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Word Wise

Say What You Mean, Deepen Your Connections, and Get to the Point

Will Jelbert


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Supercharge your speech to get what you want out of every conversation with this fun and practical guide to verbal vividness.

An eye-opening guide on how we talk and write to one another, Word Wise explores 400+ of the most common cases of word trash (filler words, hyperbole, and abstractions) and word power (verbs of action, ear candy, onomatopoeia). Examining social media, the language of Donald Trump, AI language research, and heard-on-the-street lingo, communication expert Will Jelbert offers simple and concrete recommendations for improving your own vernacular.

With wit, practical applications, and a small dose of grammar, Word Wise will help you communicate more effectively at home, at work, and online.

Praise For Word Wise: Say What You Mean, Deepen Your Connections, and Get to the Point

"Will Jelbert is a Marie Kondo for language: challenging our worst habits and offering a way through the clutter."
Kate Riordan, The Guardian

"This book is an essential guide for a social-media saturated generation."
Michelle Gielan, co-creator of Oprah's happiness course and bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness

"A laugh-out-loud journey to find the right words for every situation. This book will make you a better communicator-and a better person."
Adam Smiley Poswolsky, keynote speaker and author of The Breakthrough Speaker and The Quarter-Life Breakthrough

Running Press Adult, 9780762499687, 224pp.

Publication Date: October 20, 2020

About the Author

Will Jelbert is a communications consultant and coach working with both companies and individuals. He has spent the last eight years researching how to connect well, and he interviews thought leaders, authors, and filmmakers and writes for MindBodyGreen (with a readership of 15 million+ globally) and Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global.