Saturday, October 24, 2015

Book Review - "You Can't Text A Tough Conversation"

You Can't Text a Tough Conversationby Mike Bechtle

When it comes to the tough stuff, we need real, face-to-face conversations. But have we lost the art?

There's no denying that as our use of technology has increased, our communication skills have decreased. Technology creates the illusion of being in touch, but we lose the deeper meaning conveyed by body language, facial expression, and tone of voice. We text when we should talk. We tweet firings and breakups. We vent our frustrations with other people online. Whether it's with a spouse, a friend, a boss, a co-worker, or children, those tough conversations create high anxiety. In the end, what we have are broken relationships and hurt feelings.

In this timely book, communication expert Mike Bechtle shows you how to build strong relationships, offering tried-and-true methods to navigate the muddy waters of having tough conversations--in person. With his help, you'll learn to be a better listener, give and receive genuine feedback, saturate your relationships with kindness, and much more--so that you'll feel confident when it comes time to actually talk.

Mike Bechtle (EdD, Arizona State University) is the author of People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them the Keys and How to Communicate with Confidence. His articles have appeared in publications such as Writer's Digest,, and Entrepreneur. A frequent speaker and blogger, Bechtle lives in California

My Review:
This book is a practical read and so necessary in today's society as so often we all do our communicating via some form of social media or through an electronic device instead of face to face.  Mike brings up so many real points and reminders in regards to what real conversation is and what is all a part of it.  This book is divided into 4 main sections making this an easy and very useful resource and guide.  The process and art of conversation is discussed in the first section while the second addressed that tools that are needed to have communication.  The third section discusses the various skills that are needed and should be developed in order for real communication.  Lastly, section four deal with growing and changing in conversation which to me gives permission to use technology and adjust with the changing times if you are prepared and use it properly, meaning once the tools and skills are learned and utilized  and knowing the time and place for various forms of communication.  An added touch to this book which I loved were the quotes that were at the beginning of each chapter, added a little extra to the book. 

*Thanks to Revell Reads for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.* .

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