The best thing I learned from our core work together was how to listen mindfully. It has been the game changer in my business and relationships. I recommend The Zen of Listening to my friends and co-workers. Now if I can get my husband to listen better….!

Sarah J.Lynn MA

I’m on my second time around reading of The Zen of Listening. I feel it’s my private workshop and I read it ever so slowly and wince every time you describe one of my distancing techniques. I’m giving a copy to my best friend so we can discuss it. I plan to read it over and over again until I can feel your advice pulsating through my veins! I’m 76, by the way, and have been trying to listen mindfully and lovingly for 40 years!

With love and prayers.

Aggie M.

The Zen of Listening

Poor listening is the source of many headaches and heartaches in our lives – failed relationships, lost customers, divorce and poor grades – just to name a few.

Rebecca Shafir’s award-winning book, The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction gives readers simple, authentic and reliable ways to connect more efficiently with people and information.

The mindful listening method utilizes more brain power, thus improving concentration, memory, focus and the ability to capture more than just the spoken word. Shafir provides readers with a solid foundation for listening needed to deal with today’s communication challenges – difficult people, information overload and reduced attention spans.

Join the legions of readers worldwide who have experienced the life-changing experiences that come from mindful listening.

The Zen of Listening was first place winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in 2000 and has been translated into Spanish, German and Turkish. / EbookQuest Books


Speaking with Power and Persuasion

We all love the convenience of a short, precise text message, but it comes at a cost. More and more people are ill equipped to pick up a phone or arrange an in-person meeting, and often even the idea of speaking causes actual anxiety.

In Speaking with Power and Persuasion, I give you the tools to engage in meaningful communication with easy to learn steps.

Whether you are a self-promoter, salesperson, educator, political candidate, business leader, or student learning English as a second language, Speaking with Power and Persuasion, explains:

  • how the body and voice work together to produce a strong vocal image;
  • tips for taking the stress out of speaking situations;
  • erasing bad habits that make you hard to listen to, like nasality, hoarseness, or a monotone;
  • ways to communicate certainty, approachability, and animation when you speak;
  • speech and vocal techniques that help you sound smart, credible, and trustworthy;
  • actors’ tricks so you’re heard clearly at the back of the room;• yoga for the voice—measures to keep your voice in tiptop shape;
  • how to practice the techniques that dramatically improve receptiveness to your ideas;
  • ways for a person with learning differences or disabilities to communicate more effectively;
  • how families with a learning disabled child can communicate to manage stress and help their child succeed;
  • what the ESL speaker can do to reduce a strong accent and connect better with native English speakers;
  • ways for a native speaker to help a nonnative speaker improve their English pronunciation.

Unlike most advice on improving your speaking that you might receive from a sales trainer or debate coach, Speaking with Power and Persuasion comes from a professional with a solid scientific understanding of the workings of the voice.

The techniques I teach are precise, practical, and sustainable. You learn what to do, how often to practice, and exactly why the exercises improve the impression you make on others.