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It's Time to Talk (and Listen)

How to Have Constructive Conversations About Race, Class, Sexuality, Ability & Gender in a Polarized World
Paperback Book
New Harbinger Publications
July, 2019
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$24.95 CAD
Publisher’s Description: 

Conversations about controversial topics can be difficult, painful, and emotionally charged. This user-friendly guide will help you engage in effective, compassionate discussions with family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers about race, immigration, gender, marriage equality, sexism, marginalization, and more.

We talk every dayand we often do it without thinking. But, as you well know, there are some things that are harder to talk aboutespecially issues pertaining to politics, culture, lifestyle, and diversity. If youve ever struggled in a conversation about a controversial topic with a loved one, work colleague, or even a stranger, you know exactly how uncomfortable and heated the discussion can become. And even if you are one of the lucky few that expresses themselves eloquently, how do you move beyond mere lip service and turn words into actionable change?

This groundbreaking book will show you how to get to that important next level in difficult conversations, to talk in an authentic and straightforward way about culture and diversity, and to speak from the heart with tools from the head. Using a simpleeight-step approach, youll learn communication strategies that are supported by research and have been practiced in classrooms, work meetings, therapy sessions, and more.

We constantly hear about friends and colleagues whose family members are not speaking to each other because of different political opinions, whove exchanged words that have mutually offended one another. If silence is one end of the continuum and verbal conflict anchors the other, how do we reach a middle ground? How do we take part in the in between spaces where both parties can speak and listen?

With this book as your guide, youll learn to navigate these difficult conversations, and take what youve learned beyond the conversation and out into the worldwhether its through politics, social justice movements, or simply expanding the minds of those around you.

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