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Alan Alda to Give Rare Appearance in Toms River
Story Number is : 082117107
Community Medical Center

Community Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, RWJBarnabas Health facilities, are proud to present an evening with legendary director, actor and author Alan Alda on Tuesday, September 12 at 7 PM at Ocean County College’s Grunin Center for the Arts.

Alan Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. Drawing on improvisation training, theater and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda will describe ways to improve communication between physicians and patients as well as with family, friends, business associates and others.
The event will feature critique of a role play session with a physician and patient to demonstrate effective communication techniques for both individuals.
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alda found inspiration in everything from cutting-edge science to classic acting methods. His search began when he was host of PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers, where he interviewed thousands of scientists and developed a knack for helping them communicate complex ideas in ways a wide audience could understand—and Alda wondered if those techniques held a clue to better communication for the rest of us.

In his wry and wise voice, Alda will reflect on moments of miscommunication in his own life when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He will guide us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person: listening with our eyes, looking for clues in another’s face, using the power of a compelling story, avoiding jargon, and reading another person so well that you become “in sync” with them, and know what they are thinking and feeling—especially when you’re talking about the hard stuff.

The event will benefit Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey and Friends’ Health Connection. Tickets are $35 each and a limited number of VIP Meet-and-Greet tickets are available for $75. All tickets include a copy of Mr. Alda’s best-selling book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating. For tickets, please call 732-255-0500 or visit

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