Have you ever wanted to tell your boss, “I’m not working late again tonight.”? Or you want the right words to tell your spouse, “That outfit makes you look fat!” Or, you want a pithy response to a relative who asks, “When are you going to get married?”
Everyone faces those awkward moments when your words in a conversation may offend, hurt or infuriate a coworker, friend or relative. But what are the right things to say in these situations and when should you say them—if at all?
Conversation expert and author, Don Gabor provides answers to these and other conversation challenges in his book, Speaking Your Mind in 101 Difficult Situations. In this straightforward guide he shows how to get your point across effectively and tactfully with step-by-step strategies for better listening, staying calm and speaking assertively. Gabor also describes 101 common difficult situations that people often face in business, social and personal relationships and offers hundreds of natural-sounding scripts that provide examples of exactly what to say.
Speaking Your Mind in 101 Difficult Situations shows tactful ways to tell:
- Your boss you deserve a raise
- A chattering coworker to quiet down
- A waiter that your meal is unsatisfactory
- Your elderly parent that his driving is unsafe
Armed with Speaking Your Mind in 101 Difficult Situations you’ll have the confidence and know-how you need to speak your mind in any conversation.
“Gabor has composed books, audios, and a video on initiating conversations, talking with loved ones, and making new friends. Now he addresses 101 trying situations and delivers specific responses for the timid and the taciturn. His scenarios range from asking for a raise to canceling the wedding. The speaker’s perspectives range from that of employee to supervisor, co-worker to co-worker, spouse to parent. Plenty of general advice on communication fills the early section; but readers will probably go straight to their current problem for specifics. A desk reference ‘Dear Abby.’”
— Denise Perry Donavin