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The Beauty of Listening (Aventine Press, 2013) - The Beauty of Listening poetry collection explores and honors the ever-challenging art and skill of listening. Inside these pages, you’ll meet paper dolls and monsters, writers at work and words at play, and you’ll find many open questions of perspective.

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The Human Experience (ASJA Press, 2007) - Here you'll find an artist rendering life in a small cube, a poem about you and me, a pleasant day in hell, old fashioned lovers in kodachrome colors, a gifted apostrophe, a contemplative clown and more characters who share this condition of ours—this brief, miraculous, frightening, enlightening human condition.

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Barron’s E-Z Spelling (Barron’s Educational Series, 2011 - Part of the "E-Z Series") - English spelling is tricky and even frustrates accomplished writers. As Laura Ingalls Wilder once said, "The only stupid thing about words is the spelling of them." E-Z Spelling looks at the why spelling is so difficult, limitations of spellcheckers (and how to use them to better advantage), and offers learning techniques and practice.

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Rule #1: Stop Talking: A Guide to Listening (2007) - If you’ve ever said: “I get distracted,” “I’ve been told I need to listen more,” “I need to listen more to my clients/workmates/boss/employees,” “Why listen?” or “Nobody listens to me!” —consider this friendly little guide to listening skills.

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The following "Perfect Phrases" books are part of McGraw-Hill's Perfect Phrases Series:

Perfect Phrases for Sales Presentations (McGraw-Hill, 2009) - Find perfect phrases to take you from cold calls and preparation—through the presentation—to phrases for closing the sale and following up. This book focuses both on saying the perfect phrase and on listening to prospective clients and customers to find out what they’re really looking for and how you can best meet those needs and increase your bottom line. 

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Perfect Phrases for Writing Company Announcements (McGraw-Hill, 2010) - How can you make your announcements stand out from the crowd? Whether announcing new products and services, creating a buzz about special events, or motivating employees, from daily inspiration to Internet policies, the words you choose make a difference! This book is for companies, large and small and non-profit enterprises. 

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Perfect Phrases for Motivating and Rewarding Employees (McGraw-Hill, 2005, 2010) - Whether you’re a team leader, manager or business owner, you know that the perfect phrases help motivate and inspire! Find phrases, ranging from every-day praise to handling difficult situations, such as giving developmental feedback, bridging the gaps between cultures and generations, and raising morale in tough times.

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Strong Teams
Perfect Phrases for Building Strong Teams (McGraw-Hill, 2007) - This book begins with a look at team leader attitudes, healthy team development, and the bigger picture—the people beyond your immediate team who play important roles in your business and team processes. The last section looks at the different types of team building professionals and team building exercises, along with ways to continue, over time, to strengthen your team. 

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Team Building that Gets Results (Sourcebooks, 2007) - Team Building that Gets Results addresses cross cultural issues, the special issues facing virtual teams, change management, the extended team (which includes the many team relationships surrounding your business) and more.  Other areas explored include when to hire, how to find a good “fit,” team development and motivation. 

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Executive Writing: American Style (Apocryphile Press, 2007)

This unique reference and workbook is for anyone who was not born in the US but speaks and writes English with a fair to strong level of fluency. The book addresses issues common to those whose first language is not English, such as difficult or confusing grammar and usage issues, idiomatic expressions, and American businesses style. (NOTE: This book is written specifically for those who already have a strong fluency with traditional grammar terms. For those looking to strengthen basic grammar, I recommend Grammar in Plain English.)

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TABE Level A Verbal Workbook (McGraw-Hill, 2011)

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Additional Publications: Essays Published in the Following Collections:

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage
(Pen Women Press, 2008)
This collection features artistic, dramatic, literary and musical works that speak to Lincoln’s style of leadership and his character. The book was endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and was awarded the George Washington Medal of Honor by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge in 2009. For more about the book and the essay contribution, click here.

Sixty Candles: Reflections on the Writing Life
(ASJA Press, 2008)
This collection features reflections on “the writing life” by members of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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