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Nihal Arthanayake

How to: Have Better Conversations

Conversations are broken. But in an increasingly fractured world, we need to talk to each other more than ever. Nihal Arthanayake is brilliant at it – but most of us have a lot to learn. How do you talk to someone who doesn’t want to talk to you? What happens in the brain when we’re having a good conversation? And what have smartphones done to how we connect with each other?

About Nihal

Nihal is an acclaimed broadcaster and TV presenter. He currently presents Radio 5 Live’s Afternoon Show – Nihal Arthanayake. His extensive knowledge of music, and inimitable storytelling enable him to secure outstanding features for his radio shows and his unique interviewing style was recently recognised at the BBC Radio and Music Awards where he won Interview of the Year. Nihal has made a number of documentaries of BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, and in 2021 he presented Nihal’s Olympic Odyssey for BBC1. In 2022 his debut book Let’s Talk was published by Trapeze.