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Do Listen - Understand what's really being said. Find a new way forward Bobette Buster

Why is it that we seem astonished, even grateful, when someone really listens to us? When they lean in and give us their time and attention.

How has this basic act become such a rare commodity? Has social media ‘broadcasting’ really marked the end of conversation and listening?

Over two decades, story consultant Bobette Buster has listened to well over 10,000 stories. In doing so, she observed that active listening could have a transformative effect - on both the speaker and the listener. It led to deeper connections, generated moments of wonder, and even helped to overcome insurmountable differences.

Do Listen is about rediscovering the lost art of listening. With expert wisdom, simple exercises, film references and compelling stories, it will hone this essential skill – and positively impact your conversations and relationships. Yes, listening can take time. It can be uncomfortable. Yet it can also be a strategy. And sometimes, it will be the most important thing you ever do.  

What if we each took five minutes a day to actively listen? How might our world change?  

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  • New title from the bestselling author of Do Story (over 30k copies sold)
  • Shares wisdom and skills honed over two decades of listening to over 10k stories
  • Each chapter concludes with practical exercises
  • Features quotes from J.K. Rowling, Hemingway, Rumi, Madeleine L'Engle and more
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‘Listening is recognised as a sought-after skill in the workplace linked with strong leadership, clear communication and better ability to problem-solve. Do Listen focuses on practical ways we can reacquaint ourselves with deep and conscious listening.’
Sheer Luxe
‘Illustrative anecdotes followed by plentiful exercises.’
Strong Words
‘The art of clever communication is essential to workplace success. Bobette Buster shares secrets to owning any room.’
Marie Claire

About the author

Bobette Buster is the author of Do Story: How to Tell Your Story so the World Listens (Do Books 2013), the writer and producer of feature documentary, Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2018) and several feature and documentary projects, including Charlotte and Laughing Matters: How Satire Shaped American Culture. In 2019, she gave a TEDx Lecture entitled, 'The Radical Act of Storytelling'. She has been a story consultant and speaker to major studios including Pixar, Disney, Sony Animation and Amazon Games, and to leading production companies, as well as advertising and marketing agencies around the world. She lectures and serves on the visiting faculties of many academic institutions, most recently as the Professor of the Practice of Digital Storytelling at Northeastern University and Adjunct Professor of Storytelling and Science Communication at Tufts University. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Bobette’s Do Lecture: Can you tell your story?

Reminding us of the roles story plays in shaping our social history and how stepping in to your personal wilderness can become your finest story.

Product Details

Pub date: Sept 2018
Dimensions: 120x178mm
ISBN: 978-1-907974-52-6
eBook ISBN: 978-1-907974-53-3

Paper & Print Details

Paperback editions are printed by OZGraf Print on Munken, an FSC-certified paper

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