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The Fine Art Of Confident Conversation

Debra Fine
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Debra Fine

We all have discussions with people every day - from lunch with friends to organising a meeting. We might think of these small talk, chats and discussions as 'conversations', but do we really converse? What do we really talk about? In THE FINE ART OF CONFIDENT CONVERSATION communication expert Debra Fine shows you how to use conversation to build stronger relationships with friends, colleagues and family members. She provides simple techniques to help you develop meaningful conversations, keep conversations on track, achieve the purpose of your meetings and presentations, deal with difficult people and awkward situations, leave clear answerphone messages and send emails that won't be misinterpreted. Written in a lively and engaging style, Debra enables you to increase your language awareness, adopt the principles of constructive communication, and acquire the skills you need to feel confident and poised in any situation, at home and at work.

Al Levin

Al S. Levin, EdD, Professor of Counselor Education at California State University, Sacramento, was formerly Assistant Director of Stanford University's Career Development Center, MBA Career Management Center, and Lecturer at Stanford's School of Education. Dr. Levin has authored numerous career development publications, led training workshops, and made presentations at professional conferences throughout the United States.

Alexander Kriss

Alexander Kriss runs a private psychotherapy practice in New York City, where he combines psychoanalytic and existential approaches to treat adolescents and adults dealing with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder and videogame addiction (though he's not a fan of that term). Kriss' writing has appeared in Logic, Kill Screen and various academic books and peer-reviewed journals. He lives in the village of Sleepy Hollow with his wife and son.

Areva Martin

Areva Martin is the founder of Martin & Martin, the largest female-owned, African-American law firm in L.A., and The Special Needs Network, a non-profit for the benefit of special needs kids and their parents. she is also the author of The Everyday Advocate--a memoir about raising a child with autism. Using both her personal and professional experience, Areva has established herself as a sought-after expert. She is a legal expert on The Dr. Phil Show, co-host on The Doctors, and makes regular appearances on Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC and Fox, among other shows.

C. J. Daugherty

International bestselling author C. J. Daugherty is a former newspaper reporter and crime writer. Her Night School series has been translated into 21 languages, and has been the number 1 best selling young adult book in Germany, Poland, France, and Israel, topping charts in countries around the world.

Carol Dweck

Dr. Carol S. Dweck is widely regarded as one of the world's leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology and developmental psychology. She has been the William B. Ransford Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and is now the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly bookSelf-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Developmentwas named Book of the Year by the World Education Fellowship. Her work has been featured in such publications asThe New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, andThe Boston Globe, and she has appeared onTodayand 20/20. She lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California.

Cathy Creswell

CATHY CRESWELL is a professor of developmental clinical psychology based in the school of psychology and clinical language sciences at the University of Reading and an honorary consultant clinical psychologist and joint director of the University of Reading Anxiety and Depression in Young People (AnDY) clinical research unit.

Christopher Freeman

DR CHRIS FREEMAN was an honorary professor at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. As consultant psychiatrist, he created and led services for eating disorders for over forty years and ran outpatient, day patient and inpatient units and, most recently, an intensive home treatment team for severe anorexia nervosa - all in the Edinburgh/South-East Scotland area.

Claudia Herbert

Dr Claudia Herbert is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, CBT Psychotherapist, EMDR Consultant, Schema Therapist, Psychological Practice Supervisor and Director of the Oxford Development Centre Ltd.

David F. Marks

David F Marks is the founder and editor of the Journal of Health Psychology and Health Psychology Open. He was formerly Professor of Psychology at City University, London. He has been involved in studying the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy for quitting smoking for 40 years and conducted numerous clinical trials, published journal articles and the QUIT FOR LIFE Programme with the British Psychological Society That programme has been evaluated in controlled trials and produced quit smoking rates that are amongst the highest on record.

Derrick Silove

Professor Silove is the author of Overcoming Panic and the Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia Self-help Course, along with Vijaya Manicavasagar. He is a clinical psychiatrist and Director of the Centre for Population Mental Health Research and the Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit at the School of Psychiatry, the University of New South Wales. He has worked for many years in the area of anxiety and traumatic stress, his main area of clinical work, research, service development and teaching.

Donna Beech

Donna Beech is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning co-author who has worked on dozens of books.

Frances Cole

Dr Frances Cole was a GP and pain rehabilitation specialist. She developed the first UK primary and community care pain rehabilitation programme based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles in 1996. She developed a pain health needs assessment tool that won an NHS Modernisation award in 2005 and gained an NHS National Clinical Leaders Award in 2011. Frances is a past chair of the British Pain Society Pain Management Programme Special Interest Group whose current focus is on multidisciplinary pain management. Her current work is on digital self-management tools for pain including apps.

Hugh Mackay

Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and bestselling author. He has a master's degree in moral philosophy and was one of the founders of the St James Ethics Centre. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by five Australian universities and is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. He lives in Canberra.

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the much-loved series of seven Harry Potter novels, originally published between 1997 and 2007. Along with the three companion books written for charity, the series has sold over 500 million copies, been translated into over 80 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films.Originally written by J.K. Rowling in aid of Comic Relief as a Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them became the inspiration behind a new and original five-film series for Warner Bros., the first of which was released in 2016. The second film in the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, was released in November 2018.J.K. Rowling has collaborated with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany on a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened in London's West End in 2016 and on Broadway in 2018, and will have further worldwide openings in 2019.J.K. Rowling also writes the Cormoran Strike crime novels, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The fourth in this series was published in autumn 2018. The Strike books have been adapted for television for BBC and HBO television by Brontë Film & Television. J.K. Rowling is also the author of The Casual Vacancy, a standalone novel for adults, published in 2012.

John D. Krumboltz

John D. Krumboltz, PhD, Professor of Education and Psychology at Stanford University, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received the prestigious Leona Tyler Award in Counseling Psychology (1990) and the Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge Award (2002) from the American Psychological Association, as well as designation as one of only five "Living Legends in Counseling" by the American Counseling Association (2004).

Lucy Willetts

LUCY WILLETTS is a clinical psychologist and accredited CBT therapist. She is also a visiting fellow at the University of Reading. She has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and young people and has published a number of research papers and several books.

Matthew Johnstone

Matthew Johnstone is an artist, writer and exhibited photographer. New Zealand born, he worked in advertising in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He now resides inSydney with his family. He and his wife, Ainsley, know all too well what it's like to live with a 'black dog' - Matthew has personally experienced the hell of depression, while Ainsley has first-hand knowledge ofthe frustration and confusion almost always felt by those who care for a depressed person. Together they are uniquelyable to offer practical and helpful advice.

Melanie Fennell

Melanie Fennell is one of the pioneers of cognitive therapy for depression in the UK and developed the Oxford Diploma in Cognitive Therapy and Oxford/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy. She is a research clinician in the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Masters Degree in MBCT in Oxford University.

Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels. With over 500 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world. She is both a Sunday Times bestseller in the UK and a number one bestseller in Australia.