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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; Reprint edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587613425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587613425
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Do you have a message deep in your soul that you need help getting out into the world? Do you have a calling, a vision that you want to articulate with more power? Do you want to learn how to express your inner intents in ways that effectively communicate while at the same time motivating people to act? Then I have the book for you: Transformational Speaking. This is no ordinary book, but an alchemical read that will transform your relationship to your voice via the deepest stirrings of your soul.”
—FastCompany.com
 
"[Gail Larsen's] Real Speaking is perfect for anyone who cares deeply about their mission and wants to express it with depth, clarity, and passion. Gail is incisive, fierce, and compassionate and does a brilliant job of drawing out the best in each person."
—Nina Utne, former editor in chief and CEO, Utne

"We all want to be part of a bigger story, something beyond ourselves that allows us to serve the common good and find personal fulfillment."
—Dr. Mark Albion, New York Times best-selling author

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Transformational Speaking literally transformed me as I worked my way through the book. Filled with the heart-wisdom of a woman who knows her territory and exercises that help you go straight to the core of who you are, this book will transform you too . . . if you let it.

This is true if you are a beginning speaker or a speaking pro. Gail makes you think, first about yourself: what are my innate talents and gifts; what is my core message? Our lives contain the answers. That alone is worth much more than the price of the book.

And just when you believe there is nothing left she has to tell you she comes in with: know your audience, "relive don't remember", the nuts and bolts information of the business of speaking.

This is a real human being demonstrating what she is writing about. Do I need to say more? Yes! I strongly urge you to buy the book. Read Transformational Speaking if you want to find your voice, be your most powerful self, contribute your best gifts to the world and, of course, be a transformational speaker.


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This book is comprehensive with great examples and stories.
Kim Taylor
Gail Larsen's Transformational Speaking is an amazing journey that is like no other speaking skills book out there.
Sharon C. Pope
Highly recommended reading for anyone wanting to have an impact through public speaking.
Camilla R. G. Rees

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Camilla R. G. Rees on February 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Reading Transformation Speaking, I was astonished to learn that even though I was an experienced speaker I had been largely suppressing my core emotional message, or the most passionate and authentic part of myself with the highest potential to move others. Transformational Speaking has given me the confidence to dare to allow all of my humanness to come through when I address an audience, and to speak from the truth of my own story. When I finished the book, I couldn't wait for the next speaking opportunity to step into my power and potential as a change agent. I also especially enjoyed perusing the book's long list of `Qualities of A Great Speaker', as well as the 266 `Voices' one might express, which helped me to get clear on exactly who I most want to be when speaking. Highly recommended reading for anyone wanting to have an impact through public speaking. It will teach you the importance of transforming your relationship with yourself so you can become a truly transformational speaker--something missing from all other public speaking programs I have experienced. Bravo!

Camilla Rees
Wide Angle Health, LLC
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Klau PhD on March 23, 2008
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TRANSFORMATIONAL SPEAKING
If you want to change the world, tell a better story...
Gail Larsen

Transformational Speaking literally transformed me as I worked my way through the book. Filled with the heart-wisdom of a woman who knows her territory and exercises that help you go straight to the core of who you are, this book will transform you too . . . if you let it.

This is true if you are a beginning speaker or a speaking pro. Gail makes you think, first about yourself: what are my innate talents and gifts; what is my core message? Our lives contain the answers. That alone is worth much more than the price of the book.

And just when you believe there is nothing left she has to tell you she comes in with: know your audience, "relive don't remember", the nuts and bolts information of the business of speaking.

This is a real human being demonstrating what she is writing about. Do I need to say more? Yes! I strongly urge you to buy the book. Read
Transformational Speaking if you want to find your voice, be your most powerful self, contribute your best gifts to the world and, of course, be a transformational speaker.

Reviewed by:

Lynda Klau, PHD
Licensed psychologist, coach, speaker
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marlene M. Lockwood on February 15, 2008
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Gail's book is inspirational. She gives you tips that show you how to be the kind of speaker you like to hear. It takes courage to show up real and share your own wisdom; Gail helps you find that courage and wisdom and then how to share it in a winning way. Great book. Anyone who is a speaker or wants to become a great speaker should read her book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hart on January 31, 2013
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This is my video review of Transformational Speaking. This book has transformed my ability to speak from my heart and connect with others on a deep level. I really feel like anyone serious about engaging an audience should buy this book immediately. I really enjoyed listening to the audio version!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark H. Long on June 6, 2008
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Athletes sometimes find their high performance "zone"-when everything clicks perfectly. In her new book, Gail Larsen in her no-nonsense approach shows how anyone can find their high performance "zone"-a zone beyond just public speaking. Without laying claim Gail shows how someone needs to find and journey through their "comfort" and "home" zones to be a great and powerful speaker. In the process and with her process she is really showing people how to reach peak performance in any pursuit. For executives this book is a must read if authentic personal and corporate purpose is high on their agenda. Gail's techniques are some of the finest in the world for companies searching for how to present their purpose, competitive position and source for branding.

Every senior executive should be grounded in Gail's methods. She makes it possible for the executive to win the attention and trust of any stakeholder or audience - this is a must read.

Mark Long
Attorney and founder SuperLab
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Raphael Cushnir on April 29, 2008
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Transformational Speaking presents a spiritual path in a how-to book - what a rare find! It's beautifully written, passionate, and totally authentic. Gail is someone you WANT to learn from, and has so much to share. Her teaching is filled with depth and presence, and makes you realize that a podium is a meditation cushion in disguise. And vice versa, too. Become a better speaker, Gail's way, and you're bound to find more than a little enlightenment along the way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Alperstein on April 10, 2009
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This book's central focus is how we can become "agents for positive change" by speaking with an authentic voice and accessing our unique message. I got a lot from this book. It offers many insights to increase rapport with an audience. The author has a huge amount of experience teaching public speaking to people from all walks of life. But this is a lot more than a book on public speaking. It's a book that changes our relationship with ourselves and with our voice.

The exercises are thought-provoking and powerful. One exercise I did the other day went something like this: What would you say to the world if you only had one minute to live?

It was fun to hear myself boil my message down to its base ingredients. In a variety of creative ways, this book helps you realize the heart of your unique message, and then speak and expand from there. Through memorable anecdotes and exercises the book helps you untangle all the knots that get in the way of having a true connection with your audience.

This book shows us that whoever and wherever we are, through naturalness and authentic voice, we have a story others will benefit from. It's a wake up call to be yourself, and what I liked about this book is that it showed me HOW to "be myself." It helps us shine in front of others without pretense or added "shoulds" about what a speaker is supposed to be like. In fact, it strips all the "shoulds" away, making public speaking sound... well....fun.

This is the kind of book that can stir you in surprising and lasting ways. I have the feeling I'll be using things from it for a long time to come. If you are a teacher, author, or workshop leader, I think Transformational Speaking will help you enhance your relationship with your students/audience because it offers a very honest and user-friendly approach to speaking.
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