Many people assume that good communicators possess an intrinsic talent for speaking and listening to others, a gift that can't be learned or improved. The reality is that communication skills are developed with deliberate effort and practice, and learning to understand others and communicate your ideas more clearly will improve every facet of your life.
Now in its third edition, Messages has helped thousands of readers cultivate better relationships with friends, family members, coworkers, and partners. You'll discover new skills to help you communicate your ideas more effectively and become a better listener. Learn how to:
- Read body language
- Develop skills for couples communication
- Negotiate and resolve conflicts
- Communicate with family members
- Handle group interactions
- Talk to children
- Master public speaking
- Prepare for job interviews
If you can communicate effectively, you can do just about anything. Arm yourself with the interpersonal skills needed to thrive.
About the Authors:
Matthew McKay, Ph.D., is clinical director of Haight Ashbury Psychological Services in San Francisco, CA, and a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He is coauthor of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Thoughts and Feelings, Self-Esteem, and other titles. His books combined have sold more than 2 million copies. McKay received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In private practice, he specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety, anger, and depression.
Martha Davis, Ph.D., was a psychologist in the department of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA, where she practiced individual, couple, and group psychotherapy for more than thirty years prior to her retirement. She is coauthor of Thoughts and Feelings and The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook.
Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field and the founder of a men's support group in northern California. He is coauthor of eight self-help books, including Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, and Couple Skills.