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Voice and Speaking Skills For Dummies by [Apps, Judy]
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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Communicate successfully using the power of your voice
  • Experiment with volume, speed and pitch to maximise your vocal potential
  • Speak with confidence and make a great first impression

Find your voice and have them hanging on your every word

Whether you dream of commanding thousands with the power of your voice, or you′d just like to get your point across more clearly and convincingly, you′ve come to the right place. Not another presentation or public speaking primer, this book schools you in timeless principles that work equally well when addressing packed stadiums, in intimate gatherings and even during one–to–one conversations. Discover how to use your voice to surprise, seduce, soothe, intimidate, amuse, motivate and more. And, with the help of fun, easy voice exercises, you′ll quickly master critical elements such as breathing, rhythm, modulation, pitch and pacing.

  • Breathe free – discover how to free your voice from bad habits and ′voice gremlins′ and improve your range and authenticity with breathing exercises
  • Practice makes perfect – speak more clearly by experimenting with vowels and consonants, and playing with your pronunciation
  • Learn why timing is . . . everything – sustain a slow authoritative pace or energise your listeners with a faster pace
  • Make it resonate – use every great speaker′s secret weapon, resonance, to get under an audience′s skin and convey confidence, passion, authenticity and statesmanship

Audio CD includes:

Over 30 vocal exercises to help you make the most of your voice.

Featuring a range of exercises covering breathing techniques, the power of pitch variations, the impact of volume changes and more.

Open the book and find:

  • How to overcome fear to help you speak more effectively
  • Top tips for making a great first impression with your voice
  • Advice for conquering stuttering, hesitation and the stop reflex
  • Speaking in public for every occasion and audience
  • How to use your voice effectively in different professions
  • Advice on leading with your voice
  • Tips for celebrating your accent and using it in interesting ways
  • Ways of sounding like you mean business

About the Author

Judy Apps is a professional voice coach, an NLP (neuro–linguistic programming) Trainer and Director of Enlightened Ltd. She has more than fifteen years′ experience developing creative training programmes, particularly in the areas of leadership, voice and impact. Judy has provided coaching to top companies, including Volkswagen Financial Services, GlaxoSmithKline, the Metropolitan Police and JP Morgan, as well as prestigious individuals, such as Members and executives of the European Parliament and Commission.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1100 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (11 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BBA8MU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Covers everything you need to know plus stuff you would never have thought of that will help you achieve more than you ever believed possible. Judy's mind-body approach to voice and speaking skills underlies the theory, which is well written and well explained. Judy's enthusiasm for her subject combined with a great ability to teach and share her knowledge make this a book that everyone should have if they want to improve their personal impact, communication and presentation skills.
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I was excited by the title and description and the book didn't disappoint. It's such a comprehensive yet accessible guide to using the voice (more) effectively, that practically anyone can benefit from studying this. Personally I have a decent amount of experience using my voice professionally and I bought this book more as a source of teaching tips for my job (teachers will find this book useful). However, I discovered some things about myself that I would never have otherwise considered, concerning self-perception and emotional inhibition. I'd never before considered myself inhibited but Judy Apps talks a lot of sense, while coming across as warm and supportive and not austere or superior in the slightest. It's no exaggeration to say that this book can not only offer the tools to improve your voice but also an extra degree of self-knowledge and inner fulfillment.
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Judy Apps's latest, Voice & Speaking Skills for Dummies, brings together a wealth of information and insight on speaking technique. Despite the title, it's written with intelligence and wit - and it provides a comprehensive overview of essential information for speakers and presenters - whatever their degree of experience.

For the novice, much of the information here will be new - but it is immediately accessible.

For the intermediate, this is an excellent compilation of ideas and tools for developing further.

For the experienced presenter and speaker, the book is a helpful reminder of points you will know but may well have forgotten. Bringing them back into your conscious attention helps you reinforce your skills.

Included with the book is a CD with audio examples of the ideas and exercises in the text - an excellent resource for practice and training.

The book provides brief, relevant and useful guidance for using your voice more effectively in a wide range of situations. While there are many titles in this category, this is the first I've seen that brings together so many different ideas in such a quick and easy to use format.
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I did enjoy reading it but to be honest, I think it is just a reminder of what we already know. A lot of repetition and signposting to other books, activities, professionals. So I don't feel this book alone would change my vocal skills.

That said, perhaps the book I should have read was more about reducing anxiety around public speaking, rather than just concentrating on the vocals.

Cheap enough to explore anyhow
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I have borrowed this book from the library several times.I'm buying it for myself for Christmas as I have enjoyed it so much.I don't mind speaking publically but I would like to improve my delivery when reading to people.I know this book will help me and I know I will have fun learning.
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I was lucky enough to find this book and it is just brilliant. It is clearly set out and the exercises and breathing techniques are excellent. I would recommend this book to everyone. They are life skills that everyone requires but a subject that is not taught. I wish I knew Judy Apps to thank her for publishing this invaluable work and bringing all my searching to an end.
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Judy is a magician when it comes to voice speaking skills. Having been on Judy's 'Voice of Influence' speaking coures in 2008, I was was able to add a new dimension to my speaking. This brilliant book adds vital insights to the importance of our speaking voice and ways in which we can enhance it.

The book makes us realise that our voice is in fact a musical instrument and the quality of the 'music' is affected by physical, mental and emotional factors. These are all factors that we can learn to control.

Although this book is for speakers of any ability, as an past President of Oxford Speakers Club, current Club Mentor Master and Distinguished Toastmaster, I will be using Judy's teaching to take both my own and our speaking club members' speaking skills to the 'next level'.

If you wish to connect with people, have more influence and get ahead in your both career and private life, this book is a must.
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