If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? - Hardcover Signed

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If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? - Hardcover Signed

by Alan Alda

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Award-winning actor Alan Alda tells the fascinating story of his quest to learn how to communicate better, and to teach others to do the same. With his trademark humor and candor, he explores how to develop empathy as the key factor.

Alan Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alda found inspiration in everything from cutting-edge science to classic acting methods. His search began when he was host of PBS's Scientific American Frontiers, where he interviewed thousands of scientists and developed a knack for helping them communicate complex ideas in ways a wide audience could understand--and Alda wondered if those techniques held a clue to better communication for the rest of us.

In his wry and wise voice, Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He guides us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person: listening with our eyes, looking for clues in another's face, using the power of a compelling story, avoiding jargon, and reading another person so well that you become "in sync" with them, and know what they are thinking and feeling--especially when you're talking about the hard stuff.

Drawing on improvisation training, theater, and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others. Exploring empathy-boosting games and exercises, If I Understood You is a funny, thought-provoking guide that can be used by all of us, in every aspect of our lives--with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond.

"Alda uses his trademark humor and a well-honed ability to get to the point, to help us all learn how to leverage the better communicator inside each of us."--Forbes

"Communicating is at the heart of connectedness. Alda, with his laudable curiosity, has learned something you and I can use right now."--Charlie Rose

"Sit back and enjoy Alan Alda's scientific journey of communication."--Barbara Walters

REVIEWS

Advance praise for If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

"In this charming, witty, and thought-provoking book, full of rich anecdotes, Alan Alda describes some of the tools of communication that he teaches in his work with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and shows how everyone--from lovers to politicians to scientists--can benefit from being better communicators. The issues he touches on are more important now than ever. His book is useful and fun, and it is a valuable tonic for these challenging times."--Lawrence M. Krauss, author of The Greatest Story Ever Told . . . So Far

"I've spent a lifetime trying to understand and use the art of communication. And then comes this fellow Alda--actor, interviewer, academic, and, mostly, student--who teaches me new, useable ideas. Communicating is at the heart of connectedness. Alda, with his laudable curiosity, has learned something you and I can use right now."--Charlie Rose

"Sit back and enjoy Alan Alda's scientific journey of communication."--Barbara Walters

"Alda, who has made a distinguished and valuable career out of empathy--in acting, writing, and political thinking--now gives us a book that shows empathy to be the key to understanding, and thus to a much improved life. The exchange of feeling of one person with another makes it possible for each to grasp something different and larger than both: a delightful and useful surprise of knowledge. Alda proves his theory almost casually, with self-effacing good fun, but it is a true revelation. You wonder, How has one done without such a book?"--Roger Rosenblatt, author ofThomas Murphy

"Alda uses his trademark humor and a well-honed ability to get to the point, to help us all learn how to leverage the better communicator inside each of us."--Forbes

"[Alda] was frustrated that men and women of science were not able to get their points across--to the public, the media, the government. Turned out they had never been trained to do so. So Alda set out to do something about it . . . Aided by his warm, conversational style, Alda's message shows that the lessons also apply to the rest of us--and at a time when we could really use it."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"In a time when many of us connect through text, are you communicating effectively? Turns out, your thumbs aren't the best conversationalists. . . . Alan Alda breaks down the importance of face-to-face interaction in his new book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face? Alda developed this compelling conversation technique to help scientists distill down complex scientific principles for a general audience."--Entrepreneur Magazine

"A distinguished actor and communication expert shows how to avoid 'the snags of misunderstanding' that plague verbal interactions between human beings. . . . A sharp and informative guide to communication."--Kirkus Reviews

"An enlightening and thoughtful combination of shared experience and advice."--Booklist

"Drawing on a range of scientific and social science research, as well as his work in improvisation and directing, Alda outlines the steps and missteps in relation to other people in productive meaningful ways. Alda brings a distinct perspective with his trademark warmth and humor. As he addresses the current popular themes in general nonfiction, readers can imagine his voice and expressions in recounting his experiences, making this book's content even more welcoming."--Library Journal

"In this charming, witty, and thought-provoking book, full of rich anecdotes, Alan Alda describes some of the tools of communication that he teaches in his work with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and shows how everyone--from lovers to politicians to scientists--can benefit from being better communicators. The issues he touches on are more important now than ever. His book is useful and fun, and it is a valuable tonic for these challenging times."--Lawrence M. Krauss, author of The Greatest Story Ever Told . . . So Far

"I've spent a lifetime trying to understand and use the art of communication. And then comes this fellow Alda--actor, interviewer, academic, and, mostly, student--who teaches me new, useable ideas. Communicating is at the heart of connectedness. Alda, with his laudable curiosity, has learned something you and I can use right now."--Charlie Rose

"Sit back and enjoy Alan Alda's scientific journey of communication."--Barbara Walters

Hardcover
Publisher: Random House; Signed ed. edition (June 6, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0537278958
ISBN-13: 978-0537278950
ASIN: B0757DT4YQ
Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches