Verbal Judo, Second Edition - George J. Thompson, PhD

Verbal Judo, Second Edition

By George J. Thompson, PhD

  • Release Date: 2013-12-17
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Score: 4.5
From 22 Ratings


"When you react, the event controls you. When you respond, you're in control."

Verbal Judo is the classic guide to the martial art of the mind and mouth that can help you defuse confrontations and generate cooperation, whether you're talking to a boss, a spouse, or even a teenager. For more than a generation, Dr. George J. Thompson's essential handbook has taught people how to communicate more confidently and persuasively in any situation. Verbal Judo shows you how to listen and speak more effectively, engage others through empathy (the most powerful word in the English language), avoid the most common conversational disasters, and use proven strategies to successfully express your point of view—and take the lead in most disputes.

This updated edition includes a new foreword and a chapter featuring Dr. Thompson's five universal truths of "human interaction":
People feel the need to be respected People would rather be asked than be told People have a desire to know why People prefer to have options over threats People want to have a second chance
Stop being frustrated and misunderstood. Stop finding yourself on the losing end of an argument. With Verbal Judo you’ll be able to have your say—and say what you mean.


  • Essential for Police and all that serve the public

    By Deputy awesome
    Since I graduated the academy, I was always placed into a "one ranger, one riot" scenario. I knew because of limited resources and back up I needed to make as few enemies as possibe and avoid physical contact to the best of my ability. This book helped explain and point out where I was doing right, what I was doing wrong, and gave me more verbal tools to improve. It is an extremely humbling read when you finish. I realized that my struggles of communication were from bad experiences and lack of leadership, but now I know how to verbally communicate and get people to comply without laying a finger on them. If you struggle with difficult people or finding the right words to say in highly emotional situations, buy this book!
  • Verbal Judo

    By The Pinocchio Poet
    Fantastic read, I highly recommend it. Cannot wait to read it again.
  • Great book!!

    By Roman624
    Awesome book. Great tactics!