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Power talk : using language to build authority and influence
McGinty, Sarah Myers.
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Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
xi, 211 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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HF5718 .M433 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Show up on time, work hard, do well, and rise up the corporate ladder? Maybe. Oral communication is the most crucial ingredient in advancement on the job. In Power Talk, Sarah Myers McGinty analyzes the social and psychological elements of speech in the workplace, helping readers hear who's in charge and talk their way ahead. Fast trackers match the right speaking style to the situation and develop a corporate voice that comes across loud and clear. From the voice mail message that gets a call back to navigating a department meeting, listeners will learn how to become their own best spokesperson and advocate.

Author Notes

Sarah Myers McGinty lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

McGinty taught the politics of language at Harvard and does workshops and seminars nationwide as head of McGinty Consulting. Her book focuses on workplace communications. She looks at both listening and talking and teaches readers how to use language skills to advance in the business world. She covers e-mail, voice mail, meetings, and up and down communications, and she also considers changing styles as people move up the corporate ladder. Offering lots of lists and examples, her book is easy and fun to read. Salamensky earned her Ph.D. at Harvard and is currently an assistant professor of English at SUNY. Her book brings together a wide range of writers from such areas as communications and cultural criticism to look at the concept of talk. What it means to talk, how we define ourselves though our language skills, what makes talk funny (comedy), and cultural differences in communication are some of the many topics considered. The book is organized in chapters, some of them essays by single authors and others conversations between two experts. The information on each contributor in the note section would have been nice at the chapter heads. This book is more technical than McGinty's, but both books have extensive bibliographies and notes ("gossip" in the case of Talk Talk Talk). Power Talk will be popular in public library business collections, while Talk Talk Talk belongs in university libraries and larger public libraries. Lisa J. Cihlar, Monroe P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Language from the Centerp. 9
Chapter 2 Language from the Edgep. 33
Chapter 3 Linguistic Cross-trainingp. 53
Chapter 4 Putting Language to Workp. 77
Chapter 5 Transitionsp. 95
Chapter 6 Electronic Communicationp. 117
Chapter 7 A Trip to Mars and Venusp. 139
Chapter 8 A World of Differencep. 151
Chapter 9 The Study of Linguisticsp. 164
Conclusionp. 183
Notesp. 186
Bibliographyp. 194
Indexp. 201