WE NEED TO TALK
A masterclass on communication
Can you express yourself effectively in 140 characters or less? Should you?
The rise of the internet, mobile phones, and social media has completely changed the way we relate, interact, and communicate with one another—and it’s high time we reclaim this lost art.
In Jewish philosophy, communication is more than just a tool: it is who we are. Humans are defined as communicative beings with a communicative soul, and aligning ourselves with this soul is our raison d’être.
In We Need To Talk: A masterclass on communication, we contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize its powers to better ourselves, our relationships, and all of society.
Others’ Words: The Art Of Listening
Communication begins with listening. This lesson explains why real listening is difficult and provides Torah-based tools for enhancing our listening skills.
Wise Words: The Art Of Positive Communication
There are many mitzvos associated with communication. A significant number of them, however, instruct us what not to say, or when not to say something. Exploring these mitzvos, the lesson explains that the basis of all these mitzvos is -not the value of silence (per se) or the importance of abstaining from speaking, but--the fact that our words are so tremendously powerful (letav ulemutav).
Because of the tremendous positive effect our words can have, we are urged to be selective with our words and unleash their potent power only in beneficial settings.
Behind The Words: The Art Of Effective Communication
This lesson discusses factors other than the literal message of our words, and these factors' impact upon communication, i.e., not what we say, but how we say it. This lesson discusses the importance of tone and word selection, or dibur benachas. When we speak not benachas, we render our words "unhearable," regardless of how lucid our arguments may be.
Leading Words: The Art Of Inspiration And Influence
This lesson discusses using our communication skills in order to influence others to be better people. This lesson first discusses why it is important to influence, and how that is essential to our individual mission in this world. The lesson then turns to Torah sources to explain how to effectively influence others. It boils down to proper motivation (attitude), technique, and timing.
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