In my opinion this book is suitable for anyone curious about how vocal delivery can impact their communications, but with very little understanding about how voice works. It gives you a good grounding in the basic principles of voice work. It's a good introductory book to get you started on the journey of voice power! Aimed at the business professional.
Layout Very easy to read, unlike a lot of voice books! She doesn't overload the reader with exercises that are impractical and long winded. She steers clear of theatrical language found in these type of books - which can often alienate readers. She has a conversational style and draws a lot from her own experiences with clients - although there are lots of name dropping which might erk some people '
3 Areas I found useful
There are lots to enjoy about this read - so here are my 3!
1 Breathing Chapter I found her explanation of passive breathing simple and effective, although there isn't much detail, it gives a novice enough to work with and practice. The reference to Elvis is great - in terms of how tension, breath and posture affect the voice.
2 The amazing power of consonants I thought this section was explained very well, and easy to understand for a novice. There were useful simple explanations on how to grab attention and hold onto it. I loved the analogy that vowels are like the noodles - all substance and no flavour and consonants are like the sauce - full of flavour and spice.
3 Silence is golden She asks "what has silence got to do with speaking" I just liked the fact that she put such emphasis on the power of pause, and silence - it's something I constantly harp on about in my coaching. I liked the concept of "the art of the power pause - seduced by silence - this is certainly worth reading, understanding and applying, especially when in a sales and negotiating situation
3 Areas I didn't find useful
1 Speeches that make people listen
I just felt this chapter seemed out of place here for some reason. This book is so focussed on the nuances of vocal speaking skills that to address structuring a presentation in the middle just didn't fit. She could have allocated a book alone to this.
2 Success appeal at work
Didn't do it for me - lots of general stuff, I felt it would have been better to stay focused on delivery skills and avoid the theory, observations
3 Repetition It felt like there was a lot of repetition throughout the book which was unnecessary as there was a lot more she could have covered. I thought she could have included more useful exercises to try out instead. It felt like towards the end of the book she was running out ideas.
Overall - hit or miss
A hit - I enjoyed the read, and would recommend it to anyone curious about improving their vocal delivery. It's not an intimidating read, and aimed at business professionals.