Elizabeth Stokoe, a social psychologist, has spent over twenty years collecting and analysing real conversations across settings as varied as first dates, crisis negotiation, sales encounters and medical communication. This book describes some of the findings of her own research, and that of other conversation analysts around the world.
Through numerous examples from real interactions between friends, partners, colleagues, police officers, mediators, doctors and many others, you will learn that some of what you think you know about talk is wrong. But you will also uncover fresh insights about how to have better conversations – using the evidence from fifty years of research about the science of talk.
“TALK is a revelation, and what it reveals is that a game you’ve been playing nearly every day for most of your life has a set of rules you didn’t even know about. Reading it will raise your game!”