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It's the Way You Say It: Becoming Articulate, Well-spoken, and Clear
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Carol enjoys singing with the San Francisco Choral Society and has been on the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Club of California for over twenty years. Her home is shared by two cats, Milly Piccadilly and Bill Bonney, and an aquarium full of South American cichlids.
Dr. Fleming earned her PhD from Northwestern University in the Department of Communication Disorders.
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Top Customer Reviews
I've struggled for 10 years to speak clearly, more smoothly, and have people hear me. Yes, I sucked. For nearly every sentence I spoke, the person I spoke to said "What?!" It makes you feel worthless. Not many books have helped.
Books like Change Your Voice : Change Your Life : A Quick, Simple Plan for Finding & Using Your Natural Dynamic Voice are good, though they lack many components of a good voice in conversation. Fleming in her book taught me not only how to develop a stronger, resonant, and attractive voice, but to carry into everyday speech in a way that charms people.
When you follow her advice, you'll develop friends more easily. Fleming discovered that people heard they "needed to be more confident" or "behave more like an adult" from bosses when in fact simple changes in their voice using her techniques produced these outcomes. We unconsciously judge someone by their voice. You'll notice this the next time you talk to someone with a clear voice, good tonality, and is empathetic.
As an exercise, notice how you feel the next time you find someone with these vocal qualities then compare it to someone with a suboptimal voice. We connect so much better to people with good vocals. That's the power of learning the methods in this book.Read more ›
There are many people who have been told that they are difficult to understand, hard to hear, or need to improve their communication skills. Some of them have heard their voices recorded and hate what they hear. They become self-conscious and they limit their opportunities to express themselves.
Carol Fleming has written this book to help this larger population of people who would like to have therapy for their weak, muffled, strained, and ineffective voices and manner of speaking. It's obvious that she's very experienced and has helped many people gain the confidence to speak up (and out).
Many of my clients will benefit from her more simplistic approach. They just want to feel and sound more impacful when they speak. I have put into practice many of her suggestions for myself. As a Speech Pathologist, I certainly should sound more clear, articulate, and committed to clients in every way possible.
Her book, however, is a revelation. What she does is so far beyond what you think of as speech therapy as to be a whole 'nother world, She acts like a Minister of Communication, in the religious, not the governmental sense of the word.
In this book she shows you how to present yourself, to show yourself off to best advantage.
Consider how you detail a car, or how you stage a house to best show it off.
She teaches you how to do this with yourself.
I always thought that that if I had something to say, all I had to do was to get the message clear and the technique would take care of itself. And I wasn't particularly critical about my natural, intuitive way of doing that presenting.
Dr. Fleming wants me to move that up a notch.
Her book is concise, direct and to the point, with lots of personal stories from her experience to make a lively reading experience. Tight, spare and engaging, with useful stories and clear instructions. You will also learn how a sentence with eleven consecutive instances of the word "had" can, in a proper context and properly punctuated, make a meaningful sentence. Page 63.
But that's not important, it's just diverting. Part of the funny side of the book.
The book has a more serious purpose, some real depth and the benefit of years of her experience in vocal development and communications training. Not everyone can trek out to San Francisco to engage her services, but everyone can benefit from her coaching in this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Carol Fleming and I went to school together. I gave it to my college Granddaughter.Published 8 months ago by Carol Payne
Excellent book. Teaches how to improve our voices which in the end is part of improving ourselves.Published 11 months ago by Maria Duffy
I think this book is a good book. Yet, she seems to always speak about race etc. I felt at some point that she may be a racist! Read morePublished 19 months ago by SJC
It gives great examples of the most common types of speakers. For instance, my voice is very soft and low and I feel like I'm yelling even though I'm not. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Felicia James
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although the majority of the classification of the types of talkers was not applicable to me, this book really helped me to evaluate my soft skills. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Chelicia Hill
I was hoping to get more out of this book. My feeling is that the author is selling to hard how well she has transformed peoPublished on June 24, 2013 by MSB