The Art of Conscious Conversations: Transforming How We Talk, Listen, and Interact

  • 5h 45m 8s
  • Chuck Wisner
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2022

Ditch the negative mental habits that derail conversations and destroy projects, and discover a framework for forging authentic, enduring, and productive connections.

We live in conversations like fish live in water-we're in them all the time, so we don't think about them much. As a result, we often find ourselves stuck in cyclical patterns of unproductive behaviors. We listen half-heartedly, react emotionally, and respond habitually, like we're on autopilot.

This book is a practical guide for thoughtfully reflecting on conversations so we can avoid the common pitfalls that cause our relationships and work to go sideways. Chuck Wisner identifies four universal types of conversations and offers specific advice on maximizing the effectiveness of each:

Storytelling-Investigate the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and others

Collaborative-Explore the way our stories and other people's stories interact

Creative-See new possibilities and discover unforeseen solutions

Commitment-Make promises we know we can keep

These conversations unfold sequentially: our awareness of our and others' stories transforms our ability to listen and collaborate, which opens our thoughts to creative possibilities, guiding us toward mindful agreements.

Our conversations-at home, at work, or in public-can be sources of pleasure and stepping-stones toward success, or they can cause pain and lead to failure. Wisner shows how we can form a connection from the very first conversation and keep our discourse positive and productive throughout any endeavor.

About the Author

Chuck Wiser is president of Wisner Consulting. His client list includes companies such as Google, Rivian, Apple, Tesla, Harvard Business School, Ford, and Chrysler. Wisner was a senior affiliated mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program and was among the first to be certified through the Mastering the Art of Professional Coaching program at the Newfield Institute. He was also a specialist in organizational learning and leadership as an affiliate with MIT's Center for Organizational Learning.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction Waking Up in Conversations
  • Chapter 1 - The Birth of Stories
  • Chapter 2 - Emotions, Facts, and Stories
  • Chapter 3 - Opinions and Private Conversations
  • Chapter 4 - Processing Our Opinions
  • Chapter 5 - In Conversation with Others
  • Chapter 6 - Private Conversations
  • Chapter 7 - Open Advocacy and Inquiry
  • Chapter 8 - From Resignation to Wonder
  • Chapter 9 - Intuition and Presence
  • Chapter 10 - Co-creative Conversations
  • Chapter 11 - The Conversational Bypass
  • Chapter 12 - Requests, Offers, and Promises
  • Chapter 13 - Recovery Conversations
  • Conclusion A Lifelong Journey


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