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  • Mass Market Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; Mass Market Edition edition (November 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841126373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841126371
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"full of advice about how to avoid sending out the wrong signals" (Human Resources, March 2006)

From the Inside Flap

"There can be no whitewash at the White House." These nine words turned Richard Nixon’s nation against him. Why? Because people only began to believe the link between the White House and a whitewash once the President himself made the connection. His own denial created the story.

It is perhaps the most famous Pink Elephant in history. But what exactly is a ‘Pink Elephant’? The concept was created by Bill McFarlan, broadcaster and communications expert. For years he has been helping business leaders, TV presenters, politicians and people from all walks of life improve their communications skills. But no matter what our background or our occupation our denials we often tend to paint precisely the opposite picture from the one we intend.

And these are Pink Elephants - the unnecessary negatives that clutter our conversation.

In Drop the Pink Elephant, Bill McFarlan reveals how to avoid the deadly trap of allowing poor communication skills obscure our meaning, reduce our effectiveness and highlight our folly. By drawing on well-known and personal examples, Bill uncovers a host of classic Pink Elephants and reveals the ways and means of avoiding them.

Sharpen your conversation by:

· First spotting, then dropping the Pink Elephant

· Getting rid of the jargon

· Learning to speak in pictures

· Recognising when you should apologise or thank people

· Captivating an audience

Drop the Pink Elephant is filled with helpful, simple and practical advice on how to make your words count for more. By putting into practice Bill’s straightforward lessons, you’ll notice how much more effectively you can communicate with others. You will discover a new you. Subtle. Intelligent. Persuasive. Witty. Engaging. Confident. And you will relish every opportunity to try out your new skills.

N.B. No animals were hurt in the making of this book. (Now can you spot your first Pink Elephant?) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

It's well-written, entertaining, and practical.
OpinionNinja
I highly recommend reading the book and practicing its principles.
J. W. Nelson
The book will change the way people perceive you.
Albert

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Albert on August 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stating the obvious, but, guess what, the obvious are not that obvious most of the time. I am a senior executive in a Fortune 100 company, and I find this very useful for my day-to-day communications with direct reports, with peers, with boss, and even supplier, customers.

The book will change the way people perceive you. The book will also change you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By El Zahrul on May 26, 2004
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it was a good read for me.. simple concepts to grasp (though will take effort to commit to..), funny, interesting and made me look inwards... the author garnishes this book with personal notes and experiences, which i find interesting and gives the work a down to earth feeling...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OpinionNinja on October 11, 2007
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This is a refreshing book. It's well-written, entertaining, and practical.

The author is very British, which to me makes it easier to deal with than some of our more crude communication books such as the Gentle Art Of Verbal Self-Defense series. We don't need verbal "self-defense" if we learn to communicate properly in the first place.

This is nothing new in this book. Please read it anyhow. The presentation is clear and polite, and encourages us to communicate clearly and honestly rather than attempt to manipulate the listener. A good idea all around.

The first time I was reading this book my husband phoned from work saying he was going to ditch an after-work meeting and make up an excuse the next day. I read him the three "R"s the author suggests and asked my husband to try using them. He did, with enormous success. He was excused from the meeting, not required to do any "make up" work, and thanked for being up front about his situation.

"Drop The Pink Elephant" is full of simple little gems that have moved me back on track with my own communication. My first college degree was in Interpersonal Communication with an Applied Linguistics minor, but over the decades my communication had gotten sloppy. With the help of this ingenious little book, in my daughter's words, I "make sense again."

"Pink Elephant" should be required reading (and studying) for all high school and/or college students. The world would be a safer, saner place if everyone practiced its simple suggestions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Nelson on June 29, 2007
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Most of us grow up with bad communication habits inherited from our parents. Often times, we don't even realize they are bad. This books roots them out and replaces them with magic recipes for being liked, listened to and respected. I highly recommend reading the book and practicing its principles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Hong on May 15, 2008
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One of the good books I had read this year. Simple and easy reading book, filling with full of tips and rules to help people who read, believe and practice the tips to improve in communication skills. Everyone make mistake, at least I do make a lot of mistake. One of the major one is that I had never think before I speak. I had been holding the wrong perceptions that think and speak are for people who are fake and not genuine.

Now I understand that think before any sentence come out from your mouth is showing respect to the receiver. I felt sorry for those whom had been hurt with my words. I had been using the wrong words to express my concern and anxiety. I am now taking my first step out to improve my choice of words. I know my communication skill and my choice of words will improve by applying all the tips in this book, and continuous observation and study.
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By Damaskcat on February 27, 2013
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I first read this book several years ago and it bears re-reading. Communication is not an exact science and anything we can do to make our communications easy to understand the more likely we are to get our message over to the people who need to hear it. Apart from the quirky title and the pink elephant cartoons and footprints throughout this book it does have some serious messages for everyone not just in the workplace.

How often do you say something and mean the opposite? How often have people interpreted what you've said in completely the wrong way? This book will show you how you can say things so that people will get the message that you want them to receive. It will also tell you how not to bore your listeners to tears by telling them at length about things in which they can have no possible interest.

The book is about listening as well as talking and about all forms of communication not just speech. Any form of instant communication can lead you into all sorts of problems if you don't think about what you've written before you press the send button. Read this book and think twice or three times before you send your tactless communications into cyberspace and alienate the people you're supposed to be getting o your side.
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