The importance of talking

Talking advances people in school and in life

Book excerpts: In the workplace

— “In one way or another every job involves explaining something to others, clearly reporting results, or giving direction. Talkers earn reputations as valuable contributors.”

— “Talking makes things happen. When you talk, you explain things, you answer questions, you get people interested or excited about your ideas. You get yourself recognized.”

— “Ask any adult, who gets the raise or the promotion. Usually, it’s the people who know how to talk. Non-talkers or poor talkers might hold jobs, but they often don’t move up in the work world.”

— “Can you grab onto a problem, analyze it, and then debate the merits of different solutions? Those who…can express themselves are going places. The rest of the employees will sit and listen or take notes …just as non-talkers do in class now.”

In the classroom

Engagement: The difference between watching a soccer game and playing soccer. Dr. Bob explains that when students talk in class, they are paying attention. They not only learn more, the class becomes more interesting and fun because they are actively involved. They are participating just as they will later in life if they want to succeed.

 3 chapters all about talking

  • The importance of talking, how it extends far beyond friends, how much talking really goes on in life, and how people often make good impressions by talking well.
  • What makes talking so difficult? Why do people get tongue-tied and stumble? Why teens in particular? Everyone “learns” to talk. The pages discuss all this in a way that is sensitive to young people.
  • How to practice talking in different situations and overcome self-consciousness: with relatives, neighbors, store cashiers, small children, older people, figures of authority—even talking in class, and eventually with college admissions representatives.
  • Chapters include practice topics to use with different kinds of people. And ways to strike up conversations.

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