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Communication Snacks: 52 Bite-Sized Communication Tips for the Busy Professional Paperback – January 13, 2017
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For the past ten years, Marc and Blythe Musteric and their team at Ovient, Inc. have trained Silicon Valley professionals from more than 30 countries and over 100 companies to communicate effectively. Their clients have included CEOs, senior leaders, investors, engineers, and thousands of other professionals. This is their second book on communication. You can learn more about their work at www.ovient.com.
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It was an easy, enjoyable read with clear and insightful pointers and hints.I work as a senior director at a fairly large health care organization, and though (or perhaps because) I count communication as one of my strengths, I find it important to continually refine and enhance the tools and style with which I communicate. This book covers a range of valuable tips that cover written and spoken communications, and features an index that allows readers to find tips on grammar and writing, presentations and public speaking, and interpersonal communication.
I know I'll be going back to the index to go back to specific tips, like "Lead Effective Meetings" and "The Presentation Strike Zone"--both of which feature creative and helpful analogies. Other chapters I particularly enjoyed are "Small Talk Matters" and "Word Count and Culture." There is even a chapter that confirms that the way I just placed my period before the quotation marks is correct. On another note, having learned English as a second language, I appreciated how the authors weave in their experience working with people from different cultures.
This is a book I'll be keeping in my office, and getting for some of my colleagues and friends!
Ever struggle with keeping a conversation going? Want to know how to get someone to take action without sounding bossy or aggressive? Do you get nervous about using I or me in a sentence? Wonder how to keep eye contact without feeling like a creepy stalker? It's all here. This easy to read and understand book has cleared up all of these questions and MORE. Plus, it's entertaining and well-written. I highly recommend this book!
• Very light and compact: easy to carry around
• Very concise: each section is only 1-2 pages
• Various topics covered: range from general advice (e.g., goal setting, voice projection, posture), specific language issues (e.g., confusing words with the same pronunciation, how to use a dash and semicolon, what “e.g.” stands for) to cultural differences (e.g., handling criticisms, saying “no” politely)
One con for me is the organization. Although there is a helpful index by categories (i.e., grammar and writing, presentations and public speaking, and interpersonal communication) at the end of the book, and although I understand it’s ideal to read all the sections rather than be selective, I’d personally prefer having sections of the same category grouped together.
I highly recommend this book to ANYONE because we can all learn to be better communicators!!