What People say about Kelly’s book.
â€œPrepare yourself for some unsettling and unconventional answers to the big questions of happiness and relationships.Â KellyÂ¹s real life stories, humor and refreshing theories teach the mechanics of integrity and authenticity.â€
John Gray, Ph.D.
Author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
â€œKelly takes his experience as a counselor and trainer for the Centers for Nonviolent Communication, adds his own wit, wisdom and humor to create an entertaining expression of universal communication principles and self awareness insights.â€
Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Founder of the Centers for Nonviolent Communication.
â€œNo one can fully love until they are fully real. Donâ€™t Be Nice, Be Real takes important steps toward teaching us how to be real, and therefore how to love.â€
Warren Farrell, Ph.D.
Author of Women Canâ€™t Hear What Men Donâ€™t Say and The Myth of Male Power
â€œThanks for taking Morrieâ€™s inspiration to heart.â€
Author of Tuesdays with Morrie, and The Five People You Meet in Heaven.
â€œKelly Bryson is a sincere, honest, open-minded, compassionate, and creative communicator, with a wily wit. I honor Kelly for the wealth of experience he has gathered in nonviolent communication, and the way he has put his lessons together in Donâ€™t Be Nice, Be Real.Â Practicing the techniques in this book can move you out of old patterns and bring greater authenticity and aliveness to your life and relationships. â€
Author of I Had It All the Time, A Deep Breath of Life, The Dragon doesnâ€™t Live here anymore, Are you as Happy as your Dog? & 17 other best selling books.
â€œThis book is a must read if you want to move beyond diagnostic categories, and toward the intimacy that comes from genuinely sharing your reality. Kelly Bryson speaks with authority about how to shift from angry defensiveness and control to relationships based on compassionate authenticity.â€
Brad Blanton, Ph.D.
Author of Radical Honesty and co-author (with Neale Donald Walsch) of Honest To God
â€œI feel like our souls wrote this book together, as I am so aligned with itâ€™s message.Â I am privileged and honored to endorse it.Â Â It is a breathtakingly original mix of humor, radical wisdom, and new culture spirituality.Â Superbly written, easy to read, great stories, shatters the illusions that cause â€˜self abandonmentâ€™, and unwraps dynamics of freedom and security, the mystery of love relationships.â€
Founder of the Human Awareness Institute, author, featured on Oprah, Donahue, Geraldo, on faculty of the Inst. For the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and voice of the â€œLone Rangerâ€
â€œIn living the principles taught in this simple yet profound book, my lifeÂ has dramatically improved.Â I now experience more harmony, more hugging,Â more laughter, and much more love! Kellyâ€™s style is hilarious and holy – and will convince readers of all ages of the spiritual practicality ofÂ putting oneself first.â€
Author of â€œFull Esteem Aheadâ€, â€œThe Laughing Classroomâ€, Positively Mother Goose, and The Lovables, President of the Quantum Success Institute & Global Learning
â€œLearning to speak my heart fully without blame or shame, and learning to reach into the experience of another through empathy â€“ these have been two great gifts of Nonviolent Communication(sm).â€
Co-author, YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE, co-founder of The New Roadmap Foundation
â€œDonâ€™t Be Nice, Be Real is probably one of the most authentic books about compassion and relationshipsÂ Iâ€™ve ever read. For the first time ever, there is a book that stands apart from its competitors with its unique philosophy about compassionate selfishness. It may sound like an oxymoron, but believe me, its not.
Jennie S. Bev
Author of Guide to Becoming a Management Consultant, and the Managing Editor of BookReviewClub.com.
â€œI found your examples and stories very helpfulâ€“they were specific enough that the abstract concept became a real experience. I enjoyed your word play (Cling-On, the Blame that Binds, Non-Rushinâ€™ Orthodox) and your humanness. You showed the readers youâ€™re just like us; we can relate to an author who hurts, says things he may regret, and dares to speak up to meet his needs. It is a book Iâ€™ll recommend along with Rosenbergâ€™s when I am teaching and sharing Nonviolent Communication(sm). When Iâ€™m in my accommodating mode, I feel the courage to speak up for my needs because youâ€™ve showed me often in the book how it has worked.â€
Author of Pleasures and Ponderings: From Nun to Nudist to Now, Nonviolent Communication(sm) Trainer, Columnist.
â€œKelly, Reading your book and finding it soÂ full of clarity and fun and it isÂ reaffirming of all I have been learning and teaching in NVC with new insights galore! Thank you heaps!â€
Authorized Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication(sm) for many years.
â€œI finished reading your book. I liked reading it as it felt very authentic and close to life.Â I thought the development of your book is interesting, starting more with examples of how to communicate nonviolently in our society and leading to more of a philosophy/utopia towards the end. Also, I gave your book to one of my German friends who is rather sensitive and receptive. He was very moved by just reading the first chapter. He stopped reading, because he said it was too much recognizing how he became â€œniceâ€ when staying at his parents place who are dreadfully nice.â€
Annette Deyhle, Ph.D.
Research Scientist Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Postdoc researcher at University of California, San Diego
â€œThe book inspired me immensely, I have only read 3/4 of it a few months ago, I think of it w/ excitement for sitting down and studying it for about a month.Â Anyway, itâ€™s dense with nuggets of different subtleties of the dance of human hearts.â€
MPA, Mediator, State Coordinator for Oregon State Network for Compassionate Communication
â€œKelly Bryson wrote this book from the experience of a student and a teacher.Â His personal testimony shows how he walked for miles in â€œniceâ€ shoes, fell down emotionally, but picked himself up eventually to help others.Â There are plenty of sample dialogs to train the reader for verballyÂ expressing the way they feel, without fear of retribution.Â I recommend this book for all nice people who fear the word no.â€
Editor, Express Yourself Books
â€œThank you for writing your book!!Â I was very touched by your sense of humour, vulnerability and your incredible stories â€“ they definitely sparked some personal healing insights for me while I read your book. I have been recommending the book to lots to friends, colleagues and coaching clients as one of the best personal growth books I have read in a long time (and Iâ€™ve been around the block with hundreds of books and workshops over the years!!).Â I am also in the early stages of writing my own book and have struggled with many of the self doubts that you described in your book so your work has helped me to reframe those doubts and move forward anyways.â€
Coaching & Facilitating for Insights that Lead to Results
â€œGenerally-a moving and inspiring book. I love your personal sharings-it makes the content more real and models showing oneâ€™s vulnerabliity.Â The narrative seems more like a story and less like a dry, overly-organized textbook.Â The first ten chapters cover well 16 ideas of NVC.Â Your book is more a narrative than Marshallâ€™s.Â I prefer your style.Â Too much organization dampens the passion.Â Chapters 12 to 15 are each a
world of healing-loved them!â€
Professor of Psychology, Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA
â€Thanks for your great book and inspiration.Â What you have shared with me has been very, very important in working with my psyche.Â I of course think every one needs a copy of your book.Â I havenâ€™t sold as many as I would like, but I keep promoting them in my classes and on line. One step at a time for humankind.â€
Gururattan Kaur Khalsa Ph.D.
Teacher & author of Transitions to a Heart-Centered World & The Destiny of Women Is the Destiny of the World
“Marshall Rosenburg provides us with the most effective tools to foster health and relationships. This is the missing link in my work.”
Deepak Chopra, MD
“These techniques transform potential conflicts into peaceful dialogues”
John Gray, Ph. D.
“I believe the principles and techniques of Nonviolent Communication(sm) can literally change the world, but more importantly, they can change the quality of your life. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Jack Canfield, Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul Series