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  • The Art of Explanation

  • How to Communicate with Clarity and Confidence
  • By: Ros Atkins
  • Narrated by: Ros Atkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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Summary

A practical and accessible guide to getting across complex information clearly, by BBC presenter and journalist Ros Atkins, creator of the viral 'Ros Atkins on...' explainer videos.

Explanation - conveying meaning - is an art. And the BBC presenter and journalist Ros Atkins, creator of the viral 'Ros Atkins on...' explainer videos, is something of a master of the form. In this book, Ros shares the secrets he has learned from years of working in high-pressure newsrooms, identifying the ten elements of a good explanation and the seven steps you need to take to express yourself as persuasively and accurately as possible.

Whether you need to articulate your thoughts clearly for business, educational or social purposes, The Art of Explanation is a must-listen for anyone who wants to improve their communication skills.

©2023 Ros Atkins (P)2023 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Crisp common sense and beautifully written. Ros is a brilliant communicator and is able to make even the gnarliest subjects crystal clear. (Lorraine Kelly, ITV Presenter)
The shining light that guides us to understanding what on earth is going on in our complicated world! Ros Atkins has that rare quality of appealing to all generations - even teens who don't watch TV News find his explainers on their phones and follow his guidance to the thorny topics of the day. Now they can learn to do that for themselves. The book every parent wants to slide in their teens' direction to equip them for real life. (Sarah Brown, founder and president of Theirworld charity)
A brilliant guide to communication and explanation. This book will make your arguments stand out in the tsunami of information in our world. It's for all those who want their audiences to listen and understand when they write an essay, a presentation or even send a simple email. (Jeremy Bowen, BBC News)

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My favourite on the subject

This is a book for all requesting information and explaining issues. The author writes and narrates with clarity the art of explanation, while demonstrating it.

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Brilliant

So well written with clear rationale for paying attention to how we communicate. Follows a helpful structure with great examples

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To the point, succinct, game-changer!

Easy listening and some very good better communication tips. Well explained good for essay writing and managing speeches. A good aid for how to assimilate vast amounts of information quickly with practical examples from the author’s real life experiences as a journalist. This book has enhanced my communication skills and predicting questions of my content was a massive game-changer.

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That there are clear steps to take towards better explanation

I need to listen again because there is a lot of very useful information. But this book gives me hope that I can explain myself better.

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Extra PDF would be useful

Extra PDF would be useful for audio version. Buy the actual book. Lots of great tips.

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Excellent book, needs a PDF handout

This is an excellent book on the principles of effective explanation. Listening to Rod Atkins' familiar voice makes it come alive. The only problem is that it needs a PDF handout summarizing the main points. It's hard to remember his ten questions and seven principles, and note-taking isn't always easy when listening to audiobooks. I'm surprised a PDF isn't included; many non-fiction books come with them if they provide actionable information.

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The real art of explanation

The real art of explanation was in the way Ros lay out each step to a great explanation and summarising each section and hone in on the why throughout.

I especially enjoyed the practical ideas you can take away from this such as how to bridge an answer how best to bide time to answer a question through laying out your structure first. Also the honesty from Ros on the difficulty of explaining and it being a true art form was humbling.

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Brilliant book

Comprehensive detail of explanations with some really useful tips for using it in day-to-day life. Well worth a read / listen

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Excellent. This should be taught in schools.

“Everyone can see through a dirty window, but people can see so much more through a clean one”.

I love Ros’s Explainer videos, it’s why I purchased this book. He’s a confident an competent as ever and it’s really useful too.

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An easy listen well structured

A very practical instruction on how to prepare yourself to deliver your message effectively. So well structured I was able to document the 7 steps along the way.

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