- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Updated ed. edition (December 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062107704
- ISBN-13: 978-0062107701
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 541 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion, Updated Edition Updated ed. Edition
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From the Back Cover
"When you react, the event controls you. When you respond, you're in control."
Verbal Judo is the classic guide to the martial art of the mind and mouth that can help you defuse confrontations and generate cooperation, whether you're talking to a boss, a spouse, or even a teenager. For more than a generation, Dr. George J. Thompson's essential handbook has taught people how to communicate more confidently and persuasively in any situation. Verbal Judo shows you how to listen and speak more effectively, engage others through empathy (the most powerful word in the English language), avoid the most common conversational disasters, and use proven strategies to successfully express your point of view—and take the lead in most disputes.
This updated edition includes a new foreword and a chapter featuring Dr. Thompson's five universal truths of "human interaction":
- People feel the need to be respected
- People would rather be asked than be told
- People have a desire to know why
- People prefer to have options over threats
- People want to have a second chance
Stop being frustrated and misunderstood. Stop finding yourself on the losing end of an argument. With Verbal Judo you’ll be able to have your say—and say what you mean.
About the Author
George J. Thompson, PH.D., was the president and founder of the Verbal Judo Institute before his death in 2011. A former English professor and a black-belt master of karate, he created and crash-tested verbal judo when he was a police officer on an urban beat.
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Sir, much like many law enforcement professionals, you’ve fallen victim to your own ego. I’m confident you read these reviews so I wanted to give you some helpful feedback.
You start the book with your qualifications and generally badassery. This is ok and expected. As a reader, I appreciate your qualifications.
Yet, as the book goes on you simply overdue it. Chapter after chapter you recite your: education, martial arts expertise and physical prowess. My god man! We get it!
As a reader, I’m skipping over these sections constantly. I think, ok, he is that guy in law enforcement (we all know that guy). It takes away from the gem of a book you have created.
To reiterate, we get it man! You’re Chuck Norris times two. You created Giraffes by uppercutting a horse. You can hear sign language. You are so bad ass, you make onions cry. You don’t shake hands, you make them tremble. You play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun and win!
For the love of all that is holy, please have a serving of humble pie! Whew....rant over. Excuse my candor.
Hopefully this sufficiently illustrates my point. One smart ass cop to another. Otherwise, this is a great book. Godspeed.
I had two small annoyances with the book. First, the first few chapters are a sales pitch for why you should read the book. Spoiler alert: I already bought the book; no need to sell it to me. Second, the book can be a bit more repetitive than I like. I understand that the author is driving home a point but it seems that, sometimes, he goes too far.
Overall, I'd use it again as reference and recommend it to others (it went to my personal library at work and was immediately borrowed). Worth your time.
Thoughts on this book:
Fun stories paired with great advice.
It's like taking a class, and is best read with a notebook on the side.
I have improved personally from reading this book.
Want to learn how to speak better.
You have a open mind.
Willing to re-read several times.
Do not read if:
You do not like repetition.
I was so sad when I heard of his passing.
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