Thursday, January 12, 2012

Messages: The Communication Skills Book By Matthew McKay PhD, Martha Davis Ph.D., Patrick Fanning

Messages: The Communication Skills Book

Messages: The Communication Skills Book By Matthew McKay PhD, Martha Davis Ph.D., Patrick Fanning

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Many people assume that good communicators possess an intrinsic talent for speaking and listening to others, a gift that can't be learned or improved. The reality is that communication skills are developed with deliberate effort and practice, and learning to understand others and communicate your ideas more clearly will improve every facet of your life.

Now in its third edition, Messages has helped thousands of readers cultivate better relationships with friends, family members, coworkers, and partners. You'll discover new skills to help you communicate your ideas more effectively and become a better listener. Learn how to:

  • Read body language
  • Develop skills for couples communication
  • Negotiate and resolve conflicts
  • Communicate with family members
  • Handle group interactions
  • Talk to children
  • Master public speaking
  • Prepare for job interviews

Messages is a comprehensive handbook in a most important human skill-personal communication. Reading it made me feel like an enthusiastic partner in an achievable learning endeavor.
-Virginia Satir, author of Peoplemaking and The New Peoplemaking

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #7596 in Books
  • Published on: 2009-03-03
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .90" h x 6.00" w x 8.90" l, 1.10 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 360 pages
Editorial Reviews

Review

From the Publisher
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.

About the Author

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.

Martha Davis, Ph.D., was a psychologist in the department of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA, where she practiced individual, couple, and group psychotherapy for more than thirty years prior to her retirement. She is coauthor of Thoughts and Feelings and The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook.

Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field. the founder of a men's support group in northern California. He has authored and coauthored of eight self-help books, including Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, Couple Skills, and When Anger Hurts Your Kids.

Customer Reviews

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
5Definitive Bk on Topic; THE MESSAGES WORKBOOK IS A VALUABLE COMPANION
By Marshall Glickman
It's easy to miss the full importance of communicating well, but it's the lifeblood of relationships and thus you could ultimately say it's crucial to our happiness. This book makes clear the value of communicating well, but more importantly, shows you how to improve your communication skills. Given that's what most of us care about most [theory is nice, but putting it into to practice is what really counts], I also suggest reading The Messages Workbook. The Messages Workbook gives you the exercises to take your communication and therefore relationships to the next level.

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Its like a hand book!
By hershey
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.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Disappointing! No Table of Contents on Kindle.
By B. Eddie
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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