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Taking the Stage: How Women Can Speak Up, Stand Out, and Succeed

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Taking the Stage: How Women Can Speak Up, Stand Out, and Succeed

Judith Humphrey

ISBN: 978-1-118-95839-1 September 2014 Jossey-Bass 240 Pages

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Many women today wonder: what will it take to get that seat at the boardroom table? Earn that coveted promotion? Or simply have their voices heard? Taking the Stage provides a comprehensive, proven approach that enables women to come forward into the spotlight and speak up, stand out, and succeed.

Based on a program from the Humphrey Group that has been delivered to over 400,000 women worldwide, Taking the Stage shows women—no matter their age, rank, or profession—how to communicate with courage and confidence in every situation, from formal speeches to brief hallway conversations. Judith Humphrey provides the inspiration and practical advice for women to “take the stage” mentally, verbally, vocally, and physically. Women can make the most of every opportunity by understanding how best to:

  • Speak up confidently, even when others don’t agree;
  • Convey their accomplishments without self-doubt;
  • Be assertive but not aggressive;
  • Deliver clear and convincing messages;
  • Move beyond “minimizing” language and apology;
  • Find their own powerful and authentic voice;
  • Achieve confident body language and a leadership presence.

By applying these techniques and others to every communication— whether making a presentation, speaking at meetings, conducting an elevator conversation, or selling themselves in job interviews—women will be recognized as the leaders they are and attain positions of influence.

For women at all stages of their career, and for managers and executives committed to supporting and guiding women on their leadership journeys, Taking the Stage is the practical, broad-based solution that will allow women to speak up confidently, gain respect, earn the promotions they deserve, and secure their places at the boardroom table. 

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Part One Choose to Take the Stage 11

1 We Have Been Taught to Fit In, Not Stand Out 13

2 Silence the Inner Crow 20

3 Develop a Center Stage Mindset 28

4 Speak Up Confidently 34

5 Be Assertive, Not Aggressive 42

6 Promote Yourself 48

7 Be Courageous 59

8 Hold Your Ground 66

Part Two Create a Strong Script 77

9 Portray Yourself as a Leader 79

10 Strengthen Your Language 88

11 Structure Your Script 96

12 Master Meeting Scripts 102

13 Craft Career Conversations 109

14 Elevate Your Elevator Scripts 117

Part Three Unlock the Power of Your Voice 123

15 Begin by Breathing 125

16 Find Your Full Sound 130

17 Develop Your Leader's Voice 137

18 Pace Yourself 143

19 Be Expressive 148

20 Articulate Clearly 155

Part Four Stand Out on Stage 159

21 Understand the Power of Presence 161

22 Be Fearless on Stage 167

23 Sit Tall, Stand Tall 175

24 Strengthen Your Body Language 183

25 She's Smart . . . but She Doesn't Look It 190

Conclusion: The World is Your Stage 199

Notes 205

Acknowledgments 213

About the Author 216

Index 218