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This is a deep lesson to take in. There is so much and so many techniques to consider that it requires you to listen multiple times. The strategies are well tried and tested and they work. Invest the time and commitment to fully absorb.
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
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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful