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An expert on professional communications teaches women how to transform themselves by shedding weak phrases, gestures and words, in order to command respect, motivate, establish authority, and make a difference.


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An expert on professional communications teaches women how to transform themselves by shedding weak phrases, gestures and words, in order to command respect, motivate, establish authority, and make a difference.

30 review for How To Say It for Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Creolecat

    There were many good strategies presented that made perfect sense; the use of action verbs, eliminating hedges and tags. However, I did not accept Dr. Mindell’s overall ideology and found a few things unsettling: 1. Dr. Mindell’s goal is to empower women –and I applaud her for that. But her way of empowering us is to belittle us. This route is unacceptable; we are not little girls, so don’t treat us as such to make us stronger; 2. Dr. Mindell repeatedly mentions files she has on male executives wh There were many good strategies presented that made perfect sense; the use of action verbs, eliminating hedges and tags. However, I did not accept Dr. Mindell’s overall ideology and found a few things unsettling: 1. Dr. Mindell’s goal is to empower women –and I applaud her for that. But her way of empowering us is to belittle us. This route is unacceptable; we are not little girls, so don’t treat us as such to make us stronger; 2. Dr. Mindell repeatedly mentions files she has on male executives who resort to telling dirty or demeaning jokes, and calling women in the boardroom “babe,” “broad,” “dame,” “dolly,” etc. Really?? Maybe in the 1970s they did this, but if anyone today made these statements, as she claims, they would find themselves in H.R. She knows as well as I do this would not be tolerated; 3. She suggests women make use of metaphors: make work a tapestry, a garden, a birthplace. Are you kidding me? Dr. Mindell – am I an executive running a business, or a person trying to domesticate the workplace?? Would she ask the same of a man? 4. Dr. Mindell stresses for women to act like men – yet she’s constantly pointing a finger at males in a derogatory way. I don’t understand her hypocritical thinking; 5. Chapter 6 “Stand up and Speak like a Woman” No, Dr. Mindell, we need to stand up and speak like a professional! Anyone can see we’re women; do we need to stand behind a podium and prove we’re women to be taken seriously in the workplace? This is bunk. There were many items I wished she had addressed. For example, the different voices women use when speaking to follow employees and different levels of management. I’ve heard it and it makes me cringe. A lot of top executives are women and there is the relationship between the female manager and the female employee. She doesn’t address the underlining rivalry that exists. Is adopting masculine traits such a good thing? If I ever have the opportunity to attend one of Dr. Mindell’s lectures, I would ask her to clarify a lot of items. I’m glad I read this book as I can see what not to do, and what I can build upon. But I can only give this book three stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tré

    When I read these "women in business books" I thought there were important. Almost 10 years later I find them insulting. Though I suppose they were a necessary step to get me where I am today.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cici Conger-portie

    "From personal experience I can say that the strategies recommended in this book only apply if you are working within a certain range of cultures. Applying these strategies outside of that range can make your situation worse rather than better. My advice: focus on the culture within which you want to be successful and create strategies that will work for you there. It is the culture that will be the deciding factor; whether you are male or female is just sub-component to consider."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Last month I went to teachers' workshop on ideas to use in the teaching various genres to junior high kids. She used this book in some of her examples. It sounded great. From the forward: "Nobody listens to women." While the author at first bristled at that remark, she set out to research the language of women and the language of weakness. She gives practical, usable tips that can help working women gain confidence, respect and success by changing their language. I'll let you know.

  5. 5 out of 5

    HeatherT Taylor

    The author teaches professional women how to modify their language to be more assertive and project a more powerful image. I found her suggestions very useful and practice the techniques every day. I've even started mentoring fellow female co-workers at their request.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Women communicate differently and it can come across as depowering. The book was helpful in learning how to express myself more effectively, particularly with male, C level audiences.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    There was a lot in this book that didn't really apply for my current work situation but there were some good tips. I'm thinking more about how I structure sentences. Don't start sentences w/ 'I' unless you're the subject and use more action word instead of emotional words (limiting using works like 'feel').

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is an interesting book studying the way women present themselves and the many little habits that many of us have that can undermine our ability to effectively communicate in the work place. I don't agree with all of her recommendations, but her observations are spot on. And many of the recommendations are very helpful. It shows the importance of self-expression, confidence, language, and presentation. Overall, a helpful book for young professional women.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mystique

    Another book that I've read for a professional book club. Well-written. If I had to summarize it in a sentence, this book is about women speaking succinctly (as it claims men do). There. I guess the book worked. ;) It's a good book. I find myself using the principles in my professional life (but certainly not in my private life, where I ramble endlessly).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    This book offers crystal-clear explanations of what works and what doesn't and why, for both written and spoken communication. There's plenty of great advice for anyone, male or female, who wants to be a better and more effective communicator.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    I am only a few chapters into this book, but I am finding it to be extremely valuable. I have already starting implementing what I have learned. Every woman working in a corporate or business environment should read this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fullfaun Faun

    I wished I had read this book 15 years ago.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carielyn Mills

    now i don't need to read charlotte's web

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily Goenner

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marylouise

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Beckmann

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Wang

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melanie García Rincon

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ali Z

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laniese Grimes

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gulnara

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ismael Samour

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tati

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Hudson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Jackson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Byon

  28. 4 out of 5

    Serena

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rapheal

  30. 5 out of 5

    Qun Li

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