Face to Face

The Art of Human Connection

by Brian Grazer

Number of pages: 208

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

BBB Library: Communication

ISBN: 978-1501147722

About the Author

Brian Grazer is the Academy Award-winning producer of A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Splash, Arrested Development, 24, 8 Mile, J. Edgar, Empire, and many more. His films and TV shows have been nominated for forty-five Academy Awards and 195 Emmys. In 2007, he was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World.


Editorial Review

In a technological world where we spend more than half of our days looking at our phones instead of looking at the people around us, we need to be reminded of the importance of looking up every once in a while. In this summary of Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection by Brian Grazer, we learn that looking at people in the eyes can positively affect our social life, our careers, and even make us happier people. It won't take a lot of your energy, but it does have a major effect that is, at least, worth reading about. 

Book Reviews

“Mr. Grazer—as you might imagine for someone who helped createA Beautiful Mind,American Gangster, andFriday Night Lights—is a skilled storyteller….In a world where people appear to carry out love affairs and pursue business relationships solely by text, making the effort to meet someone in person, undistracted, is a strategy worth considering.”

“The producer behind “Arrested Development” and “A Beautiful Mind” uses his own career experiences to illustrate the importance of the semi-lost art of authentic interpersonal communication”

“Grazer’s new book, “Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection,” explores the virtues of getting people to open up with one another, starting with basic eye contact, in an era defined by social media and smartphone-enabled multitasking. He writes about how that skill, combined with old-fashioned Hollywood persistence, helped him get such hits as “Inside Man” and “American Gangster” made.”

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Wisdom to Share

The more I connected with others, the more I got out of my Education and the more confident I became. It was like I had a superpower.

Staying connected should be just as important as exercise or good diet when it comes to taking care of ourselves.

A major reason we are becoming so bad at forming connections is because we are losing the ability, the opportunity, and the desire to look others in the eye.

You are taking the time and energy to focus on them because they matter; their knowledge, thoughts, insights, experiences are of value. There is not one person on earth who doesn't crave that kind of validation.

Research suggests that the ideal length of time to hold a person's gaze if you want to form an authentic connection is seven to ten seconds.

True love always starts with the eyes.

Whatever business you are in, getting from idea to reality usually takes a group effort. And the best efforts are made when the group trusts in the vision and in each other.

Sometimes we need to participate equally in a conversation to make a meaningful connection. But not always.

Disrupting your comfort zone can lead to the most unexpectedly beautiful connections in our lives.

Where I am is much less important than who I am with.

All it takes is the curiosity and courage to initiate engagement with another human being, and the willingness to listen and learn with an open mind.

Whether the connection lasts a moment or a lifetime, whether it's easy or challenging, we are always better for it.