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

  • Paperback $30.00

    Jun 06, 2017 | 336 Pages

  • Hardcover $28.00

    Jun 06, 2017 | 240 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    Jun 06, 2017 | 240 Pages

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“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

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