136 CDP: Relating and Communicating with Guest Alan Alda

July 27, 2017


Changing the world through better relating and communicating…


…gets him very excited! Award-winning actor and author Alan Alda has been using his acting skills to change the world…literally, by helping others do their jobs more effectively. Through the use of specific improvisational training, he and the organizations he has helped to found have allowed thousands to communicate their ideas and their work to others more effectively and efficiently. His most recent book “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on my Face”, was published in June of 2017, and is a delightful and informative read, full of stories and examples of how we humans can more deeply connect with each other, for the good of the world. In the book, and this episode, we learn about the power of using improvisation to build connection and to open up channels of communication between people.

And so I invite you to join me in this rich and inspiring conversation with Alan Alda.

About our guest:

Alan Alda has earned international recognition as an actor, writer, and director. He has won seven Emmy Awards, received three Tony nominations, is an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator.  Alda played Hawkeye Pierce on the classic television series M*A*S*H, and his films include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Everyone Says I Love You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Bridge of Spies, and many more. Alda is an active member of the science community, having hosted the award-winning series Scientific American Frontiers for eleven years and founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Alda is the author of two bestselling books, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned and Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself.

In this episode:

  • why he wrote this latest book
  • how the principles of communication he and his team have developed can be used by many
  • what teaching should be: the delighting and exciting of another person
  • the ONE thing you can do to be a better actor, and just a better person
  • the “broadcast” style of communication versus the opening of a channel
  • building inner confidence
  • The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
  • The Alda Communication Training Company (ACT)
  • mind reading
  • women in business training
  • unfortunate reality of culturally embedded gender practices in communication
  • communication tools
  • and lots more!

The new book:

communicationdiva.comAvailable all over! Click HERE to see where on Alan’s website.

Where to Follow Alan:

Please Share!

Please share this post/podcast with people you know who might benefit from learning more about relating and communicating more effectively.

Course Launch next week!

Our new online course: How to ACE a Job Interview (when you haven’t interviewed in a long time) will be open for registration here at Communication Diva on July 31st (which just happens to be my 50th birthday…yay!) until August 7th, 2017 ONLY.

Please click HERE to find out more, to view the curriculum, and to preview some of the course video content.

Until next time, happy relating!

communicationdiva.com~ Jenn

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Roland July 28, 2017 at 10:10 am

Thanks Jenn, very enjoyable…like you a ‘fan’ of Alan Alda!
Had no idea he was involved in this important work.
Looking forward to hearing more of your outreach on the blog.


JennSwanson July 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

Thank you Roland! Yes, what he is doing is touching so many lives…it’s a privilege to bring his story to my circle. So glad you enjoyed it! Peace, Jenn


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