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How to Speak Strong

Empowerment Skill a Week: SpeakStrong eLearning Intensive

Introduction: Why PowerPhrases?

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Welcome to the introduction to Meryl Runion Rose’s Empowerment Skill a Week: SpeakStrong eLearning Intensive.

Certainties of life

You hear there are two certainties in life – death and taxes. So why do people act surprised by both? I know people who act surprised year after year when they realize they owe taxes. I also know people who act like death is some cosmic mistake. Both groups seem blindsided by predictable events. Why be blindsided when foresight can prepare you for the inevitable?

There are other certainties to prepare for in life. You can prepare for aggression, bullying, sarcasm and confusion. You can prepare for negotiation, networking, praise and sweet tender moments. You’ve faced these situations in the past, and you will face them in the future. You might as well be prepared when they happen.

People tell me they could have used the information from my book PowerPhrases! the week, month or year before. I tell them life will continue to present opportunities to use the information in the future. PowerPhrases help you prepare for the inevitabilities of life.

Scripting your way toward – inauthenticity…or authenticity?

PowerPhrases are the perfect words to say it right and get the result you want. Some people object to the idea of scripted communication. As a big fan of spontaneity, I understand why practiced wording is distasteful to some. Yet prepared PowerPhrases is not only useful and valid – it leads to greater authenticity. Why? Because when you don’t have the words to say things well, you probably say nothing. Even if you planned the words before you spoke them, if they communicate what’s on your mind and in your heart, they add to your authenticity.

The Six Secrets of PowerPhrases

PowerPhrases have six characteristic. They are:

• Short: A PowerPhrase is as long as it needs to be and no longer.
• Specific: A PowerPhrase is as concrete as it can be.
• Targeted: PowerPhrases have conscious purposes.
• Say what you mean: PowerPhrases communicate what you think, feel and want.
• Mean what you say: Protect the power of your words by backing your words up with action. If you don’t   mean it, don’t say it.
• Not mean when you say it: PowerPhrases are as strong as they need to be and no stronger.

The lessons of this eLearning will help you develop these qualities.

Common situations that call for PowerPhrases

What’s your Achilles heel? Your communication weak spot? These are the situations that you need to prepare PowerPhrases for. Do you have trouble saying no? Negotiating? Acknowledging when you’re wrong? Asking for what you want? Letting people know you love them? Accepting compliments? There are PowerPhrases for all of these situations. These situations are as predictable as death and taxes. The time to prepare is before you need to.


So welcome to the Empowerment Skill a Week: SpeakStrong eLearning Intensive. In the year to come, you’ll get ready for communication situations you’re likely to experience over the rest of your life. Real change happens bit by bit over time. This eLearning is designed to help you find the perfect words to say it right and get the results you want.

This week, find the situations you need PowerPhrases for. Register for the year long eLearning and get ready – you’re about to receive the tools you need for every situation you face.

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“Imagine a world where everyone says what they mean,
means what they say, without being mean when they say it.”
How can I help you get clear this year?
with my SpeakStrong Made Easy eCourse.

Register today and you will receive your first lesson immediately followed by
one lesson each week for the next 52 weeks.

How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.

How do you learn to Speak Strong?
One week at a time…

You start by registering for Meryl’s
SpeakStrong Made Easy eCourse Adventure!

The SpeakStrong Made Easy eCourse is a 13 module, 52 session, Year-Long Course
about how to talk about what matters most.

It’s only $39.99 for the entire year long course – or 77¢ a week.
You’ll also receive a link to an audio file that accompanies each class!

Register for the SpeakStrong Made Easy eCourse and receive a free downloadable PDF poster,
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The SpeakStrong Made Easy eCourse Curriculum for the Complete Year-Long Program.

Module One: How to Change Your Bad Communication Habits into Good Ones

Session One: If I don’t know I’m not perfect, does that mean that I am?
Five Steps to Identify Unconscious Reactive Communication Habits
Session Two: I used to be perfect until someone turned on the lights.
How to Make Your Unconscious Communication Habits Conscious
Session Three: Pardon the remodeling mess.
Seven Steps to Turn Counterproductive Communication Habits into Conscious Responsive Habits
Session Four: I’m a natural.
How to Stabilize Responsive Communication Habits

Module Two: You Don’t Say: The Conversations You’re Not Having That You Should Be

Session One: I’m busy that night. I have to wash my hair.
Name the Lame Excuse: The Nine Reasons Why You Don’t Speak Up When You Need To
Session Two: The straight-talk express.
Lose the Lame Excuse: How to Overcome the Barriers to Speaking Up and Out
Session Three: Let’s talk about how we talk.
A Conversation about Conversations: How to Initiate Difficult Conversations
Session Four: I can handle the truth.
Power Phrases to Create an Open Communication Culture and / or Relationship

Module Three: Passive and Aggressive and Assertive

Session One: One man’s aggression is another man’s assertion.
Assertive Communication Defined – Assertiveness Myths Debunked
Session Two: A five-letter word that starts with B and rhymes with itch…
Is There a Bias Against Assertive Women? How to be Assertive without Inviting the “B” Label.
Session Three: Doesn’t the “B” word stand for “Being in Total Control of Herself?”
Assertive Communication Scripts: Phrases You Need to Overcome Passive and Aggressive Patterns
Session Four: I’m smart enough, I’m good enough, and doggone it, people like me.
Assertiveness Training and Exercises – Self-Talk and Processes to Practice Your New Style

Module Four: Compelling Communication Formulas

Session One: What about me?
Think / Feel / Want: Your Keys to Self Expression
Session Two: Excuse me, that’s my foot you’re stepping on.
FACE Your Issue: How to Request a Behavior Change
Session Three: Let’s make this work for us both.
Make Your Case: How to Address Conflict
Session Four: There’s something I want you to know…
Your Ultimate Communication Formula

Module Five: Emotions as Communication Power Tool

Session One: It’s time to bring out the big guns.
The Secret Power of Emotional Communication
Session Two: Can I get a PhD in feelings?
Intelligent Emoting
Session Three: “Why can’t they be like we are – perfect in every way?”
Emotional Differences between Men and Women and How to Avoid Stereotyping Women as Too Emotional
Session Four: I’ll tell you how I feel as soon as I find the right phrase.
PowerPhrases to Communicate Emotion without Losing Credibility

Module Six: Talk the High Road

Session One: On the brighter side…
It Starts With You: The Power of the Positive
Session Two: Imagine a world where…
How to Talk the Walk You Want
Session Three: Some say I’m reality-challenged.
The Difference between Positive Communication and Wishful Thinking, Complicity, and Denial
Session Four: I see it differently…
How to Disagree and Still Come Across as Positive

Module Seven: How to Influence People with the Power of Persuasion

Session One: For three easy payments I will solve all your problems forever
It’s about Persuasion, Not Manipulation
Session Two: It’s not a no-brainer, it’s a whole brainer…
Persuasion and whole brain communication
Session Three: Picture yourself…
Persuasive Phrases That Convince
Session Four: I couldn’t have said it better myself…
How to Use the Four Most Compelling Persuasion Techniques

Module Eight: The Fine Art of Listening

Session One: What you said got me thinking…
Why Listening is Key to Assertive Communication
Session Two: Let me make sure I understand…
Reflective Listening Scripts to Clarify Understanding
Session Three: Why did you do something so stupid?
The Dos and Don’ts of Questions as a Listening Tool
Session Four: Lend me your ear.
How to Get Others to Practice the Fine Art of Listening

Module Nine: How to Handle Difficult People

Session One: Did you intend it that way…?
How to Handle Passive Aggressive People
Session Two: You have a great face for radio…
How to Respond to Sarcasm
Session Three: I understand you’re upset…
How to Deal with an Angry Person
Session Four: I’d like to work together on…
How to Handle Defensive People

Module Ten: The Art of Effective Questioning

Session One: Are you fine today?
Open-ended Questions versus Closed Questions
Session Two: How did that affect you?
How to Defuse Conflict by Asking Good Questions
Session Three: I’d like to get to know you…
Icebreaker Questions to Get to Know Someone
Session Four: How long have you been beating your wife?
The Misuse and Abuse of Questions

Module Eleven: Gender, Intercultural and Intercommunication Style Communication

Session One: She took it like a man
Bridging the Male-Female Gap
Session Two: It’s a cultural thing
Intercultural Communication Considerations
Session Three: It’s like, totally cool.
Cross Generational Communication
Session Four: The short version is…
Communicating with Different Communication Styles

Module Twelve: Powerful Email Communication

Session One: Please delete me
How to Write Strong Subject Lines in Emails
Session Two: Leaving Friday, back in two weeks.
How to Use Subject-Line Only Emails
Session Three: Contained in this email…
Email Formatting for Clarity
Session Four: Act now
How to Write Persuasive Emails

Module Thirteen: Authentic Communication

Session One: Brand You
Speak From Your Center
Session Two: Here’s the heart of the matter…
Emotional Honesty
Session Three: I didn’t know I meant that until I said it.
Communication as a Path of Self-Discovery
Session Four: It’s all said and done.
The Purpose of Words: to Create Silence

Don’t forget, if you register for the SpeakStrong Made Easy eCourse now and you’ll receive a free downloadable PDF poster, Some Boats Need to Be Rocked!

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