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In full flow recording How to Work with (Almost) Anyone.

Did you hear?

This past week I’ve been busy recording the audiobook of How to Work with (Almost) Anyone. It’s exciting and a bit nerve-wracking. There’s nothing like reading an entire book out loud for discovering words, phrases, paragraphs, (and worst of all) entire chapters that you wish you could redo.

(Delightfully, the new book holds up well. It arrives June 27th … and as a fair warning, from May onwards I’ll be encouraging you to buy it with the tinged-with-hysteria gently persuasive marketing that accompanies every book launch. We’ve got some fun bonuses planned.)

Coincidentally, Top Gun: Maverick won “Best Sound’ at the Oscars last night. (Yes, this is a just-in-time newsletter production.) I didn’t love the movie, but I can agree that it sounded pretty amazing. And also, that Tom Cruise has somehow acquired the picture of Dorian Gray, which explains why he’s five years older than me and also half my age at the same time.

Mark Weingarten, who headed the team that picked up the Oscar, also won for Dunkirk back in 2017. His job is to mix the sound that creates and amplifies the experience of the movie.

You too are Mark Weingarten. Only you’re focused on the soundtrack of this life you’re living. 

Some sounds you need to turn up. Some sounds you need to quieten. 

Some people you need to mic up. Some people you need to put on mute.

I wonder if you’re giving it quite the attention of the Top Gun team?

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.