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From the Publisher“Talk Is Cheap in Politics, But a Deep Voice Helps…To gauge what the candidates' voices say about their appeal, The Wall Street Journal asked Washington voice coach Susan Miller of VoiceTrainer LLC to analyze the voices of seven Democrats and five Republicans by pitch, speed, and two measures of variability -- how loud and soft their voices are, and how high and low they go… The vocal-cord primary, like the campaign itself so far, is inconclusive. But our unscientific poll of Ms. Miller and other leading voice experts suggests: Among the Republicans, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's and television actor Thompson's baritones win on authority, but lose on energy. On the Democratic side, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's voices convey caring. But Mrs. Clinton can sound shrill and Mr. Obama can lack forcefulness.”
“Women often precede statements with humbling remarks and sometimes speak so timidly that they’re not ‘noticed’ at conference meetings, Susan D. Miller writes in Be Heard the First Time. . . Miller shares these tips.”
"Susan Miller, a voice coach, teaches speaking strategies that include breath and pitch control. The author of ‘Be Heard the First Time: The Woman's Guide to Powerful Speaking,’ says women often underestimate how important posture and presence are in delivering a message. Another tip: Be aware of your voice volume. You'll get the right level by comparing your volume to other speakers. Co-workers will tune you out if you speak too softly and get annoyed if you speak too loudly. Either way, the message gets lost."
"Dr. Miller's background as a voice trainer lends to chapters which survey the finer points of public speaking, with chapters covering how to clarify speech, enunciate clearly, and project the voice. Polish speaking skills and professional skills alike with BE HEARD THE FIRST TIME – which also works for the home."
"When women are promoted or move up in power, too often they find they aren't taken seriously when they speak, author Susan Miller says. Why? Maybe they don't know how to enter a conference room confidently. Or they might be too soft-spoken. The answer, Miller says, isn't speaking louder. It's speaking better. Miller discusses seven skills, ranging from controlling one's breath to how to listen to others."
"Local voice and communication consultant Susan D. Miller wants you to speak with authority....Breathe deeply, don't trail off, express yourself clearly, be assertive when criticized....It's not just about your voice, Miller says. It's about your appearance, your manner, and your way of dealing with feeling less than confident."