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Positive Words, Powerful Results: Simple Ways to Honor, Affirm, and Celebrate Life [Paperback]

Hal Urban
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Book Description

June 2, 2004
Although we live in an ocean of words, we rarely acknowledge their power to uplift or put down, to inspire or discourage, to help or hurt. But in this jewel of a book, Hal Urban -- parent, award-winning teacher, and author of the classic Life's Greatest Lessons -- shows us simple and immediate ways that we can use language to change lives -- both our own and those around us.

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (June 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743257693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743257695
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Follow-Up June 14, 2004
'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
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear & simple must read for a better tomorrow! 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
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Positivity Never Hurt July 2, 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice February 29, 2008
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps me with my life and then some! 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common-sense guidelines. December 16, 2010
Positive Words, Powerful Results: Simple Ways to Honor, Affirm, and Celebrate Life by Hal Urban really is an excellent book. It was easy to read and had insightful ideas on creating good habit patterns when it comes to how we speak, what we say, and how we treat others in our lives. Above and beyond how our words and behaviors affect us internally, Urban focuses on how we interact with others personally and professionally.

The author was a teacher for 30 years and the stories he shares really make you stop to think about the impact you have on those around you - and what a difference could be made by being consciously civilized, intelligent, loving people. In the second half of the book, he provides specific ways to implement positive words in the schools, workplaces, homes, and throughout our society.

I enjoyed his reinforcement of some common-sense guidelines - the Golden Rule, Garbage-in/Garbage- out, Attitude is Everything, etc. He gets you thinking about what you're doing daily. Are you complaining? Do you start every conversation with negative comments? He reminds us, that regardless of whether our irritation with a situation is justified, we have a choice in how we're going to behave.

I also enjoyed his discussion of the importance of language and reading. In a discussion of the incredible, measurable LIFELONG impact of reading to your children, he even referenced a book I recently read and highly recommend (The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease). I wish more parents knew what a difference it makes in your children's lives to read to them from birth and continue reading to them well after they learn to read themselves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
I love this book by Hal Urban! There is so much food for thought backed up by stories and real-life applications. I return to it over and over again and recommend it highly. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martha Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Positive and helpful.
Published 6 months ago by Patricia M. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE
Great book... this is one I will read over and over again and have recommended several times. Purchase all 3 in the series!
Published 9 months ago by Kris Madden
5.0 out of 5 stars great tips for every day life
Book is great, gives lot of tips that will make you think about your own life, love, how to deal with every day stress.. :)
Published 10 months ago by Alisa Hozo
4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
This book gave me an opportunity to reflect on how my words have affected my children, my students and my colleagues. There are many words I wish I could take back! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Diane F Mazzola
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
One of the greatest books on the power of words and how they impact our lives ever written. Read and apply and see the change in your life and those around you.
Published 13 months ago by Sean Baltz
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good service!
The book was for a gift and it arrived in good conditions, Was received right on time n was in good condition.
Published 18 months ago by Frances C. Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the mind of teens.
When my son was coming home, after a year of being away, I decided to research and find out how to make our relationship better. Read more
Published on February 18, 2013 by Stephanie Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive Words, Powerful Results
Our school district offered professional development credit for reading this book and answering some questions about each chapter and that is the only reason I bought it. Read more
Published on July 16, 2012 by Lupe
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
This is a truly inspiring uplifting book. Un-put-downable. By far the best self improvement book I own. Read more
Published on February 17, 2012 by NPF
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