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Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  317 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Have you ever wondered why some people earn attention and respect when they speak and others don't? The secret to their success can be summed up in one word: gravitas.

In this revolutionary new book, leading voice coach and speaker Caroline Goyder reveals how to speak so others will listen. Through simple techniques to build your natural gravitas, you will learn how to
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Published March 6th 2014 by Ebury Digital (first published January 2nd 2014)
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Imran  Ahmed
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Self-improvement books are a nice way to make one feel good. They energize one while reading. Indeed, we make all sorts of mental promises to implement the many wonderful suggestions contained in the book.

That is the case with virtually all self-improvement books. The difference between a nice and a great self-improvement book is whether one carries through with all those promises and suggestions.

Are the recommendations easily remembered in a catchy way? How practical are they for one’s life?
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Ivan Kulis
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gravitas is a skill that will be increasingly in demand in the future because it goes against the mainstream trends. It is one of these skills -- like capacity to mono-task or to work for extended hours in a very focused manner -- that are becoming increasingly rare today. Which is why we need it.

In the world of limited attention span, soundbites and social media, the capability of gravitas -- listening attentively and speaking coherently, with controlled passion and remarkable precision, is
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Sabeena
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We all know at least one person that has impressed us in our lifetime with that certain charisma, a wisdom, weightiness in what they had to say, that effortlessly held attention, were incredibly intelligent but also humbly grounded? I knew many from lecturers of my university days to a helpful, local newsagents! We now know that that characteristic 'je ne sais quoi' they possessed was in fact their Gravitas.
If you are looking for your 'voice' for personal reasons or professional, it's worth
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Saner Pasha
Caroline, this was a hell of a book to read! As experienced communicator and negotiator, I'm genuinely impressed with the tips included in the content. Thanks for introducing me to Gravitas. Cheers, Saner
Katherine
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katherine by: Cate Huston
Shelves: public-speaking
This book has good advice on improving at public speaking (and communication generally) with advice from the author's actor coaching background. If you have goals like being taken more seriously, having more of a presence, or even conversely, coming across as less intimidating and more approachable instead, through using your voice and body language, I think the discussions here can be helpful.

The first few chapters hammer on the definition of gravitas and its Greek origins a bit too much for
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Mexie Butler
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know how some people just have that look of being in control? Caroline Goyder does. She's studied the subject of 'gravitas' and come up with an excellent, practical book that breaks the notion down into understandable chunks, and provides practical, doable exercises to help the reader feel more in charge of themselves in any situation. It applies not only to occasions where one is in the limelight for a presentation of some sort, but also covers simple day-to-day interactions where we can ...more
Stefan Bonimy
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helpful

There were many helpful tips to become a better communicator and convey confidence during presentations. As someone who has been active in Toastmasters International, I can attest to much of the advice given in this book. It's an excellent read
Gemma
Jul 02, 2019 added it
Not sure what I was expecting with this book, but the only surprising takeaway is how painfully obvious most of it was. Padded out with fluffy quotes, “bizniz” anecdotes (Steve Jobs inc. natch) and severely lacking in much else.
Mr D T Wavell
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great for soft skill learning.

Some great advice on some of the soft skills often not taught. Some of the suggestions will come naturally to some and be new to others. Useful for anyone working in the corporate world.
Mark Booth
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant

Full of really useful techniques and ways of thinking. Many of the theories and exercises will stay with me forever.
Rick Yagodich
Dec 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to Caroline Goyder was, I beleive, a TED talk. And it was good enough that I followed it up by adding this work to my to-read list. But…

One would expect a book on the subject of gravitas to project a touch of… well, gravitas. It's a perfectly reasonable assumption, I believe.

This book fails at this most basic task of self-reference. The writing is simplistic, almost childish. The logic and structure is slipshod, jumping around in an effort to divert from the all to obvious fact
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Pawel Grzybek
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a constant joker! Most of the time there's nothing bad about this, but in a senior-level position in a big software company, some level of seriousness can be helpful. The power to be a great communicator lies somewhere in-between, doesn't it?

I decided to dedicate some time to find that sweet spot and picked up “Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority” by Caroline Goyder. It was a great choice! It's a combination of bite-sized chapters about multiple subjects involved
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Zak
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a gem of book. It explains Gravitas in historical and modern contexts.

It clearly explains the seven principles and provides simple exercises to master each one. That is followed by a toolkit that provides examples of how to use the techniques in different situations.

I use it at work to remove the ‘fourth walls’ that exist between teams and business departments. I use it personally to make video voice-overs.
Jason Alderson
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Can't say I learnt anything that I didn't already know or wasn't obvious. Hey, maybe that means I've got natural gravitas. Result!

There are a lot of practical exercises in the book so I'm sure this would be useful for some people and the book is well written.
Mr L
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book written so well by the author Caroline Goyder. It helped me shine a light on certain areas of my life as a beginner comedian and also helped me see other things in my life in a new light
Günter Richter
A little disappointing. Most of the content is fairly obvious and I felt that I came away from reading the book with less than I thought I would get.
Pupsi
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book with tangible exercises and perspectives.
Sandy
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
It teaches me how to think on your feet. How to build your Gravitas with tips and methods. I rate the first part of the book as 5 stars, the second part 3 stars. Overall it worth reading, especially the first part.
Kimarli Allen
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential

I really enjoyed this, it is an essential read. I would recommend this book to all, everyone can benefit from the content of this book. It is especially useful if you want tips on public speaking and advice on communicating ideas more effectively.
An Do
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Informational - with good practical exercises
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