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Unlike vocal coaching books geared toward presentation
and elocution guides designed for public speakers, Voice Power
reveals how to explore the source of strength and ability available in
the speaking voice to express vitality and build self-esteem. Kenley points
to scientific studies confirming that listeners attribute certain personality
traits to individuals based on their vocal qualities. Says Kenley, "Your
vocal quality can reveal who you are directly, spontaneously, and powerfully
whenever you speak. Or it can hide your individuality so that no one can
sense who you really are, and even you aren't sure how much of you is
behind what you say."
In Voice Power, Kenley presents people like Maria,
whose enthusiasm for her relationship was questioned because it was not
communicated by the flatness in her voice; Jack, a talented young feature
writer who choked up every time he spoke with his boss; Roberta, whose
strident voice irritated customers even though her words were pleasant;
and Martha, whose unsure voice was not respected by her children. These
individuals came to Joan Kenley to solve their vocal problems, and she
discusses specific techniques used in discovering their true voices.
Voice Power examines in depth the connection
between the voice and different parts of the body, including the legs,
abdomen, solar plexus, and chest, throat and head, and the steps toward
discovering what Kenley calls the "BodyVoice" a voice
linked to the body's multiple energy centers. She discusses how stress
can be managed and tensions released and details the emotional and physical
impact of relaxed, effective breathing. She also explores the connection
between the voice and sexual energy.
In Part II of the book, the Kenley Method is presented
in full detail, complete with illustrated exercises for de-stressing,
focusing, and breathing. Specific exercises work to improve the sound
of the voice and its wide variety of expression.
To chart progress, the book offers two evaluation guides:
one for self-evaluation, and one for evaluation by others. These help
the individual to detect symptoms of stress, distracting habits that stand
in the way of vocal effectiveness, vocal qualities and speaking style,
and overall impact of the voice.
Joan Kenley offers lively, personal stories of
her own vocal history and her discovery of the Kenley Method. Her direct
style communicates the excitement of realizing the voice's full potential
and the impact that an energetic, "connected" voice can have
on self-perception and the attitudes of others. For all who want to discover
and express their personal energy, Voice Power is an unprecedented
guide to enhancing one's life through one's voice.
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