In 19 years of our event, Chris was one of our most impressive speakers. The style of her presentation was captivating and her delivery impeccable. Everyone of the 300 plus attendees walked away with easy to implement tools to improve their presentations.
Director, Network for Women Advisors – Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
Chris Jahnke is passionate about helping women become well-spoken leaders. A coach to Michelle Obama and women executives, Chris is an inspiring keynote speaker who shares her behind-the-scenes insights and strategies on how to earn the respect of any audience. Women everywhere are building their speaking skills by attending her presentations and with her Amazon top seller: The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking & Sounding Your Best.
Chris’ highly engaging and entertaining style is a hit no matter the audience size. The format of her talk can vary from a 45-minute presentation to a longer workshop. Chris would be a great addition to your next leadership conference, retreat, annual meeting, or convention. Read her bio.
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Women executives at Avon, Coca-Cola, National Geographic, and NASCAR have turned to Chris for her advice on projecting like a leader. Chris has coached more women candidates and elected officials than any other trainer and was an advisor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and debate coach to women governors and Members of Congress.
Next time you’re shopping, be on the look out for a blazer with pockets. Pockets can be lifesavers when you are standing at the front of the room. No, I don’t mean you should cram your hands into them. Rather, they can help ensure you’ll be ready when it’s your turn to talk.
Pockets can hold helpful tools. Note cards in the 3×5 size will fit. You can easily pull them out should you need a prompt. Having a tissue handy is a must if you are suffering from a cold. And, a throat lozenge will ease a scratchy throat or cotton mouth. If you use a remote, you won’t have to hold it the entire time you’re talking.
As far as hands in the pockets – one hand is poised but two hands is a no-no. It will look sloppy and if you’re nervous you will likely clench your into fists.
“Who do you want to be?” First Lady Michelle Obama challenges the graduates of Eastern Kentucky University. In May 2013, the First Lady called on the students to give a hand and reach back to others who need help.
Tips and strategies to project your best self and earn the respect you deserve.
In her book “The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best” speech coach Chris Jahnke shares behind-the-scenes tips to help you project with confidence. Chris has 20 years of experience guiding women from all walks of life to success before audiences large and small. Learn strategies for the board room and the PTA meeting, TV studios and convention halls, YouTube and panel discussions, conferences and classrooms.
The Techniques of Successful Women: How Did She Do It? What Can I Learn From Her?
Present your best self like PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi
Project podium presence like Hillary Clinton
Overcome the imposter syndrome like Tina Fey
Advocate for a cause like Melinda Gates
Conquer the camera like Suzy Orman
Tell stories like Maya Angelou
Use humor like Ann Richards
The book showcases American women who use their voices to create change, ignite imaginations, coach teams to victory, and advocate for justice. Let this be the guide that helps you stop second-guessing yourself or falling short with your speaking abilities.
Filled with wisdom and practical pointers you will be able to express your ideas with confidence and earn the respect of any audience.
Learn more about the amazing women featured in The Well-Spoken Woman. Each chapter highlights a woman who has mastered a skill. See some of these speakers in action. Analyzing their signature styles will help you articulate your ideas and carry yourself like a leader.
Chapter One: Ann Richards – The Power Persona
Governor Ann Richards had it all – Texas-sized hair, a quick wit, and deep conviction. She was a bigger than life personality who embodied the Well-Spoken Woman’s Power Persona. The Power Persona is the foundation on which you can build your own distinctive style.
Chapter Two: Indra Nooyi – Take Charge Confidence
PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi didn’t reach the top echelons of corporate America by second guessing decisions and keeping mum about accomplishments. Nooyi is a remarkably, candid CEO who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. One of Forbes 100 most powerful women, Nooyi shows it is possible to assert your authentic self in any setting.
Chapter Three: Barbara Jordan – Voice of Authority
Do you speak with the power of Minnie Mouse? Projecting well doesn’t require the resonance of cable TV host Rachel Maddow or the range of Mariah Carey. But, to be a contender you must sound like you know what you are talking about. Barbara Jordan’s commanding voice was unparalleled. This chapter has easy practice exercises that will help you articulate your ideas with eloquence and power.
Chapter Four: Pat Summitt – All the Right Moves
If you’ve been getting feedback that your delivery style needs work, maybe, just maybe there is something to the critique. The world’s most successful basketball coach knows how to move with dexterity and strength. University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt shares the secrets to developing the body language of a champion.
Chapter Five: Melinda Gates – Strategic Messaging
When it comes to the topic of global health Melinda Gates takes the subject of strategic messaging very seriously. At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation a vague sense of a vision isn’t sufficient when lives are on the line. Gates delivers purposeful messages to inspire audiences and elicit a response.
Chapter Six: Elizabeth Dole – Preplanned Spontaneity
Stop putting yourself in the position of frantically jotting notes in the cab or pulling out last year’s presentation the night before. Former American Red Cross executive and U.S. Senator, Elizabeth Dole is always prime time ready. “Preplanned Spontaneity” is an approach that will help you prepare for when things go right and when they go wrong.
Chapter Seven: Maya Angelou – Words Matter
Speechwriting is not something that’s necessary only forceremonial occasions or formal events. Whether you are delivering a keynote address, making a toast, or giving a briefing, it is essential to organize your thoughts on paper. If you don’t write it first you won’t be able to say it nearly as well. Maya Angelou’s powerful pen can turn a humdrum presentation into one that will leave a lasting impression.
Chapter Eight: Suze Orman – On-Camera Savvy
With her signature look and no nonsense advice, the people’s financial advisor isn’t your typical cable TV host. Suze Orman is an accessible personality who projects her best self on camera and off. This chapter demystifies the camera with specific tips on how to sit, where to look, and what to wear. The SHAPE UP TV techniques put you in the driver’s seat so you can present a polished, professional on-screen image.
You can be ready for troublemakers who may attempt to sabotage your presentation or news reporters with biased questions. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright provides a how-to on handling indifferent, skeptical, or even hostile audiences. Learn how Albright went toe-to-toe with foreign leaders charming them with her wit and firm resolve.
Chapter Ten: Hillary Clinton - Podium Presence
Hillary Clinton has become a leader with international podium presence. The great ones don’t get there alone. Behind every strong woman there is a ready and able support team. The final chapter offers insights on what each of us can do for our sisters, daughters, mothers, colleagues, and friends so they can be well-spoken, too.
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State and Fmr. United States Senator