Eureka! Discover the Hidden Power of the English Language illuminates the communications power as well as the amusement potential of the English language. Instead of highlighting all the hairball rules of English, Walker Royce leads us through a mentally invigorating workout of English usage, good and bad. Provocative insights into high-stakes communications like speaking, coaching, selling, interviewing, and even romance are mixed with English language trivia, humorous anecdotes, and intriguing puzzles.
Walker Royce is an author, a mentor, and a thought leader brimming with insight and ideas. He has coached business leaders and professional teams in high-stakes innovations for more than 30 years. He knows what it takes to connect with audiences and individuals, and he has a rare knack for observing communications styles. Deep down he’s a language nut, a puzzle whiz, and an enthusiastic coach.
- Eye-opening treatments of high-stakes situations, including selling, coaching, interviewing, public speaking, and romancing
- A whirlwind tour of the more powerful and entertaining elements of our language such as synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, homophones, puns, jargon, anagrams, palindromes, and oxymorons
- A handy guide to the most common abuses and misusage patterns of English.
- More than 50 one-of-a-kind puzzles that contort English in deviously clever ways to test your observation skills and demonstrate the power of teamwork and the value of diversity of thought
- A professional workshop for establishing a leadership team with a collaborative culture based on high trust and effective communication presented as a detailed case study.
- A concise vision for an adolescent leadership camp that includes communication workshops as part of its 3-4 week curriculum.
Table of Contents
1. The ABCs of English
Parts of Speech
Composition and Style
2. The Beauty of the Beast
Words Within Words and Words Among Words
Homonyms, Homophones, and Heteronyms
Puns and Malapropisms
3. Abuse, Misuse, and Obtuse Use of English
Misusing or Misspelling Words
Abusing Me, Myself, and I
Using Words that are Not Words
The Department of Redundancy Department
4. Synchronize With Your Audience
Adjust to Your Context
Assertiveness and Responsiveness
Diversity and Versatility
5. Presentations: Accuracy and Precision
Avoid Information Overload
Prevent Oral Tedium
6. Selling an Idea
Selling Is Not About Winning
Some Ideas for Interviewers
Some Ideas for Interviewees
8. Is English a Romance Language?
A Tale of Two Poems
My 10 Favorite Words
My 10 Un-Favorite Words
Appendix A. A Team Dynamics Workshop
Workshop Agenda, Material, and Results
Appendix B. A Working-Out-Values Camp
Appendix C. Exercising Observation Skills
Relative-Antonym-Synonym-Homophone (RASH) Puzzles
Games and Other Mental Exercises