Full Voice: The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence

  • 2h 30m
  • Barbara McAfee
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2011

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 McAfee offers 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. 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.

About the Author

Barbara McAfee is a musician, coach and consultant with over twelve years of experience in organizational change. She has brought her music to such clients as Best Buy, The Coca-Cola Company, the YMCA, Wells Fargo as well as to numerous wellness events, colleges, and private functions. She is the songstress for Meg Wheatley’s Women’s Leadership Revival Tour, travels and performs with Peter Block, and is active in the Heartland Circle’s gatherings in Minnesota and California. Barbara has produced 5 CDs as an independent producer working with the finest musicians in the Twin Cities.

In this Book

  • Full Voice—The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence
  • Foreword
  • Welcome
  • Voice, Instinct, and the Oral Tradition – A Context for Voice
  • Voice and Identity – Who You Gonna Be While You Do What You Do?
  • Brain Rats – Addressing Fear
  • Voice 101 – How Voices Work, What Goes Wrong, and Ways to Keep Them Healthy
  • The Five Elements Framework Overview
  • The Earth Voice – Gut Instinct, Authority, and Grounding
  • The Fire Voice – Passion, Personal Power, and Vitality
  • The Water Voice – Caring, Compassion, and Affirmation
  • The Metal Voice – Clarity and Focus
  • The Air Voice – Inspiration, Possibility, and Spiritual Connection
  • Five Elements Framework Summary and Practice Guide
  • The Case for Singing and Poetry
  • Voices Lost and Found
  • Our Journey in Review
  • One Final Word
  • Five Elements Reference Guide
  • Online Resources for Practicing Full Voice
  • Notes
  • Resources
  • Suggested Reading