A Teen’s Guide to the Conversation Game by Dr. Kathryn Knox

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A Teen’s Guide to the Conversation Game is a newly published book by a dear friend of mine, Dr. Kathryn Knox. It’s a book focused on every day conversation. We converse with lots of people all the time, but have you ever thought about how your words make impressions on other people and how your words are received? Our daily conversations are like a game and A Teen’s Guide to the Conversation Game talks about ways you can improve on your conversation game and enlightens us to some interesting statistics about talking.

Did you know that “We listen at over 480 words per minute, while we talk at approximately 120 words per minute.”? “People only hear about 25% of what we say”, because we use other means to communicate like our body language and vocal tone.

Have you ever encountered a challenging topic in your conversation? Well this book offers some valuable guidance on how to agree to disagree while conversing.

There’s an entire chapter dedicated to “Online Talking” which has become a huge part of how we communicate, whether by instant messaging, texting, e-mailing, or participating in threaded discussion. The online conversation can sometimes send a tone or message to the other person that was not the intended communication. This book offers some suggestions on how to better understand the feelings that can come into play during online conversation when those unintentional messages are sent.

“Do you know that most of us use fewer than 1000 words in our daily conversations?” Dr. Knox offers some creative tips on how to add more precise vocabulary into your conversation. And then there are those people we encounter who are difficult; the people who enjoy playing the blame game and love to get defensive. There’s some valuable guidance on how to deal with those confrontational conversations and moves to think about for the next time you find yourself in that situation.

Dr. Knox also touches on those traps we fall into while conversing, like not being truthful. There’s tips here too so you don’t deviate from your personal morals and values during that conversation.

Have you ever been a part of a discussion where you just didn’t have the background knowledge to partake in that conversation? I’m sure we all have at some point.  This book touches on some things you can do when you find yourself in a discussion you know little or nothing about so you can still be a part of the Conversation Game.

A Teen’s Guide to the Conversation Game offers many strategies to practice your everyday talking skills and very innovative ideas to use to improve on those skills. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to any teen or adult who is looking to get better at the Conversation Game.

A few words from Dr. Kathryn Knox:

A Teen’s Guide to the Conversation Game came out of my work with middle and high school students. It’s about talking, not making speeches. I noticed how often many students would run into snags in daily conversation that inhibited their ability to form good relationships with other people. This book has dozens of simple strategies based on daily talking, to practice such as Gimme Two, LDL, 5 step conflict solving process, accepting a compliment, not jumping, TMM and more, implementable into chunks of daily conversation. The Apple version includes video and audio clips of simple conversations that illustrate strategies.

I hope you enjoy reading these books. Communication is all about how we work effectively together as humans.

You can learn more about Dr. Kathryn Knox by reading An Interview with Dr. Kathryn Knox: Learning Styles

Dr. Knox has also just published Language Soup: A Tast of How Diverse People Around the World Communicate. This book is next on my reading list.

You can also go to Ruby Mountial Press to order A Teen’s Guide to the Conversation Game or Language Soup on the iPad (includes videos), the Kindle, or the Nook.

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