Verbal Judo, Updated Edition

  • by George J. Thompson PhD, Jerry B. Jenkins, Lee Fjelstad - foreword, Pam Thompson - foreword
  • Narrated by Keith Szarabajka
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When you react, the event controls you. When you respond, you're in control.
Verbal Judo is the classic guide to the martial art of the mind and mouth that can help you defuse confrontations and generate cooperation, whether you're talking to a boss, a spouse, or even a teenager. For more than a generation, Dr. George J. Thompson's essential handbook has taught people how to communicate more confidently and persuasively in any situation. Verbal Judo shows you how to listen and speak more effectively, engage others through empathy (the most powerful word in the English language), avoid the most common conversational disasters, and use proven strategies to successfully express your point of view - and take the lead in most disputes.
This updated edition includes a new foreword and a chapter featuring Dr. Thompson's five universal truths of human interaction:

People feel the need to be respected
People would rather be asked than be told
People have a desire to know why
People prefer to have options over threats
People want to have second chances

Stop being frustrated and misunderstood. Stop finding yourself on the losing end of an argument. With Verbal Judo you'll be able to have your say - and say what you mean.

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Customer Reviews

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Kept thinking it was already started

This book kept explaining why verbal judo is a good concept and how this book would guide readers through it. It did this over and over again. I would think, "haven't we already been doing that?" Also, most of the stories are about using verbal judo as a police officer, which is not really applicable in the work world. I wish there were more business scenarios.
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- Kim Dushinski

Starts slow, gets better

This book starts slow and initially seems more of an infomercial than anything. However, after the introduction and first few chapters are out of the way, it becomes interesting and very instructive. There are lots of probably useless acronyms and lists. Best to just understand and apply the principles. Some of the accents used in the quotes are a bit off putting.
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- SmartBean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.