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"... great advice for communicating authentically and connecting more easily with employees in a positive way." -- Washington Post

"The skills, drills and devices in the book are based on Isis Associates' Signature Voice workshops. If you can't take the workshop, the book offers a sound alternative." -- SUCCESS Magazine

"There are few, practical roadmaps to leadership that teach by example; Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence by Amy Jen Su and Muriel M Wilkins is definitely one of them." --

"The book is chock full of tables, quizzes and charts to help readers visualize and create action plans."-- 800 CEO READ

"This is a book that is as applicable to small business owners who sell to more corporate clients as well as to employees who are looking to move into leadership positions." -- Small Business Trends (

ADVANCE PRAISE for Own the Room

Jane Brock-Wilson, Managing Director, Berkshire Partners--
"Own the Room is a must-read for all emerging and experienced leaders who aspire to authentically connect with others, forge relationships, and increase their influence. The authors have provided a practical roadmap and toolkit for building leadership presence from the inside out."

Mary Ellen Joyce, PhD, Senior Director, Brookings Executive Education--
"At last! For years Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins have been helping leaders at Brookings Executive Education to transform their 'presence.' This book brings their critically important leadership concepts and tools to a broad audience in terms that are clear, concise, and actionable."

Suzanne Richards, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Freddie Mac--
"Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins have finally given a descriptive voice--a signature voice--to what has been a frustratingly elusive concept. This book provides step-by-step guidance and a fresh, workable approach to identifying and making the most of one's authentic self."

Joel von Ranson, Partner, Spencer Stuart--
"This is a unique and powerful book that explains the major components of leadership and effective business communication. What's special about the authors' approach is that it links professional success to accessing the unique formula in each of us . . . our signature voice."

Bob Raidt, Executive Vice President and Worldwide Account Head, Leo Burnett USA--
"Own the Room demystifies the notion of executive leadership 'presence.' Using a practical model and instructive case examples, the authors prove that developing presence doesn't require becoming someone else; it's a unique, signature voice that can be accessed from within."

Tim Gray, CFO, MedImmune--
"I often think about my leadership presence--where I stand today and how I want to be perceived in the future. Own the Room helped me develop a clear roadmap to reach a higher level. This book is a valuable resource for all leaders."

Scott Burger, President, Pandora North America--
"Own the Room is a must-read for anyone transitioning into, or aspiring toward, an enterprise-wide leadership position. There is an undeniable link between self-awareness and leadership. The authors' practical model and real-world examples provide an invaluable tool to transition self-awareness to self-improvement."

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Find your signature voice

People are drawn to and influenced by leaders who communicate authentically, connect easily with people, and have immediate impact. So how do you become one of them? How can you learn to “own the room”? This book will help you develop your leadership presence.

According to Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins, leadership presence is the ability to consistently and clearly articulate your value proposition while influencing and connecting with others. They offer a simple and compelling framework, as well as practical advice about how you can develop your own personal presence.

No matter where you sit in an organization, you can “own the room” if you are able to do two things well: first, demonstrate your authentic value and distinction, and second, connect to others in a positive way. Leaders who are able to be authentic while connecting with and impacting others have what the authors call a “signature voice”—a means of self-expression that is uniquely and distinctly their own. Once you discover and express your own signature voice, you’ll be ready to take your leadership presence to the next level.

Filled with real-life stories and examples, Own the Room demystifies the concept of presence and gives you the tools you need to identify and embrace your unique leadership voice—and have a greater impact on the world around you.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9866 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (26 March 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422183939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422183939
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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