When you react, the event controls you. When you respond, you’re in control.
Verbal Judo is the classic guide to the martial art of the mind and mouth that can help you defuse confrontations and generate cooperation, whether you’re talking to a boss, a spouse, or even a teenager. For more than a generation, Dr. George J. Thompson’s essential handbook has taught people how to communicate more confidently and persuasively in any situation. Verbal Judo shows you how to listen and speak more effectively, engage others through empathy (the most powerful word in the English language), avoid the most common conversational disasters, and use proven strategies to successfully express your point of view—and take the lead in most disputes.
This updated edition includes a new foreword and a chapter featuring Dr. Thompson’s five universal truths of human interaction:
- People feel the need to be respected
- People would rather be asked than be told
- People have a desire to know why
- People prefer to have options over threats
- People want to have a second chance
Stop being frustrated and misunderstood. Stop finding yourself on the losing end of an argument. With Verbal Judo you’ll be able to have your say—and say what you mean.
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About the Authors
George J. Thompson, PhD, was an English professor and a black belt master of karate. He created and crash-tested verbal judo when he was a police officer on an urban beat.
Dr. Jerry B. Jenkins, former vice
president for publishing and currently chairman of the board of trustees for
the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of nearly two hundred books,
including the bestselling Left Behind series. Twenty of his books have reached
the New York Times bestsellers list,
seven debuting at number one. Formerly editor of Moody magazine, Jenkins is now a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, and his writing has
appeared in Time, Reader’s Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and
dozens of Christian periodicals. His nonfiction includes as-told-to biographies of Hank Aaron, Orel Hershiser, Walter Payton,
Nolan Ryan, and many others. Jenkins owns
the Christian Writers Guild, which mentors and trains writers.
About Keith Szarabajka
Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’s Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates and has won several Earphones Awards.