• Business communication & presentation

      Get Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

      How to Use Seminars and Public Speaking to Market and Promote Your Business, Profession, or Passion — Profitably

      by David R. Portney

      We are in an age where the battle to get your customers’ attention is fierce and advertising options are becoming more expensive and less effective. In Get Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, you will learn everything you need to know to market yourself and your business in the least expensive and most effective way possible — by using the power of seminars and public speaking. With seminar and public speaking expert David Portney as your guide, you’ll learn how to ▪ organize a seminar for little or no money, ▪ sell from the stage, ▪ write a presentation in four easy steps, ▪ brand yourself as the expert in your field, ▪ get your customers to come to you. Get Your Money Where Your Mouth Is contains all of the information and know-how so that you can go from stage-wary beginner to awe-inspiring speaker in no time flat, including ▪ a 30-day fast-start action plan, ▪ a cornucopia of resources, ▪ tons of advice and methods for overcoming stage fright and fear of public speaking, ▪ how to combine your Internet strategy with your seminar strategy, ▪ and all the tips and techniques you need to market whatever you’re selling effectively, inexpensively—and profitably.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2009

      Sorbonne Confidential

      by Laurel Zuckerman

      After losing her high tech job in Paris, Alice Wunderland dreams of a new, unemployment-proof career as English teacher and decides to dedicate a year to training for France's prestigious competitive exam; After all, she reasons, how hard can it be for an educated American to pass a test in English? She enrolls at the Sorbonne, but her Arizona English fails to impress. Even Shakespeare's English falls short. Only one English will do: Sorbonne English! Even while learning this new language, Alice vows to investigate: Why devise an English exam that few native speakers can pass ? Could this explain why French schoolchildren rank last for English skills in Europe? Is it true that Frenchness is a question of formatting? If so, can a foreigner even one with French nationality ever become truly French? As riots break out in France among the children of immigrants, Alice cannot help but wonder: could there be any connection between her bewildering experience and theirs? A hilarious, hair-raising insider's look at the esoteric world of French Education. (Harriet Welty Rochefort --author of French Toast).

    • Business communication & presentation

      129 Seminar Speaking Success Tips

      by David R. Portney

      129 Seminar Speaking Success Tips is comprised of 129 tips. Each tip is based on David R. Portney’s real-world experience doing literally thousands of seminars, classes, trainings, workshops, keynote speeches, presentations, and public speaking engagements for the last 26 years. These tips are not in any special order or sequence—and that’s on purpose. You can open up to any page at random to find a tip you can use in the real world starting right now. The first tip listed is not first because it’s meant to be read first, nor is the last tip meant to be read last. You can treat this book like “a box of chocolates” and just open to any page and be surprised and delighted by what you find. Taken altogether, this collection of tips comprises a serious body of knowledge and experience that you can put to practical use in the real world starting right away. This is not a theoretical work, nor is it a compilation of other works. You’ll find that this book stands unique as compared to other works on the topic. ▪ You’ll find tips that help you to conquer stage fright. ▪ You’ll find tips that help you to overcome fear of public speaking. ▪ You’ll find plenty of terrific tips on how to find bookings and speaking engagements. ▪ You’ll find tips on how to handle questions, tips on how to structure a flowing and flawless presentation, and tips on expert presentation skills. Taken as a whole, this book allows you to conquer stage fright, know how to organize any kind of seminar or group event, and become a master of seminar speaking.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      December 2014

      Rebel Music Resistance through Hip Hop and Punk

      Resistance through Hip Hop and Punk

      by Parmar, Priya; Nocella II, Anthony J.; Robertson, Scott; Diaz, Martha

      Arising from the street corners and underground clubs, Rebel Music: Resistance through Hip Hop and Punk, challenges standardized schooling and argues for equity, peace, and justice. Rebel Music is an important, one-of-a-kind book that takes readers through fun, radical, educational chapters examining Hip Hop and Punk songs, with each section addressing a particular social issue. Rebel Music values the experiences found in both movements as cultural capital that is de-valued in the current oppressive, standard, test-driven, rule-bound, and corporate schooling experience, making youth “just another brick in the wall.” This collection is a “rebel yell” to administrators, teachers, parents, police, politicians, and counselors who demonize Hip Hop and Punk to listen up and respect youth culture. Finally, Rebel Music is a celebration of radical voices and an organizing tool for those who use music to challenge oppression.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      November 2014

      The First Sourcebook on Asian Research in Mathematics Education

      China, Korea, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and India

      by Sriraman, Bharath; Cai, Jinfa; Lee, Kyeonghwa; Fan, Lianghuo; Shimizu, Yoshinori; Lim, Chap Sam; Subramaniam, K.

      Mathematics and Science education have both grown in fertile directions in different geographic regions. Yet, the mainstream discourse in international handbooks does not lend voice to developments in cognition, curriculum, teacher development, assessment, policy and implementation of mathematics and science in many countries. Paradoxically, in spite of advances in information technology and the “flat earth” syndrome, old distinctions and biases between different groups of researcher’s persist. In addition limited accessibility to conferences and journals also contribute to this problem._x000D_ _x000D_ The International Sourcebooks in Mathematics and Science Education focus on under-represented regions of the world and provides a platform for researchers to showcase their research and development in areas within mathematics and science education._x000D_ _x000D_ The First Sourcebook on Asian Research in Mathematics Education: China, Korea, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and India provides the first synthesized treatment of mathematics education that has both developed and is now prominently emerging in the Asian and South Asian world. The book is organized in sections coordinated by leaders in mathematics education in these countries and editorial teams for each country affiliated with them. The purpose of unique sourcebook is to both consolidate and survey the established body of research in these countries with findings that have influenced ongoing research agendas and informed practices in Europe, North America (and other countries) in addition to serving as a platform to showcase existing research that has shaped teacher education, curricula and policy in these Asian countries. The book will serve as a standard reference for mathematics education researchers, policy makers, practitioners and students both in and outside Asia, and complement the Nordic and NCTM perspectives.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      June 2015

      Cultural Psychology of Recursive Processes

      by Beckstead, Zachary

      Cultural Psychology of Recursivity illustrates how recursivity, often neglected in the social sciences, can be an important concept for illuminating meaning-making processes. Recusrivity is a fascinating though abstract concept with a wide array of often incompatible definitions. Rooted in mathematics and linguistics, this book brings recursion and recursive processes to the foreground of psychological processes. One unifying claim among the diverse chapters in this book is that recursion and recursive processes are at the core of complex social and psychological processes. Recursion is bound up with the notion of re-turning, re-examining, re-flecting and circling back, and these processes allow for human beings to simultaneously distance themselves from the here-and-now settings (by imaging the past and future) while being immersed in them. The objective of this book is not simply to celebrate the complexity of human living, but to extend the notion of recursion, recursivity and recursive processes into the realm of social and psychological processes beyond the arenas in which these ideas have currently thrived._x000D_ _x000D_ Cultural Psychology of Recursivity shows that in spite of the difficulty in defining recursivity, self-referencing (looping), transformation (generativity), complexity, and holism constitute its core characteristics and provide the basis for which authors in this book explore and elaborate this concept. Still, each contribution has its own unique take on recursivity and how it is applied to their phenomenon of investigation. Chapters in this book examine how recursive processes are related to and basic aspects of play and ritual, imitation, identity exploration, managing stigma, and commemorative practices. This book is intended for psychologists, sociologists, and mathematicians. Use of the book in post-graduate and graduate level of university teaching is expected in seminar format teaching occasions.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      June 2015

      Leading with Character - 2nd Edition

      Stories of Valor and Virtue and the Principles They Teach

      by Sosik, John J.

      What kind of character strengths must leaders develop in themselves and others to create and sustain extraordinary organizational growth and performance? In this updated and expanded second edition, the author, John J. Sosik, answers this question by reviewing what is known about the connection between authentic transformational leadership and positive psychology. He summarizes a wealth of leadership knowledge in a unique collection of captivating stories about 25 famous leaders from business, history and pop culture: Aung San Suu Kyi, John F. Kennedy, Maya Angelou, Bill Gates, Brian Wilson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Joe Namath, Malala Yousafzai, Mother Teresa, Angelina Jolie, Pope Saint John Paul II, Shirley Chisholm, Sheryl Sandberg, Andy Griffith, Margaret Thatcher, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Warren Buffet, Carlos Ghosn, Eleanor Roosevelt, Herb Kelleher, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Fred Rogers._x000D_ _x000D_ What do these leaders have in common? Each possesses virtues of wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence and their associated character strengths that form the foundation of their outstanding leadership. Besides generating astonishing results for their organizations, these leaders reaped numerous physical, mental, social and spiritual benefits from their strong character. Their stories teach readers leadership principles that they too can apply to achieve sustainable growth and excellence. The author includes dozens of interesting examples, vivid anecdotes, and clear guidelines to offer readers an in-depth look at how character and virtue forms the moral fiber of authentic transformational leadership. Individuals currently in leadership positions as well as aspiring leaders will find the book’s conversational style, fascinating stories, and practical guidelines both useful and inspiring.

    • Cultural studies
      October 2014

      365 Things That Make Ya Go Hmmm

      by William Murell

      “365 Things That Make Ya Go Hmmm - Wisdom & Wit by William” are thoughts, expressions, sayings, and humor that William has shared with his celebrity clients who simply needed someone to put a smile on their face. William Murrell is the limo driver to the stars. They love him, they trust him and they visit him time and time again to laugh at his wisdom & wit. These thoughts often originate from others - many from the celebrities who have sat in his backseat. We do not claim originality, we only claim they will lift your heart, speak to your soul, and make you Happy. Like William, please share these uplifting and humorous thoughts with others.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      December 2014

      Your Writing Well

      by Dr. Bob Davis

      Fifteen essays for anyone in any profession or academic level, Your Writing Well studies every aspect of the writing process, providing faster means to better products than do narrowly focused trade handbooks and academic texts. Having combed through writing pedagogy and cut through nonsense about composition and grammar, Dr. Davis provides an all-inclusive set of theory highlighting logic-based skills and practical strategies to create, develop, defend, and communicate coherently organized, well-expressed thoughts. Not marketed for dummies, Your Writing Well assumes readers have the smarts to follow mature common-sense guidance, grasp examples, and thus compensate for their existing lack of knowledge of what to do, how and why to do it, and where. Informed not by needless prohibitions but by relaxed, reassuring balances of freedom and prudent regulation, Your Writing Well is a comprehensive cure for all writers’ ailments and deficiencies.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      February 2015

      Sweet Rosa

      by Kingsley Osei, David Asimeng

      Sweet Rosa is a picture book which details the brave stance of a young African-American woman named Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to a white person on bus in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. Ms. Parks' actions led to the infamous Montgomery bus boycott and helped establish the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The bold and courageous act of Ms. Parks, Dr. King and thousands of boycotters and civil rights advocates eventually pushed the Supreme Court to declare segregation on buses unconstitutional, helping to put racial discrimination to rest. This book takes young readers on an historic, illustrious journey through this staple event and how it has forever shaped the racial outlook of equality for adults and children alike in today's society.

    • Development studies
      June 2016

      Slumming It

      The Tourist Valorisation of Urban Poverty

      by Fabian Frenzel

      Have slums become 'cool'? More and more tourists from across the globe seem to think so as they discover favelas, ghettos, townships and barrios on leisurely visits. But while slum tourism often evokes moral outrage, critics rarely ask about what motivates this tourism, or what wider consequences and effects it initiates. In this provocative book, Fabian Frenzel investigates the lure that slums exert on their better-off visitors, looking at the many ways in which this curious form of attraction ignites changes both in the slums themselves and on the world stage. Covering slums ranging from Rio de Janeiro to Bangkok, and multiple cities in South Africa, Kenya and India, Slumming It examines the roots and consequences of a growing phenomenon whose effects have ranged from gentrification and urban policy reform to the organization of international development and poverty alleviation. Controversially, Frenzel argues that the rise of slum tourism has drawn attention to important global justice issues, and is far more complex than we initially acknowledged.

    • Language: reference & general
      October 2013

      Spoken English

      by Editorial Board

      In today's competitive world, Spoken English is considered as a passport for a guaranteed success in life. The craze for learning spoken English has led to the growth of various coaching institutes all over the country. Much as they may profess and advertise, it is not really possible to learn any language in 30 or 40 days. A person who genuinely wants to learn the language needs to spend at least two to three hours every day for at least five or six months before he or she feels confident to communicate in English. The prime objective of this book is to encourage the students to learn English as a tool of communication and to enable them to understand the language thoroughly. The book basically looks at the language from the learners' point of view and guides them through co-operative learning methods in order to master the effective communication skills in English. The book has been divided into four convenient units of Grammar, Pronunciation, Conversation and Vocabulary. Each chapter covers one main area of learning English – explained thoroughly with examples and special attention being given to the basic skills. Carefully selected and balanced practical exercises have also been designed and included with each topic or chapter to give the readers or learners, particularly the students, ample practice and a complete understanding of the subject. In short, the book follows the modern functional approach to the study of English. So readers, the book is definitely a one-stop solution for learning English!

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      June 2012

      Cultures Built to Last

      Systemic PLCs at Work TM

      by DuFour, Richard

      Are you preparing a new generation of innovators? Activate your students’ creativity and problem-solving potential with breakthrough learning projects. Across all grades and content areas, student-driven, collaborative projects will teach students how to g

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      April 2010

      On Your Mark

      Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting

      by Guskey, Thomas R.

      Constant, high-quality collaborative inquiry sustains PLCs. Become disciplined and deliberative with data as you design and implement program improvements to enhance student learning. This book delves into the five habits of inquiry that contribute to prof

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 2016

      Grading From the Inside Out

      Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-Based Mindset

      by Schimmer, Tom

      The time for grading reform is now. While the transition to standards-based practices may be challenging, it is essential for effective instruction and assessment. In this practical guide, the author outlines specific steps your team can take to transform grading and reporting schoolwide. Each chapter includes examples of grading dilemmas, vignettes from teachers and administrators, and ideas for bringing parents on board with change.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      February 2016

      Poor Students, Rich Teaching

      Mindsets for Change

      by Jensen, Eric

      Discover practical and research-based strategies to ensure all students, regardless of circumstance, are college and career ready. This thorough resource details the necessary but difficult work that teachers must do to establish the foundational changes essential to positively impact students in poverty. Organized tools and resources are provided to help teachers effectively implement these essential changes.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      September 2017

      Handbook of Japanese Contrastive Linguistics

      by Prashant Pardeshi, Taro Kageyama

      This volume brings together insights from three traditions - Japanese linguistics, linguistic typology, and contrastive linguistics - and makes important contributions to deepening our understanding of various phenomena in Japanese as well other languages. Its primary goal is to uncover principled similarities and differences between Japanese and other languages and thereby shed new light on the universal as well as language-particular properties of Japanese. ;

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      October 2017

      Creativity in English as a Lingua Franca

      Idiom and Metaphor

      by Marie-Luise Pitzl

      This book investigates formal characteristics and discourse functions of linguistic creativity at the level of idioms in spoken ELF as represented in the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE). Building on the findings of previous ELF research, the book proposes that creativity might serve as a fundamental concept in accounting for the variation that seems to be central to describing and understanding English as a lingua franca. ;

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      September 2017

      The Languages and Linguistics of Western Asia

      An Areal Perspective

      by Geoffrey Haig, Geoffrey Khan

      The languages of Western Asia belong to a variety of language families but share numerous features on account of being in areal contact for many centuries. This volume presents descriptions of the individual languages of this area, overview chapters on sub-areas, and discusses the similarities across the languages that have arisen by areal contact. ;

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      October 2017

      Handbook of Communications Disorders

      Theoretical, Empirical, and Applied Linguistic Perspectives

      by Amalia Bar-On, Dorit Ravid

      This handbook presents a psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic, and sociolinguistic foundation for the understanding and treatment of communications disabilities at different stages of human development and in various social and communicative contexts. ;

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