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  • Published: 1 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9781605099224
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 232
  • RRP: $34.99

Full Voice



Your voice matters. Based on your tone and expression alone listeners make up their minds about you before they even process the meaning of your words. And if what you say is at odds with how you say it, they can miss your message altogether.

Barbara McAfeeoffers a fun, tested method to harness the power of your voice to become a more effective and flexible communicator. She identifies five distinct vocal sounds—earth, fire, water, metal, and air—explaining how to cultivate each one. You’ll learn how to use your voice to support the meaning and message you want to convey. Using this book along with her free online practice videos you’ll experience an authentic shift in how you express yourself – and how you listen to others as well. You’ll discover how opening your full voice connects you to sources of untapped potential, power, and aliveness.

  • Published: 1 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9781605099224
  • Imprint: Berrett-Koehler
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 232
  • RRP: $34.99

Praise for Full Voice

“A book on voice that is more a book on the art of living through the voice. All true works of prose point back to the essential truths--to be true to ourselves, to express who we are in the world completely, and to communicate fully with others.” --Joseph Bailey, psychologist and coauthor of Slowing Down to the Speed of Life “Barbara’s words are wise and wonderful; the tools are practical and playful. If, indeed, ‘voice is the muscle of the soul,’ Barbara offers a most pleasurable Olympic training opportunity. What a gift!” —Jayne A. Felgen, MPA, RN, President, Creative Health Care Management, and author of I2E2: Leading Lasting Change “This book is a gift and a call to reclaim the deep roots of our own life. It is an invitation to rediscover, embrace, and release the power of our unique voice into the world so our work can be vibrantly alive. It provides language, tools, practices, and stories that illuminate the journey. As an educator, I believe the inspiring ideas and messages in this book must be shared with all children so they understand not only the ‘song that is uniquely theirs to sing’ but the deep ties between their voice and their calling and how they can bring them to life.” —Stephanie Pace Marshall, PhD, Founding President and President Emerita, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, and author of The Power to Transform: Leadership That Brings Learning and Schooling to Life “I found Full Voice such a delight to read! I never anticipated that learning about vocal presence could speak to me on so many levels. The metaphors and examples helped me visualize and connect to the message. And Barbara’s intimate writing voice makes it seem as though she is sitting right beside me, talking with me.” —Lori Addicks, President, Larkspur Group “Barbara McAfee leads us on a transformational journey in finding our true and authentic voice! This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to make a difference through the use of his or her voice.” —James L. Roussin, strategic change consultant, leadership coach, and coauthor of Guiding Professional Learning Communities: Inspiration, Challenge, Surprise, and Meaning “Every life is a journey into song. To find it, however, has often been a mystery that has involved a long, uncertain journey through a dark forest with no clear path to follow. Until now. Full Voice is a magnificent guide that illuminates this path and makes this eternal dream possible. It helps us appreciate that the vulnerability of our voice is also the source of our greatest power, courage, and strength. Every voice is needed now. The world cannot evolve without it. Each of us has a ‘song’ to sing. Without it, the world will be incomplete.” —Michael Jones, pianist, composer, leadership educator, and author of Artful Leadership: Awakening the Commons of the Imagination “I’ve worked side by side with Barbara for many years and witnessed the brilliance of her talents—her strong, soaring voice that she so skillfully uses to encourage others to find their voices. I’m so grateful she’s written this book so that many more people may discover the gift of giving voice.” —Margaret Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and Perseverance and coauthor of Walk Out Walk On “The Tibetans speak of body, mind, and voice, rather than body, mind, and spirit. This book offers wise guidance for opening our voices—and spirits—to their full expression.” —Eric Utne, founder, Utne Reader “A practical and inspirational guide to how we can more fully bring our voice into the world. Barbara McAfee offers tangible ways in which we can strengthen and express our authentic voice.” --Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., cultural anthropologist and author of The Second Half of Life

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