As a speech coach and media trainer, I’ve spent the past 20 years helping people from all walks of life stand and deliver before audiences large and small. My training firm, Positive Communications, was founded to encourage more women to find and use their voices. What began as my own desire to be taken seriously has grown into a mission to encourage more women to enter the public square.
Like many people, I wasn’t always comfortable on stage. In junior high as a shy, skinny teen, a gym teacher told me I would eventually grow into my height. This awkwardness caused me
to panic at the prospect of being called upon in class. Later, any hope of becoming a distinguished news correspondent was dashed in my first on-air job – a TV weather girl in Minnesota. A three minute forecast left me in a cold sweat gasping for air.
Since those days in local TV, I’ve come to learn that nearly every woman has something about her speaking style that she would like to improve. It doesn’t matter whether you are a top executive, entrepreneur, or community activist. The most accomplished speakers hone their skills and develop their talents over time.
Now when my clients step up to the microphone I’m cheering them on. Working with women who lead companies and champion causes is tremendously rewarding. I’ve coached executive women from companies as diverse as Avon, Inc. to NASCAR and the National Geographic Channel to Northrop Grumman. I’ve advised First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and prepped more women candidates and elected officials than any other trainer.
Well-spoken woman and former Governor of Texas Ann Richards celebrated the achievements of women when she declared: “After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did backwards and in high heels.” I wrote this book so that you will have the skills and knowledge to present your best self. You are already generating great ideas and accomplishing good things. With new talents and confidence you will earn the respect you deserve.
“The Well-Spoken Woman can be you.”