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The Gift of the Gab

The Gift of the Gab
The Subtle Art of Communicating

First Edition

February 2020 | 216 pages | SAGE Response

The trick of moving from ‘average’ to ‘outstanding’ lies in ‘communication’. When you are able to articulate, present and write better than others, you move into the extraordinary league. While most of us agree to these positive effects of communication, we conveniently ignore the downside of communication breakdown, which can lead to stunted professional growth. The Gift of the Gab: The Subtle Art of Communicating will help you develop a communication strategy that can lead to improvements in your working style. Choosing the right words, listening well and getting your message across eloquently are skills that can be perfected. By changing your communication strategy you can increase your motivation, and improve your productivity and profitability at work.

This book is a corporate guide that can help you become the person you aspire to be.

Foreword by Carson Dalton
The Tortoise and the Hare Story: Retold
Hearing the Unsaid
The Power of Networking
Meaningful Conversations: Frameworks of Long Lasting Business
The Art of Small Talk
Give Your Mouth a Break: Listen!!!
Managing Difficult Conversations: Deal-Breakers to Makers
The Art of Presenting
Be HOT: Honest, Open and Trustworthy
Turning the Tables: Writing Effectively
Call to Action

This book indeed is a lucid rendition of some of the fundamentals of communication and networking. The power of communication is often repeated, but often ignored as well. Mr Mukerjee takes us back to these fundamentals in a nuanced manner with easy to read and digest, and relatable examples. Highly recommended for professionals across all levels.

Anant Deshpande
Director Sales, Palo Alto Networks, India

This book is a compelling read for all professionals from all walks of life. It captures the essence of effective communication and importance of building enduring relationships through the art of networking. We are seeing a paradigm shift in the way workplace productivity is measured and how positive and inclusive communication techniques add immense value to achieving team objectives in any organization. The author has brought his rich industry experience and training expertise to the fore while writing this masterpiece.


John Vincent,
Senior Presales Consultant, Kyriba Middle East FZ LLC

In today’s over-communicated world where boundaries of communication between personal and professional lives have blurred, few listen and inter-generational communication has become a challenge, this book comes as a refreshing change in trying to convey the heart of the matter in a lucid and simple language, without being preachy or theoretical.

Dr Monica Khanna,
Director – K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

Dr Hory Sankar Mukerjee’s book The Gift of the Gab: The Subtle Art of Communicating offers incredible advice on how to communicate effectively. As a professional that has worked at the intersection of industry and academia for over two decades, Dr Mukerjee is uniquely placed to offer his pragmatic sagacity in a form that is both easy to understand and implement. I am certain that you will like the book as much as I did. It helps you understand how communication skills can be harnessed to build a strong personality and consequently a better personal brand.

Dr. Praveen B Malla
Associate Director, Centre for Organization Development

I have known Hory for almost 15 years and if anyone can talk about communication, it is him. He is living embodiment of what is covered in this book. He is more of a listener, and when he talks it is nothing much except matter. This compilation of learnings and observations during his corporate tenure would be of immense value for anyone and everyone. I wish him best for this new book and future.

Sreejith Moolayil,
Cofounder True Elements

This book is written in an easy-to-read style and communicates important simple aspects of communication that we know at a subconscious level but fail or hesitate to practise well. It’s a timely reminder and has well-chosen practical topics. I am sure that it will add value to all students of life. Congrats and wishing you all the best.


Jacqueline Pereira Mundkur
Customer Experience Thought Leader and Sr. Advisor (Retail / Consumer), Transaction Square Consultancy.

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