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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (June 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743257693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743257695
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Blanchard coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and The On-Time, On-Target Manager Positive Words, Powerful Results is a delight. Don't miss buying it.

Pat Croce author of I Feel Great and You Will Too! and Lead or Get Off the Pot! Hal Urban is the Norman Vincent Peale of the twenty-first century. His words will help you choose yours more deliberately.

Pat Williams Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic Every parent, teacher, coach, and boss needs to read these wise principles. This old world will be a far better place.

Robin Sharma author of the national bestseller The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari A most insightful and thoughtful book from a most insightful and thoughtful man. Read it and grow.

Thomas Lickona author of Character Matters and Raising Good Children If you want to complain less, compliment more, and use words to transform your life and the lives of others, read this gem of a book and put its priceless wisdom into practice.

About the Author

Hal Urban was a high school teacher for many years and also taught at the University of San Francisco. He is a well-known leader in the Character Education movement and is in constant demand as a speaker at national conferences and school and community events. He raised three sons as a single father and now lives in Redwood City, California, with his wife, Cathy.

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After having read the review of the gentleman from Kenosha, WI, I felt I should take the time to offer a more mainstream opinion on this book.
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I especially like that in the second half Mr. Urban gives specific ways to implement positive words in the classroom, on the team, etc.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mike Donovan on June 14, 2004
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'Positive Words, Powerful Results' is from Hal Urban, the teacher who brought us 'Life's Greatest Lessons' which is a classic in the self-help field. After having read the review of the gentleman from Kenosha, WI, I felt I should take the time to offer a more mainstream opinion on this book.
The criticism that Dr. Urban's latest title does not lay out a history of linguistics is horribly elitist. The book is not intended to be a linguistics primer or anything other than what it is - a reminder that words are powerful things and a few new thoughts on using words to celebrate life. I found the book very uplifting, and quite thought-provoking, especially concerning the choices we face each day to use language as a positive force in our daily lives, or use it to bring ourselves - and others - down with us. It goes beyond 'positive thinking' to help us consider the power of 'positive language'. I enjoyed Dr. Urban's new book and appreciated the emphasis on how we choose our words each day - for better or worse.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 28, 2008
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Cleaning out a bookcase I came across Mr. Urban's book, one of those 'must have's' but never had taken the time to read. So I read it, and now I want to get a copy for all of my daughter's teacher's, coaches, for my daughter's themselves! It is such a powerful reminder of the power of the tongue! I especially like that in the second half Mr. Urban gives specific ways to implement positive words in the classroom, on the team, etc. I have been discouraged by the increased usage of foul language on our high school campus, but he even has a suggestion of what worked at a high school when all the adults were onboard with the same question when hearing a profanity: "In this school, we don't talk like that." and then walk away. It sounds so simplistic, but like Jesus' Biblical lessons, the true lessons to make life more beautiful aren't difficult. I highly recommend this book... let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Betsy on January 29, 2005
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In today's vast realm of self-help, self-improvement, communications, human relations, business, prosperity-creating publications, Hal Urban's book stands out as an effective, concise, refreshingly readable reminder of the title's profoundly important message, which is actually the bedrock of any and all of the above subjects. It is like a gentle but much needed slap in the face to bring us all back into line and the higher standard of being consciously civilized, intelligent, and yes, loving human beings. Our culture more than ever needs to remember, acknowledge, cultivate and practice the wisom and commom sense conveyed here so simply and succinctly. Keep a copy; give another (at least one) away. Thank you, Mr. Urban, for writing this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. jones on July 2, 2007
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Hal Urban's follow up to Life's Greatest Lessons is a powerful, yet simple book that takes all of the complex, academic jargon out of his subject, and offers readers a chance to create a new paradigm, by doing something as simple as changing their speech.
Urban's book is chock full of feel good messages and warm fuzzies. No doubt this will turn off some of the more sophisticated and complicated readers; however, positivity is good for you, a little positivity never hurt.
His book has five parts, ending with a summary and a conclusion. The most enjoyable chapter in the whole book, in my opinion, is chapter ten: Funny Words Make Us Laugh, from part two. I actually enjoyed reading the book so much, I read it twice. I gave it four stars, though, because Urban's style can come across, at times, as being a little simplistic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Buholtz on February 29, 2008
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They say it takes two weeks to create a habit. Well "Thinking and Talking Positive" is a great habit to form. You would be amazed how much better you feel when you are not wallowing around in negativity! Start the positive approach and you will feel better, have more upbeat positive friends and enjoy life! This author shows you how to do just that! Great book! I recommend it highly to get on the right track and for the quick pick me up when you start to slip back into your old habits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armando Alvarez on August 10, 2013
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Great Read. Im half way nd I already feel its helping me. I would reccomend to everybody. Positive Book Overall
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cutesy!Pie on September 29, 2013
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I purchased this book not too long ago because I had borrowed it from my local library and read the 1992 publication of it. Even though that book was put out over 20 years ago now and is very old, I can still able to practice and apply the tips and techniques (or better yet, the truth about life) into my own life and it's help me on more than one occassion tremendously. If anything, I think this book deserves more that the five stars I can give because if there was an option to give 100 stars, I would! This is a marvelous read and I so happy I came upon it. Maybe it wasn't luck after all, but God telling me to read it and buy it. Thank you very much Hal, my friend! You have won me over and I will make sure my future children if I have any, get these time tested advices as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ransomme on February 23, 2008
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Hal Urban is one of the most inspiring and down to earth writers on self improvement. A must read, I am so glad I did.
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