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The Power of Being Articulate: The Thoughtful Leader's Model for Wealth and Happiness by [Geissler, Pete]
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Start with this thought: Your success in your professional, financial, and personal life depends to a great extent on your ability to articulate.

I first learned the truth and power behind that statement when I lived in a grimy coal-mining and steel-making town in Pennsylvania, where it was clear that articulate professionals were more successful than the less articulate miners and mill workers. My education continued years later at the top levels of government, business, and academe where I observed power brokers and decision-makers use their considerable skills with language to think clearly, arrive at logical decisions, and convey those decisions clearly to others. And over the years, I saw that my happiest friends and associates were able to communicate clearly with spouses and others with whom they enjoy close relationships.

"In short, my intuition told me that language is the root cause of a more fulfilled life. Along came Pete and this book." - John Yasinsky, Former CEO, GenCorp

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  • Publisher: The Expressive Press (30 June 2015)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 April 2015
By Deverout Graham cc - Published on
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To think clearly, write and speak with confidence. Home and work at all times!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Survival of the Articulate Fittest 14 August 2013
By Conny - Published on
Title: The Power of Being Articulate
Author: Pete Geissler
Publisher: Kallisti Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9848162-4-8

"The controlling purpose of this book is to persuade readers that their words, whether written or spoken, are the single, essential key to enriching them financially and socially," Pete states in his book, "The Power of Being Articulate: Your Words Can Make You Wealthy and Happy."

This one hundred and sixty-four page paperback book is geared toward those who want to speak and write more clearly and concisely, especially in a professional environment. Having sixteen chapters, the book is divided into five parts: principles, profiles, effect on profit, self-help, and a prologue. There are a few famous quotes, simple diagrams, and bullet points spread throughout, ending with a book reference section.

Geissler states that the prerequisite to being articulate is to have vocabulary, knowledge, and insight. By explaining how articulation or lack of it influences our wealth and happiness, he shows statistical, anecdotal, and historical examples.

In the first part of the book, the writer explains five behaviors to achieve greater articulation: compartmentalize, listen, organize, write, and test. In the second section, there are several examples of business owners, CEOs, and politicians, mentioning that President Bush was apparently more articulate than Kerry and Gore. The next section shows the high cost of inarticulate employees with improvement suggestions.

The fourth section is the main focus of the book with the "Elite Eleven Tools" to improve vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation. Some of these tips include knowing your audience, grouping topics, using an active voice with no corporate babble, continually editing, getting to the point, and not waiting until the last moment.

By not being flowery, verbose, or glib in writing or speaking, one can learn to be more concise, to the point, and having substance by concentrating on content, structure, and tone. With the increase of the computer being a crutch and having employees with poor communication and writing skills, it is easily understood only the survival of the articulate fittest are wealthier and happier.

Since it is necessary in business and personally to be able to communicate and articulate to succeed, this book forces one to consider making more of an effort to engage, learn, and appreciate better writing and speaking skills. This reader can only hope this review presents a simple, succinct, and understandable description of the book required in four hundred words or more.

This book was furnished by Kallisti Publishing for an unbiased review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile take on a well-worn topic 20 February 2014
By Barry Wolfe - Published on
The world is stuffed with how-to-write books; but I can't think of another that so thoughtfully addresses the question, "why should you want to be articulate, anyway?" In an age in which our written communications are populated with emoticons and shorthand symbols like, "LOL" and "k," Mr. Geissler reminds the 21st century why words matter.

But his prescriptions are not a rehash of The Elements of Style. Mr. Geissler's bigger interest is in helping the reader develop ideas with words - the mental stretching, shaping breaking and agonizing process that produces effective communications.

As a parent of high-school age children, some of whom are ambivalent to the necessity of effective written self-expression, I found this a very helpful book for them, and for me.