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Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

"A leader's role is to move others—engage them and inspire them to action."
JUDITH HUMPHREY

Speaking as a Leader will show you how to influence and inspire others every time you speak. It provides a single, comprehensive approach that will help you lead in every communication, from formal speeches and presentations, to phone calls, meetings, Q&A, and elevator conversations.

Too often communications situations represent lost opportunities to lead. Messages are confused, audiences are bored or overwhelmed by a flood of information, and the speaker fails to elicit action. When people fail to communicate they fail to lead.

Speaking as a Leader addresses this problem and puts communication squarely at the center of leadership. In today's flattened organizations, leadership opportunities exist in every interaction and for individuals at every level. For a leader, the mike is always on.

This book will help readers meet the enormous challenge of engaging, energizing, and motivating others day in and day out. It will help you unlock your leadership potential every time you communicate and turn your listeners into followers and believers. Its four-step model will show you how to:

  • Think like a leader

  • Script yourself as a leader

  • Use the language of leadership

  • Achieve a leader's presence.

No other book offers such a powerful approach to move you from information to inspiration.

From the Back Cover

Praise for Speaking as a Leader

"Readers will find themselves transformed by this book. I thought I was a good speaker going into The Humphrey Group's seminar. But I had no idea how good I could be."
MARTHA FELL, CEO, Women in Capital Markets

"I can say from experience that anyone who wants to speak as a leader should read this book. I first worked with Judith when I was CFO at Imperial Oil. When I became CEO of Petro-Canada I not only used those communication skills, but brought Judith in to work with my entire executive team."
RON BRENNEMAN, Former CEO, Petro-Canada

"The great thing about this book—and Judith's approach—is that it teaches leaders how to bring forward clear, compelling ideas. It offers readers the rare gift of intellectual eloquence."
STUART GRAHAM, President, Pimco Canada

"Speaking as a Leader is necessary reading for anyone who must influence up, down, and across their organization. We in OMERS Capital Markets have found the techniques invaluable for everyone from our managing directors to our associate interns."
JAMES DONEGAN, President, OMERS Capital Markets

"I gave presentations (with slides) every day but a speech behind a lectern made me freeze. Judith taught me that the audience needs a pause and will wait to take in what I was saying. That approach saved my life. This book will help you too!"
DAVID GALLOWAY, Chairman, BMO Bank of Montreal Financial Group

"Communication skills make a huge difference when senior teams consider who has potential to move up to more senior roles. This book will give you that crucial edge."
HELEN HANDFIELD-JONES, Co-Author, The War For Talent

"Speaking as a Leader provides readers with a single approach that has enabled me to successfully reach all my audiences—board members, senior executives, my leadership team, employees, shareholders, and analysts."
STEPHEN DYER, Chief Financial Officer, Agrium Inc.

"The methodology set out in this book has had a tremendous impact for us at Goldcorp—enabling those at our mining sites to speak with confidence and conviction."
ANNA M. TUDELA , Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118141016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118141014
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nedang on January 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book initially to help with my speaking business. The book is a must read for aspiring speakers, but it surprised me on how this book goes beyond on just how to be a better speaker. This book reminded me that it is essential to lead every time I speak; not just in a formal presentation but in every aspect and opportunity in my life.

This book is not so much a tactical "how to speaking" book, rather it is a reminder that "every formal speech, presentation, phone call, or elevator conversation is a leadership opportunity." If you are interested in improving your leadership presence in every aspect of your life, this book is for you.

Richard Rierson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Tan on December 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am deeply inspired by her book and commit to turn it into a way of life to seize each moment to influence & inspire. Every chapter is filled with nuggets of gold for instance "be the visual not the aid", "speak to the audience not the slide", which appears to be common sense but often forgotten when you are speaking. It actually deals with the essence of being a leader. Other insightful advices, "love the sound of your voice", "mental listening involves building bridges", and most of all "listening with your heart!" Thank you Judith for writing this book! It is a gift to all who has the wisdom to read it.

Sharon Tan, OD Professional, Singapore
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Judith Humphries has written a gem of a book. Speaking as a Leader proved to be one of the best books I have read. The reader is shown a myriad of ways to exercise leadership.

I came away from this book with many do-able actions that will assist me with my own leadership journey. My own copy of this book is full of highlighted text. I found value on virtually every page.

This is a must-read for anyone interested in leadership and public speaking!Speaking As a Leader: How to Lead Every Time You Speak...From Board Rooms to Meeting Rooms, From Town Halls to Phone Calls
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