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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


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