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Speak Easy
Speak Easy

Speak Easy

Mary Lou's Rules for Engaging Conversation


116 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $12.95 (US $12.95) (CA $13.95)

Publication Date: November 2010

ISBN 9780979334580

Rights: US & CA

Cupola Press (Nov 2010)


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Award-winning teacher Mary Lou Walker presents 10 clear rules to making conversation rewarding and fulfilling in this casual compendium of wit and wisdom. Positing that conversation groups, or colloquies, make the perfect social antidote in today’s culture of tweeting and texting, she infuses each step with valuable life-lessons to help develop character and likability while mastering the art of engaging with others through dialogue. Ideal for starting colloquies in the living room, classroom, or public library, her instructions include: “don’t steal the subject,” “probe, don’t pry,” “don’t take the bait,” and “think before you speak.” Through real-life examples, Mary Lou demonstrates how to “speak easy” with civility on all matters from high brow to low brow, with no topic off-limits.


“This delightful book is packed with wit and wisdom. The authors have zeroed in on an aspect of civility that few of us have achieved, but all of us need. They have convinced me that conversation is more than what you do to pass time with others; it is an act of communion. This book is a must have for anyone searching for the secret to healthy relationships.” —Donna Hicks, Ph.D., associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Author Biography

Matthew Calkins serves as Rector of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut. Mary Lou Walker is a retired teacher and recipient of the New York State “Teacher of the Year” award. She holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching (MAT) degree. She lives in Tarrytown, New York.