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How To Say It for Women

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An expert on professional communications teaches women how to transform themselves by shedding weak phrases, gestures and words, in order to command respect, motivate, establish authority, and make a difference.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Prentice Hall Press
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Mis Tré
Nov 07, 2015 Mis Tré rated it it was ok
When I read these "women in business books" I thought there were important. Almost 10 years later I find them insulting. Though I suppose they were a necessary step to get me where I am today.
May 22, 2013 Creolecat rated it liked it
There were many good strategies presented that made perfect sense; the use of action verbs, eliminating hedges and tags. However, I did not accept Dr. Mindell’s overall ideology and found a few things unsettling:

1. Dr. Mindell’s goal is to empower women –and I applaud her for that. But her way of empowering us is to belittle us. This route is unacceptable; we are not little girls, so don’t treat us as such to make us stronger;
2. Dr. Mindell repeatedly mentions files she has on male executives wh
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"From personal experience I can say that the strategies recommended in this book only apply if you are working within a certain range of cultures. Applying these strategies outside of that range can make your situation worse rather than better. My advice: focus on the culture within which you want to be successful and create strategies that will work for you there. It is the culture that will be the deciding factor; whether you are male or female is just sub-component to consider."
Sep 01, 2010 Alice is currently reading it
Last month I went to teachers' workshop on ideas to use in the teaching various genres to junior high kids. She used this book in some of her examples. It sounded great.

From the forward:

"Nobody listens to women."

While the author at first bristled at that remark, she set out to research the language of women and the language of weakness. She gives practical, usable tips that can help working women gain confidence, respect and success by changing their language.

I'll let you know.

HeatherT Taylor
Dec 18, 2007 HeatherT Taylor rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: working women
The author teaches professional women how to modify their language to be more assertive and project a more powerful image. I found her suggestions very useful and practice the techniques every day. I've even started mentoring fellow female co-workers at their request.
Feb 21, 2009 Janet rated it really liked it
Women communicate differently and it can come across as depowering. The book was helpful in learning how to express myself more effectively, particularly with male, C level audiences.
Dec 31, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an interesting book studying the way women present themselves and the many little habits that many of us have that can undermine our ability to effectively communicate in the work place. I don't agree with all of her recommendations, but her observations are spot on. And many of the recommendations are very helpful. It shows the importance of self-expression, confidence, language, and presentation. Overall, a helpful book for young professional women.
Jan 17, 2008 Mystique added it
Recommends it for: Professional Women
Recommended to Mystique by: My Boss/Professional Book Club
Shelves: womens-interest
Another book that I've read for a professional book club. Well-written.

If I had to summarize it in a sentence, this book is about women speaking succinctly (as it claims men do).

There. I guess the book worked. ;)

It's a good book. I find myself using the principles in my professional life (but certainly not in my private life, where I ramble endlessly).
Apr 27, 2011 Jean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book offers crystal-clear explanations of what works and what doesn't and why, for both written and spoken communication. There's plenty of great advice for anyone, male or female, who wants to be a better and more effective communicator.
Jan 06, 2010 Candice rated it really liked it
I am only a few chapters into this book, but I am finding it to be extremely valuable. I have already starting implementing what I have learned. Every woman working in a corporate or business environment should read this book.
Sep 12, 2012 Fullfaun rated it it was amazing
I wished I had read this book 15 years ago.
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now i don't need to read charlotte's web
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