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The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best Paperback – September 20, 2011
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“This should be on every young woman’s “must read immediately” list and if you know a young woman about to leave high school or college, do consider presenting them with a copy of this invaluable book.”
—Monsters and Critics
"I wish I had owned a copy of The Well-Spoken Woman before I first stepped up to a microphone. Decisions look different when there’s a woman at the table, but we have to get there first—and Jahnke has a keen sense of what it truly takes for any woman to transform her ambitions into real-world success."
—GOVERNOR BEV PERDUE, North Carolina
"A great resource for every woman who wants to make her voice heard: proven techniques, real-life examples, and helpful tips on how to make the most of every presentation—from school seminars and business meetings to local political campaigns and nationally televised debates."
—ANN F. LEWIS, former White House director of communications
"Jahnke is a brilliant communicator and teacher. Armed with this personal guide packed with her field-tested strategies and practical tips, you will ace your media interviews, speeches, testimony, and debates. This book is an indispensable tool for any woman who wants to get her message out."
—DEBBIE WALSH, director, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University
"For years, women across the country have relied on Christine K. Jahnke. From governors to senators, she’s helped women craft their own persuasive stories and remain confident no matter what comes their way. With this book, she adds insight from accomplished women—and brings her powerful lessons for communicating to everyone. This book is a tool to help women find their voices and make our country better."
—STEPHANIE SCHRIOCK, president, EMILY’s List
"This is a great ‘how to do it well’ manual. And I loved the illustrative stories that created a sense of intimacy with women I’ve admired from afar. I want this book with me wherever I go—a great resource, and how nice to be in the company of Maya Angelou, Ann Richards, Hillary Clinton, and Barbara Jordan!"
—DONNA STARK, vice president, the Annie E. Casey Foundation
"Speech coach Christine K. Jahnke has written a book that will motivate women to believe in themselves and become great speakers. She believes women should be risk takers and cites numerous examples of how everyday women have exceeded audience expectations."
—CELINDA LAKE, pollster and strategist, Lake Research Partners
"We may have ‘come a long way, baby,’ but when it comes to speaking publicly—whether in front of a TV camera or an audience—women still face a unique set of expectations and assumptions. And no one understands that like Christine K. Jahnke. She’s dedicated her career to helping women look and sound their best. I’ve watched Jahnke work her magic on women politicians. And I find myself turning instinctively to the advice she gave those women for myself."
—AMY WALTER, political analyst and TV commentator
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The Well-Spoken Woman's opening premise is that a woman's power persona evolves from bringing her whole self and signature style to the podium. "Expression and engagement are hot... Dialogue, listening, and showing empathy are now valued and respected." It seems the time has finally come to express our uniquely feminine leadership from the front of the room.
Research reveals that 58% of a speaker's impact comes from body language and appearance, 38% from voice quality, and 7% from the message. Now that we have the science behind it, it's easier for a woman to identify which elements of her presentation really matter and which she should spend the most time improving. This is the part of the book I learned the most from; it changed my focus from the message itself to the way my voice carries the message, and from what I wear to how I move.
After learning what makes for an impactful live performance, Jahnke moves on to something she calls the "the five C's of message development": clarity, connection, compelling, concise, and continual. The neat thing about her "message map" technology is that it applies to all different kinds of topics.Read more ›
She uses tons of examples throughout political history, and I'll admit I had to use Wikipedia to look up many of her references, but I'm thankful I did. The real life stories of other women making this world a better place will push you past your own comfort zone, and hopefully pursue your own goals and dreams.
Ms. Jahnke has worked with our organization to coach technical experts on how to distill complicated information into what really matters to broad audiences. I have watched her catalyze transformations in people during individual coaching and in small group settings. "The Well-Spoken Woman" provides you the opportunity to experience her world-class approach and her gifts in this arena. I refer to the book as a refresher in my own preparation for television interviews or major presentations.
This book is well written and a pleasure to read. So often sentences made me smile and marvel at how well she encapsulated the heart of the matter. The real-life examples of woman transcending challenging situations to become well-spoken leaders are fun to read, made me laugh out loud, and easily remember the key practical points.
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Women like Christine K. Jahnke had lived it up to their dreams! And her advice to improve your looks and communication skills can certainly deliver the goods, especially in our... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen
Awesome read. Not in gives you tips for but feeds you history of the great women that we just don't learn about u too schoolPublished 3 months ago by neka
This is one of those books that will have you coming back for more! The writer provides several practical examples for each point. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nothing new here, this is now a bit outdated. This one went right into the Goodwill pile.Published 6 months ago by arizonamegs
I'm only on chapter 3 and can tell you it's a good but very dense book. There is a lot of information in each chapter and the takeaways get lost in all the digressions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by csilla kelemen