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''If you need to improve your leadership communication, look no further than Jock Talk.  With fascinating examples from sports legends, Levine shows you how to capture your audience's attention, speak with sincerity and credibility, and enjoy the benefits of a respectful work environment.''
--Marshall Goldsmith, a Thinkers 50 Top Ten Global Business Thinker and top ranked executive coach.

''Beth Levine offers up five solid-gold insights from the athletic world to guide all your communication with your employees, the public, and the press.  Follow these training precepts rigorously and you'll end up a winner every time.''
--Dr. Nick Morgan, President of Public Words and author of Power Cues

''Beth Noymer Levine's Jock Talk is an ace at match point, a three-pointer at the buzzer, and a walk-off home run--all rolled into one insightful book.  As a fellow communications professional, I can tell that Beth has a commanding grip on the strategies that can transform anyone into a more polished and effective communicator.''
  --Bill McGowan, CEO of Clarity Media Group

''For anyone who wants to raise their game as a presenter or effective communicator, Beth Levine's 5 principles are spot-on!  Beth's broad experience in coaching others coupled with great stories of athletes offers a refreshing set of insights from the field into the boardroom.  A great read for all those who want to continue to master their voice and communications impact.''
--Amy Jen Su, Co-Author, Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence

''As someone who has to speak publicly on a regular basis--but almost has a phobia of public speaking--Beth Levine has given me a sense of confidence in my own style and a focus on how to communicate effectively in a variety of settings. She presents her approaches and principles with humor that continually reminds me of ways to effectively deliver messages.''
--Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City

''Beth simplifies a process that can be very intimidating for many people. Her guidance makes it easy to incorporate key messages when speaking to the media, large groups, or even co-workers on a daily basis.''
--Linda Luchetti, Executive Vice President of Communications, Utah Jazz

''Skill on the field or in the C-suite is no guarantee we can engage an audience or nail a media interview. Beth delivers razor-sharp insight for delivering a message in one's authentic voice. These simple principles work!''
--Dee Brewer, Marketing Executive, The Taubman Company

''Thanks to Beth's media communications expertise, the next time I am unexpectedly confronted with a camera and a mic, I feel confident that I will be prepared to present our message with confidence.''
--Sarah Lehman, CEO, Enve Composites

''Beth Levine knows her stuff! She's a communicator, trainer, and connoisseur of the written word. Sit back, relax, and let her take you on a wild ride to find your true voice.''
-- -Dave Wentz, CEO, USANA Health Sciences

About the Author

Communications coach Beth Noymer Levine is an expert in helping Fortune 500 executives, professional and world-class athletes, and other high-profile individuals effectively think about, prepare for, and deliver their messages to important audiences. The founder of SmartMouth Communications (smartmouthgroup.com), Levine is also the creator of the 5-star-rated iOS mobile app SmartMouth Public Speaking Toolkit (app.lk/smartmouth). She is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter at conferences and events nationwide.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626341710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626341715
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You will learn something from this easy-to-read book. Jock Talk offers great tools to be a good (and confident!) public speaker. Public speaking doesn’t have to be scary. Read this book and get fresh advice, tips, and tools that you can use right away. I’m definitely going to use this book the next time I have to speak in public. I’m planning on buying extra copies and giving them to friends who say they hate public speaking -- they will feel differently after reading this book!
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This a really quick and useful read! It reminds me of the One Minute Manager except for communicators and a little more polished. The added bonus was the easy to follow exercises at the end of the chapters, which really solidified the content for me. And I usually just ignore exercises. Anyway, the book has actually provided me with useful tools for public speaking. I think that is actually a pretty rare feat for these kinds of books. I have read many where you come away with some big ideas, but nothing that can immediately improve your communication.
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Jock Talk is an insightful and relevant book that can help any independent who seeks success. As a recent college graduate, I find myself as an entrepreneur by nature- seeking out opportunities to which I can pitch myself, and hopefully gain employment. By demonstrating five key principals via the athlete metaphor- Beth clearly conveys what leaders need to do to be understood and effective. This read so efficiently to me that I felt that Beth showed me, rather than told me, how to find my own leadership skills. This book helped me gain confidence in my own voice while helping me to understand what skills are needed to move forward in an unpredictable job market.
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This book caught my eye right away at the airport bookstore. I'm always traveling -- and looking for ways to become a more effective leader and speaker. Jock Talk is a quick, straightforward read with helpful tips -- and even areas to take notes for each chapter. I will continue to come back to this book, and the tips outlined in it, as a reference - especially when preparing my speeches. Great gift idea for the business person in your life --- I'm buying 2 more copies now.
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As a communications professional, I want to place “Jock Talk" into the hands of every business leader and say, “this is how it’s done”.
Levine gives her readers all the right tools to become more confident, articulate and effective communicators, inside and outside the conference room. Not to mention, this book reads more like a conversation with your favorite teacher, and less like a manual.
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As a young student and entrepreneur, I devour all that I can on the the subjects of leadership and effective communication. Beth Levine's book is an insightful commentary filled with practical advice. I highly recommend reading it.
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Read. This. Book! Even if you don't know anything about sports. Beth Levine shares professional athletes' on-air communication gaffes and successes to illustrate the most effective ways to reach your audience with your message. Her tips are insightful and immediately applicable. Even if you don't know an alley-oop from a touchdown, you will enjoy and learn from this well-written guide. Read it before you make your next presentation.
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Quite simply, I loved the book! It was easy and fun to read, insightful, and effortlessly covered the recommended ways to improve as a leader and communicator. Beth also artfully used athlete quotes and stories to illustrate her five communication principles. And she touched on two key areas that I believe are often overlooked: transparency and graciousness. Read this book if you want to be a better leader and communicator!
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