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Many women today wonder: what will it take for them to get that seat at the boardroom table? Earn that coveted promotion? Or simply have their voices heard? Taking the Stage
provides a comprehensive, proven approach that enables women to come forward into the spotlight and speak up, stand out, and succeed.
Based on a program from The Humphrey Group that has been delivered to over 400,000 women worldwide, Taking the Stage shows women—no matter their age, rank, or profession—how to communicate with courage and confidence in every situation, from formal speeches to brief hallway conversations. Judith Humphrey provides the inspiration and practical advice for women to “take the stage” mentally, verbally, vocally, and physically. Women can make the most of every opportunity by understanding how best to:
- Speak up confidently, even when others don’t agree;
- Convey their accomplishments without self-doubt;
- Be assertive but not aggressive;
- Deliver clear and convincing messages;
- Move beyond “minimizing” language and apology;
- Find their own powerful and authentic voice;
- Achieve confident body language and a leadership presence.
By applying these techniques and others to every communication— whether making a presentation, speaking at meetings, conducting an elevator conversation, or selling themselves in job interviews—women will be recognized as the leaders they are and attain positions of influence.
For women at all stages of their career, and for managers and executives committed to supporting and guiding women on their leadership journeys, Taking the Stage is the practical, broad-based solution that will allow women to speak up confidently, gain respect, earn the promotions they deserve, and secure their places at the boardroom table.
As a leader, you need to seize every opportunity to influence and inspire—every time you communicate. But as a woman, chances are that you give that power to others and, worse, diminish yourself with the communications style you project—regardless of your culture, background, geography, level, or personality type. Taking the Stage gives you the tools and strategies you need to express yourself with courage, confidence, and conviction every time you communicate with others—in phone calls, in meetings, in elevator conversations, in discussions with clients or your boss, in presentations, and every time you stand in front of an audience. Based on a successful training program delivered by The Humphrey Group to over 100,000 women around the world, Taking the Stage will show you how to have your voice and ideas heard effectively, and how to engage, influence and inspire your listeners.
Women who want to move forward in their careers must speak up and make clear they are confident, credible leaders, and Taking the Stage
offers women—no matter their age, rank, or profession—a complete guide for communicating with courage and confidence. Based on a program that has been delivered with rave reviews to over 100,000 women worldwide, Judith Humphrey provides a step-by-step guide to show female leaders how to take the stage with a powerful mindset, script, voice, and physical presence. Readers will discover how to communicate as strong, confident leaders in a range of situations, from formal speeches to brief hallway conversations, while overcoming the common tendency to minimize their accomplishments. Humphrey provides insight into the challenges women confront in a corporate environment, and proven strategies for addressing them.
Taking the Stage is the practical, comprehensive solution that will allow women to become dynamic leaders and extraordinary communicators, achieve career success, and secure their place at the boardroom table.
A women's guide to extraordinary communication skills
Leaders need to seize every opportunity to influence and inspire—every time they communicate. Unfortunately, many women often find themselves ceding power and influence because of their natural style of communication. Taking the Stage offers women leaders—no matter their profession, age, or cultural background—a complete guide for learning what it takes to master the skills to become an accomplished and effective communicator. Communication expert Judith Humphrey reveals how women leaders can enhance their position by expressing themselves with confidence and courage in everyday situations—from a speech on the largest stage to the most informal of phone calls or hallway conversations.
The information, skills, and suggestions outlined in Taking the Stage are drawn from the author's successful training program delivered by The Humphrey Group to over 100,000 women around the world. Step by step Humphrey shows how to have your voice and ideas heard and reveals how to engage, influence, and inspire your listeners every time.
- A step-by-step women's guide to effective communication
- Reveals how to get your ideas across and earn respect
- Offers tips on developing your listening skills
- Shows how to frame your thoughts and message for maximum impact
At last, women leaders have the hands-on resource for learning how to become extraordinary communicators. Taking the Stage offers inspiration and power to women who want to develop a commanding presence in their communications.
Table of Contents
IntroductionPart One Choose to Take the Stage
1 We've been Taught to Fit In, Not Stand Out
2 Silence the Inner Crow
3 Develop Your Center Stage Mind set
4 Speak Up Confidently
5 Be Assertive, Not Aggressive
6 Promote Yourself
7 Be Courageous
8 Hold Your GroundPart Two Create a Strong Script
9 Portray Yourself as a Leader
10 Strengthen Your Language
11 Structure Your Script
12 Mastering Meeting Scripts
13 Creating Career Conversations
14 Eloquent Elevator ConversationsPart Three Unlock the Power of Your Voice
15 Begin by Breathing
16 Find Your Full Sound
17 Discover Your Authentic Voice
18 Pace Yourself
19 Be Expressive
20 Articulate ClearlyPart Four Stand Out on Stage
21 The Power of Presence
22 Fearless on Stage
23 Sit Tall, Stand Tall
24 Head, Eyes, Mouth, Arms, and Hands
25 She's Smart . . . but She Doesn't Look It
About the Author