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Many successful attorneys learned to be successful by being louder and stronger. And for women, being louder and stronger doesn’t necessarily mean success. Sometimes louder and stronger means aggressive and shrill. 

In today’s episode, Rena Cook joins us to talk about how she helps women attorneys command a great deal of authority and strength without being shrill, and how you, too, can improve your voice as a trial lawyer.

Rena Cook is a TEDx speaker, author, trainer, coach, and the founder of Vocal Authority, a training consultancy serving corporate clients – attorneys, politicians, teachers, sales teams, and CEOs – who want to use their voices in more commanding and authentic ways. 

Rena is the author of Empower Your Voice: For Women in Business, Politics, and Life; Her Voice in Law published by the ABA; and Voice and the Young Actor, used in drama programs throughout the US and the UK. She co-edited Breath in Action: The Art of Breath in Vocal and Holistic Practice. Rena taught high school drama for 16 years before she graduated to higher education. 

For the next two decades, she taught professionally bound actors, many of whom can be seen on Broadway, film, and television. Through Vocal Authority, Rena adapts actor training techniques to help individuals and groups be more confident and dynamic communicators. 

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Breathing deeply to keep the brain engaged
  • The importance of the last word of sentences
  • Techniques using breath and space to improve your voice
  • The power of change and variety
  • Common mistakes people make with their voice
  • How to plan out your movement on transitions

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Rena Cook

Email: [email protected] 


Book: Her Voice in Law Purchase here

If you have questions or a particularly challenging client preparation, email Elizabeth directly for assistance: [email protected].

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