Question Sheet for Carol Dunitz, Ph.D.

In Louder Than Thunder, you emphasize how important it is to be a good listener. How can you become a better listener?

The CEO in Louder Than Thunder is always setting goals. How does setting those goals help her achieve them and how can it help our listeners succeed?


The successful characters in Louder Than Thunder are persistent. What is the difference between being persistent and being a pest and how can our listeners capitalize on the difference to optimize their achievement?


Empowerment is a big buzzword these days. How and why should we empower others?


In the first part of Louder Than Thunder, the mother recommends that her daughter listen and observe all the nonverbal signals around her. Isn’t it enough to hear what people are saying?

You point out that when people talk they expected that they are being understood. How can you make sure you are being understood?


It seems like corporate America has tightened its belt as tight as it can. With large companies decreasing their supplier bases and giving out contracts based on the lowest bid, why bother with establishing and nurturing relationships?


You talk about reputation and building character in Louder Than Thunder. How do you build character and why should you bother to?

One of the points you make in Louder Than Thunder is that we all need to show respect for those who agree and disagree with us. Why bother with the people who disagree. Can you really change their minds?


Two of the vice-presidents in Louder Than Thunder don’t seem to have a very healthy competitive spirit? Why do you think competition is healthy and how can it have a positive effect on those involved in a competition?


The third vice-president is rather self-effacing in Louder Than Thunder. Is there really a place for humility in the world we live in?

The Louder Than Thunder CEO provides compliments and criticism. Sometimes you can get in a lot of trouble for saying what you think. When is it really appropriate to express your opinion?


Why do you suggest that it is prudent to think before you speak?


What do you want people to think about?


The CEO’s mother told her, “It’s not what you say but how you say it.” Do you really believe that?


How can understanding another’s perspective help you communicate better? How is that going to shape what someone has to say?


Louder Than Thunder centers on listening and observing. Why do you think schools have traditionally failed to focus on teaching these skills? How could they rethink how they deal with listening & observing?


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