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JJ's Business Bullets: Why Businesses Suck and What We Can Do About It Volume 1 Paperback – April 19, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410735370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410735379
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,016,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fred Talbott has taught more than 2,000 managers stand-up comedy... and how to avoid taking themselves and their lives too seriously. He's also taught comedy writing to White House speech writers and contributed gags to NBC's Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" and to the late Jeff MacNelly's "Shoe" cartoon. His talent is grabbing life and its hilarity and lessons and holding them up for everyone to see ... and laugh at. The alter-ego of JJ's Professor Pin head, Fred has spent the past 20 years as a university professor and legendary corporate and convention speaker and trainer. He can be reached at jjbusinessbullets.com and speechleader.com.

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FREDERICK TALBOTT serves as a consultant, trainer, coach, writer, and convention speaker focusing on leadership communications; positive leadership; persuasion, influence, and motivation; sales management communication; creativity; the power and process of foresight and strategic visioning; dynamic transformational thinking, applying problem finding, analysis, and solving and opportunity identification and development; conflict resolution (negotiation, conciliation, and mediation applications); news media relations; crisis communications; dynamic professional communications coaching; team building and leadership (including team reunification and peacekeeping); communications law and ethics; humor in the workplace; strategic thinking; time and change management; and client-focused convention and meeting speeches featuring a blend of applied wisdom, storytelling, and humor. He also specializes in powerhouse advertising copy and campaign development. And plays a powerhouse blues harmonica.

He created The Talbott Method, a process that teaches participants how to overcome speech anxiety (stage fright) and convert the resulting energy into dynamic advocacy. Corporate, government, association, and educational clients have included IBM, Goldman Sachs, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USF Holland, Bank Administration Institute, Bristol-Myers Squibb, TAP Pharmaceuticals, New York Life Insurance, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), Bell Atlantic, BellSouth (now AT&T), the State Government Affairs Council, and others. He is a powerful and positive convention and meeting speaker, executive and management trainer, and counselor; a master speech and advocacy coach; an award-winning journalist; a public relations and crisis communications specialist; attorney; mediator; consultant; humorist; author; and songwriter.

Fred is the author of Shakespeare on Leadership, Churchill on Courage, and his recent business humor book JJ's Business Bullets. He is a veteran investigative journalist whose work was heralded as innovative, objective, and often bold and courageous. As a humorist, he contributed material to NBC's Saturday Night Live ("Weekend Update"), Jeff MacNelly's "Shoe" cartoon, and by request taught humor writing to the White House speechwriting team in the summer of 1991. From 1993-2009 he taught leadership communications to more than 3,000 students from 84 nations at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. He led the journalism sequence, management communications, and standup comedy programs at Old Dominion University from 1983-1993. He is the first MBA professor in the nation to require every student to perform a standup comedy routine. Fred's teaching has been featured in The New York Times, Training, Training & Development, Entrepreneur, and on CNBC's Power Lunch. His public relations advice has been featured on page 1 of The Wall Street Journal. He was honored with major Vanderbilt University awards for his promotion of opportunities for persons with disabilities, affirmative action, and the advancement of diversity initiatives. He was named the university's outstanding faculty member by the Vanderbilt football team in 2007.

During 1998 and 1999 Fred helped more than 800 American and overseas banks eliminate public fear of the Year 2000, or Y2K, challenge and turn the event into a positive customer relations and marketing success.

Fred holds a J.D. and a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Florida Southern College. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar and has earned mediation certification in South Carolina and Tennessee. Now residing in Naples, FL, he is completing various book and screenwriting projects.

E-mail: fredtalbott@gmail.net

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Mr. Talbott's book is hilarious because it's so true!
J. E. Flora
A must read for anyone who wants to laugh, learn and improve lives.
Jeff Jenkins
Get ready to act on and advocate for change in corporate America!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Fenimore on September 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
Whether you are in the corporate structure or at a mom-and-pop shop you can learn from and relate to this book.
Mr. Talbott utilizes a swift and humorous pen to teach and entertain page after page. Unfortunately or fortunately we have all been through a variety of what Talbott depicts, now we have the solace to sit back and have a laugh about it!
Take the bullets out of the chamber, iron your shirt and don't forget your briefcase and this book on your way to your nine to five! Thanks Mr. Talbott!
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By A Customer on August 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
Dilbert for the MBA. Thinking of a business career? Professor
Pinhead has been there done that. This hilarious romp through
the world of corporate travel, the cubicle farm, the HR petting zoo, and the management jerks from hell will be familiar to the veterans and a caution for the newbies and wannabees.
Highly recommended, but be advised, take just a bit each day
lest you be overcome by a mixture of unstoppable laughter and the queasy feeling that these are the folks who are running/ruining the business world.
What I liked especially about this book is that it serves both as a look in the mirror for the mid-level wonk, the VP,the HR dominatrix, and the CEO but a you-are-not-alone solace for the employee/customer/victim.
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WAY TO GO!! This is a wonderful humorous example of the REAL Corporate America!! It is about time we take a look at the structure which is leading to the downfall of many corporations! Mr. Talbott has very successfully and humorously accomplished that task. This is a must read for anyone working in or affected by the Corporate world. Is there anyone who has not been affected by the situations he so adequately describes??
Read and enjoy. Get ready to laugh. Get ready to act on and advocate for change in corporate America!! Nomatter what your situation, I believe you will find many things in the book applicable to you.
Thanks Mr. Talbott for your honesty and realness in addressing this issue!! Please write some more!!
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This book is hilarious! A must read if you've spent time in a gray fuzz covered, neon lite cubicle in corporate American. you'll love this book. If you've ever received mass emailings containing executive directives that make you talk to your computer screen in colorful ways, you'll love this book. If you've ever heard a company executive tell you that the company is doing fine, despite the headlines, you'll love this book.
If the first names of the CEOs of your former employers are Joe, or Bernie, and have recently been Indicted by the Justice Department, you should read this book. As Jimmy Buffet once said, "If we don't laugh, we'll all go insane!" A truly sarcastic and humorous work of art.
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By Stuart Zanger on September 30, 2003
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A valuable book for anyone working in a corporate job, a university job, a government job, a military job, or doing business with them. (That's everyone, isn't it?) Whether you are in a cubicle, a wood-paneled suite or a home office, it's time to lighten up. Fred Talbott's scenarios and one-liners cut like a razor because he finds humor as he reveals basic truths about the way we work.
If you are a public speaker, steal from this book. If you are a consultant, quote from this book. If you are a working stiff like me, read this book and laugh and remember what Mama says, "Misery loves company."
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