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Author: Phyllis Mindell
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, 2001.
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An acclaimed expert on professional communications show women how to transform themselves by transforming their language; shed weak words, phrases, and gestures; empower themselves to win attention and respect; and get their ideas across with confidence and power.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phyllis Mindell
ISBN: 0735202222 9780735202221
OCLC Number: 44969167
Notes: Issued also under title: A woman's guide to the language of success.
Description: xxii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: What the language of success will do for you --
1. Follow the leaders to the language of success : leave the sad stories behind --
The language of weakness --
Words that weaken your message --
Words that make you invisible --
Words that destroy confidence --
Reading as a power tool --
Put an end to predatory language --
Seeing yourself in a new light --
Acquiring the language of success : what you can learn from successful women --
The hero at the next desk --
The next step --
Quick tips --
2. Throw off your shackles : break free of the grammar of weakness --
Embrace complexity : the Janus principles --
Eradicate the grammar of weakness --
The indecisive I --
Five ways I statements weaken language --
A quick fix for I statements --
Intimacies : great for the bedroom, poison for the boardroom --
Trim your hedges : add authority to your words --
What to say if there's real uncertainty --
Stop tripping on tags : keep the power in your expression --
The OTHER four-letter word that always fails --
How to like, stop looking, like, ditzy --
Puny passives : a world in which no one acts --
Hypercorrectness : a poor camouflage for weak language --
Modify, modify, modify --
The weak links : and, and, and, but, and, but, and, but --
Overkill : too many words, cluttering clauses, jibber-jabber --
Quick tips --
3. Assert yourself : use the grammar of power --
Charlotte's grammar --
Quick review : powerful forms --
Verbs and the will to act --
Add vigor with action verbs --
Distance yourself for power and credibility --
The passive as the voice of power --
"Show who must be obeyed" : instructions that work --
Powerful ways to say no --
How to resist strongly ... yet softly --
Gain unparalleled power : the parallel form --
Quick tips --
4. Words that work : choose them wisely --
Word power : how to follow Charlotte's example --
Six steps to the vocabulary of power --
Step 1 : think before you speak --
Step 2 : energize with action verbs --
Step 3 : emulate Charlotte : be savvy about business words --
Step 4 : milk metaphors : make work a tapestry, a garden, a birthplace --
Step 5 : follow the mentors --
Step 6 : keep your word store up-to-date and ready-to-use --
Quick tips. 5. Get organized : a recipe for confident communication --
Planning is power : learn from Charlotte's organization system --
Make a million? : yes. Speak to an audience? : no! --
A no-fail recipe for successful communications --
Structures --
Thirteen steps to organized presentations --
The price of "spontaneity" --
Master the recipe--then create --
Quick tips --
6. Stand up and speak like a woman : perfect your presentations --
Overcome the credibility gap --
Invisible and silent or seen and heard? --
You have the floor. Now what? --
How not to give a talk --
How to construct a talk that works --
Decide what to say ... and what not to say --
Write a script --
Include all the ingredients --
Write for listeners, not for readers --
Make your words easy to remember --
Use the grammar of power --
Tell stories --
Remind and repeat --
It's not just rhetoric --
Use precise, concrete words and images --
Show vivid visuals --
How to control what you can't control : the question-and-answer session --
How not to ask questions --
What to do when you get the floor --
Techniques that fail --
Techniques that work --
Sit down and speak like a woman --
Choose powerful, precise language --
Make your meeting comments memorable --
Block the boors --
Watch the powerhouse women broadcasters --
The job interview in the language of success --
Quick tips --
7. The body language of power : lead without words --
Achieve the posture of power --
You're seen before you're heard : send a powerful message --
First impressions count : how to make yours memorable for the right reasons --
Slouch, shamble, trip, leap, march, or stride --
Body power from head to toe --
Hold your head high --
The eyes have it --
The face tells all ... or nothing --
The trunk show --
Arms and the woman --
The feet form the foundation --
Beyond the body : your voice speaks volumes --
Let's whisper about voice --
"I come from Atlanta?" --
Faster than the speed of sound --
Stamp out wimpy noises --
Use silence --
Transforming nervous Nellie : sure-fire confidence builders --
Confidence builder 1 : weigh the consequences --
Confidence builder 2 : laugh at yourself --
Confidence builder 3 : take a deep breath --
Confidence builder 4 : forget perfection --
Sit down and look strong --
Quick tips. 8. Success has its style : play your role with panache --
Work is theater : how to dress the part --
Hair --
Smell --
Figure --
Face --
Clothing --
Accessories --
Shoes --
Business casual? --
Copy the models of excellence --
Quick tips --
9. Writing the language of success : use the mighty pen --
Weak words from a top manager --
The Harvard memo --
A response to "a memo every woman keeps in her desk" --
Elements of weakness --
How to recast the memo --
Writing in the twenty-first century : how the language of success empowers you --
Technology changes, principles remain the same --
E-mail peeves and tips --
Women and the Web --
Quick tips --
10. Why can't a woman read more like a man? : empowerment through reading --
Reading and success : what (and how) you read does make a difference --
What do you read? --
How do you read? --
Reading : the heart of communication --
How to read for power --
Read like a fencer : no more Ms. nice girl --
Infiltrate the enemy camp : read what you abhor --
Rebel! : read aloud --
How to prepare a text for oral reading --
Tips on reading a talk --
Quick tips --
11. "But I thought you said ..." : precise listening prevents problems --
Listening : a top leadership skill --
What is listening? --
Impediments to listening --
Filtering --
Imprecision --
Inattention --
Mismatches --
Inflexibility --
Quiet : I'm listening --
Seven listening techniques that work --
Technique 1 : "listen" to body language and other nonverbal clues --
Technique 2 : listen precisely --
Technique 3 : repeat or paraphrase --
Technique 4 : empathize --
Technique 5 : clarify --
Technique 6 : probe --
Technique 7 : listen instructionally --
Fit the technique to the circumstance --
Quick tips --
12. Running the world--onward and upward --
The four levels of leadership --
The novice --
The apprentice --
The master --
The mentor --
Evaluate your leadership skills --
How to use the leadership evaluation --
Leadership evaluation. 13. The executive suite : how to lead with the language of success --
Manager and mentor : what Charlotte teaches us --
Nine ways to lead people through language ... and inspire them to follow --
1) Be versatile --
2) Accept credit for accomplishment modestly but strongly --
3) Persuade in the language of power --
4) Say no powerfully, but kindly --
5) Lead meetings that work --
6) Praise others' accomplishments when appropriate --
7) Overcome hostility, win cooperation --
8) Mentor the inexperienced --
9) Transform weak players by showing confidence in them --
Quick tips --
14. Issues and answers : putting it all together in a complex world --
Issue 1 : slurs, slights, and put-downs --
A. Ignore it --
B. Give one back --
C. Respond in public but not in kind --
D. Respond in private --
E. Respond in writing --
F. Ask a mentor for help --
Issue 2 : apologies --
Issue 3 : miscommunication--what to do when the system fails --
The scenario : drowning in the secretarial pool --
Issue 4 : giving criticism --
Can you be kind and still lead? : yes! --
Issue 5 : confronting tough personal issues --
15. Our heroes, ourselves : empower yourself and others --
Toward mastery and mentoring --
Track your progress --
Happy endings : the language of success --
Language transforms a weakling --
Language provides the power to lead --
Language leads to opportunities --
The importance of image --
We can be both true friends and good writers --
Bookshelf --
About the author --
About well-read.
Other Titles: Woman's guide to the language of success
Responsibility: Phyllis Mindell.

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