Back Pocket Coach by Diane Brennan & Alexandra Ross – Book Review
Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation with someone when you’ve felt like their attention suddenly starts to wander? You know you have something important to say and yet you notice the other person is fidgety and not as attentive as you like. You’re not sure whether to wrap things up or to continue telling your story and trying to get your point across.
Or, perhaps, you’ve been asked to speak in front of a group. You know that you need to do something quickly to engage your audience, but you’re not sure what to say. Public speaking isn’t exactly your forte and you don’t have time to take a class on public speaking. What do you do to prepare yourself for success?
Perhaps the quickest and most effective thing you can do in a pinch is to pick up a copy of Diane Brennan and Alexandra Ross’s new book, the Back Pocket Coach: 33 Effective Communication Strategies For Work And Life!
The Back Pocket Coach is the perfect advisor when you are short on time but you need fast, effective advice to prepare you for a situation where your communication skills are key. This short, easy-to-read book contains 33 strategies that you can learn and apply that will help you to deal with any communication-oriented crisis you are likely to face.
- Need to escape from a conversationalist who is oblivious to your social cues to move on? Employ Strategy 8.
- Need to interject yourself into a conversation you’re not a part of? Try Strategy 15.
- Faced with a difficult situation? Always adopt Strategy 32!
The The Back Pocket Coach is divided into six parts:
- Strategies for One-On-One Conversations
- Strategies for Conversations On The Fly
- Strategies for In Meetings
- Strategies for Self-Reflection
- Strategies for Specific and Challenging Situations and Issues
- Game Changing Conversations: Context and Methodology and Worksheet
With more than 20,000 coaching conversations between them spanning more than 15 years, Brennan and Ross have provided us with invaluable advice for dealing with unexpected, challenging and emotionally triggering conversations.
If you interact with people on a regular basis, then the Back Pocket Coach is written for you!
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
About The Authors
Alexandra Ross is an executive coach, team builder and author. With a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication, she helps leaders and teams sharpen their leadership skills and exceed prior levels of performance. Alexandra is internationally certified as a Master Certified Coach. She coaches executives and leaders in the fields of aerospace, engineering, high technology, medical, financial and more. She is also passionate about coaching women in leadership.
Diane Brennan is a consultant, coach, author and speaker. She is passionate about leadership in all types of organizations. She enjoys working with leaders and teams in the fields of healthcare, aerospace, engineering, science, academics and business. Diane’s expertise in organizations includes strategic thinking, navigating change and creating a learning culture. Diane holds a Doctorate in Behavioral Health, an MBA and is a Master Certified Coach. She brings calm to the chaos in organizations and life.
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