Talk to Me: Find the Right Words to Inspire, Encourage, and Get Things Done

Narrated by: Kim Bearden
Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
5 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Talk to me. From Kim Bearden, cofounder of Ron Clark Academy and author of the best-selling book Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me, comes a powerful guide for improving communication and building better relationships. 

Whether you are a teacher, administrator, parent, or business professional, chances are you struggle at times to find the right words. Talk to Me gives you those words. In this instructional and inspirational handbook, you’ll learn how to choose words that inspire, encourage, and move people to action. 

Kim Bearden’s honest reflections and six effective communication principles will empower you to:

  • Develop rapport 
  • Gain respect 
  • Support others 
  • Engage listeners 
  • Develop insight 
  • Increase productivity 

In a world desperate for kindness and understanding, Talk to Me equips you to use your words to show others you care.

©2018 Kim Bearden (P)2018 Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

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Wonderful, practical principles

Excellent content, I'd just like a summary at the end to recap everything. That would make the material easier to implement.

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Great for teachers, administrators & parents

Kim’s reading of this Audible book was conversational and pleasing. The practical examples of discussions, emails and notes were instructional as well as entertaining. I would recommend this book for anyone whose work involves emotionally charged conflicts between passionate people.

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Inspiring

Kim definitely shared great information and strategies. I loved listening to her narrate her book as I listened to it on Audible while walking in the evening. (By the end of the book, I felt like I knew her as a person! She was genuine in her book and her narration).

I struggle finding the right way to say things and when speaking at times (I rather write my thoughts most of the time ) and I hope that I can start applying some of her advice. She is a very inspirational speaker!

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Ended abruptly

It was good and had a lot of great suggestions but my district spends a lot of money on PDs where we focus on positive communication so I didn't think most of what she had to say was anything new. It was definitely worth listening to but I wouldn't consider it a must-read. The only thing that really threw me was the very end because it ended very abruptly. I'm pretty sure that something didn't get recorded at the end because there is no way that was the ending. However the Audible voice still came on as it does when you finish a book, so I know I didn't somehow skip a section. I even rewind just in case. So overall, it was a good book but disappointing ending. The author should probably check to see if the whole book recorded.

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A teacher's heart speaks

An easy read with practical tools for communicating well to support students, parents, colleagues, and self.

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Must Read

This is a must read for every teacher. I loved the summaries and implementation ideas at the end of each chapter.

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Teacher Toolbox Essential

I purchased this book after attending a workshop at the Ron Clark Academy and truthfully feel that I benefitted as much from this book as I did from my 2 days at the workshop. It's hard to say if I would have been able to glean the same benefit from the book if I had not first been to the workshop and seen the incredible things they are able to accomplish with the amazing students there. Perhaps the workshop primed me to receive the information in a way that I could fully implement it, but I know it has definitely changed the way I communicate with others and it is well worth the small price I paid.

I did not have any kind of personal relationship with Kim Bearden before attending the workshop, but after attending the workshop and reading this book, Kim's willingness to make herself completely vulnerable left me feeling like I knew her as well as a close neighbor. That willingness to bare herself open is what makes this book so great. We have all made mistakes in our communication, but Kim allows us to learn from her mistakes and shows us how to take those errors and turn them around, so those we may have offended in the past can turn into some of our closest allies.

Whether it's the parent of a student, a co-worker, or even a daughter-in-law (or anyone in your life you may struggle to communicate with) you will learn from reading this great book!

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Incredible Advice

This book was a nice and easy read (listen) that was packed full of several pieces of real world examples and advice. All readers wishing to be responsive to those they serve should have a listen so they know how to approach conversations with a receptive ear and an open mind and heart.

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Love this book! So insightful & inspirational

Kim, you are such a great writer. I am so thankful for your gifts, writing, teaching and mentoring. This book is stuffed full of so many great insights that I would find myself putting great ideas right into action the following day in my own 5th grade classroom. Thank you Kim for sharing your talent with me. I feel as if I know you personally after listening to such great details about your successes, thoughts and even recoveries from the inevitable oops here and there.

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Kim Bearden is AMAZING!!

Mrs. Kim Bearden is one of the world's best school leaders and teachers. Often overshadowed by the larger than life personality of Ron Clark, Kim gracefully owns her place in their partnership. As expressed in this book, she is an amazing communicator and her willingness to share her strengths with the world speaks of her giving spirit. Bearden and Clark are the dynamic team leaders to an amazing team at RCA. Collectively, they are changing the game of education through their books, speeches, and their world ambassadors - their students/graduates. Thank you for this book. Thank you for sharing your inner and outer beauty with the world. God bless you, Kim!!