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What She Said: A History of Women’s Voices

What She Said: A History of Women’s Voices

As female founders, we believe in the intrinsic power of women’s voices.

Recently, we appeared on the Women, Work and Worth podcast to talk all about women’s confidence (listen to the episode here) and we’re excited to co-host a workshop with Lisa Pertoso of Follow the Fear on February 11th entitled Amplify Your Voice: For Women in the 21st Century Workplace (register here – space is limited!) to help women’s executive presence. In honor of the Women’s March on Washington next weekend, here we pay tribute to women’s voices:


The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day; a movement is only people moving.

Gloria Steinem


There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children

Marianne Williamson


History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

Maya Angelou


It’s impossible not to love someone whose story you’ve heard.

Sister Mary Lou Kownacki


I want to do everything in the world that can be done.

Fanny Kemble



Please use your voice. Refuse to be silenced. Make the work. Turn your rage into action. Find your inspiration. Find your resistance and resilience. Hold it close. Get loud.

Leigh Silverman


Our willingness to learn and engage with our own vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose. The level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection.

Brene Brown


It’s your life, but only if you make it so. The standards by which you live must be your own standards, your own values, your own convictions in regard to what is right and wrong, what is true and false, what is important and what is trivial.

Eleanor Roosevelt


A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.

Nancy Rathburn



I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.

Lily Tomlin


We have a whole new year ahead of us and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, and a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe – next year at this time – we’d like each other a little more.

Judy Garland


What is perfection, anyway? It’s the death of creativity, that’s what I think, while change on the other hand, is the cornerstone of new ideas.

Diane Keaton


Real leadership comes from the quiet nudging of an inner voice. It comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting to doing.

Toni Morrison


You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.

Grace Lee Boggs


Who did we leave off? What are some of your favorite quotes by women you admire? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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Bespoken’s Year-in-Review: A Powerful Presence

Bespoken’s Year-in-Review: A Powerful Presence

It gives us tremendous joy and satisfaction to help you speak your story and be powerfully present.

This year, we helped hundreds of entrepreneurs, creatives, professionals and leaders improve communication and presentation skills.  Thank you to our clients and collaborators for choosing us to be a trusted outside eye in your personal and professional development. Here are just a few of the folks we helped to have presence this year:

We helped Barbara Bush and her global staff at Global Health Corps communicate their vital mission to develop global health leaders.

 

We were chosen to be the official coaches for the Columbia Business School Public Speaking Association where we helped dozens of MBA students learn how to speak in public.

 

We taught at the Made in NY Media Center helping media tech entrepreneurs speak their story.

 

We helped the Hospital Services team at LiveOnNY communicate in life-or-death, high stakes environments.

 

We teamed up with Lisa Allison Pertoso to help women speak with intention and without apology. Stay tuned for our next collaboration with Lisa to be announced shortly!

 

We helped the board and staff of the anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! convey their mission with confidence.

 

We appeared on the Real Simple podcast, Adulthood Made Easy, to talk about how to find your voice and own it.


We can’t wait to see how you use your voice in the New Year.  Our training is customized for individuals and groups.  Get in touch and choose to BEspoken.

Put Yourself Out There: Networking With Ease

Put Yourself Out There: Networking With Ease

Your expertise and enthusiasm make you uniquely qualified to speak about your work so why is networking so hard?

We’re gearing up for “Put Yourself Out There,” a professional development training with NYU alumni at the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development on Nov. 15 (NYU alumns join us! http://bit.ly/2fslwd4) which has us thinking again about networking and how we can all stand to improve our business communication skills to achieve effective communication in a short amount of time.

For some, walking into a room full of strangers can be an uncomfortable experience in its own right and then add having to initiate conversation to the mix, well, then it becomes downright intimidating! For others, chatting up strangers may be the easy part but it’s challenging to talk about themselves and their work in a concise and compelling way.  The good news is that networking, just like public speaking, is a muscle and the more you practice it the stronger you’ll become.

Set An Intention

Before networking, or any situation where you have to speak in public, the best thing you can do first is set an intention.  Ask yourself, “What do I want to get out of this experience? Practice an elevator pitch?  Identify possible business partners?  Land a new client?” Being clear about what you want from your audience in advance will help position you to network in a more focused and efficient way.

Another thing that’s helpful to think about is a network as a shared connection (Can you hear me now?) which makes the experience more about a give-and-take and less about trying to impress the other person which can lead to an anxious or one-sided exchange (which is isn’t fun for anyone involved).

Engage in Active Listening

If you think of networking as a shared connection and exchange of energy between people you’ll find it promotes active listening.  When we actively listen to another person we are listening in order to learn instead of politely waiting for our turn to speak again.  Actively listening while networking may help you identify a potential [business opportunity, job lead, client prospect – you get the idea] that you could have missed otherwise.  Networking in order to experience a shared connection with another person will also encourage sharing information about yourself in a way that steadily moves you toward achieving your previously set intention.

Try It Out

As you try out these tips you’ll find they’ll work in any networking situation from an after-work happy hour to an industry-wide convention.  So, the next time you find yourself asking (or being asked) “So, what do you do?” you’ll be networking like a pro.

Changemaker Workshop 10/25

Changemaker Workshop 10/25

We are thrilled to be partnering with Changemaker Chats!

Changemaker Chats are intimate, invite-only Q&A style events with women who are changing the world all over the country. We always leave a Changemaker Chat with a pocket full of good advice from women leaders and a bunch of connections with changemakers from all industries. Join us on October 25th for a Changemaker workshop and Own Your Voice. Register here.

 


From Changemaker Chats: 

We are so excited to host a special Changemaker Workshop with Bespoken. Bespoken is passionate about helping women speak their story, find their voice, and own any room they enter. In this interactive, on-your-feet workshop, Changemakers will receive a hands-on practicum in vocal and physical technique that will position them to speak with conviction and confidence. Each participant receives in-the-moment, personalized feedback and leaves with improved understanding of how the power of tone, breath, physicality and presence can empower them and their story.

Ready to own your voice? Register Here

Leah Bonvissuto
CoFounder, Bespoken
When: Tuesday, October 25
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: 1 Rockefeller Plaza, 28th FL
Registration: $35

Own Your Voice:
Speaking with Authority and Conviction

Fact: A study from Harvard, Wharton, and MIT found that men’s voices are perceived as more persuasive, fact-based, and logical than women’s voices, even when they are reading identical pitches.

Say what?

Here’s where Changemakers x Bespoken comes in. Bespoken is a communication coaching and presentation skills training organization that is passionate about helping women speak their story, find their voice, and own any room they enter.

In this interactive, on-your-feet workshop, Changemakers will receive a hands-on practicum in vocal and physical technique that will position them to speak with conviction and confidence. Each participant will receive in-the-moment, personalized feedback and will leave with an improved understanding of how the power of tone, breath, physicality and presence can empower herself and her communications.

Key Takeaways Will Include How To: 

  • Make powerful vocal and physical choices
  • Confidently and comfortably own your ideas
  • Engage an audience of one or many
  • Harness nerves and tackle discomfort associated with public speaking

About Bespoken

Inspired to help people own their voice and be heard, Bespoken was founded in 2014 by Leah Bonvissuto and Jackie Miller. Friends who met in acting school a decade before, Leah and Jackie channel years of professional theater experience into developing techniques to help people speak their story with power and precision.

Na’ilah Amaru Speaks Her Story at the DNC

Na’ilah Amaru Speaks Her Story at the DNC

Na’ilah Amaru has quite a story to tell.

A veteran, an immigrant and a woman of color, she was adopted and raised by two women in Georgia. She came to Bespoken in January of this year with a desire to share her story and a fear of public speaking.

Seven months later, she addressed the nation onstage at the Democratic National Convention to introduce Hillary Clinton with poise, power and precision.

Watch her speech below. Congratulations Na’ilah!

CBS Public Speaking Association Partners with Bespoken

CBS Public Speaking Association Partners with Bespoken

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Columbia Business School Public Speaking Association and L.E.A.D Club. We are passionate about helping leaders speak with confidence and conviction and are always inspired by our sessions with the great minds at CBS. On September 27th, 2016 we spoke to 50 students from the PSA about the art of public speaking and are excited to return for multiple group spot coaching sessions throughout the semester.

We discussed the vocal and physical techniques that enable leaders to command a room of any size. We also talked about business communication skills and how to have presence. The goal of the session was to teach participants how to:

■  Make powerful vocal and physical choices

■  Confidently and comfortably own ideas

■  Learn techniques to engage an audience of one or many

■  Command a room of any size

Business Communication Skills for Women: UNapologize

Business Communication Skills for Women: UNapologize

Last week, Bespoken co-founder Leah Bonvissuto co-hosted a Twitter chat with New York Women in Communications, Inc. (follow them @NYWICI) to give women tips and tools to UNapologize, and other communication and presentation skills. You tuned in with questions and comments about the challenges of effective communication in a male-driven workplace and we hope the chat gave you more ownership over how you communicate. If you missed it, check out the recap here, and here are some takeaways:

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FOX_0187Inspired to help people own their voice and be heard, Bespoken was founded in 2014 by Leah Bonvissuto and Jackie Miller. Friends who met in acting school a decade before, Leah and Jackie channel years of professional theater experience into developing techniques to help people speak their story with power and precision.

UNapologize: Twitter Chat with NY Women in Communications

UNapologize: Twitter Chat with NY Women in Communications

On Tuesday 9/20 at 12 pm EST Bespoken is co-hosting a Twitter chat with New York Women in Communications Inc.(@NYWICI). Follow @BespokenNY and tune in for tips on how to #UNapologize yourself and speak with conviction and confidence! Click here for more info and remember to use the hashtag #nywiciChat!

#nywicichat guidelines:

  1. Follow @nywici from the Twitter account you plan to use for #nywicichat.
  2. Log in to Twitter a few minutes prior to the chat. Enter #nywicichat in the search box. TweetChat and TweetDeck are great twitter chat tools to use when following the chat.
  3. Make sure you use the #nywicichat hashtag in any of the tweets you are posting to the chat. The moderator will post questions in the form of Q1, Q2, etc. When responding to questions, include the answer number A1, A2, etc. This will help keep the chat focused.
  4. You may submit question for the chat by direct messaging your question to @nywici. We will do our best to get your question answered.
  5. Some chat etiquette: Introduce yourself, stay on topic, retweet (RT) what others say (if applicable) and thank the hosts at the end of the chat. Invite a friend to participate in the next chat.
  6. Communications, Public Relations and Marketing professionals participate in these chats – we encourage you to use this opportunity to network, ask questions and learn more about NYWICI.
  7. Transcripts of the chat will post shortly after the conclusion of the chat.
  8. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to post comments and feedback using the #nywicichat hashtag throughout the week. We will respond to your comments. Remember to use #nywicichat for all chat related posts.