''I Wish I'd Said That!'': How to Talk Your Way Out of Trouble and Into Success / Edition 1

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For anyone who's ever said, ''I wish I hadn't said that;'' or ''I wish I'd said what I was really thinking;'' this is for you. Based on the six styles of communication (noble, socratic, reflective, magistrate, candidate, senator), it shows you how to deal with difficult people who create stress and problems; how to influence your boss, colleagues and subordinates; and ultimately how to get the results you want. ''Talking scenarios'' reveal what it ''sounds'' like when people talk their way into or out of trouble. You'll also discover how to create the sound of success and deal with styles of people who communicate such as Woody Allen, Margaret Thatcher or Geraldo Rivera. Communication Style Profile Tests enable you to measure how effectively you communicate.

A witty and engaging guide to establishing better communication lines at work and in life. Author speaking engagements. TP: Wiley.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Jacobs
Too bad the title of McCallister's book suggests a fluff-type approach to communications, because the content is certainly substantial--and valuable to anyone in business or dealing with difficult relationships. Her precepts, based on 10 years of observation and thousands of interviews (not to mention secondary sources), are straightforward. Each of the six communicator styles--noble, Socratic, reflective, magistrate, candidate, senator--is described well, with easy-to-understand analogies to Woody Allen, "The Golden Girls," President Bush, and the like, along with explanations of strengths and weaknesses, characteristics, sound, and how-to's of controlling that particular type of communicator. Her discussion of communicating in corporate situations is specific, including details on negotiating salaries and raises, surviving meetings, and dealing with sensitive issues. If speech is truly the mirror of the soul, then all should take time to check out this reflecting handbook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471555513
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 313
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents


I Wish I Hadn't Said That!

The Six Styles of Communication.


The Noble: Truth in Action.

The Socratic: Thoughts That Breathe, Words That Burn.

The Reflective: The Sweeter Banquet of the Mind.

The Magistrate: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly.

The Candidate: The Good, the Bad, and the Hardly Ever Ugly.

The Senator: Now You See Me, Now You Don't.


Gaining Power without Generating Resentment.

Style, Gender, and the Organization.

Talking with Difficult People.

Using Style to Climb the Corporate Ladder.

Surviving the Group Meeting.

Talking about Sensitive Issues.

Epilogue: I'm Glad I Said That!



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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Very Well Written and Informative

    This book teaches the various ways of communicating with the six different "types" or "styles" people use to communicate with. Very well written and easy to understand.

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