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Power Phrases: The Perfect Words to Say it Right and Get the Results You Want Paperback – January, 2002

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Meryl Runion has created an absolute winner! -- Linda Larsen, Author 12 Secrets to High Self Esteem

Meryl Runion has written a compelling tool for the executive who wants to polish his or her communications skills" -- Roy Neel, Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff,Former President&CEO US Telecom Assn

Book Description

Being Clear, Kind and Direct Can Get You What You Want in Life.
Have You EVER been in a situation where you knew you should say something, but…you didn’t have the right words to say it? Never be left speechless again. Stand up and be heard!
Here's What You Get!
1.  Searchable CD - Find the perfect phrase fast!
2. Questions and answers - See how PowerPhrases apply to daily life.
3. A 3-Step Process for saying “no.” - Get control of your life.
4. Exit lines - Gracefully get out of sticky situations.
5. The CASE formula - A four-step process to manage conflict.
6. 8 Steps to create your own PowerPhrases - The tools to speak powerfully.
7. Communication survey - Discover your own communication style & how to speak to people with different styles.
8. PowerPhrases Quick Reference Guide - Go directly to the phrases you need.
9. Success stories - Read how others have applied PowerPhrases!
10. Hundreds of carefully crafted phrases - Words that have been proven to work.

“If you’d like to be able to say what you mean and mean what you say without being mean when you say it, I wrote this book for you. I know what a difference the tools in this book can make. Let them make a difference for you.”  - Meryl Runion, CSP

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Power Potentials Publishing (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971443726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971443723
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,632,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book follows a very specific format: After establishing the difference between a "Power Phrase" and a "Killer Phrase," in the first few chapters, it spends each proceeding chapter dealing with a specific situation (salesmanship, managment situations) and presents lists of "Don't say this" followed by lists of "Do say this" decorated in the background with pop psychology and old fashioned motivational stories, many of which could have come off an internet e-mail chain.

The principles here aren't bad, and I suppose will be quite helpful to some, though it seemed extremely "academic" to me. Essentially, this is another "rules to live by" book with a gimmick that's promised to turn your life around. And like most of these books, some people find it helpful, while others like myself are mightily underwhelmed. To be honest, the whole process of consciously selecting "the right phrase" out of a book for a given situation seems rather artificial to me.

All and all I'd probably be more generous in this review if I'd read it casually on my own time instead of having it thrust upon me as part of a graduate level college course. For that, I expect more than this.

But for its easy readability, and practical merits, I give it a three.

Just don't pay college bookstore price for it.
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No letters after my name, just an ordinary Ted. Skimmed the first time through, second time read the illustrations {in grey}, read it the third time. Now I know how "they" do "it"! Been upset with myself every time I feel I'm getting the short end of the stick, controlled, or rolled over by others. Now I can hear it coming, the key words and phrases "they" use to get their own way. So simple when you can hear "see" it coming, to think of correct words or phrases for strong responses of your own. The author does not teach "it" as a control method, but as a way of not allowing yourself to be blown over when others are trying to control you. T. D. Bound
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If you have a tendency to remain silent when you need to speak and then when you've had it you speak because you feel angry or hurt, this book can help you to develop the ability to speak up and express yourself appropriately, without being mean.

While the book contains examples of "power phrases" your particular situation may demand that you say what you need somewhat differently. However, you can still use the ideas presented in this book and these power phrases as guidelines.

You may look upon these power phrases as a place to begin. The way some of these phrases are structured may be familiar to you if you have read books dealing with assertiveness, some may inspire you to try something else.

Personally I sometimes suffer from the "foot in the mouth" disease, saying things I later find myself wishing I worded differently and this book has helped me to remind myself to stop, focus on the issue, and then consider what may be the most appropriate way to express what I desire to communicate.
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A critical tool in changing your speaking/writing style is to have a comparison of what not to say vs. what to say. Ms. Runyon provides that in this book.
It's easy to read and understand and extremely practical in its approach to getting results. This book is an essential tool for anyone who wants to develop or enhance their effective communication skills.
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I love this book! I have learned to communicate in a more direct, effective way. PowerPhrases(TM) gives me explicit examples of how to gt my message across without being passive, agressive or passive-agressive. I am better able to say no (or yes or maybe!) politely and firmly, and have gained control over my time and comitments. As I read the "don't say this" section, I recognized many things I had been using with my mom which never worked. Now I use positive, effective PowerPhrases and they work! As Meryl Runion says, "say what you mean, mean what you say and don't be mean when you say it."
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I enjoy reading about power phrases. It makes me understand more positive learning than trying to go back to college to learn all of these in one semester. It takes time, but I realize how much I did not learn. I am happy that she has written a book to get more feedback from internal and external people. It results are way better than not learning to deal with them.
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Most of us (especially myself) tend to ramble when we attempt to explain things. This is true when either promoting ourselves, our ideas or our products. Power Phrases teaches you how to avoid rambling and make your words more potent and concise at the same time. While it is geared somewhat towards the sales profession with chapters on negotiation and Powerphrases that sell, it is still a good book for anyone wanting to improve his skills in influence. There are parts that are a little hokey and at times I caught myself saying `yeah right.' but it is still a book you will read more than once.
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I have always felt awkward in new situations where I have to make small talk with people I've just met. I become nervous, self-conscience and end up just putting my foot in my mouth! Well, those days of awkwardness are over! PowerPhrases gave me the tools and insider tips that make people successful conversationalists. Author Meryl Runion gives examples and hints that you read and then store away in your mind for future use. Once I read the chapter: Small Talk PowerPhrases to Break the Ice", I noticed other chapters that I needed help in: PowerPhrases for Saying "No", PowerPhrases for Negotiations, Communicating with Co-Workers, etc.-before I knew it, I'd read the whole book! I would recommend PowerPhrases to ANYONE that has ever worried about not saying the right thing. It will change your life!
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