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Phone: (202) 362-4338
Phyllis Mindell founded and has led Well-Read since
1979, overseeing its growth into an international
supplier of the worlds finest communications
seminars and leadership development programs. Well-Reads
customers benefit from her commitment to meet their
precise requirements swiftly and with measurable
an original thinker in her fields, she has written four books
and dozens of articles, columns, and research papers on all
aspects of leadership, language, and communications. Power
Reading was selected one of the thirty best business
books of the year and provides the foundation of all Well-Reads
reading seminars. She also wrote and produced the Reading
Business video seminar. Her new book, How To Say
It for Executives is a already helping leaders. A
Womans Guide to the Language of Success, Communicating
With Confidence and Power and How to Say It
for Women, have
sold over 100,000 copies and been translated into German,
Chinese, and Arabic. In addition, Well-Reads series of womens seminars
and speeches have enriched the lives of thousands all over
the world. Phylliss message, that women can lead and
succeed without compromising their femininity, integrity,
or moral compass, shines as a beacon for women at every professional
An engaging, inspiring, and provocative
speaker, she has keynoted and addressed such audiences
as the Bryant College Women's Summit, Kodak's Northstar
Network, Association of American Medical Colleges, Xerox
International Womens Conference, Kodak Managers Forum,
State of Pennsylvania Leadership Development Institute,
Society of Women Engineers, Chautauqua Institution, Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, League of Women Voters, Georgetown
and University of Michigan Medical Schools, Womens
Financial Services Network, and New England Business
Well-Read and Dr. Mindell count among their
clients Motorola, Texas Instruments, Paine Webber, Xerox,
Eastman Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Corning, Xerox European
Research Centre (France), PricewaterhouseCoopers, FISONS
(Canada), Alltel (England), Harvard Medical School, Centocor,
The New England, Grand Circle Travel, National Association
of Realtors, and over a hundred other companies and professional
groups. Individual clients come from nearly every country
and all over the United States.
She earned the doctorate from the University
of Rochester, the MS from City College of New York, and
the BA from Brooklyn College. She has also done postdoctoral
study in neurolinguistics, literature, and writing. Dr.
Mindell was recently appointed adjunct professor at Georgetown
She lives with her husband Marvin in Rochester,
NY and Washington, DC. Their children, Ossie Borosh, Pamela Getnick Mindell, Joe and David; and their granchildren, Arye, Samuel, and Lucia,
light up their lives.
Well-Read designs and supplies advanced communications and leadership seminars.
From our offices in Washington, DC and Rochester, NY. Our Family of Experts
serves three major audiences: professionals and business people who
must absorb and express ideas and information quickly, powerfully,
and efficiently; leaders who must share their visions; and companies
must ready their workforces for the communications requirements of
the digital era.
How Does Well-Read Serve Our Clients?
Our services include:
- Public seminars in
our two home cities
- On-site seminars anywhere in the world
- Custom programs in our
areas of expertise
- Private labeling for
- Speeches for major
- Private coaching for
For more detailed information or a proposal, please
or call (202) 362-4338.
Do you hear words like these at your firm?
||I was just wondering...
||Im the boss you
do what I want.
||I disagree with you...
||Im not really sure
how I feel about this but it sort of sounds good.
||I feel this project is really
||I dont have enough
time to finish that job.
||I expect you to do this now.
||I get bombarded by reading
||I have a Ph.D. but feel like a
dummy when I have to lead my organization.
||I read perfectly well and
immediately forget what it said.
||I know how you feel
||It takes me too long to write
anything, then it doesnt look right.
||Id rather die than
give a presentation.
||No one listens to anyone else
||Our meetings start late, end
late, and often end in rancor.
||My team acts like a kindergarten
||Im so excited.
||Shes a good manager
yet she remains a woman.
These sentences reflect the kinds of weak, poor,
inefficient communications that crush your bottom line, poison your
work atmosphere, interfere with your customer relationships, and speed
the departures of your valued employees.
Business and professional people spend most of their work time
reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This means that you spend
most of your salary and benefit money on communications: if you add
efficiency and power, youll see immediate, concrete benefits.
Well-Read delivers those benefits through quality learning
Since 1979, Well-Read has researched, designed, and presented the
worlds finest communications and leadership seminars. Contrary to
the popular view that communication and leadership are
"soft" skills, we assert the they are "hard,"
measurable, and essential if businesses are to succeed. Our programs
differ from others in ways that ensure your employees learn more,
learn faster, learn deeply:
- Small classes
- Research-based original programs
- Extensive materials and resource packages
- Pre- and post- individual consultations
- Reduced classroom time
- Guaranteed, measurable behavioral changes
- Expert consultants no generalist
- Special features such as transcript analysis, electronic
support, and others created to speed and compress learning
Experts (Partial Listing)
Family of Experts includes specialists in all aspects of language,
leadership, and communications: we have no generalist
"instructors." This means that the consulting team on
each job brings the specific skills that job demands. For example,
a recent Leadership Week
tapped experts in leadership, advanced reading, speech writing,
film direction, audiovisuals, drama, and team communications.
combines technical expertise with talent for communicating:
student critiques applaud her excellence as an instructor,
consultant, and workshop leader. She developed and runs the
Professional Communications for Secretaries and Support Staff and
Team Communications seminars and has led and assisted programs in
effective business writing, presentation skills, developing and
evaluating employees, defining and developing customer loyalty,
building management and leadership skills, and learning
|Vicki holds BA and MFA degrees in theatre arts
and acting and has won numerous "Best Actress" awards. She brings ten years as
a teacher of drama, scene study, voice and nonverbal communications to Well-Read's
presentation skills classes.
and Writing Consultant
|Author of Action Grammar and a skilled
teacher of writing, Joanne runs Well-Read Grammar and Upgrade and writing seminars.
Communications and Expatriate Consultant
|A writer with broad experience in global
communications, Jennifer enriches Well-Read seminars with her expertise in cross-cultural
and expatriate language.
Image Consultant and Stylist
|Marlene brings two decades of experience in every
aspect of personal, photo, and video styling to prepare executives, political figures, and
other Well-Read clients for public appearances and presentations.
|Marvin I. Mindell
|As an inventor, engineer, and product developer,
Marvin brings special expertise in all aspects of visual presentation, audiovisual
education and equipment, and nonverbal communications.
|An academy award nominee, Ron Mix directed
Well-Reads Power Reading video series and serves as our resident director and
specialist in nonverbal communications. He has won many major film and cinematography
|A professional writer, editor, and art historian,
Roberta assists at Well-Reads writing seminars, prepares individual critiques, and
supports our writing E-Seminars.
upcoming speeches: (Phyllis Mindell)
- Giving Voice to Leadership NY State Association
for Women in Administration
- Clear Scientific Writing Georgetown
- Language that Heals Georgetown Medical
- Language and Power: What We Learn From Charlotte's
Bryant College Women's Summit, Northstar Network, MPI
- A Developmental Approach to Leadership
- Language as Hope University of Rochester
- Running the World: A Guide to Leadership
- The Language of the Scientific Presentation, University of Michigan Medical
- Power Reading, Boston Center for Adult Education
- The Language of Leadership, American Association of Medical Colleges
- Executive Writing, Hispanic Association for Professional Advancement
- Clear Writing in the Sciences, Georgetown University Medical School
- The Language of Instruction, American Society for Training & Development
- Women, Language, and Power: A Global Perspective, Xerox Intl. Women's Conference,
- On the Money: The Language of Success in the Financial World, Boston Financial
- The End of Babel: Toward a Global Language of Success, Bausch & Lomb
- Business Conversations, Paychex Executive Development Program
- Language for Women Who Lead, Greater Rochester Assn. Women Attorneys
- Engineering Success, Society of Women Engineers Regional Conference
- Governing and Leading Through Language, State of PA Leadership Development
- Our Heroes, Ourselves: Leadership Lessons From the Matriarchs, NEWBO
- Language That Leads: The Janus Principles, Well-Read
- The Language of Successful Customer Relations, Bank of Boston
- Women and Reading, Gannett Newspapers
- Language for Women in the Executive Suite, Citibank Executive Forum
- Toward a Humane Political Rhetoric, Republican Women's Club
- The Language of Success, Women in Communications
- Corporate Values and Corporate Reality, Eastman Kodak Managers' Forum
- Aliteracy and Its Dangers, Chautauqua Institution
- Luncheon Keynote Speaker, The Woman's Summit at
Bryant College, Odyssey 2001