Gear: Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion


Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion

George Thompson
Category: Book Reviews
Subcategory: Training
Price: $11.16
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Improve communication, resolve conflicts, and avoid the most common conversational disasters through simple, easily remembered strategies that deflect and redirect negative behaviour. Verbal Judo is the martial art of the mind and mouth that can show you how to be better prepared in every verbal encounter. Listen and speak more effectively, engage people through empathy (the most powerful word in the English language), avoid the most common conversational disasters, and use proven strategies that allow you to successfully communicate your point of view and take the upper hand in most disputes.

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    Dayngerus, Thu, 06 Mar 2008 23:06:27 UTC.
    1st review

    An excellent read! The original and still the best. Before you read the hundreds of books on fighting and shooting, take a few minutes to read about avoiding both. Basic psychology with a practical use for police. Highly recommended.

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    CSL, Fri, 07 Mar 2008 21:36:44 UTC.

    Read the book and took the course at FLETC, excellent. It should be required for all LEO's.

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    mstrts1, Tue, 08 Apr 2008 03:44:43 UTC.

    This is an excellent book. I highly recommend it for EVERYONE!

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    murrdogg017, Sun, 04 May 2008 14:52:39 UTC.

    Our Department mandates the use of Verbal Judo Tactics, and this is a required reading.

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    goodlight, Mon, 05 May 2008 16:20:08 UTC.

    Great book with very helpful insights.

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    Anonymous, Tue, 06 May 2008 18:29:58 UTC.

    I have read this book and have taken the class (madated). Personally, I feel any person with effective communication skills can navigate through literally any situation. I know this book gives helpful and constructive advice, but following a step program, or having to revert to another step program does not make you an effective communicator. I have taken great pride in my ability to "talk" someone into custody, establish and maintain command of a situation from a vehicle stop to a person wanting to take their own life without folllowing any format. I do not look at verbal judo as a gimmick, I know it works for many people. But after 27 years, I stick with what works best for me.

    A shout out to all my brothers and sisters across our beautiful country.

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    COPaPLEA13, Sat, 17 May 2008 03:31:55 UTC.

    Excellent Book A must ofr Officers. Class should be taught in Basic Academy.

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    skygirl, Mon, 19 May 2008 21:48:03 UTC.

    When I 1st started in corrections a SGT suggested this book. I'm glad he did, I've learned alot from it !!

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    Harleycop, Sun, 25 May 2008 16:52:41 UTC.

    Good Book, very informative and entertaining!

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    Anonymous, Sun, 25 May 2008 22:00:50 UTC.

    Whoooshaaa!! Good book

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    Anonymous, Sun, 29 Jun 2008 09:10:59 UTC.

    I was a bit apprehensive when someone gave me this book. But as you read the points being made had so much validity to them, that you continued reading, not putting the book down. Then you watched for some of his video's and working in conjunction with both, you began to grasp the art of verbal judo. It most likely won't work in all situations, but does cut down on cleaning of the uniform. Recommended.

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    GPD231, Mon, 18 Aug 2008 06:34:22 UTC.

    Will effectively reduce complaints, especially with a problem officer that is willing to apply the techniques.

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    ViolationReport, Tue, 19 Aug 2008 18:59:06 UTC.

    Good Book. A must read for all law enforcement new or veteran.

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    dagra31, Sat, 13 Sep 2008 05:59:10 UTC.

    Excellent Book -- Excellent class to attend if you have the opportunity

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    Anonymous, Sat, 25 Oct 2008 22:14:40 UTC.

    Good book to have to improve your communication skills when your on duty.

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    wrexrus, Sat, 14 Feb 2009 22:02:42 UTC.

    outstanding. this should be required reading for everyone in my agency, starting at the academy level. using a portion of the text would solve internal and external conflict.

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    leo4484, Fri, 20 Mar 2009 13:05:05 UTC.

    Bought it years ago as a rookie, I use something out of this book everryday. Use it when dealing with the public, perps, brass, wife and kids. Read it and re-read it, I keep mine in my briefcase.

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    East_Village, Sun, 13 Dec 2009 02:29:31 UTC.

    The official blurb on the front of the book comes across like a late night infomercial promising you miracle results, but it does come in handy for people like me who were not born with the gift of gab.

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    DeputyPebbles, Sat, 09 Oct 2010 01:46:52 UTC.

    Should be a mandatory read for everyone.

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    corylovesandrea, Thu, 04 Nov 2010 12:17:16 UTC.

    Big help for any LEO

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    2bravo5, Mon, 08 Nov 2010 03:05:08 UTC.

    This book will help you in all aspects of your communication

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    Rmatayabas, Wed, 01 Dec 2010 10:21:17 UTC.

    a simply way of argree to disagree another desculating tool

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    pompey, Thu, 03 Feb 2011 14:24:45 UTC.

    What a geat read. Not only for us LEO's but I think every one

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    IDEALIST, Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:18:57 UTC.

    Reading it right now ;) very helpful for shy people

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