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  1. 14.1 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    There’s a crisis of trust in politics across the Western world. Public anger is rising, and faith in conventional political leaders and parties is falling. Antipolitics, and the antipoliticians, have arrived. In Enough Said, president and CEO of the New York Times Company, Mark Thompson, argues that one of the most significant causes of the crisis is the way our public language has changed. Enough Said tells the story of how we got from the language of FDR and Churchill to that of Donald Trump. It forensically examines the public language we’ve been left with: compressed, immediate, sometimes brilliantly impactful, but robbed of most of its explanatory power. It studies the rhetoric of Western leaders from Reagan and Thatcher to Berlusconi, Blair, and today’s political elites on both sides of the Atlantic. And it charts how a changing public language has interacted with real-world events—Iraq, the financial crash, the United Kingdom’s surprising “Brexit” from the European Union, immigration—and a mutual breakdown of trust between politicians and journalists, to leave ordinary citizens suspicious, bitter, and increasingly unwilling to believe anybody. Drawing from classical as well as contemporary examples and ranging across politics, business, science, technology, and the arts, Enough Said is a smart and shrewd look at the erosion of language by an author uniquely placed to measure its consequences.

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    Enough Said by Mark Thompson

    Enough Said

    14.1 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 13.2 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity—and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground. We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence: at work, at home, in politics, and in love, we find ways around conversation, tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we don’t have to look, listen, or reveal ourselves. We develop a taste for what mere connection offers. The dinner table falls silent as children compete with phones for their parents’ attention. Friends learn strategies to keep conversations going when only a few people are looking up from their phones. At work, we retreat to our screens although it is conversation at the water cooler that increases not only productivity but commitment to work. Online, we only want to share opinions that our followers will agree with—a politics that shies away from the real conflicts and solutions of the public square. The case for conversation begins with the necessary conversations of solitude and self-reflection. They are endangered: these days, always connected, we see loneliness as a problem that technology should solve. Afraid of being alone, we rely on other people to give us a sense of ourselves, and our capacity for empathy and relationship suffers. We see the costs of the flight from conversation everywhere: conversation is the cornerstone for democracy and in business it is good for the bottom line. In the private sphere, it builds empathy, friendship, love, learning, and productivity. But there is good news: we are resilient. Conversation cures. Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation. The most human and humanizing thing that we do. The virtues of person-to-person conversation are timeless, and our most basic technology, talk, responds to our modern challenges. We have everything we need to start, we have each other.

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    Reclaiming Conversation

    13.2 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 5.5 hrs • 11/1/2014 • Unabridged

    The Elements of Eloquence highlights the importance of style in an age unhealthily obsessed with the power of substance. From classic poetry to pop lyrics, Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, and even Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase—such as “O Captain! my Captain!” or “To be, or not to be”—memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, Forsyth takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you’re aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don’t need to have anything important to say—you simply need to say it well.

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    The Elements of Eloquence

    5.5 hrs • 11/1/14 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.3 hrs • 10/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton explores the hidden power of analogy to fuel thought, connect ideas, spark innovation, and shape outcomes From the meatpacking plants that inspired Henry Ford’s first moving assembly line to the “domino theory” that led America into Vietnam to the “bicycle for the mind” that Steve Jobs envisioned as the Macintosh computer, analogies have played a dynamic role in shaping the world around us—and still do today. Analogies are far more complex than their SAT stereotype and lie at the very core of human cognition and creativity. Once we become aware of this, we start seeing them everywhere—in ads, apps, political debates, legal arguments, logos, and euphemisms, to name just a few. At their very best, analogies inspire new ways of thinking, enable invention, and motivate people to action. Unfortunately, not every analogy that rings true is true. That’s why, at their worst, analogies can deceive, manipulate, or mislead us into disaster. The challenge? Spotting the difference before it’s too late. Rich with engaging stories, surprising examples, and a practical method to evaluate the truth or effectiveness of any analogy, Shortcut will improve critical thinking, enhance creativity, and offer readers a fresh approach to resolving some of today’s most intractable challenges.

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    Shortcut

    7.3 hrs • 10/1/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 3.5 hrs • 8/1/2014 • Unabridged

    The key to effective communication Communication is essential in a healthy organization. But all too often when we interact with people—especially those who report to us—we simply tell them what we think they need to know. This shuts them down. To generate bold new ideas, to avoid disastrous mistakes, to develop agility and flexibility, we need to practice humble inquiry. Ed Schein defines humble inquiry as “the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person.” In this seminal work, Schein contrasts humble inquiry with other kinds of inquiry, shows the benefits humble inquiry provides in many different settings, and offers advice on overcoming the cultural, organizational, and psychological barriers that keep us from practicing it.

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    Humble Inquiry

    3.5 hrs • 8/1/14 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.6 hrs • 11/15/2013 • Unabridged

    Leadership and influence author Chris Widener teaches a simple three-step process to make sure you’re always prepared to talk to anybody, anytime and anywhere. Have you ever felt like you don’t know what to say in a social situation? Is small talk not your thing? If so, then this is the perfect program to equip you with the skills you need to be a great conversationalist at social events, business meetings, with your superiors, and with friends. Banish those awkward moments with this simple and memorable system by a professional speaker who is never at a loss for words. Never feel like you don’t know what to say again!

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    How to Talk to Anybody, Anytime, Anywhere

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    0.6 hrs • 11/15/13 • Unabridged
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  7. 10.0 hrs • 10/15/2013 • Unabridged

    In this fascinating book, the author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses explores the evolution of social media over the course of two millennia. Papyrus rolls and Twitter have much in common, as each was their generation’s signature means of “instant” communication. Indeed, as Tom Standage reveals in his scintillating new book, social media is anything but a new phenomenon. From the papyrus letters that Roman statesmen used to exchange news across the Empire to the advent of hand-printed tracts of the Reformation to the pamphlets that spread propaganda during the American and French revolutions, Standage chronicles the increasingly sophisticated ways people shared information with each other, spontaneously and organically, down the centuries. With the rise of newspapers in the nineteenth century, then radio and television, “mass media” consolidated control of information in the hands of a few moguls. However, the Internet has brought information sharing full circle, and the spreading of news along social networks has reemerged in powerful new ways. A fresh, provocative exploration of social media over two millennia, Writing on the Wall reminds us how modern behavior echoes that of prior centuries—the Catholic Church, for example, faced similar dilemmas in deciding whether or how to respond to Martin Luther’s attacks in the early sixteenth century to those that large institutions confront today in responding to public criticism on the Internet. Invoking the likes of Thomas Paine and Vinton Cerf, coinventor of the Internet, Standage explores themes that have long been debated: the tension between freedom of expression and censorship; whether social media trivializes, coarsens, or enhances public discourse; and its role in spurring innovation, enabling self-promotion, and fomenting revolution. As engaging as it is visionary, Writing on the Wall draws on history to cast new light on today’s social media and encourages debate and discussion about how we’ll communicate in the future.

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    Writing on the Wall

    10.0 hrs • 10/15/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 2.9 hrs • 5/1/2013

    Effective communication is the key to success. But you can’t influence anyone unless you have the ability to say exactly what you mean. Imagine if you could build your vocabulary and have fun at the same time. Now you can! Verbalicious takes a fun, entertaining approach to language. With Liv Montgomery as your verbal tour guide, you’ll expand your vocabulary and develop verbal prowess for your business and your life almost effortlessly. Where other vocabulary programs may bore you with long lists of difficult words and a narrator who drones on and on, Verbalicious takes a playful, interactive approach that’s actually proven to be much more effective. Verbalicious helps you learn and internalize practical new words and phrases that you can use in everyday business and social situations. Imagine how effective you’ll be at your next big meeting, glittering social gala, important interview, or even a heart-to-heart talk with that certain someone. Build your vocabulary the fun way—with Verbalicious!

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    Verbalicious Vocabulary System by Liv Montgomery

    Verbalicious Vocabulary System

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    Featuring Liv Montgomery
    2.9 hrs • 5/1/13
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  9. 8.0 hrs • 6/20/2012 • Unabridged

    Mortimer J. Adler’s classic How to Read a Book was an instant bestseller upon publication, and its worldwide sales today total over seven million copies. Audiences will find this companion book just as provocative as its predecessor. Drawing on decades of experience as an educator and philosopher, Mortimer J. Adler offers a short course in effective communication, filled with his wisdom and wit. Both instructive and practical, How to Speak, How to Listen will be invaluable to everyone: salespeople and executives involved in conferences and negotiations, politicians, lecturers, and teachers, as well as families seeking to improve communication among themselves.

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    How to Speak, How to Listen

    8.0 hrs • 6/20/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 0.8 hrs • 5/16/2012

    By listening to this audio program loaded with meaningful examples, today’s workplace writer will gain the hot tips, tools, and techniques for getting his written message across with the results he wants. Join CSP Mandi Stanley for just thirty minutes and learn 5½ quick, cheap, and immediately doable tips to gain credibility through the written word by –Correcting your top dumb e-mail moves—yes, the credibility-robbing mistakes we make with e-mail that drive everyone nuts; –Using more bulleted lists to attract all readers (correctly formatted, of course); –Identifying and eliminating wasted words; –Tackling the smothered verbs and stale clichés that creep into your documents; –Pinpointing your purpose up front; –And finally, the ½ way: the real secret to error-free writing. After all, to quote your instructor “the quality of your writing directly reflects the quality of your work.” What does your writing say about you?

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    Wake Up Your Writing @ Work

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    0.8 hrs • 5/16/12
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  11. 1.9 hrs • 5/16/2012

    Great stories are more like a movie than a report. Like a good movie, they are crafted to stimulate an emotional as well as a logical response. They are engaging and effective because they activate the listener’s imagination. You haven’t really connected with your audience until you’ve told a story.

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    The Story Theater Method

    Produced by Made for Success
    Featuring Doug Stevenson
    1.9 hrs • 5/16/12
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  12. 9.6 hrs • 3/12/2012 • Unabridged

    We spend our lives communicating. In the last fifty years, we’ve zoomed through radically different forms of communication, from typewriters to tablet computers, text messages to tweets. We generate more and more words with each passing day. Hiding in that deluge of language are amazing insights into who we are, how we think, and what we feel. In The Secret Life of Pronouns, social psychologist and language expert James W. Pennebaker uses his groundbreaking research in computational linguistics—in essence, counting the frequency of words we use—to show that our language carries secrets about our feelings, our self-concept, and our social intelligence. Our most forgettable words, such as pronouns and prepositions, can be the most revealing: their patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints. Using innovative analytic techniques, Pennebaker X-rays everything from Craigslist advertisements to the Federalist Papers—or your own writing, in quizzes you can take yourself—to yield unexpected insights. Who would have predicted that the high school student who uses too many verbs in her college admissions essay is likely to make lower grades in college? Or that a world leader’s use of pronouns could reliably presage whether he led his country into war? You’ll learn why it’s bad when politicians use “we” instead of “I,” what Lady Gaga and William Butler Yeats have in common, and how Ebenezer Scrooge’s syntax hints at his self-deception and repressed emotion. Barack Obama, Sylvia Plath, and King Lear are among the figures who make cameo appearances in this sprightly, surprising tour of what our words are saying—whether we mean them to or not.

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    The Secret Life of Pronouns

    9.6 hrs • 3/12/12 • Unabridged
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  13. 4.5 hrs • 2/9/2012 • Unabridged

    This program, loaded with easy to implement success strategies, geared toward helping you create a focus, sense of purpose and direction in your life, career and business, is a great way to energize you to and from work, or on the way to seeing a potential client. Attitude and Commitment• Why your “attitude will determine your altitude”• How to develop confidence and why it’s the last thing to come• How to instill a great attitude in others Fear of Failure—Don’t Let It Stop You• Falling down is not the same failure• Stop doing what everybody else does• Turning negatives into positives Goal Setting• Three reasons to write down your goals• A perfect example of why goals must be written• Three components of an effective, written goal Creating Your Action Plan• Why you need a written plan• The three components of an effective, written plan Make My Life Easier: What the Twenty-first Century Customer Really Wants• How to differentiate yourself from the competition• Three reasons why you don’t want to sell “price”• How demographic changes in America have changed the customer and why they buy The Three Ss of Success• See it—See yourself successful• Start it—Act!—Do something• Sustain the effort—the magic of persistence The purpose of this program is simple; to help you achieve the kind of results you need to be as successful as you choose to be in your life, career and business. Here are some of the results you can expect by listening to this program:• A new sense of purpose and direction in your life• Increase your ability to motivate yourself on a consistent basis• You will learn how to develop your own personal, written plan for your life, career or business• Increase your sales and productivity• Your confidence in your ability to achieve will skyrocket

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    So Who’s Stopping You

    4.5 hrs • 2/9/12 • Unabridged
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  14. 0.6 hrs • 1/5/2012

    Would you like to use your personality to successfully deal with intimidating people? Would you like to use your personality to motivate people to action? Perhaps you’d like to know if your personality is talking people into or out of your ideas, or even discover how the best leaders face personality challenges and succeed. Well now you can! Internationally acclaimed speaker and author Dawn Jones presents her incredible Top Seven Personality Challenges, along with how to communicate with success with each personality type. Learn 1. How to deal with someone who intimidates you 2. How to look and feel more confident by using your personality 3. How to successfully sell people your ideas 4. How to motivate even the most stubborn people 5. How to eliminate manipulation 6. How top leaders identify when and how to adjust their personality styles without seeming weak or intimidated 7. And, finally, Dawn’s ultimate secret, which reveals the best personality! You'll discover the secrets of putting your personaity to work for you so you can have powerful and effective communication regardless of age, position, generation, culture or gender. See what Wikipedia has to say about people skewing their personality test scores, and discover what Socrates revealed about you over 2500 years ago! You’ll also discover how you can adjust your style so that you can, as Dale Carnegie says, “win friends and influence people.” In just 30-minutes, you’ll begin to recognize and overcome the top seven personality challenges so that you can communicate with success!

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  15. 2.8 hrs • 1/1/2011 • Unabridged

    The Pony Express was a swift mail service that was only active from April 1860 to October 1861. It was a crucial communication link between the East Coast and West Coast during a time when communication between Washington, DC, and Sacramento was helping establish California as a free state, as well as helping the Union factions gain strength just prior to the Civil War. A series of relay stations was established with fresh horses so the rider could get fresh mounts all along the route. The riders simply changed mounts and rode as fast as possible—rarely stopping even to sleep or eat. It took immense courage and perseverance on the part of the riders and the relay station personnel, and the journey took about ten days through rough terrain, Indian massacres, ambushes, and brutal weather conditions over the Sierra.

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    The Story of the Pony Express

    2.8 hrs • 1/1/12 • Unabridged
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  16. 0.6 hrs • 12/1/2011

    Would you like people to respect you more, admire you, and buy into your ideas? Would you like people to grasp the point of your message and remember it? Would you like to know how top speakers create memorable moments by telling great stories that leave their audience inspired, motivated, and wanting more? Well now you can! Internationally acclaimed speaker and author Dawn Jones presents What’s The Point! Telling Memorable Stories So People Will Remember You 1. Learn how to successfully tell stories that cause people to remember you 2. Acquire the skills to tell a short story that makes your point 3. Understand how to use stories to teach people  4. Discover the secrets of using your tone, tempo, personality, and even accents to add impact your stories 5. Attain the confidence to ensure you are believable in your delivery 6. Discern how to express vulnerability with a story without appearing weak 7. Identify how to transition your stories back to your point without going “off track” You’ll be able to understand how to effectively tell stories about celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Zig Ziglar, and even how this one story helped Bono of the band U2, become one of Time magazine’s People of the Year—all while making your point! And learn the secrets of addressing different people in your audience with great stories regardless of generation, gender, or culture! Dawn Jones is an internationally acclaimed speaker and trainer who is passionate about helping people be their best while living life to the fullest!

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    What’s the Point!

    Produced by Made for Success
    Featuring Dawn Jones
    0.6 hrs • 12/1/11
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