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5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

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5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

Human beings have been communicating with each other with the use of language for the last 10,000 years. Without the use of language, humans would not have evolved the way they did. To succeed in today’s modern world, you are expected to be well versed in at least two languages.

I understand that along with verbal communication, non-verbal communication is equally important. In this post, I am sharing a list of best books on communication skills that taught me both verbal and non-verbal skills. They give you a whole new perspective on how to be a self-sufficient and social person.

1. How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes

5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

About the author:

Leil Lowndes is an American author of self-help books on communication skills, business, and relationships. She is one of the best authors in this niche. Her own insufficiencies inspired her to learn the subject of communication skills to an extent that she began to teach others as well. She suffered from “social anxiety disorder” not only in childhood but also during her college days.

About the book:

The name of this book may lead you to think that this book is only about verbal communication skills but it’s much more than that. Leil has touched subjects like body language and personality development too. In fact, she gives more importance to non-verbal communication skills more than any other form of communication skill.

This book is for you if :

You feel awkward and clueless while talking to strangers in parties and event. Meeting people is not a big deal. You can go to any night club and meet a hundred people there. But if you constantly find yourself running out of things to say, you should read and implement the concepts discussed in this book. Leil has helped thousands of people worldwide who were in the same situation as you.

2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

About the author:

Dale Carnegie is one of the pioneers of the self-help industry. His book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is not only the best book on communication skills but has also broken all sales records. \Dale was born in a poor family in a small American town called Maryville in Missouri. On growing up, he moved to Nebraska where he started his sales career. This is where his mind began to drift in areas like communication skills, persuasion, and self-improvement.

About the book:

Dale believes that you can change others behavior by changing our own behavior towards them. In this book, he has given step by step methods, anecdotes, and concepts that you can implement in your own life and finally become the popular and likable person that you always wanted to be. The content of this book is evergreen and timeless. This is what makes it one of the best books on communication skills.

This book is for you if :

This is a fantastic starter book if you want to begin your self-improvement journey today. As a beginner to the self-help world, you would be needing a book that explains the concepts and techniques with the help of real-life examples. This book is also ideal for people who work in sales and marketing. The first half of this book is about basic communication skills and how to get people to like you and the second part is more about leadership.

3. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets by Carmine Gallo

5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

About the author:

Carmine Gallo is an American author and a key-note speaker based in California. Gallo gained popularity from his book “Talk like TED” which led to him getting featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Success Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek and on CNBC. He has written many other books on communication skills but this book stood out from the rest and made him popular in the entire world.

About the book:

Carmine Gallo explains the 9 public speaking secrets with the help of a host of TED talks. The great thing about TED talks is that you can head to YouTube and watch them anytime you want. He decodes the body language of the TED speakers and points out things that might go unnoticed to an untrained eye. While giving a speech, Carmine believes in communicating with passion and emotion. He has also given plenty of examples of how sharing stories in your speeches can have a hypnotic effect on your audience.

This book is for you if :

This book is for you if you own a business or work in a leadership position and are required to give speeches. This book also provides valuable insights for students who are preparing for a presentation in their college. The public-speaking secrets explained in this book are more beneficial for mass communication and not for one on one conversations.

4. Crucial Conversations by Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

About the author:

Kerry Patterson is an American self-help writer. Kerry Patterson has written New York Times bestselling business books like Change Anything, Crucial Conversations, and Influencer. Currently, he is helping entrepreneurs and businessmen by teaching them advanced communication skills. He is a founder of VitalSmarts. At VitalSmarts, Kerry and his team conduct boot camps and seminars on communication skills.

About the book:

This book has turned out to be life-changing even for people who have a successful business or career. Crucial conversations are a part of our life and they cannot be avoided. Most people handle them poorly and if you fall in this category, reading this book is a must for you. This book is about learning how to have these crucial conversations which can shape your future.

This book is for you if:

This book is for you if you run away from social situations that make you uncomfortable. You haven’t yet addressed that fact that you are not articulate enough to lead the conversation when you are the center of attention. This book will provide all the tools and techniques you will need to influence other people.

5.  What Everybody is Saying by Joe Navarro

5 Great Books to Improve Your Communication Skills

About the author:

Joe Navarro is a former FBI agent who has shared the secrets he learned while investigating and solving difficult criminal cases. He is an expert in body language and has written this book to help civilians like you and me become better observers.

About the book:

There are nine chapters in this book, each describing every part of the body in detail. Joe Navarro has deciphered what every hand gesture, facial expression, and physical posture is actually signaling. One downside of this book is, it makes people so attuned to reading people that they start seeing how they have been lied to by people in their life. This creates emotional turmoil in them and they end up hating the people they once loved.  

This book is for you if :

This book is for you if you are oblivious to what people around you are thinking and feeling. Most people are already good with reading people just by observing how they move and talk. But most of us are not fortunate enough to have had opportunities where we were needed to do so. For instance, a retail salesperson has to read the body language of people who walk into the store.  

Closing thoughts

Communication skill is an interesting topic even for people who are naturally good with it. These are the best books on communication skill that I have come across. Moreover, they are also quite basic and approachable at the same time. So, understanding and implementing the concepts discussed in them won’t be too difficult for you.

Mindfulness

Why Do Animals Make Better Friends Than Humans?

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Animals are the pure, raw souls that need little to be genuinely happy. In a world continually chasing after materialistic bliss and happiness, your furry friends find fulfillment in a bit of touch, a bit of affection, and a dollop of kindness. 

There are no layers or hidden agendas, it’s just a beautiful bond of simplicity, or as popularly known as love. Somehow, for this generation, the meaning of the word love has been lost in translation. We are always after something, something better, something newer. 

Our fast-paced approach has derailed basic human emotions and its purity. Friendships for many people is less of a bond, and more of an unsigned “give and take” policy. However, if you look into your dog’s crystal-clear eyes, nothing but love and deep affection reflect back. 

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That’s the beauty of building relations with animals; they want nothing but some warmth and your time. It’s a sense of fulfillment that makes you believe that being you is enough, along with an odd satisfying sense of acceptance when your four-legged buddy comes running up like there is no tomorrow.

Like a true friend, they listen to you and give you comfort in the most unprecedented ways. We may not share the same language, but some words can be understood even when unspoken. 

We all look for hope and belief to be alive. Sometimes, it just needs a kind pair of eyes to stare at you with honest attention, without any judgment, to find that hope. I also believe honesty is a magically powerful language found in abundance in our furry friends.

But this is not only about pets; all animals in this world have something profound to offer. Their sense of affection, love, and gratitude is like a lighthouse in a deep dark sea. 

All around the globe, you can find various instances of animals and their bonds with fellow humans developing in unimaginable ways, simply because of their beautiful, unspoiled souls. They are more precious than us, I think, by being able to portray love in the most natural and pure way. 

If you have found it, always hold on to this feeling, because it is fulfilling and heart-touching to witness true love in their eyes, and eyes are thought to be the window of souls. At the end of the day, we are lucky to share this world with them, because they truly teach us how to be loved in this crazy, big world. 

So try to do your part to save them and provide for them, because your act of kindness can go a long way!

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The Impact of Deep Melody

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Music is a form of art that has the power to touch your soul. Through this universal language, countless emotions have been depicted over the ages. The human mind grasps music differently under different circumstances. Even the same tune can be interpreted variedly from person to person. 

From Beethoven to Bach, Mozart to Yo Yo Ma, Einaudi to Mischka, the depth of soulful music is beyond the power of perception. The music created by these artists resonates deep within our souls through every note, every beat. 

If you close your eyes and listen to Yo Yo Ma’s rendition of the Prelude, irrespective of your mood, you will get absorbed into a moment of tranquil hard to describe in words. Or take, for example, Einaudi’s composition called “Waterways,” the sense of a pristine aura that lasts long after he finishes the piece, is simply beautiful.

Every note, chord, and tune affects your brain in a way you can’t even imagine. So here, we will try to explore some of the powers of music and the impacts of deep melodies.

Memory 

Since the 20th century numerous studies have been conducted to research the power of music over memory functioning of the human brain. Certain music can take your mind back decades in an instant. 

In a study conducted with dementia patients, it was found that music improves general well being, mood, orientation, and episodic memory recalls. It was shown to have an overall positive effect on life.

Stress Relief

Music can lower the cortisol levels in your body and can alleviate the symptoms of stress. 

According to the American Psychological Society, “In a trial conducted by University of Alberta, with 42 children aged between 3-11, it was found that while getting an IV inserted, patients who listened to relaxing music reported significantly less pain, and some demonstrated significantly less distress, compared with patients who did not listen to music.”

Alleviation of Pain 

Martin Luther King had famously said, “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”

This statement, in fact, is quite true to an extent, as researchers now believe that listening to music triggers the release of opioids in our body. The same chemical comes into action when the body is in pain, acting as a natural antidote.  

Seizures

Christine Charyton, of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said that “Persons with epilepsy synchronize before a seizure. By listening to music, many patients reported that they felt relaxed.” 

Concluding Words

Music has the power to heal. It reaches the deepest corners of our soul and affects us in unprecedented ways. However, the depth of melody is without any boundaries of prefixed notes and scales. It is an eternal journey of understanding and perception beyond our senses.

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Health

4 Benefits of Doing Yoga Regularly

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Yoga is an excellent place to start a healthy lifestyle if your life has been quite a bit sedentary for some time. Even with health conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis, you can safely practice Yoga. With multiple types and forms of Yoga to choose from, you have the freedom to practice whatever suits you. Regular Yoga can help you become more robust and flexible by making it easier for you to do other exercises like dancing, walking, or swimming.

Moreover, it is also a great way to stay energetic and flexible. Your general alertness increases, and there is also a profound positive impact on mental health with Yoga. 

With regular practice, you will gradually notice overall well-being and a deep sense of inner peace. Yoga frees you of all the worry, stress, anxiety that bogs you down and lets you proceed towards a more holistic and spiritually fulfilling self-development.

Let’s take a look at four of the obvious benefits that come from practicing Yoga.

Cardiovascular

  • Improves poor blood circulation
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Reduces oxidative stress
  • Reduces body-wide inflammation, contributing to healthier hearts

Orthopedic

  • Improves mobility in people with lower back pain
  • Reduces risk for injury
  • Allows better coping with arthritis
  • Can slow down the advent of osteoporosis
  • Improves the condition of people with limited mobility

Stress-Anxiety-Depression

  • Reduces headaches
  • Helps you to have better control over tension or stress
  • Reduces anxiety levels and depression
  • Can help you get better sleep, improves insomnia
  • Relaxes your body
  • Increases overall mental and physical stability

Lung

  • Improves breathing patterns
  • Increases lung capacity
  • Improves lung output and pulse rates
  • Helps people with asthma, to control definitive symptoms

Final Comments

Yoga is an excellent way to heal your body, both physically and mentally. It allows you to have the perfect blend of de-stressing and exercise in a simple yet effective way.

A healthy body makes a healthy mind. Regular Yoga can help you achieve health and fitness. Moreover, daily practice brings in more discipline to your everyday life. Especially during these testing times of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we are all trapped in our homes, a regular fitness regime that is easy to follow is especially necessary.

The best part is that Yoga is trendy, and you can always find guidelines for the correct postures. With many materials and videos available online, you can start your fulfilling Yoga journey any moment you wish. So what’s stopping you today?

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