Expand your world to encompass the potentials of mindful conversation: deeper connection, less anxiety, better relationships. 

This book explores the three levels of conversation in a delightful mix of inspiration, practical advice, humor, stories, and exercises to guide you along the path. If you’ve ever felt left out of a conversation, stuck in awkward silence mid chat, or been “triggered” by another’s behavior, this book is your friend and ally. Conversations with your partner, your children, your boss, with difficult people, customers and strangers – the secrets are revealed in these pages.

Mindful Conversation presents a fresh inner/outer approach to the most important life skill you never studied in school. A compelling, enjoyable and practical guide for the intelligent conversationalist eager to move beyond small talk. Change how you talk. Change how you listen. Change your relationships with others, and yourself, forever.

Mindful Conversation: How to Talk with Anyone about (almost) Anything.

Everyone talks, but relatively few partake of the real joy of mindful conversation. But we yearn for it. More now than ever, as we struggle through an era of isolation, polarization, wide-spread disrespect and disregard for truth. The need for authentic, open, respectful connection and expression are baked into our DNA. Demo content here…

Mindful Conversation is the secret sauce that makes personal and professional relationships and networks work. Too much talk consists of stunted, unsatisfying “serial monologues.” To find satisfaction as individuals and to survive as a diverse, democratic society, we need to rediscover the art of Mindful Conversation.

That is the subject of this web site, and of my forthcoming book, Mindful Conversation, combining personal story, theory, inspiration, humor and practical self-help.

“In this concise, beautifully written book, Peter Gibb takes us beyond the traditional advice for how to talk to another person. He also teaches us how to connect with ourselves…”

Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen

Authors of Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, Harvard Negotiation Project

“Peter Gibb’s wise, user-friendly manual will help you talk to anyone, anywhere, about anything without anxiety or awkwardness. As a seasoned communication expert, Gibb brings decades of experience in this witty, down-to-earth practicum for introverts and others…”

Mark Matousek

Author of Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living

“Drawing on his hilarious sense of humor and gifts as a teacher and storyteller, Gibb manages to make what could be just another self-help book into an elegant invitation to change your life. Seriously? Yes, indeed.”

Thomas J. Rice, Ph.D.

Co-founder of The Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC)

7 Deadly Conversation Sins

Conversation can, and should, be a very positive activity. But all of us develop unconscious habits that become annoying to our listeners. Trimming your conversation of such habits will vastly improve your communication and motivate others to want to listen to you. This worksheet outlines seven such common “habits” that we can reduce or eliminate with some focused attention. Brain research (Will Wise, Chad Littlefield, Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations That Matter, Round Table Companies, Deerfield, Il., 2017) indicates that some of these annoying habits increase the flow of endorphins to the brain. However, you pay a steep price. 

Download this worksheet and score yourself on the 7 Deadly Sins of Conversation!

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The Joy of Mindful Conversation

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In a small town on the west coast of Scotland, five-year-old Peter Gibb trades his soul to the devil in a futile attempt to win the approval of classmates, teachers, and parents. Follow the story of Peter’s humorous but desperate struggle to find a way out of the dungeons of doubt. An insightful tale of lost and found, King of Doubt grips you with tension as it warms you with heart. Anyone who has ever struggled with self doubt — and who among us hasn’t? — will see themselves in these pages. This moving story, one man’s journey from doubt to wonder, will fill you with hope and promise. The story rivets your attention to the final word, while the beauty of the language still sings long after the reading.

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