperatively about communication),

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Introduction
13
Basics and the 7 Skills
27
1 Basics
29
2 Communication Awareness
69
3 Clear Thinking
115
4 Dig Down to Primary needs
139
Talking About Communicating
187
Communication Basics
338
B A Personal Bill of Rights
346
Communication Awareness
350
Clearthinking Skill
354
Digdown Skill
360
Metatalk Skill
364
Empathic Listening Skill
368
Effective Assertion
373

6 Empathic Listening
199
7 Effective Assertion
215
8 Problem Solving conflict resolution
246
9 Resolve Your Inner Conflicts
283
10 highnurturance Relationships
302
11 What Would Your Life be Like   
329
Resources
336
WinWin Problem Solving
377
J Common Communication Blocks
386
K Selected Readings
394
L Communication and Relationship Terms
398
Index
485
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