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Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People

Over 325 Ready-to-Use Words and Phrases for Working with Challenging Personalities
Narrated by: Rose Itzcovitz
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
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It’s not the work that’s so hard - it’s the people. The micromanaging control freak. The boss who takes credit for everything. The coworker who regularly strolls in late and takes leisurely breaks.There’s no escaping problematic personalities. And there’s no point fighting or letting tensions simmer. Instead, learn to build positive, productive relationships with everyone in your workplace - and put your career on an unstoppable upward trajectory.

Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People is an all-in-one trouble-shooting guide for resolving any kind of conflict with your boss or coworkers. Organized for quick lookup, the book helps you identify situations that push your emotional buttons. It offers powerful tools for defusing potentially explosive situations, including:

  • 325 phrases that lead to constructive conflict-resolution conversations
  • 20 challenging coworker behaviors, with specific phrases and actions for dealing with each
  • 10 difficult boss personality types, with guidelines for working through problems with each
  • Tips for recovering from blunders you may have caused yourself
  • A five-step process for turning bad situations into positive ones

You can interact effectively with even the most challenging people by using these pithy, powerful solutions for quickly resolving workplace strife.

©2013 Renee Evenson (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

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Powerful and practical advice on offer in this book. I really do recommend this book.

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  • Sobhi Akbik
  • 26-02-2017

Excellent book for non native English Speakers

What did you love best about Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People?

Very effective coaching, provides the situation, analyzes options, and dictates the best approach, then support it with examples. I

What other book might you compare Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People to and why?

Great on The Job of Judi Glickman

Have you listened to any of Rose Itzcovitz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not yet

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Effective Commuincaiton Skills

Any additional comments?

I whish Audible consider creating Audio Books to Perfect Phrases Series

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  • Brady
  • 02-05-2014

Good points, but the scenarios seemed repetitive.

What disappointed you about Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People?

The book seemed like it looped over and over again.

What could Renee Evenson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Focus on the key points, I found myself trying to identify the exact 325 words and phrases which was almost impossible from an audiobook.

How could the performance have been better?

Just provide a roadmap to conflict resolution, then provide abbreviated examples.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, the general rules were good: try to enter a constructive dialog, start with "I" not "you", don't generalize with "always" and "never", and use specifics. Try to find a compromise.

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  • Konstantine
  • 08-07-2014

Nope

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something very different from this something that has with the title says it does

How could the performance have been better?

If there had been powerful phrases for dealing with difficult people

Any additional comments?

I wish there were some phrases for dealing with difficult people powerful or weak or whatever just some

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-2019

Okay book - narrator is slurring

The book was nothing you haven’t heard before, it was okay. The narrator is slurring, gets annoying.

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  • 77Tango
  • 17-02-2019

Just to be clear...

The scenarios are all fictional.... HOWEVER, the brown noser situation stands out as strangely neurotic and vindictive compared to the otherwise calm, assertive, and emotionally healthy scenarios.

In it, the author begins by elaborating extensively on the moral evil of said unchecked brown-nosing (as if calling it 'brown-nosing' failed to convey enough disaproval) stopping just shy of calling it a sociopathy lol. Then, the author advocates a first stage of behavioral correction as subtle group signaling, ie: peer pressure, such as looks of disaproval or sarcasm.

Finally, if the person doesn't pick up on the social cues, the author says the protagonist should go directly over their head and confront... the BOSS, with whom the brown noser has been currying favor (even though in the prior chapterthey advised never going to the boss UNTIL you've dealt directlywith the colleague). In complaining to the boss about the employee, at no time does the author suggest honesty or sharing one's concerns about favoritism or team morale. Instead, the author selects another work related issue that the protag interprets as resulting from the brown nosing: the employee's morning flex schedule (a 30min later start with time made-up daily) saying it caused an inordinate work load for "the entire team" (oh yeah, the protag is speaking on behalf of "everyone") The boss is swayed, and retracts the flex work schedule offer from the brown nosing employee. Problem solved?

Projecting this situation out a little further in time on behalf of the author, I see nothing has changed except a 30minute change in her schedule. Also, the protagonist's duplicity has deprived the boss of learning about the ill effects of favoritism... OR... perceived favoritism. After all, is this anything more than a passive aggressive, vindictive power play by a mean girl?

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  • Desmond R. Pryce
  • 12-09-2018

Great read. It's helped me deal with a situation

Great read. It's helped me deal with a real life situation. A definite must read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-2016

good book

great material. but...The readers voice is the most annoying voice to listen to. It made it very hard to get through.
Ive listended to over 45 audio books. Im still wondering how the details of making a product properly are forgotten. With Audio books, your readers voice is important.
I found myself focusing more on just trying to make it through the chapters and also turning down the volume. I would then realize I hadnt retained the information given.

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