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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; Reprint edition (March 3, 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 (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Camilla R. G. Rees on February 10, 2008
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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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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.

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Lynda Klau, PHD
Licensed psychologist, coach, speaker
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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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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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If you are looking for a how-to book on identifying your core message and developing the capacity to move people with that message, this book is for you. If you are looking for a how-to book on 'techniques' of being a keynoter, this is so much more. In fact, this book just might illuminate how some of those techniques could be turning audiences off of your message. Gail Larsen is a gifted teacher and guide. Let her words send you on a path of authenticity and ease with audiences of 1 to a thousand.
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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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Gail Larsen, in Transformational Speaking, implores us that if we wish to inspire people, we must tell a better story than the ones we told before. Her book shows us how to make our speeches more moving, inspiring, and effective by speaking from the heart. In essence, if you are not moved by what you say, others will not be moved either.

I particularly liked the section dealing with “The Hero’s Journey,” a term originated by Joseph Campbell in his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces.

The stories that you mine from your own Hero’s Journey, will allow you to speak with heart felt authority and power. The author emphasizes that the key to connecting with people is to experience and share the emotions that you felt as you overcame your obstacles or learned valuable lessons.

Virtue Is Its Own Reward

One story that came to mind as I read Transformational Speaking, was when my mother passed away almost three years ago.

She was in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation clinics a lot at the end. It was a stressful time for both my mother and I. She said, “My get up and go, got up and went.”

Yet, even in the midst of this hurricane, there were also peaceful moments when we could chat while sharing lunch or when putting a jigsaw puzzle together. I admired how she responded to the difficulties with a kind nature.

However, my blood boiled when health care “professionals” treated her like an object rather than as a person. Even when people acted as though she were invisible, or worse, as though she was not “all there,” my mother never wavered in being thoughtful and accommodating.

One humorous incident that occurred in my mother’s hospital room.
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