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Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Renowned five-time TED Talk speaker and author Julian Treasure reveals how to speak so that people listen - and how to listen so that people feel heard. As this leading sound expert demonstrates via interviews with world-class speakers, professional performers, and CEOs at the tops of their fields, the secret lies in developing simple habits that can transform our communication skills, the quality of our relationships, and our impact in the world. Julian Treasure offers an inspiring vision for a sonorous world of effective speaking, listening, and understanding.

Communication skills, secrets, and tips discussed in this book include - how to make sound work for you to improve well-being and happiness; why listening matters and how listening and speaking affect one another; the power of your vocal toolbox and how to build your speaking power; how to plan and structure content so you always hit the bull's-eye; exercises and methods to achieve clarity and impact; and how to deliver like a professional speaker to win over any audience.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2017 Julian Treasure (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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30 mins content stretched for hours

This book confirms that you can get all you need from Julian Treasure by watching his TED talks. This book uses the same facts over and over again. It is full of so much padding, repetition and alluding to future content that it very quickly becomes tiring.

As a narrator, I also find that, despite his efforts, he's not actually that great an orator. His delivery is overly performed, like someone who is desperate to use the widest possible range at all times. His voice sounds to me like the oral ecquivalent of an episode of the podcast RadioLab, where every sentence needs a change of tone, or a sound effect, because he is terrified we might drift off. Again, it is draining...

Within the first couple of chapters he tells you about 5 times each that:
"Modern headphones can play music too loud"
"I live in the Orkney Isles" - Not sure why he keeps saying this!
"Your voice is just breath"
"You can find out more on my website, here is the address, use the password - 'conscious'"

The book also frequently veers into areas outside of "How to be Heard" and comes across as weak life advice. Ignoring your inner critic, decreasing your screen time and topics such as these often pop up, are barely explored, then disappear. Rather than soft padding like this, perhaps Treasure should have hired a more vicious editor!

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One of the best self development books

The topic of the art of listening may not sound like much to you, but that what I was thinking and readily admit my mistake.
The author masterfully puts the idea across, engages with the listener and as a result the book is a gem.

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It needs to be updated

The book is great!
And... audible isnt helping... The chapters are incorrectly placed... It needs to be reviewed and updated

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Full of great information

Julian is an exceptional communicator and narrates this book perfectly which has extra bonus information. You won't be disappointed.

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Tips from an interpersonal communication master

Like many, I imagine, I read this on the back of Julian's popular Ted Talks. I had high expectations of the book and wasn't disappointed.

I also enjoyed the pleasure of listening to Julian talk through the material. As a trainer in interpersonal communication I found it eye opening, entertaining and most importantly practical.

This Audiobook edition also has Julian's interviews with some of the most popular Ted talkers.

Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in speaking publicly or desire to communicate more effectively and with greater empathy.

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  • 10-12-18

I was a bit torn at first.

I didn't love everything in this book. There is a lot of passages I regard as pretty obvious and I didn't love some of the "this will make you a better salesmen" presentation. It's also ironic that I found an audio book on speaking more palatable at 1.15x - 1.25x speed...

That said, I took several important things from this book and I'll likely use some of them forever. I'm trying to reduce my use of words like should, just, only, nobody, anybody, etc.. I'm also working on my listening and making my speech "more powerful." This audio book has its flaws but it's undeniably useful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-20

The sound of silence of this was stunning

Fantastic. I now have a whole new perspective on sound and how it influences us. Very informative, well structured and practical advice. Definitely warrants a second or third listen.
The voice quality is superb, except for the remote interviews at the end but that can’t be helped.
I’m all ears for more from this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-19

Excellent.

Best ever non-fiction narrated audiobook.
I found the information extremely valuable and applicable to everyday life as much as public speaking. Wish i'd known this earlier, and would recommend this book to anyone really.
Only thing I found a bit overkill was the amount of acronyms.
Thanks Julian, I've learned so much, and continue to grow as I apply this. And agree that this world would be a better place if more people would learn how to listen.

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  • 26-01-21

Quality listen

Really good listen that brings a lot of new information on the table regarding the art of music and listening. You will have some new hearing perspectives after finishing this book and you will not regret the time taken that is for sure. I recommend this.

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  • Michele
  • 19-11-20

The first part is valuable

The first part was great. The 2nd part was only interviews. It was alright but it wasnt special.

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  • AmazonFan
  • 18-01-20

Listening THEN Speaking = Communication

This book was so much more than I expected. Julian covers the complete process of how to listen and how to be heard. Oh, if everyone could read this and apply it, what a wonderful world it would be.

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  • Raymon
  • 26-03-19

superb book!!!

The author does an incredible job narrating and his content is imperative. The world needs to hear this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-08-21

Misleading title, long winded

A rambling book meant for entertainment not instruction. More about sound than communication. Not recommended.

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  • Chris Harden
  • 23-08-21

Excellent read for anyone focused on leadership

Julian does a masterful job of delivering on your expectations if you have seen one of his TEDTalks. I discovered him in a Ted talk, and hoped that he would share his same demeanor in his book. He teaches a meaningful, thorough subject and sound and how it applies to your leader ship, your relationships, public speaking, etc. I highly recommend this book, especially if you have any challenges inspiring people or getting people to understand your message. It is also a wonderful resource on listening. Julian also includes several podcasts with world experts on different sound subjects. Those were a real treat and add so much more to the experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-21

I am happy that I didn’t pay for this audio book

So much filler and statistics, not a lot of useful information for me.
Who knows, maybe it’s just that I was expecting more