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Mindful Communication, both spoken and written, read on.
I awoke, one morning, to a blinding flash of the obvious. The same mindful philosophy that guided my writing guided my verbal communication. I had published my memoir, King of Doubt, taught memoir writing, and practiced mindfulness as my basic life philosophy for 35 years. It was time to expand: to write, teach and speak about Mindful Speaking as well as Mindful Writing. The result was a new book, How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anyplace, about Anything . . . and Enjoy It (currently in process), a new class and speaking on that same topic. As part of the research for those efforts, I now offer (free) a 24-question survey, designed to help you understand your personal, conversation style, and learn about it’s strengths and limitations. I continue my work with memoir writers, teaching (both Introductory and Master Class), editing and coaching, and speaking on “Discovering Your Story–The Joy of Mindful Writing.”
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Some love it. Some fear it. This for sure, you won’t go far without it. Conversation feeds the soul. Or starves it. Maybe it’s the conversation in the car pool on the way to work. Or around the BBQ at the family picnic. Maybe it’s meeting a friend for dinner or meeting a stranger in line at the DMV. Or a tired wife telling her husband about a day at the office. So common, conversation is like the nose on your face. Not worth much thought. But without that nose, where would you be?
Conversation is the glue that holds us together - and sometimes the chasm that splits us apart. Conversations are where friendship are made and deals are sealed, where careers begin and where love blossoms. Conversations are tools for learning and crucibles for healing. A conversation is an invitation to learn and explore, to share who you are, to connect with one’s self and with another, and to enjoy the dance of being alive together. Conversation is more like play than work. It is not about what you know, but about who you are. More about being, less about doing. Real conversations are spontaneous, open-ended, growing out of a desire to connect with others, not to impress or convince or win. No common language required. Some of the most delightful conversations I’ve ever had came about when my conversation partner and I, through grunts and points and flapping of arms and letting go of fear and personal agendas or attempts to impress, created a common stage, where we performed our own inpromptu play. We met at a deep level without expectation, weaving meaning out of gesture and intent, travelers with nothing in common but our souls and a willingness to enjoy our moment together.
“Sure,” I hear you say, “But ‘Anyone.’ How to talk with anyone?”
“Yes, anyone,” I say. You may not want to talk with anyone, and anyone may not want to talk with you, but if you want, then it can happen.
“And how can I possibly talk about topics I know noting about?“ You shake your head in disbelief.
“More about being,” I say. “Not necessarily knowing. You need to be open and curious and interested. That’s the essence”
Some walk away in disgust at this. Some nod and say, “Oh, that’s simple.”
My turn to shake my head. “Simple but not easy,” I say.
In a small town on the west coast of Scotland, five-year-old Peter Gibb trades his soul to the devil in a futile attempt to win the approval of classmates, teachers, and parents. Follow the story of Peter's humorous but desperate struggle to find a way out of the dungeons of doubt. An insightful tale of lost and found, King of Doubt grips you with tension as it warms you with heart. Anyone who has ever struggled with self doubt -- and who among us hasn't? -- will see themselves in these pages. This moving story, one man's journey from doubt to wonder, will fill you with hope and promise. The story rivets your attention to the final word, while the beauty of the language still sings long after the reading.BUY NOW ON AMAZON
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