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Have you ever talked to a dog. Not just the "Who's a good boy? Spike's a good boy" stuff, but really talked? About your struggles, your heartaches, your joys—baring your soul to a canine friend? If you have, chances are it made you feel free to say whatever you wanted, without the burden of justifying your position, sounding witty, or telling an entertaining story. Free to Have you ever talked to a dog. Not just the "Who's a good boy? Spike's a good boy" stuff, but really talked? About your struggles, your heartaches, your joys—baring your soul to a canine friend? If you have, chances are it made you feel free to say whatever you wanted, without the burden of justifying your position, sounding witty, or telling an entertaining story. Free to take your time, without fear of judgment or recrimination. Even if you can't have a real discussion, when compared to conversations with humans you'd probably admit that dogs are the better communicators—paws down. Why? Because even though they don't speak our language, they really listen. It's time to take a fresh look at listening and we need go no further than the furry best friend at our feet. Dogs don't interrupt us, finish our sentences, offer advice, try to top our stories, or text us instead of talking to us. Dogs pay extremely close attention to us; they study our facial expressions, our body language, our eye movements, and our voice patterns. Dogs do not just listen with their ears, they listen with their entire being. True listening can enhance every relationship in one's life, and can transform broken associations and inject new life into business and social interactions. It is the magic ingredient that forges real connections with others. People want good listeners in their inner circle, they want do business with them, they trust them and will share critical information with them. That means the person who masters this skill has enormous advantages, both in business and in his or her personal life. By listening like a dog, readers will find renewed connection and a deeper sense of compassion, companionship and understanding with the people in their lives.


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Have you ever talked to a dog. Not just the "Who's a good boy? Spike's a good boy" stuff, but really talked? About your struggles, your heartaches, your joys—baring your soul to a canine friend? If you have, chances are it made you feel free to say whatever you wanted, without the burden of justifying your position, sounding witty, or telling an entertaining story. Free to Have you ever talked to a dog. Not just the "Who's a good boy? Spike's a good boy" stuff, but really talked? About your struggles, your heartaches, your joys—baring your soul to a canine friend? If you have, chances are it made you feel free to say whatever you wanted, without the burden of justifying your position, sounding witty, or telling an entertaining story. Free to take your time, without fear of judgment or recrimination. Even if you can't have a real discussion, when compared to conversations with humans you'd probably admit that dogs are the better communicators—paws down. Why? Because even though they don't speak our language, they really listen. It's time to take a fresh look at listening and we need go no further than the furry best friend at our feet. Dogs don't interrupt us, finish our sentences, offer advice, try to top our stories, or text us instead of talking to us. Dogs pay extremely close attention to us; they study our facial expressions, our body language, our eye movements, and our voice patterns. Dogs do not just listen with their ears, they listen with their entire being. True listening can enhance every relationship in one's life, and can transform broken associations and inject new life into business and social interactions. It is the magic ingredient that forges real connections with others. People want good listeners in their inner circle, they want do business with them, they trust them and will share critical information with them. That means the person who masters this skill has enormous advantages, both in business and in his or her personal life. By listening like a dog, readers will find renewed connection and a deeper sense of compassion, companionship and understanding with the people in their lives.

59 review for Listen Like a Dog: And Make Your Mark on the World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Jeff Lazarus has written a real solid self-help book: Listen like a dog - And Make Your Mark on the World - cover83167-medium published by HCI Books. True and enjoyable, why this necessity of putting into words something so curious as the title is? Our new incapacity of listening other people. Our lack of attention for the other human being. And so the idea inspired by Jeff Lazarus's dog: our dogs and their less, complicated and much more genuine world an example for everyone. After all a dog is th Jeff Lazarus has written a real solid self-help book: Listen like a dog - And Make Your Mark on the World - cover83167-medium published by HCI Books. True and enjoyable, why this necessity of putting into words something so curious as the title is? Our new incapacity of listening other people. Our lack of attention for the other human being. And so the idea inspired by Jeff Lazarus's dog: our dogs and their less, complicated and much more genuine world an example for everyone. After all a dog is this: immense love for the owner, participation of all the joys and sadness of a family, they donate a lot of fun and the possibility of developing great and healthy relationship and connections with them. Lazarus starts to affirming that, yes, OK it's true, man is a social animal as we all know, but during these last 20 years, with the boom of the net, and with the advent of many other ways for communicating virtually, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsup, we have lost the capacity of listening and understanding other people. We are social, but in a different way from the past. Our interactions deteriorated a lot. Many people just don't have time for other people. There is virtual life that can be best and can be used as a substitute of normal one. Problem is that there are less real friends now than not 20 years ago and a deterioration of friendship with the arrival of virtual communications. Possible? We have many friends on FB or in other social network and there is more solitude in general. Jeff Lazarus is not tender with this new trend, where communication, normal one, "de visu", as Latin would say drastically reduced, the use also of the phone sometimes gone thanks to other modality of communication. Adults, teenagers born during the boom of the net, everyone involved in the changes created by the born of this new Net Age. Once, Lazarus has a dog, he started to talk to him. Not a normal talk, but a long long long conversation about life, his problems, what was going on in his life and he discovered, surprisingly, that the dog paid attention to him in a modality absolutely unknown to most of the people with which he speaks with everyday. A dog is interested at our life, says Lazarus, and we should always take example by this creature. He doesn't judge us, he accepts us for who we are, he loves the way we are. He doesn't want anyone else apart us and he is always available for listening with genuine interest. He is emphatic. A dog knows the meaning of tragedies and feel joys, happiness and unhappiness of a family. Devoted to the owner, a dog has the capacity of eye contact, more rare between humans. A dog, is the answer and the example we should all follow for trying to re-establish proper communications. Through various and diversified examples people will learn again to be socials. A healthy socialization. The author encourages everyone at being open to new people. At "sniffing" as dogs do, new people. Well, not literally. I mean: not as little Doc. Dolittle did in the movie, for specifying. But...Talking with strangers is important. In supermarket, in public places, because we can open new doors at other fantastic souls although for just few minutes and this one is an enrichment. The main problem of communication? We don't want to listen anymore, complains the author. We interrupt people, we want to have always the last word, and we don't give importance to other people as for example a dog does. It's a beautiful human and animal trip this one of Jeff Lazarus that will bring you through various modality of behavior, human and...canine comparing all the time the various differences between humans and canines and what it is best for us to copy from a dog's behavior. Jeff Lazarus thinks that we should return to be frank, honest. He says a lot has been lost. It would be important to be who we are because as also added once Oscar Wilde, everyone else is taken. And first of all let's try to re-discover humanity, silence, - dogs love silence and to them it's not embarrassing as it is for humans - patience, so that you can listen and understand, appreciating what the other person is saying. Every human being is a gift donated to this world. One of the main errors of our times is interrupting continuously the person with which we are talking with. A very interesting chapter the power of words. Our doggie friend can be helpful also with our routine. Dogs have a proper routine, man constantly unsatisfied. Wherever we are we would love to be somewhere else but changing is difficult also in the little daily situations taken in consideration by Lazarus. A lot of suggestions and thoughts for trying to improve our behavior. Every chapter with the example of famous TV series dog, like Rin Tin Tin, Lassie, or other famous dogs that said a lot as examples for local communities and owners. The author mentions a line from my favorite doggy book: So much language is unspoken. So much of language is comprised of looks and gestures and sounds that are not words. People are ignorant of the vast complexity of their own communication (from The art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein). Dogs are generous animals. They help us to stay happy, balanced, they donate joy and happiness,dogs can guide people to find their way. And not just practically. When we are sad and unhappy they are of great comfort. A great advice giving by the author is not to change a dog constricting him to become a sorta of semi-human creature, but to start, considering the good qualities of a dog, to be an imitation of him, because dogs can let us change the perception of our reality and bettering our behavior, becoming better people. Great book, sometimes I found repetition of concepts here and there, but maybe it's better because it gives more force at the book and ideas remains more and I would have preferred a more colored cover, (the dog is fantastic, the grey put down), for the rest go for it with the certainty of buying a very good book! It can be a great good gift if you know someone in love for dogs or someone in search of inspiration for a real change. A dog can help! :-) Thanks to Netgalley for this book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lia

    i've learned so many things about how a dog can listen us without interrupting our words and that's amazing imho. that's why people choose dog to listen their problem, their sadness, and everything when they want to be listened. i've learned so many things about how a dog can listen us without interrupting our words and that's amazing imho. that's why people choose dog to listen their problem, their sadness, and everything when they want to be listened.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Đăng Khoa

    Such an amazing books. You must read it once in your life!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cindi Rosby

    Valuable lessons on how to become a better, engaged listener. Less interrupting and more focus, without thinking of your next comments but rather staying connected to the speaker.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Well written book I'm reminding you the importance of listening and how you can get further in life by listening or acting like a dog Well written book I'm reminding you the importance of listening and how you can get further in life by listening or acting like a dog

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sara Baptista

    A good book for us, people, to listen more (and better) people. I will keep an eye on my dogs. Thank you, dogs!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Sadly this book was archived before I could download to read it. It has been added to my TBR and I’ll keep an eye out for it again in the future or at my local library.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Review: Listen Like A Dog by Jeff Lazarus Published by:  HCI Books (25th April 2016)   ISBN: 9780757318986   Source: Netgalley   Rating: 5*   Description: Have you ever talked to a dog. Not just the "Who's a good boy? Spike's a good boy" stuff, but really talked? About your struggles, your heartaches, your joys—baring your soul to a canine friend? If you have, chances are it made you feel free to say whatever you wanted, without the burden of justifying your position, sounding witty, or telling an entert Review: Listen Like A Dog by Jeff Lazarus Published by:  HCI Books (25th April 2016)   ISBN: 9780757318986   Source: Netgalley   Rating: 5*   Description: Have you ever talked to a dog. Not just the "Who's a good boy? Spike's a good boy" stuff, but really talked? About your struggles, your heartaches, your joys—baring your soul to a canine friend? If you have, chances are it made you feel free to say whatever you wanted, without the burden of justifying your position, sounding witty, or telling an entertaining story. Free to take your time, without fear of judgment or recrimination. Even if you can't have a real discussion, when compared to conversations with humans you'd probably admit that dogs are the better communicators—paws down. Why? Because even though they don't speak our language, they really listen.   It's time to take a fresh look at listening and we need go no further than the furry best friend at our feet. Dogs don't interrupt us, finish our sentences, offer advice, try to top our stories, or text us instead of talking to us. Dogs pay extremely close attention to us; they study our facial expressions, our body language, our eye movements, and our voice patterns. Dogs do not just listen with their ears, they listen with their entire being. True listening can enhance every relationship in one's life, and can transform broken associations and inject new life into business and social interactions. It is the magic ingredient that forges real connections with others. People want good listeners in their inner circle, they want do business with them, they trust them and will share critical information with them. That means the person who masters this skill has enormous advantages, both in business and in his or her personal life. By listening like a dog, readers will find renewed connection and a deeper sense of compassion, companionship and understanding with the people in their lives.   Review: This is a fascinating look at how to be better at listening, by doing it the way of man's best friend. I'm a dog owner, and yes, I talk to my dogs every day. After reading Listen Like A Dog, I've come to the conclusion that I don't give Tilly & Alfie enough credit for the way they listen to me. I've been taking more notice of their actions and trying to see things from their perspective, although I've found that really difficult! They always seem to know, almost before I do, when they're going for a walk or if I'm daring to leave the house without them - to be fair, my hubby gets this more than me as he tends to be the one who takes them out - even if I haven't done anything to indicate this.   The techniques detailed in this book seem simple, yet appear to be very effective. They are also completely alien to most humans. I've spent a great deal of time trying to listen like a dog over the past few weeks, and it's no mean feat. The hardest thing is learning to shut my mouth and open my ears! I found the urge to interrupt people the hardest thing to suppress, as I tend to do this due to my poor memory. But, I seem to have cracked it! Instead of interrupting, I write down important things to remember, and try really hard to devote all my attention to the person speaking. I just listen, and don't give advice unless it's specifically asked for. I feel kind of virtuous, even though whoever I'm listening to probably has no idea of my efforts, but that's fine - it makes me feel better. I have to remind myself every time someone speaks to me, but I'm getting better at remembering.   I'm a huge fan of Jeff Lazarus's Dogtology and Listen Like a Dog is just as compelling. I'm really looking forward to seeing what he comes up with in his next book. Meanwhile, I'll be continuing to use the techniques detailed here in order to listen almost as well as my gorgeous dogs.   Special thanks to author Jeff Lazarus, HCI Books and Netgalley for providing a review copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: It must seem rather odd to have a cat review a book titled Listen Like a Dog. Let us get one thing straight. Cats are very good listeners too but unlike dogs, while we understand exactly what mew want, we will pick and choose whether we will oblige your wishes. It is a cat thing. This is still a very good book. It compares humans today with dogs and measures their respective abilities to listen. There is a big difference between hearing and listening. Unless we have some Princess Fuzzypants here: It must seem rather odd to have a cat review a book titled Listen Like a Dog. Let us get one thing straight. Cats are very good listeners too but unlike dogs, while we understand exactly what mew want, we will pick and choose whether we will oblige your wishes. It is a cat thing. This is still a very good book. It compares humans today with dogs and measures their respective abilities to listen. There is a big difference between hearing and listening. Unless we have some problem, we all can hear. Whether we listen or not is optional and, sadly, a dying skill in today's technological world. Too often humans stumble around trying to pursue their own agendas and do not take the time to absorb and understand. I liked the way the author talked about Leash Laws. Humans are quite deficient in that area. Humans may think they are communicating at a higher level thanks to all the wonders of the world. Yet, so few of them connect in a meaningful way. It is sad because it is so empty of real emotion. There are generations of humans who do all of their "talking" on devices, seldom face to face. Even I, when I really want to communicate with my "staff" I look them square in the eye and yowl or sing the song of my people. Humans, get smart. Read this book to learn how to revive the lost art before it is too late. I give this book five loud purrs and two paws up.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vita Muflihah

    Awal beli buku ini karena gue merasa, akhir-akhir ini gue menjadi orang yang banyak omong. Nggak banyak aksi melalui mendengar. Gue paham betul, sebetulnya banyak sekali hal yang bisa kita dapatkan dari mendengar. Jeff, dengan latar belakang sebagai seorang pharmasist memaparkan dengan cukup detail seni mendengarkan. Ia menganalogikan kegiatan mendengarkan dengan perilaku seekor anjing. Baginya, anjing cukup mewakili tipe ideal sebagai pendengar. Anjing tidak melanggar hukum kekang yang banyak d Awal beli buku ini karena gue merasa, akhir-akhir ini gue menjadi orang yang banyak omong. Nggak banyak aksi melalui mendengar. Gue paham betul, sebetulnya banyak sekali hal yang bisa kita dapatkan dari mendengar. Jeff, dengan latar belakang sebagai seorang pharmasist memaparkan dengan cukup detail seni mendengarkan. Ia menganalogikan kegiatan mendengarkan dengan perilaku seekor anjing. Baginya, anjing cukup mewakili tipe ideal sebagai pendengar. Anjing tidak melanggar hukum kekang yang banyak dilakukan oleh manusia. Misalnya, bermain gadget saat menjadi mitra tutur, mengalihkan pandangan, dan memainkan gerakan tubuh karena bosan. Jeff secara rinci menggambarkan bagaimana manusia luput dari kegiatan mendengarkan. Ia juga menceritakan bagaimana pengalaman mendengarkannya membawanya pada suatu peluang yang cukup baik. Hal-hal seperti bagaimana agar interaksi berjalan dengan baik juga turut ia sampaikan dalam bukunya. Semua orang ingin berbicara, tanpa tahu apa yang sebetulnya ia bicarakan. Banyak orang merasa menang ketika banyak berbicara, padahal tidak berlaku demikian. Mendengar berarti belajar dalam diam. Mendengarkan dapat membawa kita untuk membangun relasi lebih dalam.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    I won a copy of this book from GoodReads. Adorable cover. The author did a fantastic job of comparing listening skills in human life to our speaking/listening skills of our dogs. Very witty style that conveys how changing our listening can enhance every relationship we find ourselves in. How our culture has disconnected is extremely sad. Being "in the moment" is a lost art. I won a copy of this book from GoodReads. Adorable cover. The author did a fantastic job of comparing listening skills in human life to our speaking/listening skills of our dogs. Very witty style that conveys how changing our listening can enhance every relationship we find ourselves in. How our culture has disconnected is extremely sad. Being "in the moment" is a lost art.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is about listening in life as well as your dog listens. Cute concept. It talks about being a good listener is good for making connections in life. True listening enhance our relationships, and they attract people.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jill Miller

    This is a good book that's full of helpful information! Love the title, especially, and it's actually great advice also. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and am very glad that I did as I found it to be very readable and chock full of info and ideas. This is a good book that's full of helpful information! Love the title, especially, and it's actually great advice also. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and am very glad that I did as I found it to be very readable and chock full of info and ideas.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Listen like a Dog is a warm, funny look at how much humans can learn from their dogs. Well worth reading, contemplating and using the techniques in every day interactions.

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