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You're Not Listening What You're Missing and Why It Matters

You're Not Listening What You're Missing and Why It Matters

Author: Kate Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2020

*Picked by the Observer, Stylist and Waterstones as a best non-fiction book for 2020* When was the last time you listened to someone, or someone really listened to you? This life-changing book will transform your conversations forever. At work, we're taught to lead the conversation. On social media, we shape our personal narratives. At parties, we talk over one another. So do our politicians. We're not listening. And no one is listening to us. Now more than ever, we need to listen to those around us. New York Times contributor Kate Murphy draws on countless conversations she has had with everyone from priests to CIA interrogators, focus group moderators to bartenders, her great-great aunt to her friend's toddler, to show how only by listening well can we truly connect with others. Listening has the potential to transform our relationships and our working lives, improve our self-knowledge, and increase our creativity and happiness. While it may take some effort, it's a skill that can be learnt and perfected. When all we crave is to understand and be understood, You're Not Listening shows us how.

You're Not Listening What You're Missing and Why It Matters

You're Not Listening What You're Missing and Why It Matters

Author: Kate Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2020

When was the last time you listened to someone, or someone really listened to you? This life-changing book will transform your conversations forever As a society, we've forgotten how to listen. Modern life is noisy and frenetic, and technology provides constant distraction. So we tune things out or listen selectively - even to those we love most. We've become scared of other people's points of view, and of silence. Now more than ever, we need to listen to those around us. New York Times contributor Kate Murphy draws on countless conversations she has had with everyone from priests to CIA interrogators, focus group moderators to bartenders, her great-great aunt to her friend's toddler, to show how only by listening well can we truly connect with others. Listening is about curiosity and patience - about asking the right questions in the right way. Improvisational comedians and con men are much better at it than most of us. And the cleverest people can be the worst at it. Listening has the potential to transform our relationships and our working lives, improve our self-knowledge, and increase our creativity and happiness. While it may take some effort, it's a skill that can be learnt and perfected. When all we crave is to understand and be understood, You're Not Listening shows us how.

Behind the Wireless A History of Early Women at the BBC

Behind the Wireless A History of Early Women at the BBC

Author: Kate Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2016

Behind the Wireless tells the story of women at the BBC in the 1920s and 30s. Broadcasting was brand new in Britain and the BBC developed without many of the overt discriminatory practices commonplace at the time. Women were employed at all levels, except the very top, for instance as secretaries, documentary makers, advertising representatives, and librarians. Three women held Director level posts, Hilda Matheson (Director of Talks), Mary Somerville (Director of School Broadcasting), and Isa Benzie (Foreign Director). Women also produced the programmes aimed at female listeners and brought women broadcasters to the microphone. There was an ethos of equality and the chance to rise through the ranks from accounts clerk to accompanist. But lurking behind the facade of modernity were hidden inequalities in recruitment, pay, and promotion and in 1932 a marriage bar was introduced. Kate Murphy examines how and why the interwar BBC created new opportunities for women.

Fears and Fantasies Modernity, Gender, and the Rural-Urban Divide

Fears and Fantasies Modernity, Gender, and the Rural-Urban Divide

Author: Kate Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2010

Fears and Fantasies: Modernity, Gender, and the Rural-Urban Divide explores the ways in which fantasies about returning to, or revitalising, rural life helped to define Western modernity in the early twentieth century. Scholarship addressing responses to modernity has focused on urban space and fears about the effects of city life; few studies have considered the `rural' to be as critical as the `urban' in understanding modernity. This book argues that the rural is just as significant a reference point as the urban in discourses about modernity. Using a rich Australian case study to illuminate broader international themes, it focuses on the role of gender in ideas about the rural-urban divide, showing how the country was held up against the `unnatural' city as a space in which men were more `masculine' and women more `feminine'. Fears and Fantasies is an innovative and important contribution to scholarship in the fields of history and gender studies.

Firsts Livewire Book of British Women Achievers

Firsts Livewire Book of British Women Achievers

Author: Kate Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/1998

We all know that Margaret Thatcher was Britain's first female Prime Minister, but who was the first woman: accused of witchcraft?; awarded the Order of Merit?; elected a member of the House of Commons?; convicted of murder? And did you know that it was a woman who: wrote the first known autobiography in the English language?; introduced the first Marriage and Divorce Act into Parliament?; invented overarm bowling? Revised and updated, this edition charts 2000 years of women's achievement in the UK. It is a revealing and contemporary collection of British groundbreakers: women pirates, engineers, robbers, actresses, doctors, dentists, politicians, meteorologists, war correspondents and many more.

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