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Find Your Voice

The Secret to Talking with Confidence in Any Situation
Narrated by: Caroline Goyder
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
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Speak up and stand out.

Whether you want more social confidence in your day-to-day life, are hosting an event or appearing on a podcast, Find Your Voice will empower you to be bold, be present and captivate any audience.

Based on decades of helping broadcasters, celebrities, teachers and top-level professionals speak effortlessly in front of others, renowned voice teacher and communication expert Caroline Goyder will show you how to:

  • Harness the full potential of your body, breath and voice
  • Genuinely connect to others in a dizzyingly distracted world
  • Stand out as calm speaker whatever the situation
©2020 Caroline Goyder (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"This book is brilliant! It will change lives." (Suzy Walker, editor in chief, Psychologies)

"A fantastic guide to speaking up and overcoming insecurities by the best voice coach ever." (Viv Groskop, author of How to Own the Room

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This book must be a lesson in the Medical School.

Well written, full of worthy information, building confidence. Each sentence is a treasure. Recommend reading it more than once as everytime you read it you feel it attracts you with its magnificient well organised real ideas , which are not just written habhazardly.

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The perfect book on how to let go and speak well

This isn't a book on prosody (i.e. intonation and articulation), or a book on linguistics. It's not necessarily aimed at actors and singers, although it can help those, too.

This books covers a gap that is seldom talked about: how to speak clearly and confidently when someone's waiting for your answer, and all you can feel is that dreadful anxiety riddle with a sense of inadequacy and all you can hear in your head is those past experiences where you slurred, mumbled, or even shied away from speaking. If you've ever opened your mouth and felt you were inside your head, having the other person feel like they're too close whilst you're voice seems unable to bridge the 1 feet gap between the both of you, or if you felt like you were having a panic attack whilst chatting with someone else, this is the book you wanna read.

I read English at uni well over a decade ago. Since then, I've kept close to everything phonetics/phonology-related. I've read every book I could. Occasionally I'll try and read books on how to be a confident speaker. Some books will focus on how to organise your presentation, but I never wanted to stand in front of an audience, I just wanted to be confident and clear on the phone or when chatting with my barbers! Some other books will focus on how to build relationships, but those don't cut it, either. Some will help you articulate better. You'd think these would help the most, but they're usually aimed at foreigners so you don't really learn much from them. Certainly nothing if you've studied linguistics for years. And what is even the point of speaking clearly in your room when you're by yourself if all of that goes out of the window the second your anxiety kicks in as someone stares at you waiting for an answer.

This is why Caroline's book is special. Although it's not divided as such, the book is half self-help, half training. You can tell it's not been written by an actor or a speech therapist that has never experienced your issues, but by someone that's been crippled by anxiety and made it out the other way. She has managed to illustrate the worst of your days, whilst showing you how it is to be confident. No book has ever resonated so much with me. She's described perfectly what it is to be anxious, to feel like you're about to pass out as you mumble, slur, rush, and hide behind your words - and she's done it just as well as she's described what it's like to be confident, clear, and centred. She knows what she's talking about and she knows that you're probably not wanting to prepare for an interview or a presentation, but to be able to be the best you (and keep it that way) what buying a ticket at the cinema, or introducing yourself to someone, or having to call someone on the phone.

Like I said, she knows her shit. I knew it the second she mention something not that well known in linguistics. It's about, Voice Confrontation. Voice Confrontation is when you cringe at even the thought of listening to your own voice being played back at you. Most experts only mention one reason as to why this happens: your voice sounds deeper on the inside as the bones give it more bass. So listening to it being played back makes you think your voice is high pitched. But that's half the story, if that. The real reason you cringe is because you can hear your anxiety, fear, insecurities, and all other feelings you had when you were being recorded. Most people don't know this, she does. She truly knows what she's talking about.

To sum up, if you get this book, you're gonna learn how to let go, put yourself out there, how to be present, how you need not to hear your voice but feel it, how to fill the room with your voice, and most importantly, how to keep it that way.

You might like the book, or you might not like it. But it's a great book. And it will truly help you, not just if you need to speak in front of an audience, or more clearly, but precisely when you get in your own head and you feel everything's against you. By the way, nothing really is against you. You've got this.

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