Interview with Anil Pathak

What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote this book from the notes I created and used to teach my students in Singapore. I have shared my ideas about the communication process with a number of my colleagues and they provided me very useful feedback. This topic is rather theoretical, and I wanted to make it interesting by including examples and giving my students some exercises in the class. All of my class materials are included in this book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think it is the feeling of being useful and providing some enlightenment to people. The medium and the technology helps the writer to touch lives of people across boundaries - the sheer feeling of this power brings me the greatest joy!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans could be anybody who read my books and found them noteworthy. If they write to me and express their feelings or reactions to the ideas, that's icing on the cake!
What are you working on next?
I am about to finish a series of 8 short books entitled 'Fundamentals of Effective Communication'. Next, I shall be focusing on a project called 'Grandma's stories' which used a fiction format to communicate some hard truths of life. I am currently sharing some portions of this project on Facebook and Wattpad.
Published 2014-03-20.
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Books by This Author

Listen to Understand
Series: Interact, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,550. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business communication / general
This book provides aims to develop active listening skills that are required of all leaders and professionals. This book discusses listening barriers and, suggests, with practical examples, how we can overcome them to improve our listening.The keys to effective listening, discussed in this book, demonstrate some major differences between active and passive listeners.
Communication and Collaboration
Series: Interact, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,570. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business communication / general
This book provides relevant theory and practical knowledge to improve your group communication. Ideas and examples discussed in the book also help you to understand your group members better and avoid a great deal of disappointment. The use of ‘Thinking Hats’ as discussed in the book can provide a useful structure for group communication.
Speaking in Public with Confidence
Series: Interact, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,420. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides -- Professional
The book provides examples of short outlines of speeches in the first part of the book. We hope that these examples will help speakers and presenters to precisely define the purpose of their speech. In the latter part of the book, we have discussed the development of a persuasive speech including several aspects of delivery.
Communication as a Transaction
Series: Interact, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Personality
In this book, we look at an established model that has its origin in the field of psychology. Recognized widely in the communication field, the model of 'Transactional Analysis' is based on the notion that communication can be seen as a transaction. This model should help us troubleshoot a communication breakdown, and improve overall communication effectiveness.
Self-Concept and Life Positions
Series: Interact, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides -- Professional
This book describes, with examples, the 'Johari Window' model that provides us a way of looking at our self-concept. The second concept discussed is 'Life Positions'. The book provides several case studies that help the reader to take some steps that may lead them in the direction of an optimal Life Position.
Your Perception Your Reality
Series: Interact, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,770. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Leadership
If we wish to improve our communication, we need to check whether our perception of what the other party is trying to say is accurate. The book explains the necessity of 'Perception Check' with examples. The book provides examples and practice tasks for related to important communication skills such as practising empathy, metacommunication, and using perception check.
Communication: Purpose, Process, Practice
Series: Interact, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Education
In work situations it is quite common to encounter a communication breakdown. This book provides tools and practice exercises to manage such breakdowns.
Communication Dynamics
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,600. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem
This book is based on the assumption that all components of communication skills are interrelated. The eight chapters in the book cover the following topics and skills: Communication Process, Listening with Empathy, Perception, Self-concept and Communication, Communication as a Transaction, Communication and Collaboration, Conversation Strategies, and Speaking in Public with Confidence.
Speaking in Public with Confidence
Series: Fundamentals of Effective Communication, 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,130. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Public Speaking
The book discusses two kinds of speech organization: Informative and Persuasive. While six organizational patterns have been described with examples for informative speech, Monroe’s Motivated Sequence has been illustrated for a persuasive speech. The book also provides examples of speech outlines, tips on managing anxiety, and on using body language.
Collaboration and Group Dynamics
Series: Fundamentals of Effective Communication, 6. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,770. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management
To improve our group communication, we need to first understand how the groups function.The book discusses choice of network, member roles and decision making methods. Case studies have been provided for group discussion and analysis.
Managing Conversations
This book discusses how smooth conversations normally follow five stages in a pre-determined sequence.It then discusses, with examples, some guiding principles in conversations. Finally, discussion focuses on 'unproductive'conversations. In an attempt to understand how unproductive conversations are created, the book elabaorates on some factors leading to unproductive conversations
Communication as a Transaction
Series: Fundamentals of Effective Communication, 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Leadership, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business communication / general
This book provides comprehensive discussion and examples of the model of Transactional Analysis. If we view every unit of social interaction is called a transaction, this model should help us troubleshoot a communication breakdown, and improve overall communication effectiveness.
Self-Concept and Communication
Series: Fundamentals of Effective Communication, 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Decision-making & problem solving
Our communication is immensely affected by our self-concept. This book discuses The Johari Window model and provides a way of looking at our self-concept in a systematic manner. The model also provides us guidelines for optimal self-disclosure in communication. In the latter part, the book illustrates the concept of 'Life Positions' which is based on Transactional Analysis.
Perception
Series: Fundamentals of Effective Communication, 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,200. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Decision-making & problem solving
Since each individual’s perception is unique, we might encounter communication difficulties when two individuals attribute different meanings to the same utterance, event, or transaction. This book provides practical examples of Perceptual Errors and provides concrete advice to eliminate perceptual blocks in everyday communication.
Listening with Empathy
Series: Fundamentals of Effective Communication, 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business communication / general, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
This book shows how good listening habits can only be developed through self-training. The book lists (and explains with illustrations) seven barriers to listening, seven bad listening habits, and three secrets to Active Listening. These descriptions provide a practical framework to analyse our shortcomings and identify the areas where there is room for improvement.
The Communication Process
Series: Fundamentals of Effective Communication, 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,270. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides -- Professional, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business communication / general
This book discusses the theory and applications of the communication process and provides practical examples for the use of professionals to improve their communication.