Speak Easy: Mary Lou’s Rules for Engaging Conversation

By Matthew Calkins and Mary Lou Walker

ISBN: 928-0-9793345-8-0, Softcover, 116 Pages

Whether you're a sparkling asset to a party or painfully shy, observing Mary Lou’s rules will take you to a new level in conversation—and in life. As you learn how to “speak easy” on matters high, low, and in between, you will break away from stale, mundane and repetitive talk and develop a new and enduring source of self-enjoyment.

Mary Lou is a champion of the “colloquy,” something akin to a book club, but without the book. Speak Easy lays the groundwork for starting a colloquy in your own living room, classroom or public library. In these conversation groups—or wherever life may take you—no topics need to be off-limits. As long as you follow the rules, your conversations can be rich, rewarding, and just plain fun.

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"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, PHD., Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

"I've attended 13 sessions of Mary Lou Walker's discussion group entitled 'Colloquy,' held at the Fairfield, Ct. Library. Each session is better than the last one and each session is so different in content. Mary Lou is an amazing creature; highly intelligent, quick of mind, well-prepared, knowledgeable, lively, very witty and provocative, as well as fun. These are truly enjoyable meetings and I've learned a lot.....hopefully to be a better conversationalist and a more interesting person." —MARTHA LOUISE MACDONALD

"This is a book everybody should read because it is a skill everyone should have." —RICHARD WORTH, President of Worth Communications, Author, Teacher, Speaker