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How to Say It For Women book summary


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Communication and gender gaps plague the workplace. Groups at corporate meetings and presentations often ignore females' voices or relegate them to the background. Fortunately, Dr. Phyllis Mindell diagnoses the language problems that block women in business and provides grammatical cures for lackluster skills. Her book offers excellent examples, exercises and "action plans" to guide women (and, to a large extent, men, too) through the maze of language and politics. The text's only flaw is a small dose of repetition. Otherwise, getAbstract considers this book essential reading for women in the executive suite and those trapped below the glass ceiling.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to conquer fears of public speaking;
  • When and how to offer meaningful praise and insightful criticism;
  • How to understand the power and politics of grammar; and
  • How women, in particular, can earn leadership through written, spoken and nonverbal communication.

About the Author

Dr. Phyllis Mindell, a consultant and a professor at Georgetown Medical School, has written books, articles and research papers on language and communication. Her books include Power Reading and A Woman's Guide to the Language of Success.



Women have moved deep into corporate circles and have seats in the executive boardroom. But despite those advances, women still lack the prestige and power of their male peers. Although sexism and other forces contribute to the gender gap, women often let their inadequate communication skills undermine...

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