Jan Fox’s Superb Advice About “Your Own Voice”

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As a Speech Coach, I help clients learn how to speak with “poise, passion, and persuasion,” so they will generate the “attention, agreement, and action” they want.

Yet some of my students express surprise when I urge them to “be themselves.” Often I quote Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes–once a Speech Coach for the first President Bush and for Ronald Reagan–when he said: “No one can play you as well as you can.”

Constantly, I’m looking for other Speech Coaches who advocate my approach to giving presentations naturally, not artificially. That’s why advice from expert Jan Fox caught my attention a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately, she granted permission for me to share her guidance with you.

USE YOUR OWN AUTHENTIC VOICE WHEN YOU MOVE TO THE STAGE
Here’s what Jan wrote for SpeakerNet News:

“Don’t you hate it when you hear speakers networking in the rooms or the hallways using their normal tones of voice; then when they hop up on stage, they dig out the old Ted Knight (of Mary Tyler Moore Show fame) SPEAKER voice? Where did the authentic person go? The stage or the front of the room demands a bigger you, a louder voice, a more resonant, inclusive tone, but NOT a DIFFERENT you. Bring your most authentic self to the stage, or the audience will tune you out. There goes your great message.”

CHECK YOURSELF ON THIS VITAL POINT

Here are some ways to determine whether you kept your authentic voice or adopted another tone when you faced an audience:
–Ask a friendly audience member to give you candid feedback
–Listen to a recording of your speech
–Enlist a Speech Coach to evaluate your voice consistency

MORE ABOUT JAN FOX

Jan’s career includes Emmy-winning broadcasting in local network TV news for three decades. In addition to her coaching, she serves as a keynote speaker, consultant, and educator.

Visit her Web site:
http://www.foxtalks.com

mailto:jan@foxtalks.com

202-302-1241

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“The Original MBA”–My 100th Book Review for Amazon

This week I reached a milestone–posting my 100th book review for Amazon. Initially, my reviews were text only. But after I learned video production, I started providing video reviews. It’s more enjoyable to talk about a book I like than to write about it. Also, Amazon visitors welcome the break from written reviews.

Above, you’ll see the cover of The Original MBA, the book I chose for the 100th review. The cover features a little girl in her mother’s shoes–reflecting the book’s central theme, how a girl learned valuable lessons from her mother.

Here’s the link to my Amazon review of Sandy Weaver Carman’s book:
http://amzn.to/SZTxnP

You’ll note that I gave a 5-star rating, and recommended that you get your own copy and copies for your work colleagues.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sandy Weaver Carman has achieved leadership roles in two highly competitive professions, radio broadcasting and audio production. Here’s her Website, describing her experiences and services, and giving her contact information:

http://www.voiceworkondemand.com

MY OTHER 99 REVIEWS
I invite you to check the other 99 reviews I’ve done for Amazon. You’ll see a wide range of topics–communication, business, sales, customer service, motivation, sports, biography, and more:
http://amzn.to/LHxI7m

You might wonder why I give high ratings to practically all of these books. The answer is simple. I wouldn’t spend my time reading a book, much less reviewing it, if I didn’t consider the book worthwhile. In most cases I don’t know the authors personally. Yet when I do, that doesn’t influence my evaluation. In fact–to maintain my professional ethics standards–I have politely declined to submit reviews of books that didn’t appeal to me.

RESPOND WITH YOUR COMMENTS
Sandy and I will welcome your response. Did you learn valuable lessons from your mother, that led to permanent improvements in your life and business? What were they?

Go to the end of the blog entry in the section below and click NO COMMENTS if none have been made, or if comments have been made click 1 comment, 2 comments, or whatever the comments button says. The comments section will appear.

GET DAILY COMMUNICATION TIPS AND STRATEGIES FROM MY FACEBOOK BUSINESS PAGE
Here’s the link to my Facebook business page:
http://bit.ly/iRv6EA

You’ll find beneficial guidelines for business communication and for speaking with “poise, power, and persuasion.” Click “Like” to stay connected for updates.