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How to Say It: Words That Make a Difference

Written by: Allison Friederichs Atkison,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Allison Friederichs Atkison
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Publisher's Summary

Words. We use them all the time, every day, mostly without giving them much thought at all. We take for granted that they’re here at our disposal whenever we need them.  

But if you’ve ever wished you could communicate more effectively, words are the place to start. It’s incumbent upon you to choose the best words to accomplish your goals, because how you choose to communicate influences—well, everything! The power of communication shapes our professional goals, our relationships, and our lives—so the words we choose to use carry a great deal of power.  

Join Dr. Allison Friederichs to discover how every single interaction we have is an opportunity to use clear and compelling communication tactics. However daunting or unpredictable the situation, we have the power to strategically choose how we communicate. Every single time. And how we communicate can change everything. 

Over the course of 10 lessons, you will have fun exploring words—what they offer us, where they come from, what influences their meaning and vice versa, and how to expand your vocabulary. You’ll learn how to choose the right words for every scenario, and you’ll learn how those words can revolutionize your personal and professional life.

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Must read Type of contents!

As a softskill trainer I always wanted to express myself in a very appropriate manner.
This book has given me Broadway to Perfection!
I had an opportunity to learn.
Thank you.

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A good read

This book is a quick start on better communication for socially awkward people or introverts, who have trouble getting their point across in professional settings due to their lack of practice.

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very basic,

very basic, just for beginners, did not find much to learn here frankly. sorry not my type

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  • Paula
  • 23-07-22

Meh. Glad I didn't pay for it.

I had high hopes for this title, but didn't really learn anything other than the common sense stuff about conversation that most of us probably already know.
Also, I can't think too highly about a lexicographer who mispronounces common words (eck-cetera??)
It was mildly interesting, but I'm glad I didn't pay or use a credit for it.

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  • Connie R.
  • 23-07-22

Veracity and Grace

Choosing right words with right manner is critical for effective communication in everyday life.

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  • Mattew J. Ahearn
  • 11-08-22

This is infotainment, it is not research based.

This “course” should be viewed as what it is, infotainment. She has some fun trivia, but that’s about it.

As coach of 30 years, I have read and listened to a lot of information on language, because how a message is said, and how a message is received is as important as the message.

I stopped listening when I got to the part about how the difference between how men and women communicate. It’s not important to know they are different? According to who? A comedian? Red flag that this is in

Then there is the psychology of male vs female as far as beliefs, empathy, perception, experiences, etc….

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  • Iknox
  • 02-08-22

Fluff

Not for someone with a slightly above average vocabulary. Your child’s HS English homework offers more.

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  • K Godbout
  • 23-07-22

Enhancing, Improving or Perfecting Communication

This was is great resource I plan to reference again. Friedrichs presents the information in an instructional non obtrusive way, backing her constructive commentary with evidence based research. Thank you!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-07-22

Very well done!

The author covers great material on the topic of communication. This audio version is excellently narrated.

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  • Lorelei Hubbard
  • 28-07-22

Fantastic

Did a fantastic job of explaining, making relatable, and teaching. I’d recommend this to anyone I know because it will be of benefit

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  • Sharon W.
  • 27-07-22

Pace

I enjoyed the content. The info was very good and useful, but the reader spoke too fast.

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  • Etienne Juneau
  • 09-09-22

Good title, bad book

Expected to hear words that make a difference. Instead, heard theories and fluff. Including "what is a dictionary" and whether it's role should be "descriptive" or "prescriptive". Who cares? Maybe complete beginners can get something out of this. After 3 hours, I still can't.

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  • James Preve
  • 18-08-22

An informative lecture.

Although she repeated herself a few times, it was enjoyable. I learned a lot about not only the history of language but also, its propper use in the modern world.

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  • Elina Heininen
  • 06-10-22

Exetera

This was not a book about how you can say things differently, this was a linguistics' ramble on how different words mean different things, how you should be precise in your words choices, and some etymology. Good book about those topics, yes, but no guidance on HOW. Also, the reader kept on pronouncing et cetera as exetera. Made me want to stop listening immediately. Ironically, the book tells you to not use foreign borrowed words if you don't know how to pronounce them correctly.

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  • Ken
  • 04-10-22

Disappointing and waste of time

I had high hopes to learn something useful, unfortunately the author simply beats about the bush and repeats familiar topics.
Complete waste of time.
30mins in and I started listening at x2 speed.

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  • Tracy
  • 02-10-22

Not for me

Gave up after a couple of hours. Lots of talking but no real content for me anyway.

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  • louise weiler
  • 13-10-22

no substance

didnt finish
my time is too valuable
I'm sure Ms Friedrich is well intentioned but she speaks in headlines and never delivers.

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  • Dan Quay
  • 06-10-22

Great story.. audio book

It was certainly interesting to hear many wonderful words & that can mean so many different things

Great story.. audio book I enjoyed listening to this and helped me sleep well too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-22

Relaxing, encouraging, valid

Very gentle voice, valid examples and stories, value added knowledge to my daily life. Recommended

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  • Miss Jaqueline Jobes
  • 26-10-22

A repeat listen

I enjoyed this course book and will definitely need to re-listen, although I really only found the last few chapters most useful. There is a lot of background information in the early chapters which is understandable but could put you off. Skip if you need! I found her narration really good, light and friendly conversational manner. I plan to check out her other courses too.

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  • Philip
  • 18-10-22

Brilliant

Fantastic lesson on word play, has already helped me within my work role and every day life interactions

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  • Jennifer
  • 06-10-22

Interesting listen.

Detailed insights on effective communication.
Easy listen and keen to listen to more of Allison books.

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  • Dawn
  • 02-10-22

A book we might all benefit from listening to

If we all listened to this and employed some of Allison’s suggestions, I can’t help but think the world would become a far kinder place to live and there would be far less hurt, more co operation and progress.

Great ‘read’, thank you!

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  • Jono
  • 27-09-22

didn't get what I was hoping for

clear and concise reading. a few really good nuggets of wisdom. overall not what I was expecting...

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  • JayZee
  • 14-09-22

A good course to brush up an tune your messages

For a course on communications this was an easy listen. The narration was easy on the ear and helped with comprehension. Simple ideas and instruction with excellent context and examples. it taught me a few things about grammar and conveing information I didn't know or had mot considered.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-08-22

Very Informative and Well explained

I have enjoyed the course very much because of the way she explained the importance of using strategies of languages. Although English is my second language it was still very simple to understand the core of the lactate.

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  • Jason
  • 16-08-22

Well Delivered

Really good introduction to language. I'm someone who has had poor grammar and was looking to improve mu language skills and this ticked the boxes

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  • eddie laverty
  • 10-08-22

Wrong choice of narrator.

I didn't make it very far through this book I'm afraid. I felt that every sentence was either encapsulated with quotation marks and/or, finished with an exclamation mark. This was frustrating as a book on learning really aught to have considered that how it was presented might have an effect on how the listener learned or did not learn from the book. An alternate narrator may have improved my experience, but your mileage may vary.