By St. Conti Communications Staff
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Our summer reading list included a variety of books and, of course, included some about communicating. One, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating (ISBN 978-0-8129-8914-4), by veteran actor and director, Alan Alda, was both enlightening and interesting.
Alda, whom we met in person as he toured in support of this book, is as personable in person and in writing as he seems on-screen. His writing style is conversational and displays a genuine passion for the power of improvisational communication.
As Forbes magazine wrote, “Alda uses his trademark humor and a well-honed ability to get to the point, to help us all learn how to leverage the better communicator inside each of us.”
Though this book and the accompanying tour can be viewed as a way to promote the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York – as he cites its research and explains how improvisational games, empathy exercises, and storytelling tools can help anyone get better at communicating in any situation – we all could give him that leeway.
Alda delivers some gems for truly communicating, and we here at St. Conti Communications are in whole-hearted support of that.
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating, by Alan Alda is easy to read and follow, though sometimes tedious, but only because as he shares quite a lot of examples and information on his process. At 197 pages, the printed version is fairly short, so it could be read in a weekend. The audio version is 374 minutes long.
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