Listening to Learn

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I won a copy of You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters through a BookishFirst raffle, so that I can share my review with you!

You’re Not Listening is a nonfiction research piece, collecting stories from numerous people who have discovered the importance of listening to others. Written by a journalist published in the New York Times, You’re Not Listening recounts interviews with an enormously diverse group of individuals, each of whom have a different reason why listening has been important to their lives. From focus groups for marketing to CIA interrogators, this book makes a compelling argument that each of us should take more time to listen to others and to ourselves.

I am not typically a nonfiction reader, and I was initially worried that You’re Not Listening was not going to be a good fit for me. Kate Murphy surprised me, however, by creating an easy to follow argument with clear evidence and stories to back her claims up. I found this to be an enjoyable read, and a quick one at that! Once I finished, I found myself applying her “active listening strategies” in my everyday life, trying to listen to hear what people mean, rather than simply what they are saying.

You can get your copy of You’re Not Listening on January 7th from Vintage Digital!

My Recommendation-
Even if you are not a regular nonfiction reader, You’re Not Listening is a fantastic and engaging book that I would strongly recommend! Everyone could stand to listen more, and this book gives strategies and examples of why listening is vital to communication! If strengthening relationships is one of your goals for 2020, You’re Not Listening would be a great place to start!