Voice and Speaking Skills For Dummies
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Find your voice, and communicate with confidence

Ever wondered why nobody hears you in meetings, or wished people would take you more seriously? Or maybe you're unhappy with your accent, or you feel insecure about your high-pitched or monotonous voice? Voice and Speaking Skills For Dummies will help you to discover the power of your voice, understand how it works, and use your voice like a professional whether in meetings, addressing an audience, or standing in front of a classroom. Take a deep breath, relax those vocal cords, and make your speech sparkle!

We're not all planning to become politicians, or likely to address large audiences on a regular basis, but we all need to be able to communicate well to achieve success. Certain professions require a high level of vocal confidence, notably teachers and business leaders. As well as using body language effectively, we also rely on our voice to convey passion, exude enthusiasm, and command attention--and that's before we've considered the content of our words! A clear understanding of how your voice works, how to maximize its effectiveness, and ways to overcome voice 'gremlins' such as speaking too fast, stuttering, or sounding childish, is pivotal to enabling you to succeed, whatever the situation.

  • Highlights the importance of your voice, explains how to use it effectively
  • Gives you confidence in public speaking
  • Helps you use your voice to make a great first impression in all aspects of your life
  • Includes a CD with vocal exercises to help you communicate with confidence.

Whether you're looking to improve your speaking skills for work or personal gain--or both--Voice and Speaking Skills For Dummies gives you everything you need to find your voice and communicate with confidence.

Note: CD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.


Judy Apps is a professional voice coach, an NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) Trainer and Director of Enlightened Ltd. She has more than fifteen years' experience developing creative training programmes, particularly in the areas of leadership, voice and impact. Judy has provided coaching to top companies, including Volkswagen Financial Services, GlaxoSmithKline, the Metropolitan Police and JP Morgan, as well as prestigious individuals, such as Members and executives of the European Parliament and Commission.


Introduction 1

Part I: Introducing the Human Voice 7

Chapter 1: Having a Great Voice 9

Chapter 2: Exploring the Amazing Human Voice 27

Chapter 3: Getting to Know Your Own Voice 39

Part II: Beginning with Voice Basics 57

Chapter 4: Discovering How to Breathe Well 59

Chapter 5: Rediscovering Relaxation 77

Chapter 6: Turning Sound into Speech 95

Part III: Playing Your Instrument Well 113

Chapter 7: Exploring Volume and Speed 115

Chapter 8: Filling Your Speech with the Sounds of Music 133

Chapter 9: Expressing Yourself Fully with the Power of Resonance 153

Chapter 10: Uncovering Your Unique Voice 175

Part IV: Beating the Voice Gremlins 193

Chapter 11: Stopping Vocal Sabotage 195

Chapter 12: Putting the Accent on Accents 217

Chapter 13: Conquering Hesitation and Stuttering 235

Part V: Engaging with a Broader Public 257

Chapter 14: Developing Your Public Voice 259

Chapter 15: Tuning In to Others 283

Chapter 16: Cultivating Your Professional Voice 301

Part VI: The Part of Tens 319

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Sound More Authoritative 321

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Speak with Charisma 327

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Take Care of Your Voice 333

Chapter 20: Ten Inspiring Voices 339

Appendix A: Resources for Further Developing Your Voice 345

Appendix B: Audio Tracks 351

Index 353