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This is the least persuasive argument ever, hardly useful even in dealing with 2-year-olds and teenagers. Strategic cursing is professional. Cursing because you're not creative or articulate enough to come up with something better to say is the mark of an unprofessional person. Unprofessional people use all kinds of excuses to explain why they're not around to help -- especially when it's actually part of their job.

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I suppose envy can serve as a motivational tool, but articulating it like this -- whether explicitly or implicitly -- is another mark of an unprofessional person who can't control his or her emotions. Praise disguised as condescension reveals the unconfident and unprofessional nature of the person uttering it. When plans fall apart, professional people seek to find a way to make it work --unprofessional people's first priority is to shift the blame.

A sincere apology is always appreciated, but the addition of that little word -- "do" -- in the middle of the sentence sends a subtle message. Ignoring something is hardly a strategy for dealing with a difficult situation. Besides, bad news rarely gets better with age. It's the mark of our age -- everybody's busy! It's just that professional people don't feel the need to remind everyone else of this fact. While technically true, this statement doesn't shed much light on any situation. It's good for unprofessional people who want to deflect serious analysis, though.

But I suppose you can just throw your hands in the air and give up. Curiosity is great, but whining plaintiveness is unprofessional. Follow the late great Bobby Kennedy's exhortation to ask "Why not? Believe in what you do -- or else, do something else. So, you have a conflict of interest -- and yet you expect me to trust you to characterize it, and probably minimize it? The problem here isn't making the disclosure -- it's the unprofessional suggestion that you've "fully" revealed it.

If you don't have the courage to stand behind your words, don't say them. Life isn't fair, and nobody promised that it would be. With the caveat that you can say this to express empathy see No. As shorthand, I guess this is OK. But only an unprofessional person with low expectations of life would settle for meh. All things in moderation. If you routinely make this sound when you're eating, chances are others see you as unprofessional.

People have been drinking too much since time immemorial, and at the risk of making an ethnic stereotype -- my name is Murphy; I'm unlikely to judge. If you find yourself saying this too often, I guarantee we can describe how others see you. In a professional setting, are you kidding? This is percent your fault, and explaining your hangover makes it seem like you're soliciting permission not to perform to your full capacity.

Yet another expectation-lowering phrase uttered by unprofessional people when they've been asked to share their gifts or knowledge with a team -- but they don't actually have confidence in themselves. Oh, okay, I guess that ends all debate. Unprofessional people are afraid of change and progress, and saying this makes that clear. Often fear is a very useful and legitimate emotion.

2. "I'm not feeling well enough... "

In fact, there's no courage without fear -- you have to face your fears in order to overcome them. Life requires assumptions, but we often hear unprofessional people saying this phrase when they really mean, "I'm too lazy to confirm, but You've been waiting for this one, right? While technically accurate, if this is the best argument you can give for why an employee should do something, you're probably not very professional.

When you're actually seething and don't have the courage to say what you really think, saying nothing displays passive aggression and lack of professionalism. This combines the pessimism of No. It's not a winning combination. I'm not sure people actually say this anymore, but they do act upon it -- once again, holding their small pieces of relevance close to the heart, and bleeding professionalism with every clutch.

Perhaps you are, and professional people are confident enough to ask for help. However, if you're exclaiming this looking for pity or permission to slack off, chances are others will see you as unprofessional. Going out too far on a ledge like that is the mark of an unprofessional person. Combines the fiefdom protecting of No. It's time for all but the most unprofessional of us to retire this phrase.

Reassuring as this phrase may seem, it can also mask an unprofessional person's refusal to face facts and improve performance. Just about everything in life is possible. This phrase is used by unprofessional people who don't want to commit one way or the other to a prediction, but instead want to change the subject before they're asked tough and pointed questions. Put differently, this means either, "I don't understand," or, "I'm not a good enough teacher to be able to explain it to you. This hackneyed phrase -- or variations thereof -- is uttered by old-school salespeople who are more adept at annoying than closing deals.

Set aside the sales pitches that make you look over the hill, and act a little more professional. Know your strengths and weaknesses? Loved this - will review soon! I've been a big fan of Diane Keaton for as long as I can remember. I haven't read her first memoir yet called Then Again but I really enjoyed this one. The thing that is great about Diane is she is so true to herself, doesn't follow trends and is unique and funny.

She writes well and I highly recommend this Loved this - will review soon! She writes well and I highly recommend this book. Here are some of my favorite quotes - She is a fan of Cary Grant and this is a quote of his that she likes - "I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be, and I finally became that person. You can still feel hot water.

See's Candies peanut brittle is still your favorite dessert. The wild parrots on the telephone wire outside your bathroom still sing to you every morning, and just like them, you're still a live animal. Be grateful for what you have, you big jerk. Maybe I could stop being so aggravated if I wore a smile. She's had quite an interesting life. Apr 03, Elly Sands rated it it was ok. I always looked forward to seeing Diane Keaton on the red carpet at the Oscars. Her outfits were so refreshing and unique! She never fell into that herd mentality of beaded gowns and slits up to the waist. She was all style and class.

I admire her and love her movies but this book just didn't do it for me. It was like reading someone's diary and almost fell into the category of "gibberish". But if she writes another one I'll read that one too. May 25, Elaina Vitale rated it did not like it Shelves: This was only published because of the author's name.

I love Diane Keaton as much as the next human but this is a truly boring, messy, naval-gazy book. May 10, Denise Larkin rated it did not like it. First of all, I have always liked Diane Keaton as an actress.

She seems real and funny, and her characters, for the most part, are entertaining and worth the price of admission. But as a writer she sucks. This book contains nothing but a bunch of drivel. How can she make claims about being "true to yourself" when everything she writes to support that is just one long, boring overused cliche? Who are you, really, Diane? I almost had to laugh at the stuff she proffers as her "wisdom of being a wif First of all, I have always liked Diane Keaton as an actress.

I almost had to laugh at the stuff she proffers as her "wisdom of being a wife, mother", etc. I offer you some of her more 'pithy' comments: I can see trees and sunsets. My love of the inward far overshadows the rewards of longevity. She hasn't had any botox to freeze those all important facial "feelings"! Believe me, I could go on and on So if you like this kind of new age, shallow and meaningless mumbo jumbo, then this is your book. But if you're a "real" person who is fed up with phony Hollywood celebrities who fancy themselves authors and intellectuals, then keep your distance from this particular "broken bird".

May 03, Barb rated it really liked it. This memoir rambled a little but since it was written by Diane Keaton that just made her voice more apparent. I could easily picture her speaking the words as I read them.

1. "That's just how it is."

How does a quirky academy award winning actress cope with the aging process? The same as we all do apparently. She wears her insecurities as accessories and we love her for it. Do we expect celebrities to maintain the celluloid likeness of their youth. Well, life isn't like that even for "them". Diane tries to live in the moment, neither wishing she could go back nor dreading the future and is happier for it. And, for the record, I've always thought her beautiful.

Apr 28, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Keaton is a gifted author, with a humorous, honest style. I was captivated by her story from the first page and found it hard to put this book down. This is a fascinating glimpse into her life, her thoughts and even her house. I loved the chapter where she talks briefly about the "Prisoners on My Wall" - her collection of 48 photos of men she finds compelling and why- runni Unfortunately, there is one major flaw in Diane Keaton's "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty" - the book is way too short! I loved the chapter where she talks briefly about the "Prisoners on My Wall" - her collection of 48 photos of men she finds compelling and why- running the gamut from Abraham Lincoln to John Wayne and Sam Shepard; no, we don't find out who they all all, the author teases us with just a brief glimpse.

In fact, I would say this is true about every subject she shares. In her musings on her life, her relationships, her proclivity for wearing hats, her thoughts on various aspects of beauty and how it is defined in the world of the famous, she shares her thoughts and experiences yet always leaves the reader wanting to know more. Hers is an authentic voice, sharing without pretension. Reading this book felt like you were sitting and talking with her and she had some interesting stories to tell! This is no snide Hollywood-insider tell all; what we learn of her famous friends and lovers is told thoughtfully and respectfully.

This is a woman who defines her life, rather than letting it define her.

I was unaware that Ms. As a side note, one more reason I enjoyed this book was the fact that I not only admire the work she's done in movies, but I had my own personal Diane Keaton moment. While leaving Gladstone's Restaurant in Malibu one night, I passed a striking looking woman in a black gaucho hat worn at a rakish angle. In astonishment, my eyes locked onto Diane Keaton's from a distance of about 4 feet.


I smiled and looked away, wanting to give her privacy, but it was memorable. May 13, Meagan rated it it was ok Shelves: I walk away from this memoir with two conflicting feelings. First, I think Diane Keaton is a pretty genuine person. The whole book read in her voice, with nary a ghostwriter to be found. It was rambly and kooky and full of the kinds of thoughts everyone has in quiet moments but usually only shares with the people we're closest to.

And I like how genuine she is. I think I'd like to have coffee with her. This book is not great. It's genuine, but it's not cohesive. I'm not entirely sure why she I walk away from this memoir with two conflicting feelings. I'm not entirely sure why she felt driven to write it. It's not wholly a memoir, even though it includes remembrances about her past. It's not an advice or self-help book, although she also includes musings on beauty and perspective and acceptance.

It's not a humor book, or a Hollywood tell-all. I'm not sure what it is, other than a kind of monologue. And I can see how people would like it, because Diane Keaton is a definite personality and it's obvious she has something to say. Fans could potentially thrill to the conversational tone, like hanging out with her over coffee or at a park feeding pigeons. But for me, it was too lacking in structure. If it hadn't been so short, I'm not sure I would even have finished. I hear her first book is better May 27, Joyce rated it did not like it.

Have you ever watched the Oscars and wondered how these "stars" were capable of reciting their lines in the movies when they flub a two-line introduction or list of nominees? It certainly has brought me to reality about their talent and their possible lack of intellect. Not so at the Tony Awards where the presenters perform on a live stage and cannot botch their lines without an instant negative response. Movie stars receive the gift of umpteen takes to get it right. Reading Diane Keaton's book is exactly how I felt when I watch some Oscar presenters create a total disillusion.

I was brought down to earth reading her book, I actually thought she was a stalwart, single woman who was not obsessed with her age or looks and could overcome adversity. Well, with good directors, she has come off that way, which I presume makes her a good actress.

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In this chronicle of beauty and age obsession, Ms. Keaton jolted me into boredom and disbelief. She apparently is jealous of any woman with thick hair and has become crazed with covering her hair, which I never thought was noticeable. She is even jealous of her sisters' hair and is sure her daughter, Dexter, will always have thick, shiny hair the rest of her life. Women with thick hair often suffer thinning as they age, come on. I would want the floor to open, also, if my mother described my bra size and fitting at Victoria's Secret in a published book!

What was she thinking? Her children should be off base. Why would a mother, without money problems, move her children almost every two years? Doesn't that tell us something? And hence, my reason for one star rather than two stars or more. A "movie star" can pontificate about herself or her philosophy ad nauseum but delving into your children's very personal physical or behavioral traits is unfair.

The scene in Victoria's Secret was Diane's reaction to sexual freedom and fun. Unfortunately, her daughter became the focus. I know she is quirky, which was the charm that I previously found attractive in her acting. Now, it's way over the top. In this erratic chain of essays, Keaton targets her philosophy of beauty and her possible lack of vanity. Unfortunately, it all becomes a trivial effort. Does she really not realize how lucky she is? She alludes to being rather shallow, but I don't believe she realizes her superficiality blinds her to reality.

This book was a waste of my time. With all the bright women out there, including actresses, there are many who deserve to be published but not Ms. Dec 18, Amanda rated it it was amazing. I really love Diane Keaton's voice. I think I want to be her when I grow up. Diane Keaton offers some insights into her thoughts on beauty, aging, and being comfortable in one's own skin. Her thoughts stray from one topic to another, with rapidly changing emotions and a stream of consciousness-kind of flow.

It's enlightening at times, bewildering at others. I have often mentioned in my reviews that I have the strangest coincidences in my reading selections and how they relate to my own life experiences. At the end of this audiobook, Ms. Keaton mentions a song she sung tha Diane Keaton offers some insights into her thoughts on beauty, aging, and being comfortable in one's own skin.

Keaton mentions a song she sung that brought her to tears for the final scene in a film. I did not recognize the song lyrics she quoted, and so I thought about what song would trigger my own tears. It's a popular song from my childhood that has always made me want to cry, but it's one that I hadn't thought of in a long time. Within the first few minutes of the story, Ms. Flack's song is mentioned and I was somewhat stunned. How is it that this one fairly random song from the mids could be brought to my attention twice in less than about 30 minutes?

It was a very odd experience and made me wax nostalgic to hear it again as well as Ms. Lauryn Hill's version with The Fugees.

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I know that this is an inconsequential note and has no real relevance to either book, so why spe0nd all this time to write numerous paragraphs about it in this review? I can only explain by saying that I write these reviews to capture the thoughts and feelings I experience as I read or listen to a book. It helps me reflect on my own perspectives and reminds me that this world is far more connected than I can ever imagine.

Off now to listen to this classic song which, after looking up versions of it online, I now know was first sung by Lori Lieberman. Jul 05, Lisa M E rated it it was ok Shelves: This is essentially Diane Keaton prattling off several "proverbs" she has come up with and seems to find clever. It's fine as an audio-book if you just want some background noise. Aug 22, MB rated it it was amazing. I liked this book. Although Diane does ramble on, her rambling helped me remember that I too have hooded eyes which I never liked.

I purchased "The Dictionary of Dreams" because her referring to it brought back memories my grandmother getting out her dream book when I would tell her of a dream I had and the other night I had a doozie!! And finally she made me thankful for my thick hair which I can thank my father for and have received complements on since I first went to the hairdresser. Dian I liked this book. Diane on the other hand should have listened to her mother because she does have a beautiful smile and she's stunning and pretty--all I wished I had, but we all seem to focus on our flaws don't we?

But of the whole book I think my favorite line, the one I can most relate to is "I was seriously freaking out" yea, been there, done that. I am along with Diane, a part of a generation that I am proud to be part of. She was there from the beginning--the ones who changed this world in a way that no other has come close to. I at the end of the Baby Boomers I was born in the cut off is just made and reaped the rewards of the title that folks like her who demonstrated for justice, changed music, and gave women our equal voice.

I usually don't write reviews - I'm content to log my "read" library and move on, but I really enjoyed this. So much that I was shocked by all of the negative reviews. This is the first of Keaton's works I've read actually listened to, as it was an audiobook , so maybe coming in with no previous expectations contributed to the experience.

But also after reading the other reviews, I kind of think I lucked out by picking the audiobook. I can get how if you were sitting down to read this it might I usually don't write reviews - I'm content to log my "read" library and move on, but I really enjoyed this. I can get how if you were sitting down to read this it might get boring sometimes and you'd put it down after a few minutes. However, I loved listening to her musing on beauty and the messiness of life while driving around town. I hated to turn off the car. Part of that is her delivery - she brought beautiful melody and emotion to the subject of beauty and emotion.

So, to anyone who is thinking about reading this, I highly recommend the audiobook. Just a warning - she does let some language fly, so if you are traveling with young ears - beware! Jul 21, Marta rated it really liked it Shelves: I picked this up as an audio book because of Diane Keaton's charm, figuring listening to her would be pleasant company. At the beginning, I was very aware of Ms. Her last three essays were especially moving. She is truly talented. May 22, Lindsay Nixon rated it did not like it.

I respected Keaten's strong sense of self—I was hoping to learn about that from her, but the "smart advice" the book cover promised never arrived. What you get is a stream of consciousness that's a neurotic mixture of disorganized complaining and awkward refection. The shattering part to all this was realizing Keaten does not have the strong sense of self I always admired.

Keaten was, and still is insecure. Her haphazard style it IS haphazard there is no intention or expression there, she says is mostly the result of her closing herself off.