Voice Power: Using Your Voice to Captivate, Persuade, and Command Attention
Ever wonder what makes us buy from a certain salesperson or prefer one TV news announcer over another? In each case, a human voice is subtly captivating our ear and commanding our attention. Now celebrity voice coach Renee Grant-Williams reveals the trade secrets behind those persuasive voices and shows readers how to apply positive vocal techniques to business and personal situations. Much more than a guide to proper breathing or voice projection, this is a life-altering ""owner's manual"" to unleashing and directing the powers of communication within one's speaking voice. By exploring the rich connections between singing and speaking, Grant-Williams helps readers: * Evaluate their ""VoicePower"" quotients * Literally breathe new life into their voices * Tap the amazing power of consonants--and silence * Deliver sales pitches virtually guaranteed to sell * Turn a voice mail message (incoming or outgoing) into a personal calling card * Become more confident, persuasive presenters and public speakers
One of the best books I've ever read
By Joseph Dewey - March 26, 2005
I took about two years to read this book. I read the first 50 pages about two pages at a time, and I read the last 3/4 of this book in the last week.
The first 50 pages are amazing. If you take the time and do all of the exercises that she recommends, it will take a while to fully practice all of the stuff that she says, but it is well worth it.
I've heard a lot about diaphragm breathing, but Renee did a better job than anyone else on talking about the subject.
I also really liked her exercise of recording your voice, and listing out three positives and three negatives about your voice. This is a very cool exercise, because it forces you to be objective about your voice.
What she says about the power of consonants is revolutionary, and has really changed the way that I speak. So much on speaking and music is vowel-centric, and she explains that, too.
I also really liked how she explained the musical undertone of everyday... read more
Finally a chance to strengthen my voice
By susan d. rodiek - August 27, 2002
I was amazed at how much deeper and stronger my voice sounded, after trying this approach for only a few minutes! I have always had a soft voice, and often had trouble projecting over the background noise in the architecture studios I teach. In spite of wishing for a more effective speaking voice, I don't have time to spend on laborious exercises. The approach presented in this book is easy to understand, and can be done in spare moments, in the shower, etc. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants their voice to sound more professional and confident.
Good ideas buried in self promotion
By mhnstr - March 16, 2005
I purchased this book after having read a story in the Boston Globe about speech and how important it is when giving presentations or job interviews. I hoped that this book would give me better speaking skills. To this end, there are some good points in this book, but they are buried between the name dropping and self promoting that the author does will annoying frequency.
For example, the skill that seems to be the cornerstone of the techniques presented in this book is a method of breathing. The author explains that not everyone gets this method at first and describes how one famous client (yet another name drop) required five one hour sessions before she got the hang of it. Yet, the author expects the reader to be able to learn the breathing method from the one paragraph that she dedicates to explaining the method.
In summary, I believe that it is possible to learn some skills from this book, but I wish that the author spent more time explaining the skills... read more
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