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Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story

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You can change the world—one audience at a time!

Today's challenging times call for passionate visionaries who are authentic and articulate communicators. Speaking coach and consultant Gail Larsen presents a proven program that liberates the "speaker within" and transforms even the reluctant orator into an agent of change.

While most books on public speaking focus on polish
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Celestial Arts (first published March 3rd 2009)
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Dielle Ciesco
Jul 06, 2013 Dielle Ciesco rated it really liked it
I just finished reading Transformational Speaking which is a book on a topic close to my heart...expression. I loved it because, even though the book dealt with some of the usual technical aspects of speaking, the true focus of the book was not on "performing" but on "transforming"--self and audience. Larsen gets it. She asks each reader to consider her/his own personal journey allowing it to define the message s/he conveys. And of course, speaking of anything other than what we truly know is ...more
Ryan Morton
Dec 18, 2015 Ryan Morton rated it it was amazing
A GREAT book! Even though written for the aspiring public speaker, the material could apply to anyone looking to develop a voice in the world.

This book does no focus on the usual tactics of crafting a speech, creating visual aids, moving on stage, or using impact techniques such as vocal variety, eye contact, body language, props, etc. Instead, Gail delivers a much more important message that would-be speakers, and/or change agents, must grapple with before those tactics will be of any use. Thi
Oct 11, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
You know the saying people may not remember what you say, but they will remember how you made them feel?


This book is the perfect cocktail -- equal part inspiration, wisdom, and resources -- that will start transformational conversations. Gail Larsen guides a speaker through a self-discovery of her/his own depth and power, which is where she explains our core message or "original medicine" lies. Once we access this "home zone", we are on the path to communicating with authenticity, confidenc
Jun 03, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing
This book helps you develop your "voice" as a speaker, but it has also helped me with my copywriting and other written communications. It encouraged me to be really clear about who I am and shows how that is most compelling way for me to really connect with people. Rather than a formula of how to create a great speech, it helps you use your communication strengths more fully. There are plenty of concrete steps to help prepare for your speaking engagement though. I've booked a couple of speaking ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great tips for "getting in the mood" for public speaking, and some great ideas on the mechanics. The last third of the book becomes quite new-agey and hurt the value of the book. I listened to this as an audio book. I think it would have been easier to follow had I read it. There were a number of long lists in the book that I would have preferred to see instead of hear and try to remember.
Angelika Christie
Sep 19, 2012 Angelika Christie rated it it was amazing
If you ever want to get on stage and inspire an audience, this book is for you.
It is full of wisdom, down to earth insights and presented with care and lightness.
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This was a class text book. It was an interesting read. Not something i would have picked up on my own, but it wasn't bad.
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