“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it is too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

Nine Ways to Walk Around a Boulder: Using communication skills to change your life

Overview:

All of us face personal challenges in our lives that seem like boulders -immovable objects that stop us from achieving our goals. Often we react by pushing and shoving in the hope of shifting them, even though we know that shoving didn’t work last time and isn’t going to work now. Nine Ways to Walk around a Boulder doesn’t claim to solve all our problems. Instead, it offers a unique blend of up-to-the-minute communication techniques and an understanding of human nature that is as old as time. With chapters including ‘If you don’t ask you don’t get’, ‘Getting the message across’ and ‘Confrontation is an invitation’, it encourages us to deal with obstacles, working around what we can’t walk through and making real changes in our lives in unexpected ways. – Barnes & Noble

So what can you expect to gain from reading this book? Here are some realistic expectations:

The book will give you ways to “walk around what you can’t walk through.” Making even tiny changes in behaviors that don’t serve us can be crucial to our professional and social lives and the key to our success in both. No matter if you are a student, housewife or a CEO, the boulders that get in your way are very similar – the good news is, so are the ways you walk around them.

Published by Kyle Cathie 2007

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The Art of Persuasion

Overview:

This invaluable book explains why good communication is so critical, and reveals the secrets of honing your skills to ensure your goals are realized. From planning your initiative to making an effective pitch when the stakes are high, international communication coach Juliet Erickson presents the best insights and techniques of persuasive communication that are essential to really make your great ideas happen. – Amazon

So what will you gain from reading this book? Here are some realistic expectations:

You will be able to prepare for important make-or-break moments in your life and give yourself the best chance of success. Moments such as: important conversations, interviews, presentations, meetings, difficult situations and even chance meetings. Learn tips and techniques to help you do your best and keep improving.

The information in this book comes from a treasure chest of experience, proven techniques and insights, which have worked for people all over the world. It will help you to clarify your own thinking and then communicate your ideas to others in a way that will enable you to make permanent and meaningful changes.

Published by Hodder & Stoughton 2004

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The Nimble Negotiator: Beat Negotiation At Its Own Game

Overview:

Turn a challenge into an opportunity with the guidance of communication expert Juliet Erickson in The Nimble Negotiator.

As she puts it, “Negotiating can be a bit of an enigma wrapped up in fear and dipped in mystery sauce.” But through her playful, easy-to-read guide, you get to peek at negotiation’s playbook and learn to beat it at its own game.

Whether you’re dealing with obstacles at work or in your everyday personal life, learning how to effectively communicate what you want is a necessary skill, if you want to achieve success. When it comes to negotiating, however, there isn’t a tried-and-true tactic or a one-size-fits-all process; it truly is an art form. Thankfully, Erickson can teach you how to adroitly adapt to the different situations you face.

Learn to be present rather than flee or hide; to engage rather than react; to listen and seek clarity rather than simply confront.

Drawing from over twenty years of experience as a communication specialist, Erickson describes the best and worst negotiators she’s encountered, and suggests tips and tools that will help you stand with the best of them.

Don’t let fear stand in your way. Let The Nimble Negotiator open the door to better relationships and successful living.

Click here for the link to the HPLive/HPCareer.net webex for “The Nimble Negotiator: Beat Negotiation at its Own Game”.

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 14, 2014)

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