From iconic actor and bestselling author Alan Alda, an indispensable guide to communicating betterbased on his experience with acting, improv, science, and storytellingThe acclaimed actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the art and science of communication, and teaches readers to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate ability to read whats probably going on in the minds of others. With his trademark humor and frankness, Alan Alda explains what makes the out-of-the-box techniques he developed after his years as the host of Scientific American Frontiers so effective. This book reveals what it means to be a true communicator, and how we can communicate better, in every aspect of our liveswith our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond....
|Title||:||If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||210 pages|
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If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating Reviews
I don't normally pick up books like this since I find that they tend to be too narrowly focused and rely too much on the author's fame to sell the book. Not that I knew who the author was before picking this one up. The title was also very off-putting, but I needed a short filler book and seeing as I don't consider myself the best of communicators, I thought I'd at least learn something. That wasn't the case though. I've pretty much heard all the good advice before and the new things the author ...more
Between September of 2004 and March of 2011 I worked my way slowly, one class at a time, through an online Bachelor's degree majoring in Communication Studies. The courses I took ranged from courses on Communication Theory and Analysis through the history of Mass Media and even included a couple courses on the Ancient World (which ended up being incredibly useful!).
In the end, a Communication Studies degree showed me over and over again the importance of ensuring that both sides of any message c ...more
The greatest science communication failure of recent history occurred during breaking news coverage of the Higgs boson particle discovery. At least, that’s my opinion. This particle, claimed to be the active ingredient in objects having mass, is a huge deal. Yet, look at this gibberish news outlets threw at me as the leading quotation for the achievement.
“We have observed a new boson with a mass of 125.3 plus or minus 0.6 GeV at 4.9 standard deviations.”
No offense to Dr. Joe Incandela, who made ...more
I know Alan Alda for his acting career, especially in the tv series “Mash” (one of my favorites), but this is the first time I read one of his books. The subject is certainly interesting, especially in modern society where communication plays a leading role.
An aspect I didn’t know about the actor is his scientific curiosity, which led in hosting a tv show called "Scientific American Frontiers" for many years and to organize communication courses in all kinds of disciplines.
In this book Alda clai ...more
I was putting away the Ehrenreich book (Bright-Sided) on the large print shelf and this was sitting right next to it. I had heard Alda speak about it on the "Hidden Brain" podcast and when I saw it in a bookstore, I almost bought it but another book I had been looking at was scooped up by a friend and I didn't buy anything that day. It hadn't occurred to me that it would be at the library. And in large print! I can still read regular print, but with the cfc bulbs in the living room and cats all ...more
Disappointing. I can't say I didn't get anything out of it, or that it's outright BS, but I expected better based on Alda's years of experience in training people on this topic.
The absence of references is lazy for a serious nonfiction book about science. It made it harder than necessary to verify some of the claims made, e.g. that empathy training of doctors improves patient outcomes. Alda is emphatic about this assertion but the science is pretty weak. The meta-analysis not cit ...more
4 Communicating-Stars! ☆☆☆☆
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
This book was insightful, funny, i interesting and above all educating. I love Alan Alda! I loved him in Mash and his science interviews on television. I find him to be a smart and honest person. When i heard he wrote this book, i needed to read it, and I'm so happy i did.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone and found out towards the end that the two of you were not having t ...more
Alan Alda is probably best known for the role he played as “Hawkeye” Pierce on the classic series M*A*S*H*, the TV show based on the 1970 Robert Altman movie with the same title. That show lasted eight years running from 1972 to 1983 and Alda has moved on to many other ventures since then with movies, theater and the pursuit of his long standing passion for science. In 1993 he began hosting the PBS-TV series “Scientific American Frontiers” and spent eleven years interviewing scientists, explorin ...more