Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Pete Geissler
Publisher: Kallisti Publishing
“The controlling purpose of this book is to persuade readers that their words, whether written or spoken, are the single, essential key to enriching them financially and socially,” Pete states in his book, The Power of Being Articulate: Your Words Can Make You Wealthy and Happy.
This one hundred and sixty-four page paperback book is geared toward those who want to speak and write more clearly and concisely, especially in a professional environment. Having sixteen chapters, the book is divided into five parts: principles, profiles, effect on profit, self-help, and a prologue. There are a few famous quotes, simple diagrams, and bullet points spread throughout, ending with a book reference section.
Geissler states that the prerequisite to being articulate is to have vocabulary, knowledge, and insight. By explaining how articulation or lack of it influences our wealth and happiness, he shows statistical, anecdotal, and historical examples.
In the first part of the book, the writer explains five behaviors to achieve greater articulation: compartmentalize, listen, organize, write, and test. In the second section, there are several examples of business owners, CEOs, and politicians, mentioning that President Bush was apparently more articulate than Kerry and Gore. The next section shows the high cost of inarticulate employees with improvement suggestions.
The fourth section is the main focus of the book with the “Elite Eleven Tools” to improve vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation. Some of these tips include knowing your audience, grouping topics, using an active voice with no corporate babble, continually editing, getting to the point, and not waiting until the last moment.
By not being flowery, verbose, or glib in writing or speaking, one can learn to be more concise, to the point, and having substance by concentrating on content, structure, and tone. With the increase of the computer being a crutch and having employees with poor communication and writing skills, it is easily understood only the survival of the articulate fittest are wealthier and happier.
Since it is necessary in business and personally to be able to communicate and articulate to succeed, this book forces one to consider making more of an effort to engage, learn, and appreciate better writing and speaking skills. This reader can only hope this review presents a simple, succinct, and understandable description of the book required in four hundred words or more.
This book was furnished by Kallisti Publishing for an unbiased review.
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