The Star Qualities: How to Sparkle With Confidence in All Aspects of Your Life Hardcover – Unabridged, 18 Sep 2009
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`Goyder writes engagingly and the self depreciating passages from Bill Nighy and David Hare are particularly good'
'Where, exactly, was I going to find the confidence to make this speech? The answer lay with Caroline Goyder... A book explaining the methods actoris use to remain poised under intense pressure. Goyder has managed to persuade an impressive range of leading actors, from Sarah Jessica Parker to Kate Winslet, Ewan McGregor, Minnie Driver and MEily Mortumer, to divulge their secrets.' --Red Magazine
'Movie and TV stars could help you get your next job, according to Caroline Goyder, who trains actors and coaches professionals, politicians and broadcasters in the art of interviewing.' --Evening Standard
'Another book I'm taken with is Caroline Goyder's The Star Qualities. It is subtitled "How to sparkle in all aspects of your life" and includes lots of advice from Big Names such as Helen Mirren, Ewan McGregor and Kate Winslet and many others all of whom the author has interviewed. We've had plenty of books about confidence and presence before, but it is good is to present some of the information in authoritative vignettes like this.' --The Stage
'To overcome shyness you need to learn to shine. And who better to advise you than the people who get paid millions to fake it - the Hollywood stars...You would imagine that for the world's top performers, self confidence goes with the territory of that special something known as star quality. Not so, according to voice coach Caroline Goyder, who trains actors at Central School of Speech and Drama in London and teaches politicians and broadcasters to overcome shyness.' --Hello Magazine
'The good news is that confidence isn't something you are born with. It's a skill that requires practice and there are techniques that can soon be acquired to pull you out of that negative mindset....According to Caroline Goyder, author of The Star Qualities, confident people are not always free of doubt. On the contrary, they sometimes may be full of doubts and they know exactly what their flaws are.'What makes the confident person stand out is they embrace the flaws and fear and get on with what they have to do. They realise that no one expects them to be perfect.'
'With this invaluable guide you will learn how to shine in any situation.'
--Living North Magazine
If you've ever been paralyzed by shyness when faced with a room full of strangers, overwhelmed when making a speech, awkward in an interview or too nervous to approach that gorgeous person across the bar, this book can change your life. Whether it's landing the job you really want or sparkling at a party, performance expert Caroline Goyder and her panel of stars are here to help improve your confidence, give you presence and boost your self-esteem. A-List stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Bill Nighy, Frances McDormand, Helen Mirren, Gael Garcia Bernal and Ewan McGregor share their secrets in exclusive interviews with Caroline Goyder, who explains the methods behind their advice and shares her own tricks of the trade. With their help you can learn above all how to unlock the real you, embracing what makes you different and special. Real star quality is about trusting yourself. With this invaluable guide you will learn how to shine in any situation. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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The Star Qualities is basically a text book which gives the everyday Jane Doe the very same tools which celebrities use, thereby enabling you to shine like a star in your own life. It includes top tips from high profile celebrities such as Sophia Myles, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ewan McGregor, so its like having a team of mentors to hand who really do know what they are talking about. The author Caroline Goyder is an acting coach, but she has also trained politicians and broadcasters and her advice works in the real world - in her book, she passes on her knowledge and experience, giving readers the tools celebrities use to shine in areas of public speaking, interviews, parties, social events; as well as detailing how your appearance and ambitions can help boost your personal confidence. It really is an invaluable tome to have on hand and I often dip into this book for a quick boost and pep talk. I found the section on Impostor Syndrome very useful as I have experienced this several times in my career and it is nice to have the tools to deal with it. The whole book is easy to relate to and more importantly, to learn from.
While I will never enjoy being the center of attention, my confidence has increased since reading The Star Qualities and its great to have on my bookshelf for instant mentoring whenever I need it. This book will always give you a boost, a pep talk, a tool kit and a plan of action... for whatever your personal ambitions might be, confidence in yourself is always the key. Every shy person should read it.
I thought the book would be light on content, but no. The author clearly knows her stuff and enjoys her subject. There is obvious respect for the celebrities she interviews and their experience with 'star quality'.
The book flows with ease, giving insight into presence - what that is, how to achieve it, and how best to use it. Some brilliant interviewees - I especially enjoyed Alan Cumming, Helen Mirren and Frances McDormand. It's a real achievement to have interviewed such a list of celebrities in the first place.
Thanks to your advice, in a nutshell I feel much happier and confident in myself and my life ( and have a greater appreciation of actors). I was delightfully surprised to find that the book did not contain some formula or list of dos and don't like so many other self-help books do, but instead focused on letting you be yourself. We hear the advice 'just be yourself' all the time but I didn't really understand it before reading the first chapter of your book. I have read and reread chapters. I have bought copies for my friends. I am in China right now teaching English for six months and brought the book with me and have been able to apply the advice to performing in the classroom. Thank you thank you thank you!
I felt that I must write to you as when people talk about the book that changed their life, yours is the one that had an amazing impact on mine.
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