“I’m not lecturing, I’m storytelling.”

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Robert Ballard, the explorer who discovered a little ship you might have heard about: the Titanic. 

Ballard is on to something. Scientists call what he did “picture superiority.” Simply put, if you hear information, you are likely going to remember about 10% of that information three days later. Add a picture in your PowerPoint, however, and your recall rate will soar to 65%. — The Best of TED: 5 Public Speaking Lessons From 30 Years Of Spreading Ideas

Book Review: “Say What You Mean Get What You Want”

Book Review ~ Part 1:  

Say What You Mean Get What You Want:  A Businessperson’s Guide to Direct Communication

by Judith C. Tingley

For my first blog post I am going to perform a quick review of the beginning of the book Say What You Mean Get What You Want, written by Judith C. Tingley, a psychologist and Ph.D. out of Arizona.  

Preface, Intro, and Chapter 1:

I wasn’t particularly worried about my communication style before picking up this book, but within the first chapter Tingley presents a self-assessment that, as a sucker for self-assessment, got my attention.  According to the test, I am considered a “non-assertive” and too-close-for-comfort to a “non-aggressive”… not good.  This must be fixed!  And now I’m intrigued; a book that I originally chose because it looked short enough that I would probably actually finish it might even help me.  

Who the Book is For:

Despite being written in the nineties for people who have difficulty communicating in the workplace, Tingley’s points are all still relevant; that most businesspeople need help with:

  • Keeping your cool

  • Standing your ground (*Arguably unfortunate word choice in 2014)

  • Reaching positive solutions or holding your own in any situation with confidence and poise

  • Expressing ideas without alienating others

  • Saying no

  • Getting your point across without blowing up

  • Earning others’ respect

  • Confronting people in a way that minimizes defensiveness and hostility


In my next article, Say What You Mean Get What You Want ~ Part 2, I’ll review Tingley’s “Seven Steps for Effective Communication.”

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