Back Pocket Coach by Diane Brennan and Alexandra Ross: Book Review

Book Review:

A handy reference book with quick tips to remind you or prompt you with appropriate phrases to use both professionally and personally.

If you think about it, we have all been in situations where we felt stuck, unheard, dissatisfied, frustrated, and felt correct communication was missing/lacking or we either gave or received feedback that did not match the issue being discussed or argued!

This small book can travel with you to work or home and one can easily look up the situation/issue at hand and read/learn small key phrases to be used in meetings, large and small, with family members or friends. The idea is for you to reflect, refocus, clarify and move forward.

Self-reflection, obtaining all the facts, positivity, acknowledgment, truthfullness, critiquing, and more are discussed.

Definitely worth a read……

*Disclosure: Thanks to the authors for sending me a complimentary copy. I was not told how to rate or review this book.*





Book Details:

Book Title: Back Pocket Coach: 33 Effective Communication Strategies for Work & Life
Authors: Diane Brennan and Alexandra Ross
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 104 pages
Genre: Communication, Self-help
Publisher: New View Press
Release date: January 2017
Tour dates: June 5 to 16, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Have you ever been in a situation that was emotionally charged and the stakes were high? And it was difficult to find the right words? Back Pocket Coach provides 33 power-packed communication strategies to support you in creating satisfying conversations that result in good outcomes for you and others. These just-in-time strategies will help you move through conversations masterfully –whether you’re engaging with one person or a team of people.

You’ll learn how to:
— Provide difficult feedback to everyone from your boss to mother-in-law — improving your relationships in the process.
— Effectively renegotiate any agreement.
— Say no to a request that would leave you stretched too thin — and do so from a place of strength.
— Get unproductive meetings back on track — even if you’re not the meeting organizer.
— Safely speak your truth.
— Increase your self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
— Use appreciation authentically — the secret sauce for thriving relationships.

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Alexandra Ross is an executive coach, team builder, and author. With a Masters degree in Organizational Communication, she helps leaders and teams sharpen their leadership skills and exceed prior levels of performance. Alexandra is internationally certified as a Master Certified Coach. She coaches executives and leaders in the fields of aerospace, engineering, high technology, medical, financial and more. She is also passionate about coaching women in leadership. Contact Alexandra at

Diane Brennan is a consultant, coach, author, and speaker. She is passionate about leadership in all types of organizations. She enjoys working with leaders and teams in the fields of healthcare, aerospace, engineering, science, academics, and business. Diane’s expertise in organizations includes strategic thinking, navigating change and creating a learning culture. Diane holds a Doctorate in Behavioral Health, an MBA and is a Master Certified Coach. She brings calm to the chaos in organizations and life. Contact Diane at

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