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We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter
by Celeste Headlee

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

September 19, 2017

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<p><strong>“WE NEED TO TALK.”</strong></p><p><strong>In this urgent and insightful book, public radio journalist Celeste Headlee shows us how to bridge what divides us--by having real conversations</strong></p><p>BASED ON THE TED TALK WITH OVER 10 MILLION VIEWS</p><p><em>“We Need to Talk </em>is an important read for a conversationally-challenged, disconnected age. Headlee is a talented, honest storyteller, and her advice has helped me become a better spouse, friend, and mother.”  (Jessica Lahey, author of <em>New York Times</em> bestseller <em>The Gift of Failure</em>)</p><p>Today most of us communicate from behind electronic screens, and studies show that Americans feel less connected and more divided than ever before. The blame for some of this disconnect can be attributed to our political landscape, but the erosion of our conversational skills as a society lies with us as individuals. </p><p>And the only way forward, says Headlee, is to start talking to each other. In <em>We Need to Talk</em>, she outlines the strategies that have made her a better conversationalist—and offers simple tools that can improve anyone’s communication. For example: </p><UL type=disc><li>BE THERE OR GO ELSEWHERE. Human beings are incapable of multitasking, and this is especially true of tasks that involve language. Think you can type up a few emails while on a business call, or hold a conversation with your child while texting your spouse? Think again.</li><li>CHECK YOUR BIAS. The belief that your intelligence protects you from erroneous assumptions can end up making you more vulnerable to them. We all have blind spots that affect the way we view others. Check your bias before you judge someone else.</li><li>HIDE YOUR PHONE. Don’t just put down your phone, put it away. New research suggests that the mere presence of a cell phone can negatively impact the quality of a conversation. </li></ul><p>Whether you’re struggling to communicate with your kid’s teacher at school, an employee at work, or the people you love the most—Headlee offers smart strategies that can help us all have conversations that matter.</p><p> </p>
The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Psychological ...
by , Angela Ackerman

Language

English

Pages

326

Publication Date

October 18, 2017

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Readers connect to characters with depth, ones who have experienced life’s ups and downs. To deliver key players that are both realistic and compelling, writers must know them intimately—not only who they are in the present story, but also what made them that way. Of all the formative experiences in a character’s past, none are more destructive than emotional wounds. The aftershocks of trauma can change who they are, alter what they believe, and sabotage their ability to achieve meaningful goals, all of which will affect the trajectory of your story.<br /><br />Identifying the backstory wound is crucial to understanding how it will shape your character’s behavior, and The Emotional Wound Thesaurus can help. Inside, you’ll find:<br /><br />•A database of traumatic situations common to the human experience<br />•An in-depth study on a wound’s impact, including the fears, lies, personality shifts, and dysfunctional behaviors that can arise from different painful events<br />•An extensive analysis of character arc and how the wound and any resulting unmet needs fit into it<br />•Techniques on how to show the past experience to readers in a way that is both engaging and revelatory while avoiding the pitfalls of info dumps and telling<br />•A showcase of popular characters and how their traumatic experiences reshaped them, leading to very specific story goals<br />•A Backstory Wound Profile tool that will enable you to document your characters’ negative past experiences and the aftereffects <br /><br />Root your characters in reality by giving them an authentic wound that causes difficulties and prompts them to strive for inner growth to overcome it. With its easy-to-read format and over 100 entries packed with information, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus is a crash course in psychology for creating characters that feel incredibly real to readers. <br />
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
by Stephen King

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 03, 2000

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Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.<BR><BR>“Long live the King” hailed <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> upon publication of Stephen King’s <i>On Writing</i>. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, <i>On Writing</i> will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the...
by Simon Winchester

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em></strong><strong> Bestseller</strong></p><p>Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—soon to be a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson.</p><p>The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.</p><p>Masterfully researched and eloquently written, <em>The Professor and the Madman</em> is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—and literary history.</p><p><strong>“The linguistic detective story of the decade.... Winchester does a superb job of historical research.”—William Safire, <em>New York Times Magazine</em></strong><em><br /></em></p><p> </p><p><br /><br /></p><p><strong></strong> </p><p><strong></strong> </p><p><strong></strong> </p><p><strong></strong> </p><strong></strong><p><strong></strong> </p>
French Made Simple: Learn to speak and understand French quickly ...
by Pamela Rose Haze

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

April 21, 2010

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<b><i>French Made Simple</i> will help you learn to speak French quickly and easily! </b><br /><br />An invaluable introduction to one of the most studied languages, <i>French Made Simple</i> is ideal for students, business professionals, and tourists alike. Teaching the basics of grammar, vocabulary, and culture, it guides you step-by-step through the process of learning and conversing quickly. Refreshingly easy to understand, <i>French Made Simple</i> includes:<br /><br /> • Grammar basics<br /> • Modern vocabulary<br /> • Helpful verb chart<br /> • French-English dictionary<br /> • Reading exercises<br /> • Economic information<br /> • Common expressions<br /> • Review quizzes<br /> • Complete answer key
Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
by Robert Cialdini

Language

English

Pages

433

Publication Date

September 06, 2016

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“Best Business Books of 2016” <b>—<i>Financial Times</i></b><BR> <BR><i>Inc.com’s Geoffrey James Names </i>Pre-Suasion<i> Best Sales and Marketing Book of 2016</i><BR> <BR><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><BR> <b><i>WALL STREET JOURNAL</i> BESTSELLER</b><BR> <BR>The author of the legendary bestseller <i>Influence</i>, social psychologist Robert Cialdini shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn’t lie in the message itself, but in the key moment before that message is delivered.<BR><BR>What separates effective communicators from truly successful persuaders? Using the same combination of rigorous scientific research and accessibility that made his <i>Influence</i> an iconic bestseller, Robert Cialdini explains how to capitalize on the essential window of time before you deliver an important message. This “privileged moment for change” prepares people to be receptive to a message before they experience it. Optimal persuasion is achieved only through optimal <i>pre</i>-suasion. In other words, to change “minds” a pre-suader must also change “states of mind.”<BR> <BR>His first solo work in over thirty years, Cialdini’s <i>Pre-Suasion</i> draws on his extensive experience as the most cited social psychologist of our time and explains the techniques a person should implement to become a master persuader. Altering a listener’s attitudes, beliefs, or experiences isn’t necessary, says Cialdini—all that’s required is for a communicator to redirect the audience’s focus of attention before a relevant action.<BR> <BR>From studies on advertising imagery to treating opiate addiction, from the annual letters of Berkshire Hathaway to the annals of history, Cialdini draws on an array of studies and narratives to outline the specific techniques you can use on online marketing campaigns and even effective wartime propaganda. He illustrates how the artful diversion of attention leads to successful pre-suasion and gets your targeted audience primed and ready to say, “Yes.”
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
by , Dan Heath

Language

English

Pages

306

Publication Date

January 02, 2007

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Chip Heath and Dan Heath's <i>Switch</i>.<br /><br /> Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others– struggle to make their ideas “stick.” <br /> <br /> Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In <i>Made to Stick</i>, accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions. Inside, the brothers Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the “human scale principle,” using the “Velcro Theory of Memory,” and creating “curiosity gaps.”<br /> <br /> In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds–from the infamous “kidney theft ring” hoax to a coach’s lessons on sportsmanship to a vision for a new product at Sony– draw their power from the same six traits.<br /> <br /> <i>Made to Stick </i>is a book that will transform the way you communicate ideas. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures)– the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of “the Mother Teresa Effect”; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, <i>Made to Stick</i> shows us the vital principles of winning ideas–and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.
Perfect English Grammar: The Indispensable Guide to Excellent Wri...
by Grant Barrett

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

March 29, 2016

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<h4>Expert linguist Grant Barrett gives you all the tools you need to improve your everyday communication—from perfecting your punctuation to polishing your speaking skills—with his accessible, go-to grammar guide.</h4> <p>Language learners of all levels can turn to this easy-to-navigate grammar guide again and again for quick and authoritative information. From conjugating verbs to crafting sentences to developing your own style, Grant Barrett provides you with the tools and motivation to improve the way you communicate.</p> <p><em>Perfect English Grammar</em> helps you clearly say what you want to say—and the best way to say it.</p> <ul> <li><b>Never Be Wrong:</b> Catchy examples help you remember core grammar rules</li> <li><b>Sharpen Your Style:</b> Composition guidelines let you express yourself fully</li> <li><b>Look It Up:</b> Seamless navigation makes it easy to find answers quickly</li> <li><b>Geek Out:</b> Explore the tricky questions with Grant Barrett’s help</li> </ul> <p>Whether you’re a busy professional or on the job hunt, <em>Perfect English Grammar</em> makes it easier than ever to improve your grasp of grammar.</p>
The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws
by , Becca Puglisi

Language

English

Pages

266

Publication Date

October 13, 2013

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Crafting likable, interesting characters is a balancing act, and finding that perfect mix of strengths and weaknesses can be difficult. Not only does a well-drawn protagonist need positive attributes to help him succeed, he must also have flaws that humanize him and give him something to overcome. The same is true of villains and the rest of the story’s supporting cast. So how can writers figure out which flaws best fit their characters? Which negative traits will create personality clashes and conflict while making success difficult?<br /><br />TAKE CHARACTER CREATION TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL<br /><br />Nothing adds complexity like character flaws. Inside the Negative Trait Thesaurus you’ll find: <br />*A vast collection of flaws to explore when building a character’s personality. <br />*Each entry includes possible causes, attitudes, behaviors, thoughts, and related emotions<br />*Real examples from literature, film, or television to show how each flaw can create life challenges and relational friction<br />*Advice on building layered and memorable characters from the ground up <br />*An in-depth look at backstory, emotional wounds, and how pain twists a character’s view of himself and his world, influencing behavior and decision making<br />*A flaw-centric exploration of character arc, relationships, motivation, and basic needs<br />*Tips on how to best show a character’s flaws to readers while avoiding common pitfalls <br />*Downloadable tools to aid writers in character creation<br /><br />The Negative Trait Thesaurus sheds light on your character’s dark side. Written in list format and fully indexed, this brainstorming resource is perfect for creating deep, flawed characters readers will relate to.
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression
by , Becca Puglisi

Language

English

Pages

174

Publication Date

May 09, 2012

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One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character's emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. <br /><br />Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them. <br /><br />This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project. 

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