by Prometheus Books, $19.00, 355 pages
For professional women wanting to find their true voice and speak with confidence in any situation, this is a must-have guidebook. Christine K. Jahnke, a highly skilled speech coach, shares her twenty plus years of experience in The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best.
The numerous how-to tips are detailed and illustrated using real-life scenarios. Jahnke covers everything including posture, voice skills, dressing for success, maximizing confidence, speech writing and media presentation. Recognizable examples of public performances allow the reader to learn from the best and avoid repeating the worst.
This is not, however, just a how-to book. Each chapter spotlights ten powerful female leaders such as Maya Angelou and Hillary Clinton. In addition, there are inspiring examples of well-spoken women who have made a difference throughout history by speaking out while being true to themselves and to the power of their message.
Whether speaking in a small group or on a national public stage, this book will improve your performance. The book has a “Frequently Asked Questions” appendix, and a thorough index allowing quick access to specific information.