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