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Words That Change Minds: Mastering the Language of Influence 2nd edition Paperback – May 6, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0787234799 ISBN-10: 0787234796 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Kendall Hunt Publishing; 2 edition (May 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787234796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787234799
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an NLP trainer I recommend it!
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Not only can you understand what she is writing about, but she also provides plenty of clear and easy to understand examples.
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I think the book can have a lot of benefit both personally and professionally.
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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book presents meta-programs (the content-free filters we use to make up our model of the world) in a simple, understandable and highly readable way. It's based on the Language and Behaviour (LAB) Profile developed by Rodger Bailey - a simplification of the original 60 (!) meta-programs down to 14, along with the questions you can use to elicit them. This is a kind of psychometric test, although as people may have different meta-programs in different contexts, and they may change over time, it's not about pigeonholing people. Shelle also tells you the kind of language to use to reach particular kinds of people - useful in sales, negotiation, motivation and deciding who to hire for a particular job. The book is chatty with a good sense of humour. As an NLP trainer I recommend it!
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121 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Karl on June 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
Only last year (2001), two members of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education brought out a book snappily entitled "How the Way We Talk can Change the Way we Work". It's an excellent book but it was a little strange to see it referred to by some critics as "new", and an example of "breakthrough thinking".
Why?
Because although the two books are not addressing *exactly* the same area, Ms Charvet's "Words that Change Minds", first published in 1996, can readily be seen as a precursor to the later book.
Although it is usually referred to in connection with Rodger Bailey's LAB Profile work, this book is in fact based on a subset of the "meta programs", or mental filters, first identified by Leslie Lebeau (formerly Leslie Cameron-Bandler).
What makes this book so valuable is that instead of simply describing the meta programs on a purely theoretical level (as many previous authors had done), Ms Charvet places each one in a very practical context. She tells us not only the basics of each meta program but also such practical details as:
- what questions to use to elicit a person's position on any of the meta programs discussed
- how to identify what meta program positions are best suited to a given job
- and how to frame a job or product advert so that it "speaks to" the optimum audience
There is also a wealth of anecdotes from real life that illustrate the meta programs at work - like why the US was never comfortable as members of UNESCO, why a single word undermined one of IBM's big advertising campaigns, and why a Jewish mother may recommend chicken soup because "it couldn't hurt".
And on top of all that, the book is written in an enthusiastic, flowing style that makes reading it both easy and enjoyable.
Highly recommended for *anyone* who wants to understand the practicalities of how language works.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Judge on April 3, 2004
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As a teacher of business writing, I do not recommend this book to all my students; I only recommend it to the ones who are serious and want to take that extra step. I tell them that this is a book that shows you how to pay close attention to the words you use, whether speaking or writing, so that you maximize the impact you have on the specific person you are communicating with.
I applied some of the concepts in the book to a case study in a writing workshop I teach. Students are fascinated by it. They often say things like, "I can't believe something so subtle could be that powerful," and, "I wish I had known about this when I had so much trouble getting my previous boss to even listen to me."
The theories in the book result from research in neuro-linguistic programming. They use fancy concepts such as profiles, filters, and meta programs. But the author translates it all in a way that makes it easy to understand. And she gives hundreds of examples of how you can apply it to situations at work where you need people to listen to you, understand you, and even agree with you.
If you work in human resources, this book is especially valuable because the author provides many examples of assessing how people think. This can be used to match people to the right jobs and to help them improve their interpersonal communications.
I rated this book 5 stars because I think it is superior in all categories for a specialized communications textbook: powerful ideas, insightful author, meticulous exposition, and reasonable price.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Allan Brewer on January 7, 2003
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I too thought I was a good communicator. Without direction, which this book provides, I probably would have continued to underperform in this critical area.
An example: my boss is an "away-from", risk-averse individual. Until I learned to couch my words in a similar vein, he often misinterpreted and became angry with me. Now, I am happy to say we are talking more freely, with greater understanding, than ever.
The categories of influence outlined here are insightful and pratical. Some are obvious, but many hours of thoughtful observation on who is saying what, and how, could pass before one might catalog these nuggets in their entirety.
Thank goodness I discovered this fine resource. It already has repaid me in dividends of good will and understanding greater than the modest cover price.
Thankyou Rose!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Anthony L. Mascia on October 10, 2002
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Rather than discuss the technical aspects of this book...
Through using the LAB Profile, I've become a better salesperson, businessman, friend, and father.
I thought I was a good communicator and influencer before reading this; this book saved me years of learning by my own experiences.
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