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In today's fiercely competitive business world, the way you speak can be as important as the way you dress. Get an extra edge to advance your career with this step-by-step program, which builds on the natural qualities of your voice. Learn to add variety to your delivery, lose an accent, or overcome such common speaking problems as nasality or hoarseness. With his unique vocal workout approach, professional voice trainer Jeffrey Jacobi will help you to speak with strength and power - even over long periods of time.
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  • Hasnul
  • Rawang, N/A, Malaysia
  • 02-05-04

A good start.

The book is a good start for those who wants to improve not only their pronounciation but also the flow and intonation of a speech. There are practices session which can be done even during your drive to work. One thing to note is that in order to improve, it needs a lot of practice. I believe the book is a bit short and does not explain why do we practice in low to high and high to low pitch. It would be beneficial since then the we can identify and detect what areas are we practicing to improve. I'm relating to the last portion of the book on the exercises. One more thing, I made the mistake of not recording my voice before starting the program so i had no reference to compare if i made improvements or not, so please record so you will have a benchmark or your progress.

31 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Only onc complaint

This book is great except for the timing. It is a listen and repeat book, meaning you hear it then repeat. Easy to understand, in fact so easy you don't need them to say, "Repeat" after every single example. This makes the exercises take a little longer than needed. Also, sometimes it rushes you, not quite giving you enough time to actually repeat the sentence before the next one begins. This could be me, but I don't think so. It only seems to happen in a few spots.

That aside it is full of sound advice and exercises that work.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Best if you have an accent

The exercises are good, if slightly over-repeated, and the advice is sound. However, over half of the book is dedicated to overcoming regional accents. If you already have a "midwest" accent, as I do, then you'll be bored (and perhaps annoyed) during lengthy sessions on how not to drop R's, correct slow Southern-based speech patterns, and not say "axe" for "ask".

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful !!!!!!!!!

This is the best voice trainer program I have ever used!!! You will learn how to speak correctly, and breath properly. I love it. This program also includes a session dedicated to voice exercises: I do the exercises everyday in my car on my way to work.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

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a pretty darn slow listen

if you don't have a regional accent, like dropping r's or d's or t's, then skip to the exercises that are about halfway in. it gets pretty tiring when you hear him say "repeat" over and over and over again. i wasn't pleased with the sound of the speakers voice either, maybe he has cotton in his mouth?
my voice is high pitched, and i was hoping for something to increase the range so that i can learn to speak in lower tones, but the humming exercises just don't do it for me, and i still practice them anyways? so far nada, still hoping though.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Guided exercises to train and strengthen voice

This is exactly what I was looking for! I wanted an audio program that included a set of "tips" on how to better improve my voice for public speaking, as well a set of guided exercises to train and strengthen my voice. If that's what you're looking for, then this is the audio program for you! The voice workouts within "The Executive Voice Trainer" have been been invaluable to the improvement of my public speaking. I wish I had known about these exercises years ago!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • PASADENA, CA, United States
  • 04-19-08

Not for foreign speakers

This book is for a US audience and aims to correct native speakers' voice problems depending on native local or ethnic US accents. If like me you have learned the proper pronunciation of English words, this book will not help much.

13 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Painful

I tried to make it through. Couldn't do it. The exercises are very slow moving. I lost interest. To be fair, could be good for people with heavy accents they are trying to break.

4 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Too Elementary

If u got'z ta git rid of eboniks, dis iz fo u! Otherwise, I through it did not go thoroughly cover the psychological aspect of public speaking. The best points it makes is to practice in front of your friends and colleagues, don?t talk to fast, and learn to breathe correctly while speaking.

5 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Geoffrey
  • qc, CA, United States
  • 01-07-11

This audiobook is really full of sh**!

Waste of Time and Money.. dont buy this audiobook. I'm not sure why the rating was high in the first place.

2 of 16 people found this review helpful