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Something went wrong. Please try your request again later. OK Follow to get new release updates and improved recommendations About Alan Garner It was always my dream to teach the skills in "Conversationally Speaking" and "Lifeskills for Adult Children," because there was a time when I needed to know them and nobody was teaching them. Then I decided to put together a program teaching conversational skills. I went through several hundred studies dealing with groups like men who never date, women who have few friends, and couples who just talk a few minutes a day.
At universities all over America, I found they were teaching students skills for doing better. But these skills were never taught off campus, were never translated into everyday language in a book or course, so the average person could learn them and use them.
I decided to dedicate myself to doing that. Over some 30 years, besides being a communications consultant and teacher, I taught hundreds of Conversationally Speaking workshops all over the world. Sometimes my audience was once just two people It was a rainy day and only my parents showed up.
And I wrote "Conversationally Speaking," which has been published all over the world and has stayed in print for 39 years so far in a world where the average book only lasts 6 weeks. In addition! I have just published my autobiography under the pen name Scott Curtis. If you read my book, it will be my privilege now to teach you. Alan Garner.
Conversationally Speaking : Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness
I had no friends, was not at all socially confident, was wandering around Europe after having dropped out of UCLA because of loneliness and depression. One day I stumbled upon an article about some universities which were teaching conversation skills to groups like men who never date, women who have no friends, and couples who seldom talk to each other. After learning these skills, the men, women and couples all did considerably better. I was intrigued, and made it a point to learn these skills upon my return. Once I had the right tools, the right skills, things went considerably smoother. My life improved so dramatically, I decided to dedicate myself to teaching these skills to others.
Conversationally Speaking: Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness