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Talk Normal: Stop the Business Speak, Jargon and Waffle
     

Talk Normal: Stop the Business Speak, Jargon and Waffle

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by Tim Phillips
 

Most large companies have entire departments devoted to communications, but company mission statements and press releases are becoming harder to understand. With the humorous and sometimes poignant style of foolishness that plagues the world of "The Office" and the comic strip "Dilbert," Talk Normal addresses the ineffectiveness of

Overview

Most large companies have entire departments devoted to communications, but company mission statements and press releases are becoming harder to understand. With the humorous and sometimes poignant style of foolishness that plagues the world of "The Office" and the comic strip "Dilbert," Talk Normal addresses the ineffectiveness of corporate jargon and business communication. Tim Phillips covers everything from the advent of the nine-syllable word "operationalizational" to indecipherable press releases, to the fluff people put in their resumes. 

Despite being based on the author's experience in a British environment, readers from any culture can easily draw parallels to their own workplace. Phillips discusses universal problems such as the inability to make a point, evasiveness and talking a lot of hot air. 

In the same entertaining, satirical manner as his increasingly popular blog of the same name, Phillips takes a candid look at how ineffective business language has become. Full of excruciating examples of how not to write or speak, Talk Normal helps readers improve their communication at work while navigating the nightmare of management-speak. 

View Tim Phillip's blog! http://talknormal.co.uk/

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Phillips...argues that we need to think clearly to write clearly.... The book's reader-friendly layout offers b&w photos, screenshots, and examples of ads, along with humorous illustrations, excerpts from interviews, and checklists."  — Book News, Inc.

Tim Phillips: 7 Iconic, Transparent, Empowering Business Buzzwords That Need To Die on Fast Company.

"…[H]is insights and advice are right on. …well worth reading to the end." - ForeWord Reviews

"Talk Normal is...invested in improving the effect our language has on others. Phillips gives a welcome reminder that our priority should lie with communicating what we actually mean, rather than trying to signal how impressive we are." — The Boston Globe  

"...[D]elightfully amusing." -Eleanor Bloxham, CNN Money

10 Office Buzz Words That We Can Live Without  

"Tim Phillips talks a lot of sense in Talk Normal." - Jo Evans

"Talk Normal is both a lot of fun and extremely practical at the same time. It will leave you laughing and thinking more clearly...Be sure to check it out." — Read the full 800-CEO-Read article here. 

"Talk Normal’s humorous examples, graphs and illustrations make this a very quick and enjoyable read. You’ll laugh along the way and will probably find yourself reaching for this book after frustrating presentations or meetings for a quick laugh... Talk Normal is a great read for those who are frustrated with business babble." --Grace Myers, FuelYourWriting.com

"This is the kind of book every manager in love with business jargon should be forced to read." —Emma De Vita, Management Today

"Journalist Tim Phillips …takes up the cudgel against jargon, "business speak" and perplexing political phrasemaking. …Some of the short chapters are hilarious, some are insightful …if you love language and grammar, getAbstract thinks you will be amused by his well-meaning rants." —getAbstract

Listen to podcasts from Tim Phillips:

33voices.com

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780749463649
Publisher:
Kogan Page, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/15/2011
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Tim Phillips: 7 Iconic, Transparent, Empowering Business Buzzwords That Need To Die on Fast Company.

"…[H]is insights and advice are right on. …well worth reading to the end." - ForeWord Reviews

"Talk Normal is...invested in improving the effect our language has on others. Phillips gives a welcome reminder that our priority should lie with communicating what we actually mean, rather than trying to signal how impressive we are." — The Boston Globe  

"...[D]elightfully amusing." -Eleanor Bloxham, CNN Money

10 Office Buzz Words That We Can Live Without  

"Tim Phillips talks a lot of sense in Talk Normal." - Jo Evans

"Talk Normal is both a lot of fun and extremely practical at the same time. It will leave you laughing and thinking more clearly...Be sure to check it out." — Read the full 800-CEO-Read article here. 

"Talk Normal’s humorous examples, graphs and illustrations make this a very quick and enjoyable read. You’ll laugh along the way and will probably find yourself reaching for this book after frustrating presentations or meetings for a quick laugh... Talk Normal is a great read for those who are frustrated with business babble." --Grace Myers, FuelYourWriting.com

"This is the kind of book every manager in love with business jargon should be forced to read." —Emma De Vita, Management Today

Listen to podcasts from Tim Phillips:

33voices.com

American Management Association

Meet the Author

Tim Phillips has been a journalist for 20 years. He has written for publications such as The Wall Street Journal Europe and The Sunday Times. He writes the popular blog "Talk Normal" in an effort to combat the poor communication and corporate jargon in the workplace. He is the author of Knockoff and Fit to Bust and co-author of Scoring Points, all published by Kogan Page.

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