Episode 03 | Part Two: A Conversation with Alison Wood Brooks

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Clint concludes his conversation with Alison Wood Brooks, the award-winning professor at Harvard Business School that created an experiential course designed to help students hone conversational skills. In Part Two, Alison talks about how having a good sense of humor can elevate your status.

About Alison Wood Brooks:
Alison Wood Brooks is the O’Brien Associate Professor of Business Administration and Hellman Faculty Fellow in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She studies the science of conversation—why we say things we shouldn’t and don’t say things we should. An award-winning teacher, she leads a cutting-edge MBA course called “How to talk gooder in business and life,” an experiential course designed to help students hone four core conversational skills: Topic selection, Asking questions, Levity, and Kindness (TALK). She is affiliated with the Behavioral Insights Group at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. Unanimously voted the worst conversationalist in her family, she is definitely not doing this work out of spite.