✭ If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? Author Alan Alda – Thomashillier.co.uk

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? From Iconic Actor And Bestselling Author Alan Alda, An Indispensable Guide To Communicating Better Based On His Experience With Acting, Improv, Science, And StorytellingThe Acclaimed Actor Shares Fascinating And Powerful Lessons From The Art And Science Of Communication, And Teaches Readers To Improve The Way They Relate To Others Using Improv Games, Storytelling, And Their Own Innate Ability To Read What S Probably Going On In The Minds Of Others With His Trademark Humor And Frankness, Alan Alda Explains What Makes The Out Of The Box Techniques He Developed After His Years As The Host Of Scientific American Frontiers So Effective This Book Reveals What It Means To Be A True Communicator, And How We Can Communicate Better, In Every Aspect Of Our Lives With Our Friends, Lovers, And Families, With Our Doctors, In Business Settings, And Beyond.


10 thoughts on “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

  1. says:

    5 starsEvery single person on the planet should read this book Alan Alda who is a phenomenal writer has written a highly informative book about the importance of communicating better He then goes on to provide innovative and creative ways to help people do so He is a natural storyteller, and the book is so entertaining that I completed it in one evening Alda uses miscommunication stories from his own life to demonstrate how important it is for people to understand each other, and the iss 5 starsEvery single person on the planet should read this book Alan Alda who is a phenomenal writer has written a highly informative book about the importance of communicating better He then goes on to provide innovative and creative ways to help people do so He is a natural storyteller, and the book is so entertaining that I completed it in one evening Alda uses miscommunication stories from his own life to demonstrate how important it is for people to understand each other, and the issues that arise when we don t A majo...


  2. says:

    Disappointing I can t say I didn t get anything out of it, or that it s outright BS, but I expected better based on Alda s years of experience in training people on this topic Nerd addendum The absence of references is lazy for a serious nonfiction book about science It made it harder than necessary to verify some of the claims made, e.g that empathy training of doctors improves patient outcomes Alda is emphatic about this assertion but the science is pretty weak The meta analysis not cit Disappointing I can t say I didn t get anything out of it, or that it s outright BS, but I expected better based on Alda s years of experience in ...


  3. says:

    Alan Alda is something of an institution at this point He has parlayed his fame as an actor on a long running well written TV serial, M A S H, into doing whatever takes his fancy Good for him He was never extensively schooled in science but he loved it, pursued it, made a new kind of career out of having scientists explain their sec...


  4. says:

    Alan Alda is a joy to listen to and he s a good writer This book, despite its fun title, is a serious tome focused on getting across how important it is to communicate clearly and effectively Examples are cited, and exercises and games are detailed to help you do exactly that Focusing on the other person in a conversation, not just waiting for your turn to speak , and noting their facial expressions and body language are key According to Alda, if you are not willing to be changed by a perso Alan Alda is a joy to listen to and he s a good writer This book, despite its fun title, is a serious tome focused on getting across how important it is to communicate clearly and effectively Examples are cited, and exercises and games are detailed to help you do exactly that Focusing on the other person in a conversation, not just waiting for your turn to speak , and noting their facial expressions and body language are key According to Alda, if you are not willing to be changed by a person conversation then you are NOT really open and listening It turns out that empathy is really important in effective communication One of the exercises in this book mentions watching a person s face during a conversation and sp...


  5. says:

    I know Alan Alda for his acting career, especially in the tv series Mash one of my favorites , but this is the first time I read one of his books The subject is certainly interesting, especially in modern society where communication plays a leading role.An aspect I didn t know about the actor is his scientific curiosity, which led in hosting a tv show called Scientific American Frontiers for many years and...


  6. says:

    The greatest science communication failure of recent history occurred during breaking news coverage of the Higgs boson particle discovery At least, that s my opinion This particle, claimed to be the active ingredient in objects having mass, is a huge deal Yet, look at this gibberish news outlets threw at me as the leading quotation for the achievement We have observed a new boson with a mass of 125.3 plus or minus 0.6 GeV at 4.9 standard deviations No offense to Dr Joe Incandela, who made The greatest science communication failure of recent history occurred during breaking news coverage of the Higgs boson particle discovery At least, that s my opinion This particle, claimed to be the active ingredient in objects having mass, is a huge deal Yet, look at this gibberish news outlets threw at me as the leading quotation for the achievement We have observed a new boson with a mass of 125.3 plus or minus 0.6 GeV at 4.9 standard deviations No offense to Dr Joe Incandela, who made the above technical statement to a room full of scientists Following his words, the gathering bubbled over with applause, even tears in at least one case But the jargon was lost on me That day I refused to be impressed as a matter of principle Science had failed to explain itself.Such disconnects between scientists and the public comprise the impetus for Alan Alda s latest book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look o...


  7. says:

    As a scientist and author concerned about how we communicate with the general public, I was eager to read this book by revered actor Alan Alda The book reiterates and expands on a lecture I saw him give a few days ago Between the two I learned a lot about improving communication Alda mixes anecdotes and stories from his own experience, both as an actor...


  8. says:

    Fun to read, really interesting research and practical usable exercises that could help anyone Far better than anticipated.


  9. says:

    Good book about the importance of good communication and how to improve at communicating with others I m familiar with some of the research that Alda referenced from other books Alda seems to over emphasize his own ideas and under emphasizeresearched strategies such as reading literary fiction though he does mention it He spends too much time making fun of shakras and not enough time explaining the research on the effectiveness of meditation and a simple explanation of say, breathe Good book about the importance of good communicatio...


  10. says:

    I don t normally pick up books like this since I find that they tend to be too narrowly focused and rely too much on the author s fame to sell the book Not that I knew who the author was before picking this one up The title was also very off putting, but I needed a short filler book and seeing as I don t c...


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