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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145643277X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456432775
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,626,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A former professor of languages and marketing, Kim has taught at major universities in the U.S. and abroad. As a Fulbright Scholar, her linguistic skills allowed her to adapt readily to diverse languages of the Europe regions where she has lived.

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Worth sitting down some eveneing and reading through.
GBL
An interesting combination of personal experiences blended with skills required for anyone interested in improving their cultural intelligence.
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With a strong underlying theme of truth and ethics, the style is straight forward, honest and always entertaining.
Dr. Charles Akins

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carl Masthay on September 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
My review of the book by Kimberly A. Taylor: Play Fair!: The art of relationship and friendship, 2011, self-published, pp. 84, $12.95, Amazon.com.
This book is for someone who already is a sensitive, empathetic person or one who strives to be so. It isn't quite a self-help book, except in its pages 54 to 83. Its purpose is to let the world know of the unique travel situations of the author into the unknown depths of Central European culture as a personal desultory travelog based on her linguistic abilities.
I have known Kim when she used to visit my now-deceased neighbor, Jim Miller, a helpful Mensan. She lives at a quiet pace and is an esthete of food and conceptualization. She calls herself "expressive and driver" (p. 81), but I have known her as a mild unobtrusive personal type.
Play Fair!, if you follow Kim's portrayal, allows you to travel with less fear and more confidence and increases your chance of better salesmanship. I was engrossed in her linguistic travels in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, and francophone Morocco, but when I hit page 60, I began to slog down. The heart of the book is to help others be more fair, but the writing is descriptive of categorized personalities, which I somewhat resist because of the normal overlapping of psychological types. Long ago Kim told me of her interest in these matters and that even colors were equatable to personality types: red, blue, green, brown. The use of colors is really only symbolic, but others might begin to get "colored" in their people categorizations! Thus I like green and am analytical, but green to me is simply the color of natural grass. That part was hard for me to read, but it is the heart of the book.
Go out and buy the book and set yourself on a new course!
Carl Masthay, St. Louis
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Charles Akins on August 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
The author does a good job of blending her travel experiences in post-Cold War Eastern Europe and background in languages and sales into a cross-cultural guide for impression management. From understanding communication styles to developing cultural intelligence skills, relationships is what it's all about. With a strong underlying theme of truth and ethics, the style is straight forward, honest and always entertaining.

Recommended for anyone (businessperson, student or layperson) considering any activity that may involve foreign languages and cultures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LBL on September 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
The author puts to good use her experience in different cultures to describe interesting personality patterns. From that background along with her experience as a business professor, she presents an analysis of four basic personality types, how they usually interact, and may be guided towards more successful interaction. This book is a useful guide for business dealings, the challenges of politics and in social interactions
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sassy1974 on August 23, 2011
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What an interesting life to have led through her many travels. along the way she certainly found her inner Scarlett and became a true Survivor!
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