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The classic, best-selling communication skills book, Messages, helps readers build their communication skills in all areas of life. This guide helps readers become adept in active listening, reading body language, identifying communication styles, conflict resolution, public speaking, and more.

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  • File Size: 2741 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 3 edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045Y27VW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. His books combined have sold more than 2.5 million copies. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In private practice, he specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By hershey on June 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you're like me, you'll often think to yourself- "Did I say it right?" or "Could I have said it better?" or "Was there a better way to put it"

This book is organized very well, under sections listed "Basic Skills", "Conflict Skills", "Social Skills", "Family Skills", and "Public Skills". So, it gets very easy to refer to the particular type of communication reference you are interested in. I love the way the book puts forward the theory without attaching any favoritism to which technique to use at what time. For example- I used to live in denial when it comes to "listening". I always thought I`m a good listener. But, after reading the 1st chapter- I realized I use at least 5 blocks to listening - without being caught in defense arguments with myself about it. The book really communicates with you! Its easy to read & is filled with research. It lists very good examples of contaminated communication & suggestions on what could have improved it. They have a chapter on body language as well that's well written.

I haven't read the entire book- I may have covered about 70% of the reading. Most often, I use it as a reference to come back to. If you have been looking for reviews on this book, I suggest that you stop looking! Get it- you cannot go wrong. After all, communication is what you do almost all of the active time even though you don't realize it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Yolanthe Smit on August 20, 2012
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Many years ago I read this book from beginning to end. It has given me a host off useful awareness and tools which I have not only used throughout the years but also shared with friends and clients.
When I lent my old dog-eared copy to a friend he was apparently so enthusiastic about it that he ordered the latest, updated copy. I, in turn saw all the new stuff and ordered my own updated copy.
It does not disappoint. On the contrary, it is even better than before. No wonder, because the authors, like me, have aged and with age comes wisdom and insight( if all goes well). That is actually one of the good things about aging ;-)
I have revisited the chapters on Listening, Self Disclosure, Fair Fighting and Negotiating. I find the approaches and examples described still very helpful in my day-to-day life. I realize I am far from perfect in my own communications with others. I highly recommend this book for all who want to communicate consciously and effectively with colleagues, clients, family, friends and lovers.

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Eddie on June 5, 2011
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The content is excellent. The Kindle version does not have the essential Table of Contents or Index. Making the Kindle version difficult to use as a reference guide.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roger E. Manzano on June 2, 2011
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If you don't have this book on your list of books to read within its genre, then you're not looking at the table of contents and reading about how well everything is explained, based on other reviews and now this one. It goes into managing several types of conversations and gives you an added bonus at the end with how to deal with negotiations and interviews. I will continue to hold on to this book as a reference point for any forthcoming situation in which I must show poise, interest and experience dealing with all sorts of people and conversations.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By likeafeather on April 2, 2009
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This is a great book. I wish everyone in the world would read this book. This book truly changed my life. I am an RN. I meet and interact with many people every day, and this book taught me the essence of communication. Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LoveCoates on October 28, 2013
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The advice and guidelines in this book are of the type that make you go "duh" -- but that you still need to be reminded of periodically. Most interpersonal issues are due to misunderstanding, misinterpretation, miscommunication, and words left unspoken or works spoken inelegantly. Digesting this book, which was assigned to me for a graduate level psychology class, is already helping me overcome these problems in my own life. I plan on keeping this in my bathroom and reading it yearly to refresh my communication skills. It's a college major in book form.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Wicks on April 9, 2013
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Excellent book on communication; all forms of communication. Great beeok for individuals, parents, & couples. I am a professor and a therapist. I use it with clients and als use it in teaching students counseling techniques. I recomend to almost anyone.
One of the best books written.

Dr. Patricia Wicks
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brittney Heinrich on March 5, 2013
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a basic book and that breaks down the components of communication into digestible bites. It's a helpful resource, but I found the content to be surface level.
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