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Foreword by Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali An internationally renowned and highly sought-after Hollywood voice coach shares proven practices to help anyone utilize the often-untapped power of their own authentic voice. As the world continues to shift in unexpected ways, now more than ever we need the skills to make a lasting impact when we speak. From a toddler's first Foreword by Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali An internationally renowned and highly sought-after Hollywood voice coach shares proven practices to help anyone utilize the often-untapped power of their own authentic voice. As the world continues to shift in unexpected ways, now more than ever we need the skills to make a lasting impact when we speak. From a toddler's first words to a speech in front of a large audience, from a marriage proposal to asking for a raise, we are fundamentally verbal animals, using our voices to express ourselves. Yet there has been no authoritative guide to mastering its full capacity, no guide to show us how to utilize our voices to achieve our goals and express our true selves in every aspect of life, from relationships and family to the business arena. Until now.     As one of the nation’s most sought-after vocal coaches, Denise Woods has worked with everyone from Mahershala Ali, Jessica Chastain, Ray Liotta, Kirsten Dunst, Will Smith, Halle Berry, and Idris Elba. In The Power of Voice, Woods looks back on her work with Hollywood’s biggest stars, providing valuable lessons and exercises that all of us can use to overcome common voice and speech problems, and become confident, effective communicators.   With her un-matched ability to teach vocal training in real-world terms, Woods offers a much-needed, proven, practical, and invaluable set of tools that will forever change not only how we communicate but ultimately how we see ourselves. 


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Foreword by Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali An internationally renowned and highly sought-after Hollywood voice coach shares proven practices to help anyone utilize the often-untapped power of their own authentic voice. As the world continues to shift in unexpected ways, now more than ever we need the skills to make a lasting impact when we speak. From a toddler's first Foreword by Academy Award-winner Mahershala Ali An internationally renowned and highly sought-after Hollywood voice coach shares proven practices to help anyone utilize the often-untapped power of their own authentic voice. As the world continues to shift in unexpected ways, now more than ever we need the skills to make a lasting impact when we speak. From a toddler's first words to a speech in front of a large audience, from a marriage proposal to asking for a raise, we are fundamentally verbal animals, using our voices to express ourselves. Yet there has been no authoritative guide to mastering its full capacity, no guide to show us how to utilize our voices to achieve our goals and express our true selves in every aspect of life, from relationships and family to the business arena. Until now.     As one of the nation’s most sought-after vocal coaches, Denise Woods has worked with everyone from Mahershala Ali, Jessica Chastain, Ray Liotta, Kirsten Dunst, Will Smith, Halle Berry, and Idris Elba. In The Power of Voice, Woods looks back on her work with Hollywood’s biggest stars, providing valuable lessons and exercises that all of us can use to overcome common voice and speech problems, and become confident, effective communicators.   With her un-matched ability to teach vocal training in real-world terms, Woods offers a much-needed, proven, practical, and invaluable set of tools that will forever change not only how we communicate but ultimately how we see ourselves. 

48 review for The Power of Voice: A Guide to Making Yourself Heard

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brandice

    “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” —⁣ Maya Angelou⁣ I liked The Power of Voice: A Guide to Making Yourself Heard by Denise Woods, a professional vocal coach who has worked with several Hollywood stars. In this book, Denise offers tips for relaxation and breathing along with vocal exercises. She shares anecdotes from her coaching experience and tools for readers to understand the power of voice as a way to communicate, be “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” —⁣ Maya Angelou⁣ I liked The Power of Voice: A Guide to Making Yourself Heard by Denise Woods, a professional vocal coach who has worked with several Hollywood stars. In this book, Denise offers tips for relaxation and breathing along with vocal exercises. She shares anecdotes from her coaching experience and tools for readers to understand the power of voice as a way to communicate, be heard, and connect with audiences, no matter how big or small. ⁣ I’ve always been confident in my skills with the written word, but certainly have room to improve with spoken words aka: voice. I personally got the most out of Chapter 6 — Beyond Words and Chapter 9 — Powers of Persuasion but know different readers will connect with different parts. There’s something for everyone in this helpful book. Thank you to NetGalley and HarperOne for providing an advance copy of The Power of Voice in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I loved this book! As someone who's a perfectionist but also often struggles with speaking up and speaking confidently, I've really benefitted from Denise Woods's guided advice and exercises. This book is divided into five distinct parts: Relax, Breath, Voice, Articulation and Communication. Within each, the author uses an approachable, conversational tone which I personally found very effective - it doesn't feel like I'm doing homework. There are plentiful personal stories I could resonate with. I loved this book! As someone who's a perfectionist but also often struggles with speaking up and speaking confidently, I've really benefitted from Denise Woods's guided advice and exercises. This book is divided into five distinct parts: Relax, Breath, Voice, Articulation and Communication. Within each, the author uses an approachable, conversational tone which I personally found very effective - it doesn't feel like I'm doing homework. There are plentiful personal stories I could resonate with. Finally, the exercises in every chapter have been super effective for me - for example recording myself read/say certain things and then analyze myself. When I first reached for this book, I thought that it might not be that great because how can I train The Power of Voice without a teacher who would give me individual advice. While that would be useful, this guide gave me enough knowledge and really good exercises that I've seen much improvement even without anyone's help. *Thank you to the Publisher for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    Good resource to improve your speech through some proven techniques. The book is full of exercises and antidotes related to the exercises to reaffirm why you are doing them. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janall

    Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Denise knows her stuff- Opera singer, graduate of Jullard, actress and voice coach to celebrities. She shares stories of famous clients she has worked with the help them find their authentic voice. Her tips to improve speech are one part coach- “do this” and one part cheerleader “ you are worth it, expand of the possibilities to be all you can be, and now is the time to shine your light. “ I Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Denise knows her stuff- Opera singer, graduate of Jullard, actress and voice coach to celebrities. She shares stories of famous clients she has worked with the help them find their authentic voice. Her tips to improve speech are one part coach- “do this” and one part cheerleader “ you are worth it, expand of the possibilities to be all you can be, and now is the time to shine your light. “ I just love her. Through out each chapter there are numerous exercises that can be done at home. My one complaint is that I had a hard time understanding what she was explaining- and determining if i do any of the things she describes. She uses correct terms, and gives pretty detailed descriptions of the position of the tongue and the hard or soft palate, but I’m lost. I think would be an excellent as an audio book- where you could hear the difference between the sounds.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Haley Wilson

    Harnessing one's authentic voice is made accessible to readers—both elite and ordinary—through Denise Woods' The Power of Voice. Personal anecdotes, success stories, and aha moments drive this feel-good book and inspire others to embrace their voices, too. As with anything, experience does not always equal expertise, so take Woods' expertise with a grain of salt. She is a 'vocal expert' by trade, but apparent gaps in her knowledge of gross vocal anatomy, physiology, and voice production devalue Harnessing one's authentic voice is made accessible to readers—both elite and ordinary—through Denise Woods' The Power of Voice. Personal anecdotes, success stories, and aha moments drive this feel-good book and inspire others to embrace their voices, too. As with anything, experience does not always equal expertise, so take Woods' expertise with a grain of salt. She is a 'vocal expert' by trade, but apparent gaps in her knowledge of gross vocal anatomy, physiology, and voice production devalue her advice throughout the book: "A voice that is trapped in the back of the throat does not lend itself to compelling storytelling because of the inherent tension and the inability to shape the sounds of speech articulately and effectively. Yet, the area in and around the back of the throat, where the epiglottis, larynx, vocal folds, and trachea exist, should not be associated with vocal production because the brain controls those functions." An appeal to the storyteller in all of us falls flat as Woods' scope of practice overlaps dangerously (and, perhaps unwittingly) with that of speech-language pathology, ENT, and even counselling psychology. Sorry, pop science—we can't disassociate brain from voice, no matter how hard we try. Take it from me—I'm an SLP. Bottom line: Denise Woods' story is compelling. She has overcome a lot in order to get to where she is, and her message of resiliency and self-empowerment could fill an entire book in and of itself. She is obviously a renowned and talented coach. But, take her strategies at face value. Most of the strategies are harmless, but in the face of true pathology or trauma, listen to other experts instead.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lolita

    Vocal Coach Denise Woods has worked with some of Hollywood's biggest stars. In her book "The Power of Voice" she shares tips that will give you the confidence to becoming a powerful Public Speaker. She states putting Power and Passion behind your words can make your life better. She believes how you speak is largely responsible for the way you are perceived. Personal trauma and confidence can affect your voice. I found this to be a great resource for those who are public speakers. Vocal Coach Denise Woods has worked with some of Hollywood's biggest stars. In her book "The Power of Voice" she shares tips that will give you the confidence to becoming a powerful Public Speaker. She states putting Power and Passion behind your words can make your life better. She believes how you speak is largely responsible for the way you are perceived. Personal trauma and confidence can affect your voice. I found this to be a great resource for those who are public speakers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Alicea

    I didn't find the book to be spectacular, and did not really feel a connection to what Denise Woods was saying and the tips she gave. Unfortunately, the book was not it for me. I received an Advanced Reader Copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I didn't find the book to be spectacular, and did not really feel a connection to what Denise Woods was saying and the tips she gave. Unfortunately, the book was not it for me. I received an Advanced Reader Copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    J.D. DeHart

    Denise Woods writes a text to be shared, drawing on experience and identity. The impact of shaping and sharing voice and believing in one’s own journey is a powerful message. A book to be read widely and highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrew S.C.

    Borrowed this as an audiobook, which made more sense. Good tips and stories from Denise Woods.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    I received my copy free through Goodreads Giveaways.

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