The communication between student and professor is finicky.
Misunderstandings, deadlines long past, generation gaps, lack of dedication, and time crunches all lead to a stressful communication situation.
Every item leading to further separation between student and professor.
Months ago I was lucky enough to meet Ellen virtually and begin an illustrious friendship.
Thankfully, we clicked.
I knew when I first started writing this review of her book that it would quickly become a recommendation of Ellen’s character on a whole. And why? Well, she’s amazing. Her book is simply a byproduct of all the awesomeness stuffed into a single person’s frame. From her personable nature to her ability to solve communication issues (she’s a tenured faculty member in the Communication Department at Highline Community College), she’s able to say what she needs to say with power and conviction.
So, why does this matter, and why should you listen?
Ellen’s book works.
Within Say This, NOT That to Your Professor, you’re taken on a journey of communication.
It’s a journey every college student (and person living on this planet) needs to take.
Within the book Ellen shares 36 talking tips for college success, breaks down the problem, and delivers a solution. The book is a goldmine for anyone looking to improve their communication skills. It shows just how crucial and important it is to choose the right words, tidy up your image, and build communication skills that will be used throughout life.
What I love about the book is how personal it is.
Students are people.
Professors are people.
Both have real lives.
Be conscious of other people’s time, there’s a time and place for everything, and mistakes are made.
Ellen has been both a long-term student, and is now on the other side of the playing field as a professor. She understands what it’s like to be on both sides of the fence, and makes a great pass at helping both parties meet in the middle to communicate effectively.
I for one have been able to use a lot of what is taught within the book to revolutionize the way I not only communicate with professors, but others on a daily basis. My career, business ventures, and personal communications are flourishing substantially.
But please, don’t take my word for it.
You’ll learn the rest between the pages of a book…Ellen’s book.
What others are saying about Ellen’s book…
“As a communication studies professor the best thing that I can say about this book is that it takes solid communication theory and puts it into an accessible format that will motivate students. The second best thing I can say about it is that this stuff works! I have been in many (probably most) of the situations that Ellen Bremen describes in her book and without a doubt she nails how I wish each student had handled the situation. She is clear and practical. I don’t think talking to your professor should be a mystery, and now, thanks to “Say This, NOT That to Your Professor” it isn’t! Highly recommend this book.” -S. Proctor
“A must read for college-bound students, and really good advice that can be applied to every aspect of everyone’s life. This book is so easy to follow. It offers 36 practical ways to ask questions to college professors that will open up communication lines and put you in a favorable light. Such practical advice, yet not so obvious to so many students who will benefit by knowing these secrets to approaching your professor. It is written from the viewpoint of a seasoned professor who knows.” -Tere Scott