- Mass Market Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Capstone; Mass Market edition (November 12, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841126373
- ISBN-13: 978-1841126371
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drop the Pink Elephant: 15 Ways to Say What You Mean.and Mean What You Say Mass Market Edition
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"full of advice about how to avoid sending out the wrong signals" (Human Resources, March 2006)
From the Back Cover
"As GMTV anchor, I interview hundreds of people every year. However well they interview, every single person would find it easier to explain their case by following these simple principles." EAMONN HOLMES, GMTV Presenter
"[Drop the Pink Elephant]…tackle[s] every aspect of personal communication in a crisp, entertaining style." THE PLAIN ENGLISH SOCIETY
"There can be no whitewash at the White House." (Richard Nixon). These nine words turned the American nation against their President. Why? Because people hadn’t linked the White House with a cover up until Nixon himself made the connection. His own denial created the story.
It is perhaps the most famous Pink Elephant in history. But what exactly is a ‘Pink Elephant’? Pink Elephants are the unnecessary negatives that clutter your conversation and meaning, sending out the wrong signals to anyone you communicate with.
In Drop the Pink Elephant, Bill McFarlan reveals how to avoid the deadly trap of allowing poor communication skills to obscure your meaning and reduce your effectiveness. Drop the Pink Elephant is filled with helpful, simple and practical advice on how to make your words count for more. Put these straightforward lessons into practice and you will notice immediately how much more effectively you are able to communicate with others.
Sharpen your conversation by:
- FIRST SPOTTING, THEN DROPPING THE PINK ELEPHANT
- GETTING RID OF THE JARGON
- LEARNING TO SPEAK IN PICTURES
- RECOGNISING WHEN YOU SHOULD APOLOGISE OR THANK PEOPLE
- CAPTIVATING AN AUDIENCE
N.B. No animals were hurt in the making of this book. (Can you spot your first Pink Elephant?)
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The author is very British, which to me makes it easier to deal with than some of our more crude communication books such as the Gentle Art Of Verbal Self-Defense series. We don't need verbal "self-defense" if we learn to communicate properly in the first place.
This is nothing new in this book. Please read it anyhow. The presentation is clear and polite, and encourages us to communicate clearly and honestly rather than attempt to manipulate the listener. A good idea all around.
The first time I was reading this book my husband phoned from work saying he was going to ditch an after-work meeting and make up an excuse the next day. I read him the three "R"s the author suggests and asked my husband to try using them. He did, with enormous success. He was excused from the meeting, not required to do any "make up" work, and thanked for being up front about his situation.
"Drop The Pink Elephant" is full of simple little gems that have moved me back on track with my own communication. My first college degree was in Interpersonal Communication with an Applied Linguistics minor, but over the decades my communication had gotten sloppy. With the help of this ingenious little book, in my daughter's words, I "make sense again."
"Pink Elephant" should be required reading (and studying) for all high school and/or college students. The world would be a safer, saner place if everyone practiced its simple suggestions.
Through the extensive use of visual images and anecdotes, McFarlan covers key communication skills in an accessible and humorous manner. It is rare to find a book that bridges the gap between "doing" and "reading" as does "Drop the Pink Elephant."
I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in improving their ability to communicate.
How often do you say something and mean the opposite? How often have people interpreted what you've said in completely the wrong way? This book will show you how you can say things so that people will get the message that you want them to receive. It will also tell you how not to bore your listeners to tears by telling them at length about things in which they can have no possible interest.
The book is about listening as well as talking and about all forms of communication not just speech. Any form of instant communication can lead you into all sorts of problems if you don't think about what you've written before you press the send button. Read this book and think twice or three times before you send your tactless communications into cyberspace and alienate the people you're supposed to be getting o your side.