Talking Your Way to the Top: Business English That Works

Talking Your Way to the Top: Business English That Works

by Gretchen S. Hirsch
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591024617

ISBN-13: 2901591024612

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Prometheus Books

What's the difference between ambiguous and ambivalent? When is it right to say he and I, and when is him and me correct? What's the most important part of a voice mail message? What's the one mistake that's guaranteed to make an audience fall asleep during your presentation?

Whether you're the CEO of a conglomerate or an entry-level candidate preparing for an

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What's the difference between ambiguous and ambivalent? When is it right to say he and I, and when is him and me correct? What's the most important part of a voice mail message? What's the one mistake that's guaranteed to make an audience fall asleep during your presentation?

Whether you're the CEO of a conglomerate or an entry-level candidate preparing for an interview, how you speak has an effect on how you're perceived. Grammar gaffes, incorrect word choices, inappropriate language, and inarticulate expression can peg you as both uneducated and unsophisticated.

If you're uncertain about how effectively you speak, business-communications expert Gretchen S. Hirsch has all the answers in this one comprehensive, amusing, and very useful book. Full of on-target tips and easy-to-navigate lists of frequently misused words, Talking Your Way to the Top is a quick, entertaining reference for any businessperson interested in becoming a more interesting and powerful speaker. It teaches you to recognize and avoid noxious nouns, vexing verbs, jarring jargon, wretched redundancies, and execrable euphemisms.

Even better, Hirsch leads you every step of the way on the road to success. She gives you the words you need for job interviews; making contributions at company meetings; asking for more responsibility, promotions, and raises; giving speeches and making presentations; and chatting with your coworkers and potential clients at trade shows, cocktail parties, and company dinners.

Whether you're a recent college graduate, a middle manager, or a seasoned professional, you'll find Talking Your Way to the Top to be warm, inviting, and sometimes downright amusing as it guides you through the perils and pleasures of the spoken word on your way up the corporate ladder.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901591024612
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
1

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments.........................................................................9
Introduction............................................................................11
PART ONE: KEEPING YOUR FOOT OUT OF YOUR MOUTH: THE BASICS 1. What Did You Say? Common Mispronunciations...........................................19
2. The Wrong Word at the Wrong Time.....................................................37
3. De-mangling Common Expressions and De-dangling Modifiers.............................89
4. Pronouns, Mood Swings, and Finding Your Voice........................................97
PART TWO: SOUNDING SMART AT WORK 5. Say What You Mean....................................................................113
6. Eliminating Flabspeak................................................................143
7. I Really Want the Job: Sounding Smart in Interviews..................................159
8. Do I Have to Go? Sounding Smart in Meetings..........................................189
9. In the Office: Sounding Smart Every Day..............................................217
10. Sounding Smart in Public: Speech, Panels, and Media Appearances.....................235
PART THREE: TYING IT UP 11. Sounding Smart Wherever You Are.....................................................281
12. The Top: How Leaders Speak..........................................................291
Notes...................................................................................299
Index...................................................................................301

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