Like it or not, a good leader often needs to get up and say a few words. In the recently published Tales for Coaching (Stylus, 2001). Margaret Parkin has collected 50 short anecdotes that presenters can use to help guide an audience toward a variety of objectives: empowerment, creativity, improved self esteem, goal setting. The book includes abbreviated classics such as Aesop's story of the sour grapes; true stories, including the one about Roger Bannister, the first man to break the four-minute mile; and many tales of unknown origin that serve as useful business metaphors. To order, contact Stylus Publishing, Sterling, Va., (800) 232-0223,