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Speak Easy: The Communication Guide for Career and Life Success Paperback – August 25, 2009
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About the Author
Cynthia Leeds Friedlander is a seasoned executive coach and career counselor, particularly gifted in managing highly sensitive work-related issues. She uses a broad-based approach to decipher challenging situations in a practical, results-oriented manner. Working closely with her clients, Cindy combines down-to-earth warmth and openness with sharp intellect and no-nonsense strategic business acumen to build trust instantaneously, to gain buy-in easily and to address sensitive and hidden challenges quickly and smoothly. Cindy’s grasp of the many nuanced elements of communication and her skill in demonstrating these in nonthreatening ways, bring about lasting, integrated workplace and work-life balance enhancements. Her corporate clients encompass a wide range of arenas, including media, entertainment, financial services, legal and pharmaceuticals. In her private practice, she has worked with thousands of individuals.
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In reality, this book is a simple yet significant deluxe toolbox, a nuts and bolts primer on strengthening both business and personal communication. The author goes into great detail about repairing bad habits, restoring confidence, reestablishing relationships and finding improved ways to deal with difficult communication (and difficult people!). The book includes a collection of terrific techniques that you can begin to introduce immediately into your daily interactions with colleagues, family and friends.
One of the highlights of this creative collection of communication concepts, techniques and action plans is the presentation of real life scenarios, based on Ms. Friedlander's successful career as a communications coach and executive leadership consultant. She has consulted with top executives, helping them to improve their communication skills. Through this book, she can help you, as well, regardless of your job or position.
One of the most important parts of Speak Easy is the direction she offers in networking effectiveness. She takes away the negative stigma that often surrounds these business and social situations and creates a new and more relaxing way to experience them as "R & R" (Research and Relationships).
Cynthia shows the reader the value of recognizing and understanding negative assumptions and then focusing on affirmative possibilities. She even provides practical preparation for negotiations, whether professional or personal. (Looking for a new job or a new career? There are some great ideas here that will help you immensely!)
The Speak Easy Rules found at the end of each chapter are an excellent resource to refer back to frequently as a `communication refresher.' And the key word index in the back of the book provides easy access to key points.
Once you read this book, regardless of your station in life, it will surely become a permanent part of your business and personal collection. (It can also be a subtle gift for those people who you believe might benefit from better communication!)
Never have I seen so much on the topic of communication, presented so concisely, clearly and coherently, in a format that fosters the opportunity and commitment to change and create better communication patterns. Park your ego, open your mind, and discover this important book. Communication is the single-most important skill a person can develop, and we can all learn to do it better. "Speak Easy: The Communication Guide for Career and Life Success" is a superlative handbook. It has helped me significantly, and I know it will help you, as well.
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