How to Talk So People Listen

How to Talk So People Listen

Connecting in Today's Workplace

By Sonya Hamlin

HarperCollins Publishers, Paperback, 9780060734077, 314pp.

Publication Date: December 2006


At a time when it's harder than ever to get and keep people's attention, we could all use some help. Enter Sonya Hamlin, author of the now classic How to Talk So People Listen (1988), and one of the country's leading communication experts. In this revised and updated edition, Sonya Hamlin, arguably America's leading communication expert, shows us how to successfully capture people's attention so that they listen, understand, and are persuaded by your message especially in the plugged in, fast paced, visually driven atmosphere that is today's workplace.

Whether making a presentation to a large audience or dealing one on one with a client or colleague, or communicating by E mail, Hamlin teaches us that one of the keys to making people listen is to think about and respond to what motivates them namely, self interest. She then provides tools to assess others' self interest and use it to get them to listen to your message. Hamlin also explains how to capitalize on the latest visual aids we have at our disposal today. We learn to determine what information needs or lends itself to visual presentation, and how to make visuals active, so that they serve as an extension of the speaker. In HOW TO TALK SO PEOPLE LISTEN, you'll also find practical information on how to understand your audience, how to encourage your listeners to trust you, and how to be yourself when you're on the podium.

About the Author
Sonya Hamlin, an award-winning television talk-show host, consults and coaches America's Fortune 100 companies and executives including JPMorgan Chase, American Express, IBM, Lehman Brothers, Bayer Corporation, and ExxonMobil. She has taught at Oxford, the Harvard Law School, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the MIT Sloan School of Management. Hamlin appears on network television as a communications expert and analyst and is the author of the best-selling What Makes Juries Listen TODAY.