Summary of Hear And Now

How Women Get Heard More at Work and Why it Matters

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Hear And Now book summary
Develop your “power voice” to convey your ideas with confidence.


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Most women in business feel that their voices carry less weight than their male colleagues’ deeper tones. Corporate speaker and women’s rights advocate Chris Davidson confirms the reality of this vocal obstacle: It’s as much physical as cultural. Resolving the physical obstacle means exercising your vocal muscles to achieve your most resonant voice. Overcoming the cultural obstacle involves learning to appreciate the collaborative “female” model of communication. With this model, you illustrate important points with relevant, personal stories that form memorable emotional connections with your audience. Davidson details each step on your path to giving powerful, accessible presentations, and explains how to use your presentation skills to convey your message effectively in every form of corporate communication. Though Davidson wrote this user-friendly manual for women, getAbstract finds that it could help anyone in the corporate world who wants a strong voice and a confident demeanor, including businessmen who don’t project as well as they’d like.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How breathing enhances your voice and calms your nerves,
  • What communication models make your ideas more memorable, and
  • What strategies you can use to connect with your listeners through engaging presentations.


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About the Author

Award-winning author and public speaker Chris Davidson is a corporate communications consultant. He founded his company, Active Presence, in 2002.

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    Radost Petrova 3 months ago
    Easy, readily applicable tips on giving presentations plus good explanation regarding differences in male/female voices.

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