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  • Published: 29 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781637740651
  • Imprint: BenBella Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $42.99

Straight Talk

Influence Skills for Collaboration and Commitment



The costs of faulty communication are enormous for companies. Each year, billions of dollars are lost each year, precious time is wasted, innovation is thwarted, and morale suffers. But
sharpening influence skills can address these challenges and create huge payoffs.

Collaborative and commitment-driven interaction is the key to overcoming the obstacles of ever-rising performance expectations, widespread stress, and remote work.

Drawing from 35 years of performance-improvement experience, Rick Brandon, PhD, trains thousands of people to improve their results and work relationships by improving the clarity and persuasiveness of their communication. Straight Talk is his “edu-taining” workshop-in-a-book for anyone who wants to develop direct, empathetic, and positive communication skills that will benefit themselves, their teammates, and their companies.

It’s common sense but not always common practice to work on improving interpersonal skills in order to achieve accountability and a more productive and harmonious work climate. Straight Talk shows how thoughtful changes to communication can create a ripple effect across teams and organizations. Each chapter is packed with practical tips, simple how-to instruction, real-world examples, involvement exercises, and humor, to help readers build positive influence skills with competence and confidence.

Straight Talk hones core Assertive Speaking and Empathic Listening skills, and then funnels them into step-by-step formats for six vital workplace situations: Gaining Commitments, Advising and Guiding, Recognizing, Reminding, Constructively Confronting, and Challenging Ideas.

Straight Talk will empower you to make interpersonal expertise your competitive advantage.

  • Published: 29 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781637740651
  • Imprint: BenBella Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $42.99

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