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How to Speak How to Listen Paperback – April 1, 1997
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A few of the key points include: Silent listening vs. active listening, Guidelines for note-taking, Several do's and don'ts of effective conversation, and Instructive speech vs. persuasive speech
Adler suggests an order for introducing into a presentation Aristotle's time-tested tripartite of persuasion as follows: ethos (credibility), pathos (emotion), and logos (logic). In addition, he examines two indispensable considerations of speech preparation, once again borrowing from Greek: taxis (the structure) and lexis (the language).
Some of his observations are memorable:
"Always risk talking over (your audience's) heads."
"Truly great books ... are the few books that are over everybody's head all of the time."
In speeches, "On the one hand, the language employed and the sentences constructed should be clear without being plain. On the other hand, they should have a certain elevation above the ordinary without being obscure."
"The most prevalent mistake that people make about both listening and reading is to regard them as passively receiving rather than actively participating."
"To disagree before you understand is impertinent. To agree is inane."
Truly listening is an art that seems rare, these days. I have known people who really listen and are a delight to be with. They ignore distractions and are not waiting to top or disagree with what you are saying, but hearing you.
Adler has said, "Before you can say 'I agree' or 'I disagree', you must be able to say,'I understand'".
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That said, I listened to the unabridged audio version of this book and found it a long treatise on oral communications in society rather than a practical book on self-improvement.
I did find parts of it valuable, but the aggregate of these parts were only a fraction of the 7+ running hours. I probably would have been more pleased with the paper book version that I could skim, pick and choose.
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