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Harvard Business Review on Communicating Effectively Paperback – April 12, 2011

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  • Series: Harvard Business Review
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 2 edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422162516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422162514
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Those who aspire to master several different high-impact communication styles will find the material in this HBR book invaluable. It is one of the volumes in a series of anthologies of articles that first appeared in Harvard Business Review. Authors of the ten articles focus on one or more components of a process by which to pitch a brilliant idea successfully, connect with any audience, establish and then sustain credibility, inspire others to "see" and embrace your vision, adapt to any audience's decision-making style, frame goals around shared interests, build consensus and obtain concessions, and neutralize stressful conversations.

Having read all of the articles when they were published individually, I can personally attest to the brilliance of their authors' (or co-authors') insights and the eloquence with which they are expressed. Two substantial value-added benefits should also be noted: If all of the articles were purchased separately as reprints, the total cost would be at least $60-75; they are now conveniently bound in a single volume for a fraction of that cost.

I now provide two brief excerpts that are representative of the high quality of all ten articles:

In "Change the Way You Persuade," Gary A. Williams and Robert B. Miller identify and discuss five styles of decision making (based on their interviews) and explain the best ways to influence each. They are:

1. Charismatics (25% of those interviewed) are easily enthralled by new ideas. They can absorb large amounts of information rapidly, and they tend to process the world visually.

2. Thinkers (11%) are the most difficult decision makers to understand and consequently the toughest to persuade.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Saurav B. Prasad on June 17, 2012
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I found two chapters of this book helpful: "The Necessary Art of Persuasion" and "The Five Messages Leaders Must Manage." These chapters offered some key takeaways that will be helpful for new managers. For example, in persuasion, the authors talk about "shared benefits." This is useful to remember when you are managing a team. In the messages chapter, the authors mention the importance of a team leader asking questions, instead of providing answers to the team. Overall, it's a good book to develop inter-personal skills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James F. Mcenanly on April 14, 2013
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I would recommend this book for anyone whose job includes communication with either customers or fellow employees, which is anyone with a job. Whether you speak with dozens of people a day, or just follow occasional directives, proper communication will make your job easier.
The articles in this anthology are brief, but full of useful information. They are useful at any static your career.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Z. Hill on September 22, 2012
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I purchased this book for personal and professional enrichment. It's a great primer on communication styles while adequately defining the styles with supporting examples and analogies. I would easily recommend this book to anyone looking for a communication book that's easy to follow with a logical build up. It's my personal favorite from the series. This book is NOT just for business people, but rather for those who seek to understand the basic premise of communication while learning about the different styles of leadership we all possess.

Some of my favorite chapters were: Change the Way You Persuade, The Power of Talk: Who Gets Heard and Why, and How to Become An Authentic Speaker. Again, this book is an excellent primer and is absolutely unambiguous in style and approach; it's a very readable text.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 21, 2012
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The HBR compilations are excellent quick reference guides for presentations. I keep them at my desk to use in PowerPoint Presenations (as supplemental information) or for quick motivational alerts to staff. These guides give you useful information in one handy book.
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