The Seven Challenges: A Workbook and Reader About Communicating More Cooperatively features a structured, intensive exploration of seven challenging skills for a lifetime of better communication in work, family, friendship & community. This workbook proposes seven ways to guide your conversations in directions that are more satisfying for both you and your conversation partners.
A brief summary of each challenge is given in the paragraphs that follow, along with some of the lifelong issues of personal development that are woven through each one. In Chapters One through Seven you will find expanded descriptions of each one, with discussions, examples, exercises and readings to help you explore each suggestion in action.
Challenge 1. Listen more carefully and responsively. Challenge 2. Explain your conversational intent and invite consent. Challenge 3. Express yourself more clearly and completely. Challenge 4. Translate your (and other people’s) complaints and criticisms into specific requests, and explain your requests. Challenge 5. Ask questions more “openendedly” and more creatively. Challenge 6. Express more appreciation. Challenge 7. Make better communication an important part of your everyday life.