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We,Me,Them and It: The Power of Words in Business

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This book is about recognizing that words are living beings. Because we are human we know that we should care about living beings. Most of the time we do not. We let them starve through neglect. We step over them when we see them on the street trying to attract our attention. We pull the curtains so we don't have to look at them. We even lock the doors on them if we feel they threaten us.

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Overview

This book is about recognizing that words are living beings. Because we are human we know that we should care about living beings. Most of the time we do not. We let them starve through neglect. We step over them when we see them on the street trying to attract our attention. We pull the curtains so we don't have to look at them. We even lock the doors on them if we feel they threaten us.

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Marketing Magazine
[A] rarity in the world of business books: something readable, stimulating and full of good sense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587991363
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Until recently John Simmons was a Director of leading brand consultancy Interbrand. He is now an independent writer and consultant working on brands as diverse as Boots, the BBC and Bird¿s Eye (to mention only the B¿s).
John has a degree in English Literature from Oxford University. He worked extensively in publishing as a copywriter and as communications manager at the National Economic Development Office before joining Newell and Sorrell in 1984. There he led a design team on many major identity and communication programmes, including those for Royal Mail and Waterstone's. He has advised clients on the use of language to express the distinctiveness of a brand, including Marks & Spencer, Guinness and Air Products.
John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and has three times been a judge in the 'writing for design' category at the D&AD awards, this year as Foreman of the jury. He runs ¿Writing for design¿ workshops for D&AD and for thewriter.co.uk.
He has written two books on the subject of the relationship between language and identity. We, me, them & it: the power of words in business was published by Texere in November 2000 and became a business books bestseller on Amazon. The invisible grail: in search of the true language of brands was published in the UK in March 2003, has just been published in the USA and is already in its second edition. In November Profile Books published the Economist Guide to Brands and Branding, jointly edited with Rita Clifton. John¿s latest book My sister¿s a barista: How they made Starbucks a home from home has just been published by Cyan Books, and he is the series editor for Cyan¿s Great brand stories.
John is a founder member of 26, the not-for-profit group that champions the cause of more creative language in business.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1.We- The trouble with words 2.Me-Something inside 3.Them- Is there anyone out there? 4.It- Telling Stories Finale Further Reading Acknowledgements

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