Alan Alda

1 If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

Author : Alan Alda
Genre :  Self-Improvement  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Business & Personal Finance  Science & Nature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-06-06
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • Award-winning actor Alan Alda tells the fascinating story of his quest to learn how to communicate better, and to teach others to do the same. With his trademark humor and candor, he explores how to develop empathy as the key factor.<br /></b><br /><b>“Invaluable.”—Deborah Tannen, #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>You’re the Only One I Can Tell </i>and <i>You Just Don’t Understand</i></b><br /><br /> Alan Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. <i>If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?</i> is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alda found inspiration in everything from cutting-edge science to classic acting methods. His search began when he was host of PBS’s&#xa0;<i>Scientific American Frontiers,</i> where he interviewed thousands of scientists and developed a knack for helping them communicate complex ideas in ways a wide audience could understand—and Alda wondered if those techniques held a clue to better communication for the rest of us.<br /><br /> In his wry and wise voice, Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He guides us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person: listening with our eyes, looking for clues in another’s face, using the power of a compelling story, avoiding jargon, and reading another person so well that you become “in sync” with them, and know what they are thinking and feeling—especially when you’re talking about the hard stuff.<br /><br /> Drawing on improvisation training, theater, and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others. Exploring empathy-boosting games and exercises,&#xa0;<i>If I Understood You</i> is a funny, thought-provoking guide that can be used by all of us, in every aspect of our lives—with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond.<br /><br /><b>“Alda uses his trademark humor and a well-honed ability to get to the point, to help us all learn how to leverage the better communicator inside each of us.”—<i>Forbes</i></b><br /><br /><b>“Alda, with his laudable curiosity, has learned something you and I can use right now.”—Charlie Rose</b>

2 Never Have Your Dog Stuffed

Author : Alan Alda
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Nonfiction  Family & Relationships 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2005-09-13
Description :  He’s one of America’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors–a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.<br /><br />“My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six,” begins Alda’s irresistible story. The son of a popular actor and a loving but mentally ill mother, he spent his early childhood backstage in the erotic and comic world of burlesque and went on, after early struggles, to achieve extraordinary success in his profession. <br /><br />Yet <b>Never Have Your Dog Stuffed </b>is not a memoir of show-business ups and downs. It is a moving and funny story of a boy growing into a man who then realizes he has only just begun to grow. <br /><br />It is the story of turning points in Alda’s life, events that would make him what he is–if only he could survive them.<br /><br />From the moment as a boy when his dead dog is returned from the taxidermist’s shop with a hideous expression on his face, and he learns that death can’t be undone, to the decades-long effort to find compassion for the mother he lived with but never knew, to his acceptance of his father, both personally and professionally, Alda learns the hard way that change, uncertainty, and transformation are what life is made of, and true happiness is found in embracing them.<br /><br /><b>Never Have Your Dog Stuffed</b>, filled with curiosity about nature, good humor, and honesty, is the crowning achievement of an actor, author, and director, but surprisingly, it is the story of a life more filled with turbulence and laughter than any Alda has ever played on the stage or screen.<b><br /></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

3 Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself

Author : Alan Alda
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Nonfiction  Family & Relationships 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2007-09-04
Description :  On the heels of his acclaimed memoir,<i> Never Have Your Dog Stuffed</i>, beloved actor and bestselling author Alan Alda has written <i>Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,</i> an insightful and funny look at some of the impossible questions he’s asked himself over the years: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? (And what does that even mean?)<br />Picking up where his bestselling memoir left off–having been saved by emergency surgery after nearly dying on a mountaintop in Chile–Alda finds himself not only glad to be alive but searching for a way to squeeze the most juice out of his new life. Looking for a sense of meaning that would make this extra time count, he listens in on things he’s heard himself saying in private and in public at critical points in his life–from the turbulence of the sixties, to his first Broadway show, to the birth of his children, to the ache of September 11, and beyond. Reflecting on the transitions in his life and in all our lives, he notices that “doorways are where the truth is told,” and wonders if there’s one thing–art, activism, family, money, fame–that could lead to a “life of meaning.”<br />In a book that is candid, wise, and as questioning as it is incisive, Alda amuses and moves us with his unique and hilarious meditations on questions great and small. <i>Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself </i>is another superb Alan Alda performance, as inspiring and entertaining as the man himself.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

4 The Empathy Effect

Author : Helen Riess, Liz Neporent & Alan Alda
Genre :  Psychology  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Self-Improvement 
Release Date :  2018-11-27
Description :  Empathy is undergoing a new evolution. In a global and interconnected culture, we can no longer afford to identify only with people who seem to be a part of our “tribe.” As Dr. Helen Riess of Harvard Medical School has learned, our capacity for empathy is not just an innate trait—it is also a skill that we can learn and expand. With <i>The Empathy Effect,</i> the leading researcher presents a groundbreaking teaching book to help us learn essential skills for transforming the way we relate to others in any situation.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Nourishing empathy lets us help not just ourselves,” says Dr. Riess, “but also everyone we interact with, whether for a moment or a lifetime.” Drawing from her empathy training curricula now used internationally in health care, business, and education, she takes us step by step through her EMPATHY program. Here you’ll learn to enhance empathic behavior in yourself and others; recognize and reverse dehumanization and scapegoating tactics; practice empathy at work, home, and in everyday settings; discover ways to build empathy in groups and leadership positions; and much more.<br /> &#xa0;

5 Kdybych ti rozuměl, tvářil bych se takhle?

Author : Alan Alda
Genre :  Family & Relationships  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2018-06-04
Description :  Alan Alda, mnohokrát oceněný autor bestsellerů a slavný Hawkeye Pierce ze seriálu M*A*S*H, nám vypráví fascinující příběh o tom, jak se vydal objevovat stále lepší způsoby komunikace, aby je mohl později naučit i všechny své čtenáře, a tím jim pomoci v každodenních komunikačních situacích. S charakteristickým humorem a upřímností jemu vlastní zkoumá způsoby rozvíjení empatie, jakožto klíčového komunikačního faktoru. Kdybych ti rozuměl je zábavný, i když lehce provokativní průvodce, který je užitečný pro nás všechny ve všech aspektech našeho života – s přáteli, milenci, rodinami, u našeho doktora, v práci, nebo kdekoli jinde.

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