Wednesday, October 21, 2015

You Just Can't Text a Tough Conversation

Yep. Simply that. You just can't text a tough conversation. How are you going to go about it? "You Can't Text a Tough Conversation" by Mike Bechtle shares with us what we already know, that technology is a communication killer, and what we can do to increase our genuine face-to-face conversations.




Let's start from when smartphones and computers started crippling our skills in communicating with others. Have you ever sent a text wishing someone a "Happy Birthday", instead of just calling them, which you would've in about 15-20 years ago? What about an email to go over logistics of a party you're planning? When was the last time you sent personal mail via the good old US Post Office? Times have change and not to say technology's all bad, but as we become reliant on it, we lose the simple skills of just talking with others. As our face-to-face time is shorten with the screens of our devices, how easily are you able to communicate with one another, especially with the tough topics?

Mike Bechtle, a communication expert is able to guide readers of "You Can't Text a Tough Conversation" in ways to handle the tough topics and learn to build a close and genuine relationship that goes beyond just texting. I think the book is well written and it does address a growing issue we see, especially amongst the younger generation. With well-to-do, practical ways to build your relationships in order to feel comfortable during the need for face-to-face conversations.  You'll learn to be a better listener as well as a genuine deliverer. The personal and real stories also helps readers to relate and not take this as just a "textbook" of sort, but one with experience to share and to help. A book to read, and to learn from. Check it out.

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for an honest review.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 ConfidenceHis articles have appeared in publications such as Writer's DigestPastors.com, and EntrepreneurA frequent speaker and blogger, Bechtle lives in California.


                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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By Mike Bechtle / Revell


As our use of technology has increased, our communication skills have decreased. We text when we should talk. We tweet firings and breakups. Technology creates the illusion of being in touch, but we lose the deeper meaning conveyed by body language, facial expression, and tone of voice. What we need are real, face-to-face conversations. Have we lost that art?

Whether it's with a spouse, a friend, a boss, a co-worker, or children, tough conversations can create high anxiety. Communication expert Mike Bechtle offers practical help. He shows readers how to build strong relationships and teaches tried-and-true methods to navigate the muddy waters of tough conversations. Readers learn to be better listeners, give and receive genuine feedback, saturate their relationships with kindness, and much more. With the right skills and tools, anyone can feel more confident handling a tough conversation.

2 comments :

  1. I agree you can't text a tough conversation. Unfortunately so many people do just that. Cell phones are just an easy way to say something without doing it face to face and really own up to what you are saying.

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