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Aug262014

NEW & REVISED EDITION OF U&ME!



Taos Institute Publications, www.taosinstitute.net, just released the print and e-book versions of the new and revised edition of U&ME:  COMMUNICATING IN MOMENTS THAT MATTER.

I revised U&ME in response to reader feedback to the 2013 edition.  The book needed a chapter on Multicultural Moments that Matter, the old Chapter 2 was too dense, and I wanted to acknowledge advances in brain research that support the advice to make your communicating "as personal as possible."  Readers also told me that the Political Communication chapter should say something about what to do when Uncle Fred wants to argue politics at the Thanksgiving table.  

So I made all those changes and also went over every page to make the writing as accessible and clear as possible.  The crucial ideas from the old Chapter 2 are woven into other places, and the new edition includes even more practical suggestions for how to enhance the quality of your life by listening for and talking about things that make you and the other person(s) humans, not just role-fillers or cogs in a wheel.

Here's a sample of what U&ME discusses:

  • How moments of contact can significantly affect your life.
  • How every human is hard-wired to relate to what's around us both impersonally and personally.
  • How lots of cultural pressures push us in impersonal directions.
  • How we can correct some of the imbalance and enhance the quality of our lives--our happiness, satisfaction, sense of well-being, confidence, and even the strength of our immune system & our longevity.
  • How to manage the differences between vertical and horizontal media--Facebook, Instagram, email, Skype, texting.
  • How dating and courtship develop through three "relational dialectics," or both-and movements.
  • How to improve family communicating by separating the information and the identity messages.
  • How to manage conflict effectively.
  • How to apply person-centered leadership on the job.
  • How to listen both empathically and dialogically.
  • How to make learning situations as personal as possible--as a learner and as a teacher or trainer.
  • How to respond to friends and relatives with strong political opinions.
  • How to use facilitation to build social capital.
  • How to avoid microaggressions and build your multicultural competence.
  • How communication in spiritual and religious contexts can be as personal as possible.

Sound interesting?  For $20 or less, you can get the understandings and skills that it can take decades to develop "by the seat of your pants."

Get your copy at www.taosinstitute.net or www.amazon.com.

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