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Talk Normal: Stop the Business Speak, Jargon and Waffle

Price : $14.75
ISBN # : 9780749463649
Author : Tim Phillips
pages: 192
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Kogan Page
Published : 2012

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.

Author Bio: <div> 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.</div>

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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."

Source: Emma De Vita, Management Today

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This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 07 August, 2012.

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