Power Without Press: The Foundation of Authentic Communication

Voice and presentation coach Rena Cook shares a foundational communication technique that starts with the grounded and centered body, deep central breath and released shoulders. From this starting point communication in any setting can be powerful yet easy and open. Rena Cook is Professor Emerita in the University of Oklahoma’s Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama where she taught voice, speech and dialects. She is the founder of Vocal Authority, a training consultancy helping corporate clients – politicians, attorneys, educators, sales teams, and CEOs – who want to use their voice in more commanding and authentic ways. Rena is the author of Empower Your Voice: For Women in Business, Politics and Life, and Voice and the Young Actor; she co-edited Breath in Action: The Art of Breath in Vocal and Holistic Practice, and is former Editor-in-Chief of the Voice & Speech Review. She holds an M.A. in Voice Studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Oklahoma, and an M.A. in Guidance & Counseling from the University of Tulsa. Rena’s guilty pleasure is voicing animation and video game characters. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

How I convince people that I’m funny (even though I’m actually not)

In this talk EB McCready shares some of the physiology and neuroscience behind smiling and how a simple smile can influence your social interactions.

EB McCready is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, pursuing dual degrees in advertising and management. During her time at OU she has discovered a passion for nonprofits and politics thanks to her involvement with The Oklahoma Group and Student Government Association. She actively tries to fill any free time that she has with new activities and campus organizations, but when she does relax, she enjoys cooking for her friends. EB loves to make people smile and learn from everyone she encounters.