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Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences.

Duarte, Nancy. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2010. Print

The Second Circle: How to Use Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation: This Book Will Transform Your Life, Minute to Minute.

Rodenburg, Patsy. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008. Print.

First Impressions: What You Don't Know About How Others See You.

Demarais, Ann, and Valerie White. New York: Bantam Books, 2004. Print.

What's Your Story?: Using Stories to Ignite Performance and Be More Successful.

Wortmann, Craig. Chicago: Kaplan Pub, 2006. Internet resource.

The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling.

Simmons, Annette. New York: BasicBooks, 2006. Print.


"Public Speaking: An Online Resource Guide."



The Right to Speak: Working with the Voice. 

Rodenburg, Patsy. New York: Routledge, 1992. Print.

The Vocal Vision: Views on Voice by 24 Leading Teachers, Coaches & Directors.

Acker, Barbara, and Marian E. Hampton. New York: Applause, 1997. Print.

*Excellent article in this book: “Breathing is Meaning,” by Catherine Fitzmaurice

Voice and the Actor.

Berry, Cicely. New York: Macmillan, 1974. Print

Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language.

Linklater, Kristin. Hollywood, Calif: Drama Pub, 2006. Print.

How to Take Care of Your Voice: The Lifestyle Guide for Singers and Talkers.

Cazden, Joanna. Bangor, ME:, Inc, 2007. Print.

The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work.

Farhi, Donna. New York: Henry Holt, 1996. Print.

Freeing Shakespeare's Voice.

Linklater, Kristin. London: Nick Hern, 2010. Print.

The Anatomy Coloring Book.

Kapit, Wynn, and Lawrence M. Elson. New York, NY: HarperCollins College Publishers, 1993. Print.

 Voice and the Young Actor: A Workbook and Dvd.

Cook, Rena, and Carey Hissey. London: Methuen Drama, 2012. Print.

Make Your Voice Heard: Actor's Guide to Increased Dramatic Range Through Vocal Training.

Jones, Chuck. New York: Back Stage, 1996. Print.

Make Your Voice Heard: AN Actor's Guide to Increased Dramatic Range Through Vocal Training.

Revised and Enlarged Second Edition. Jones, Chuck. New York: Back Stage, 2005. Electronic.

Voice: Onstage and Off.

Barton, Robert, and Rocco Dal Vera. New York: Routledge, 2011. Print.


“The Human Voice.” Sataloff, Robert T. Scientific American. 267 (1992): 6. Print.

Searl, Jeff, and Erika Bailey. "Vocal Behaviors of Student Actors and Student Speech-language Pathologists." Voice and Speech Review (2013): 1-22. Web. -

Voice and Speech Review - Journal from VASTA -

"How Blowing into a Straw Can save Your Voice." Belluz, Julia. ox. N.p., 20 June 2015. Web. 06 July 2015. -



Improv!: A Handbook for the Actor.

Atkins, Greg. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1994. Print.

Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation.

Halpern, Charna, Del Close, and Kim Johnson. Colorado Springs, Colo: Meriwether Pub, 1994. Print

Impro for Storytellers: Theatresports and the Art of Making Things Happen.

Johnstone, Keith. London: Faber and Faber, 1999. Print.

Improvisation for the Theater: A Handbook of Teaching and Directing Techniques.

Spolin, Viola. Rev. Ed. S.l.: Northwestern Univ Press, 1983. Print.



Respect for Acting. Hagen, Uta, and Haskel Frankel. New York: Macmillan, 1973. Print.

Sanford Meisner on Acting. Meisner, Sanford, and Dennis Longwell. New York: Vintage Books, 1987. Print.

Movement for Actors. Potter, Nicole. New York, N.Y: Allworth Communications, 2002. Internet resource.

Stanislavski: An Actor Prepares. Stanislavski, Konstantin. S.l.: Theatre Arts Routledge, 1989. Print.


"Rasaesthetics." Schechner, Richard. The Drama Review. 45.3 (2001): 27. Print.

Leadership & Negotiation


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Cialdini, Robert B. New York: Collins, 2007. Print.

Beyond Reason: Using Emotions As You Negotiate. Fisher, Roger, and Daniel Shapiro. New York: Viking, 2005. Print.

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving in. Fisher, Roger, William Ury, and Bruce Patton. New York, N.Y: Penguin Books, 1991. Print.

The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say: Lead Productive, Energized, and Innovative Teams Today. Dye, David M. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career. Hewlett, Sylvia A. 2013. Print.

The Leader's Edge: Using Personal Branding to Drive Performance and Profit. Hodgkinson, Susan. New York: IUniverse, 2005. Print.

Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond. Malhotra, Deepak, and Max H. Bazerman. New York, N.Y: Bantam Books, 2007. Print.

Getting Past No: Negotiating Your Way from Confrontation to Cooperation. Ury, William. New York: Bantam Books, 1993. Print.

How to Talk to Your Lawyer: So You Can Get the Results You Want. Nanos, Elura, and Michele Sileo. Montclair, NJ: Right Brain Ventures, 2011. Print.

Ready to Be a Thought Leader?: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success. Brosseau, Denise. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values. Kofman, Fred. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, 2006. Print.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. Duhigg, Charles. New York: Random House, 2012. Print.

How to Say Anything to Anyone: A Guide to Building Business Relationships That Really Work. Harley, Shari. Austin, TX: Greenleaf Book Group, 2013. Print.

Casting Call: In The Theater of Corporate America. Shapiro, Barry

Executive Presence: The Missing Link between Merit and Success. Hewlett, Sylvia Ann.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Cain, Susan. New York: Crown, 2012. Print.



Outliers: The Story of Success. Gladwell, Malcolm. New York: Little, Brown and Co, 2008. Print.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Gladwell, Malcolm. Boston: Little, Brown, 2000. Print.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose. Hsieh, Tony. New York: Business Plus, 2010. Print.

The Art of the Start: The Time-tested, Battle-hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything. Kawasaki, Guy. New York: Portfolio, 2004. Print.

Women in Leadership


Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide. Babcock, Linda, and Sara Laschever. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2003. Print.

Look Good Now and Always. Rothschild, Marian.

Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want. Babcock, Linda, and Sara Laschever. New York: Bantam Dell, 2008. Print.

Code Switching: How to Talk so Men Will Listen. Brown, Claire Damken., and Audrey Nelson. Indianapolis, IN: Alpha, 2009. Print.

Stepping out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want It Their Way-- in Life, in Love, and at Work. Merlino, Nell. New York: Broadway, 2009. Print.

Creativity/Whole Mind


Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers. Gray, David, Sunni Brown, and James Macanufo. Sebastopol, Calif: O'Reilly, 2010. Print.

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life: a Practical Guide. Tharp, Twyla, and Mark Reiter. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. Print.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. Pink, Daniel H. New York: Riverhead Books, 2006. Print.

Letters to a Young Artist. Smith, Anna D. New York: Anchor Books, 2006. Print.

The Journey In: Creating The Life You Desire. Schwartz, Cheryl. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Non-Verbal Communication


What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-reading People. Navarro, Joe, and Marvin Karlins. New York, NY: Collins Living, 2008. Print.

Alexander Technique

Voice Over


The Art of Voice Acting: The Craft and Business of Performing for Voiceover. Alburger, James R. 5th ed. Amsterdam: Focal, 2014. Print.

Voice for Hire: Launch and Maintain a Lucrative Career in Voice-overs. Thomas, Randy, and Peter Rofé. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2008. Print.


Accent Acquisition


Tons of great videos with dialect examples and other information - curated on Pinterest by

The Importance of Being Human in a Digital World

Think about all the ways we are out in the world, and all the stories that are continuously being told about each of us. We generate data just by moving through our daily lives. We create–and curate–our personal brands through social media. As our personal data threatens to eclipse our personal stories, giving a strong voice to who we are is more important than ever. And, as machines learn to do more for us, human connection remains our unique space and a primal need. How do we claim our stories and use them to build authentic relationships? We can start by paying attention to the messages we send both literally and figuratively. Once we figure out who we are, then the real connections can begin.

Stop being so nice

We’ve been taught to be polite and nice, but those priorities can get in the way of connecting and building trust. We need to honor people, not placate them. Great leaders master kindness, empathy and authenticity while delivering tough messages. We become more successful when we understand that authenticity leads to trust and trust leads to influence. In our world of heightened sensitivities, we might be conflicted between saying what we mean and what we think our audience can handle. Counterintuitive actions, while uncomfortable, will generate high performing teams and create a more inclusive and intentional culture.

Awkward Conversations Suck. You Don’t Have To.

Counseling an underperforming employee. Calling a customer to tell them you have made a mistake. Helping people work through conflict. Does the mere thought of these types of discussions make your chest tighten? You’re not alone. But you could enter an elite group of people, those who own the awkward and manage to bring their full voice and best selves to even the hardest of conversations. If working with people were easy, we wouldn’t be so busy pursuing AI and automation! As long as we need to deal with messy, we may as well have some tools to make it through.

Women: Claim Your Powerful Voice.

There’s no doubt that female leaders face unique challenges as they seek to advance their careers. Communication style is judged as either too harsh or too soft. Even voices are criticized and can hold women back as they move up the ladder or forward in their career. These unique challenges need to be discussed in a supportive and honest environment. This interactive keynote provides tools that will reframe confidence and executive presence–empowering women immediately to deliver clear, efficient, and powerful leadership communication.

Executive Presence: Are You Showing Up the Way You Want To?

We’ve all seen them–the executives who dominate the conversation, oblivious to the fact that everyone around them has tuned out. Or the ones who are super smart but unable to make eye contact as they share their brilliance. Being an executive is more than about what you know, it’s about inspiring confidence and earning trust. Understanding how we come across to others–for better or worse–opens up space for growth in our ability to connect and lead. Because leadership without connection won’t take you very far.