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Speak Strong: Say what you MEAN. MEAN what you say. Don't be MEAN when you say it. Paperback – October 11, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing; Pap/Com edition (October 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600378641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600378645
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Meryl Runion, CSP is a certified speaking professional and the author of six books about powerful communication  that have sold over a quarter million copies worldwide. Her clients include companies such as IBM, associations such as the International Association of Administrative Professionals and agencies such as the IRS and the FBI.
Author Residence: Cascade CO 80809


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Meryl Runion Rose is a Certified Speaking Professional and the author of ten books about powerful communication that have sold over a quarter million copies worldwide. Her clients include companies such as IBM, associations such as the International Association of Administrative Professionals and agencies such as the IRS and the FBI.

Runion Rose is a recovered passive who "had enough staying silent" and became "a woman on a mission to learn to say things in effectively powerful ways." Training and writing about the Speak Strong Method, Runion empowers people to "say what they mean, mean what they say, and not be mean when they say it, and to "express their true selves effectively."

Meryl Runion lives in Cascade, Colorado.

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Each skill is clear and practical.
angela
This book was more than just a book full of examples, advice, and extensive lists of power phrases to say.
Zachariah Atteberry
I edit non-fiction books, and that means I look at books with a different eye than most people.
Barbara McNichol

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barbara McNichol on November 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
I edit non-fiction books, and that means I look at books with a different eye than most people. My review of SpeakStrong comes from three perspectives. 1. What Meryl does for her readers, 2. How she does it (writing style) and 3. What readers can learn from her.

1. Meryl does the same thing for the spoken word that I do for the written word. She helps people find their voice and express their strongest message in ways people can understand. She helps them cut out the clutter and express the substance effectively.

2. I wish most of my clients had as developed a structure as Meryl does in her SpeakStrong book. She divides her SpeakStrong Method into five steps with 52 supporting skillsets. Each skill set begins with stories and examples the reader can identify with, and then provides tips with dos and don'ts, what to say and what not to say. That makes the more abstract principles very concrete. The book is very user-friendly and accessible.

3. As an editor, I often have to tell my clients things they don't want to hear. I might have to tell them their pet story doesn't work, or they need to rework something they thought they had mastered. Meryl clearly addresses how to give the right kind of feedback in the right way--an immensely useful tool in how to SpeakStrong.

Meryl says that writer's block is often an authenticity block. I agree with that. Once an author gets to the heart of the message, the words flow more freely. That's precisely what Meryl has done here!

Whether you're a writer or business professional looking for help with the spoken word, you'll get what you're looking for and a lot more in SpeakStrong.

Barbara McNichol
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By angela on November 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Speak Strong has opened up a new world for me. I was already on board with the values Meryl embraces, but was often left speechless in situations because I didn't know how to say what I was thinking or feeling. Reading Speak Strong is changing that!

I'm discovering new tools that are invaluable in creating new skills - one step at a time. I'm again amazed at Meryl's ability to empower! She presents each tool or "skill" in such a way that you're not left feeling bad about the times you fall short, but you're eager to take the "higher road"!

And she shows you how! Each skill is clear and practical. The next step becomes obvious - and do-able.

Speak Strong is unique! Yes, it's inspirational. Yes, it's practical. But even greater, it's empowering!

My eyes and ears are open in a new way! Wish I had had access to these skills several decades ago! A great gift for the high school graduate - or someone in their sixties, like me!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zachariah Atteberry on April 17, 2011
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For normal people who need a simple tune in their speaking mechanics and etiquette, this is the perfect book. Speak Strong by Meryl Runion provides very specific examples, of what to say, and what not to say in almost every basic situation you encounter throughout your day. Meryl Runion even adds in real life situations she has been in over the course of her life, the ending results, and how speaking effectively could have changed the outcome in a positive way.

This book was more than just a book full of examples, advice, and extensive lists of power phrases to say. Speak Strong was practically a life saver for me. I am severely aspergic, and have very much difficulty even saying hi to people that are part of my family, let alone friends or strangers. Because of this book, I feel I can go to school confidently and speak to people.

My favorite thing about this book is that it describes in detail, why many of us fall short on our commitments to speak strong. For me, most of them hit my communication blocks right on the mark. I haven't read the whole book, but I have read about fifty pages, and skimmed though it countless times to know that this book is very useful for even the most advanced or subdued speakers.

I can defiantly say that this book will reinforce my speaking so that I can say what I mean, mean what I say, without being mean when I say it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wns115 on November 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
We all tend to struggle with holding in our thoughts and feelings and not saying what's 'really' on our minds. The result is often times growing resentment, hostile outbursts, or worse yet permanently strained or estranged relationships with our professional...and personal relationships.

We are so afraid of hurting other people's feelings and yet when we hold back, we hurt others even more. Meryl Runion gave you the 'nuts and bolts' of canned responses in Power Phrases. Power Phrases is an excellent first step in beginning to use your voice assertively.

Speak Strong takes you to the next step. Speak Strong teaches you how to instinctively say what you need to say in the moment without using rehearsed lines. The result is better communication, better relationships, more empathy and understanding for others and ultimately higher success. What this all equates to is raising your Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

Reading Speak Strong is the easiest way to raise your EQ because it teaches you the critical thinking process for responding effectively in the moment rather than struggling and straining your relationships.

If you want to be more successful in your career and your relationships, read Speak Strong!

Wanda McCallum, Licensed Professional Counselor
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