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BUSINESS WRITING

Wordsmith wizards offer their best writing tips for business and beyond.
English Grammar Boot Camp
    
    
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        Anne Curzan,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        The Great Courses
    
    


    
    
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        Anne Curzan
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    1,087 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • English Grammar Boot Camp

  • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language. But what is grammar? In fact, it's the integral basis of how we speak and write. As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By Quaker on 09-24-16
On Writing
    A Memoir of the Craft
    
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        Stephen King
    
    


    
    
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        Stephen King
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs
    8,761 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,761
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,050

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05
Building a Better Vocabulary
    
    
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        Kevin Flanigan,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        The Great Courses
    
    


    
    
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        Kevin Flanigan
    
    


    
    Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
    1,591 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Building a Better Vocabulary

  • By: Kevin Flanigan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kevin Flanigan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

Building a Better Vocabulary offers an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English, teaches you the etymology and morphology - or the history and structure - of words, and delves into the cognitive science behind committing new words to long-term memory. By the end of the 36 enjoyable lectures, you will have a practical framework for continuing to build your vocabulary by discovering new words and fully mastering the nuances of familiar ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply amazing. Also, bad reviews can be explained.

  • By Christie on 09-29-15
Bird by Bird
    Some Instructions on Writing and Life
    
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        Anne Lamott
    
    


    
    
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        Susan Bennett
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    2,383 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Bird by Bird

  • Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  • By: Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126

A New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction, Anne Lamott was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. As much a guide to writing as an exploration of the emotional challenges of being a writer, Bird by Bird offers a candid and often humorous look at how to tackle these varied obstacles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A funny listen, but no writing samples to speak of

  • By Alice on 04-12-15
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CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

Keep the office peace with effective conflict resolution practices.
Crucial Conversations
    Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition
    
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        Kerry Patterson
    
    


    
    
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        Joseph Grenny
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    6,603 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Crucial Conversations

  • Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition
  • By: Kerry Patterson
  • Narrated by: Joseph Grenny
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,517

Perhaps once a decade, a book comes along that transforms people's lives in a very real, measurable way. This is one of them. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene 10 years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Since then, millions of people have learned how to hold effective crucial conversations and have dramatically improved their lives and careers thanks to the methods outlined in this book. Now, the authors have revised their best-selling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There is something useful here

  • By Michael on 11-20-13
Radical Candor
    Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
    
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        Kim Scott
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    3,773 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Radical Candor

  • Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
  • By: Kim Scott
  • Narrated by: Kim Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,773
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,244

From the time we learn to speak, we're told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it--and your obligation. Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she developed a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor. Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book but hard to listen to.

  • By Chris on 02-02-18
Nonviolent Communication
    Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values
    
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        Marshall Rosenberg PhD
    
    


    
    
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        Marshall Rosenberg PhD
    
    


    
    Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    3,128 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Nonviolent Communication

  • Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values
  • By: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Narrated by: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,649

On Nonviolent Communication, this renowned peacemaker presents his complete system for speaking our deepest truths, addressing our unrecognized needs and emotions, and honoring those same concerns in others. With this adaptation of the best-selling book of the same title, Marshall Rosenberg teaches in his own words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an amazing life changing book!!!

  • By Olesya on 08-03-16
Fierce Conversations
    Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time
    
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        Susan Craig Scott M.D.
    
    


    
    
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        Susan Craig Scott
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    336 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Fierce Conversations

  • Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time
  • By: Susan Craig Scott M.D.
  • Narrated by: Susan Craig Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

As the master teacher of positive change through powerful communication, Susan Scott wants you to succeed. To do that, you must transform everyday conversations in effective ways to get your message across.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written from a great person

  • By Russell Somoza on 05-23-17
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INFLUENCING OTHERS

Win friends, influence people, and turn the tables.
How to Win Friends & Influence People
    
    
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        Dale Carnegie
    
    


    
    
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        Andrew MacMillan
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    59,244 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,628

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11
48 Laws of Power
    
    
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        Robert Greene
    
    


    
    
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        Richard Poe
    
    


    
    Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
    9,980 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,649

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don't have to be a psychopath to like this.

  • By Gaggleframpf on 02-25-16
What Every BODY Is Saying
    An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
    
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        Joe Navarro,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Marvin Karlins
    
    


    
    
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        Paul Costanzo
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    5,055 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • What Every BODY Is Saying

  • An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People
  • By: Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,055
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,312

Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Let Me Hear Your Body Talk

  • By Cynthia on 07-06-13
Start with Why
    How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
    
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        Simon Sinek
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    8,934 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,767

Start with Why shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way - and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with why.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a 15 minutes book turned into few hours

  • By Sandy Rice on 02-22-18
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NETWORKING

Go beyond happy hour handshakes by nurturing and growing business connections.
The Science of Likability
    27 Studies to Master Charisma, Attract Friends, Captivate People, and Take Advantage of Human Psychology
    
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        Wes Super
    
    


    
    Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
    1,162 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Science of Likability

  • 27 Studies to Master Charisma, Attract Friends, Captivate People, and Take Advantage of Human Psychology
  • By: Patrick King
  • Narrated by: Wes Super
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 994

In The Science of Likability, you'll get all that and more. I've taken 27 seminal scientific and psychological studies and broken them down, so you can use their findings to your advantage. Every piece of advice in this book to increase your social standing and likability factor is 100% backed by in-depth, peer-reviewed research. You can get a new haircut and wardrobe, and you even learn funny jokes. But likability is something more. It's subconscious, and it's the small signs that signal our brains to let their guards down and embrace others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Simple guide to be liked

  • By A. Yoshida on 02-08-18
Winning With People
    
    
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        Wayne Shepherd
    
    


    
    Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
    248 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Winning With People

  • By: John C. Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Wayne Shepherd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Leadership expert John C. Maxwell shows that our ability to build and maintain healthy relationships is the single most important factor in how we get along in every area of life. He explains how all of life's successes come from initiating relationships with the right people and then strengthening those relationships by using good people skills.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The printed version might be better

  • By Jon on 08-13-08
How to Talk to Anyone
    92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships 
    
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        Joyce Bean,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Leil Lowndes
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    6,370 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • How to Talk to Anyone

  • 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
  • By: Leil Lowndes
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean, Leil Lowndes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,455

What is that magic quality that makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover!) In business, they rise swiftly to the top of the corporate ladder. What is their "Midas touch?"

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good info, but painful to listen to

  • By Scott on 09-19-16
Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated
    And the Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
    
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        Keith Ferrazzi,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Tahl Raz
    
    


    
    
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        Richard Harries
    
    


    
    Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
    1,442 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated

  • And the Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
  • By: Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236

In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi lays out the specific steps - and inner mindset - he uses to reach out to connect with the thousands of colleagues, friends, and associates on his contacts list, people he has helped and who have helped him. And in the time since Never Eat Alone was published in 2005, the rise of social media and new, collaborative management styles have only made Ferrazzi’s advice more essential for anyone hoping to get ahead in business.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but could have been shorter.

  • By LL on 06-08-16
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PUBLIC SPEAKING

Step up to the podium with confidence.
Without Saying a Word
    
    
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        Kasia Wezowski,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Patryk Wezowski
    
    


    
    
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        Kate Mulligan
    
    


    
    Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    428 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • Without Saying a Word

  • By: Kasia Wezowski, Patryk Wezowski
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulligan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 384

One wrong move can undercut your message. Believe it or not, our bodies speak louder than our words. Postures, gestures, and expressions convey reams of information - and often not what you'd expect. A smile, for example, is usually considered welcoming. But crook one corner of your mouth higher, and you project superiority, subconsciously chasing other people away. Without Saying a Word explains how even the subtlest motions have meaning. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More list than book

  • By C. Zacharias on 10-04-18
Presence
    Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
    
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        Amy Cuddy
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    6,076 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Presence

  • Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
  • By: Amy Cuddy
  • Narrated by: Amy Cuddy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,299

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the TED Talk

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-10-16
TED Talks
    The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
    
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        Chris Anderson,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Tom Rielly,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Kelly Stoetzel
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
    2,415 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • TED Talks

  • The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Chris Anderson, Tom Rielly, Kelly Stoetzel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143

Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the VERY Best!

  • By C. Freeman on 05-08-16
Captivate
    The Science of Succeeding with People
    
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        Vanessa Van Edwards
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    2,232 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Captivate

  • The Science of Succeeding with People
  • By: Vanessa Van Edwards
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Van Edwards
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988

Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date, or your networking partner? You need to know how people work. As a human behavior investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards studies the hidden forces that drive our behavior patterns in her lab - and she's cracked the code. In Captivate she shares a wealth of valuable shortcuts, systems, and behavior hacks for taking charge of their interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Practice After Each Chapter

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-09-17
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